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August 12, 2013 10:46:38 PM

I am building my 1st Gaming Rig with following components :

1) Intel Core i5-3330 3.0Ghz Processor
2) Asus Z87-k Motherboard
3) Corsair XMS 8GB DDR3 1600MHz RAM
4) Corsair Modular TX550M 550W PSU
5) Western Digital 2TB Caviar Black
6) Zotac NVIDIA GTX 650 TI 2GB GDDR5 GPU

I am having some questions regarding this build

1. Intel suggests i5-3330 can clock at 3.2Ghz in turbo mode. Can it be overclocked higher than 3.2Ghz? Also, do I need to get an aftermarket cooler or I am better off with the stock cooler?

2. I am getting Corsair 1x8GB 1600 RAM. I have read that 2x4GB is better than 1x8GB, can someone tell me why?

3. Any alternatives for Zotac NVIDIA GTX 650 TI 2GB GDDR5 GPU.

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August 12, 2013 10:59:35 PM

1: You can't overclock on anything without the a k in the product name on intel's side. I'd also suggest a haswell based I5 instead of an ivy bridge(an i5 4xxx model instead of an i5 3xxx model) but that's just my recommendation. Get the Hyper EVO 212 if you want an aftermarket, if you're not going to overclock no need for a cooler besides the stock one.

2: It's dual channel v single channel. If it has two things that it can write to as opposed to one big one. It's like wanting to melt 2 medium sized ice cubes instead of one large one. However the different is very small in actual execution.

3: If your budget is below 200: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... is the best you can currently get but that's a special offer.
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August 12, 2013 11:03:05 PM

1. It can't overclock, cause it's not a K serie CPU. Turbo mode isn't overclock.
2. Cause with 2 RAM modules you take advantage of the dual-channel memory, which gives you about twice as much performances.
3. For the same price ? Nothing, it's a good pick.
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August 12, 2013 11:27:57 PM

kennai said:
1: You can't overclock on anything without the a k in the product name on intel's side. I'd also suggest a haswell based I5 instead of an ivy bridge(an i5 4xxx model instead of an i5 3xxx model) but that's just my recommendation. Get the Hyper EVO 212 if you want an aftermarket, if you're not going to overclock no need for a cooler besides the stock one.

2: It's dual channel v single channel. If it has two things that it can write to as opposed to one big one. It's like wanting to melt 2 medium sized ice cubes instead of one large one. However the different is very small in actual execution.

3: If your budget is below 200: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... is the best you can currently get but that's a special offer.


Thanks for reply. GPU you suggested is a good one in my budget. Is 550W PSU enough for future upgrades like CrossFire GPUs and SSD?
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August 12, 2013 11:34:10 PM

Seladon said:
1. It can't overclock, cause it's not a K serie CPU. Turbo mode isn't overclock.
2. Cause with 2 RAM modules you take advantage of the dual-channel memory, which gives you about twice as much performances.
3. For the same price ? Nothing, it's a good pick.


Thanks for reply!
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August 13, 2013 12:25:04 AM

Abhijeetsvr said:
kennai said:
1: You can't overclock on anything without the a k in the product name on intel's side. I'd also suggest a haswell based I5 instead of an ivy bridge(an i5 4xxx model instead of an i5 3xxx model) but that's just my recommendation. Get the Hyper EVO 212 if you want an aftermarket, if you're not going to overclock no need for a cooler besides the stock one.

2: It's dual channel v single channel. If it has two things that it can write to as opposed to one big one. It's like wanting to melt 2 medium sized ice cubes instead of one large one. However the different is very small in actual execution.

3: If your budget is below 200: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... is the best you can currently get but that's a special offer.


Thanks for reply. GPU you suggested is a good one in my budget. Is 550W PSU enough for future upgrades like CrossFire GPUs and SSD?


600W is what is suggested by AMD for crossfire, however I'd go another 100 over there for the 700/750 for maximum reliability.
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