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About to order new CPU, GPU and Mobo. Advice/Comments appreciated!

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August 7, 2013 1:22:22 PM

I am about to order a new CPU, GPU and mobo. I'd love for some comments on this build.

Current build:
Case: Fractal Design Define XL R2 Black Pearl
PSU: Chieftec Super Series 750W PSU
CPU: Intel Core i7 4770K 3,5Ghz
- Cooler: Corsair H-60.
GPU: PNY GeForce GTX 770 XLR8 (And my old Zotac 570 for PhysX)
Monitors: BenQ 23,6" LED XL2410T & Philips 27" LED 273E3LHSB
RAM: Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600MHz 16GB CL9
OS: W7 Home Premium
Mobo: ASRock Z77 Extreme6
HDDs: Corsair SSD Force Series 2,5" 120GB & Western Digitial Caviar® Green 2TB & Western Digitial Caviar® Green 3TB (Yes, one SSD and two HDDs)

Will I need a bigger PSUfor my 770+570? Or change brand? I don't really mind cutting one of my HDDs (The 3TB one is somewhat useless).
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August 7, 2013 1:25:54 PM

Looks fine, you should be ok with the 750W PSU to power both the 570 and 770.
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August 7, 2013 1:30:51 PM

burdenbound said:
Looks fine, you should be ok with the 750W PSU to power both the 570 and 770.

So I don't have to cut one of my HDDs either? Thanks for the help.

PS: Was it easy to clock your 3570k to 4.5 GHz? Would you recommend a better cooler than the H60 if I plan on overclocking?
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August 7, 2013 1:42:05 PM

Februus said:
burdenbound said:
Looks fine, you should be ok with the 750W PSU to power both the 570 and 770.

So I don't have to cut one of my HDDs either? Thanks for the help.

PS: Was it easy to clock your 3570k to 4.5 GHz? Would you recommend a better cooler than the H60 if I plan on overclocking?


It was fairly straight forward to get to the 4.5 mark. You can sit at 4.2 easy without touching voltages just using the multiplier, I had to bump up to 1.24V core voltage to manage the 4.5GHz. The H60 will work fine at 4.5 but any thing above that and you might want a larger water cooled unit.
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August 7, 2013 2:15:41 PM

H60 is not adequate for overclocking a Haswell chip, beyond a few hundred megahertz (turbo mode is already 3.9Ghz). I'm using an h80i and it is merely adequate as compared to a mid-range air cooler.

Thermaltake Frio, Noctua DH-14, Xigmatek Loki, CoolerMaster Hyper EVO 212 would all be better or the same for less money then an h60.

Many people pair the 4770k with an h100i or equivalent.
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August 7, 2013 2:21:50 PM

My OC chart so far. Your results may vary.

1.2 volts @ 4.3 Ghz, prime95 stable, not AIDA64 stable. 79C peak
1.238 volts @ 4.3Ghz, prime95 stable, and AIDA64 stable. 82C peak
1.25 volts @ 4.3Ghz, AIDA64 stable (occasional crashes in gaming) 84C peak
1.25 volts @ 4.3Ghz, Vin 1.7 volts, LLC level 1, AIDA64 stable, 84C peak
1.35 volts 4.5Ghz, Vin 1.8 volts, LLC level 1, AIDA64 stable, 100C peak (5 minutes)
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August 7, 2013 2:23:46 PM

Sorry I was thinking i5 temps when I commented about the H60. No personal experience there.
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August 7, 2013 10:53:54 PM

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H60 is not adequate for overclocking a Haswell chip, beyond a few hundred megahertz (turbo mode is already 3.9Ghz). I'm using an h80i and it is merely adequate as compared to a mid-range air cooler.

Thermaltake Frio, Noctua DH-14, Xigmatek Loki, CoolerMaster Hyper EVO 212 would all be better or the same for less money then an h60.

Many people pair the 4770k with an h100i or equivalent.


Oh, I see. Are you recommending air-cooling because of its efficiency compared to price cost? I'm leaning towards watercooling, and money isn't exactly an issue. Would you recommend the Corsair H90? Or do I need to get one with dual fan cooling?

Thanks for the advice so far to both of you. It's very helpful!
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August 8, 2013 6:37:43 AM

If you have the space I don't think an h60 ever makes sense over a high-end air cooler. The larger 240mm radiators offer slightly better cooling then the best air coolers.
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August 8, 2013 7:43:22 AM

Eximo said:
If you have the space I don't think an h60 ever makes sense over a high-end air cooler. The larger 240mm radiators offer slightly better cooling then the best air coolers.


My case is a Fractal Design Define XL R2, so I guess I should have room for it but I've already filled all the available slots with 120-140mm fans already, so I'm not sure whether I should dish out the cash for a 240mm closed-loop-cooler yet.

I read a review on the best airflow coolers for the i7 Haswell and it seems that the Noctua NH-U14S barely won it, so I was thinking on perhaps buying one of those instead if the difference is barely noticable. And presumably the the air-flow ones are alot quieter than the 240mm radiators (and 120mm actually).
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August 8, 2013 10:52:07 AM

Yeah, my h80i is quite loud even with replacement fans and a custom profile. Reminds me of the old days of 486 and pentiums with their tiny whining CPU fans.
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