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January 10, 2014 5:07:36 AM

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Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor BX80605I5750

ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

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Earlier this year I purchased a GTX 780 and it's been really good to me. Now looking to get a mobo and processor up to par.

Probably looking to between 500-1000 for a solid combo that will last me a long time.

The mobo suggestion is really important to me because I haven't been that happy with my current mobo due to how long it takes to post and boot.

Also, definitely looking Intel. If i5 or i7, please just looking to know why one or the other. I was thinking i7, but I know many suggest away from that, and just curious why. I'll use the PC for high end current games.

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January 10, 2014 6:39:18 AM

People think the i7 is overkill, but with a 780 it is not, especially with games using more than 4 cores. I would go for a 4930k and an Asus Sabertooth X79. These will give you amazing performance, and for a bit more, Newegg has a combo with those two parts and 16gb of RAM for $1039.
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January 10, 2014 7:55:14 AM

ewok93 said:
People think the i7 is overkill, but with a 780 it is not, especially with games using more than 4 cores. I would go for a 4930k and an Asus Sabertooth X79. These will give you amazing performance, and for a bit more, Newegg has a combo with those two parts and 16gb of RAM for $1039.


If you are wanting to have this system last a long time, this suggestion is pretty spot on. You could go with a less expensive board probably though. Sabertooth line tends to be quite pricey.
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January 10, 2014 8:59:08 AM

Thanks for the help, one additional question if anyone can assist. What would be a good fan/thermal solution to go with with this set up?
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January 10, 2014 9:23:33 AM

If your case supports them, a Coolermaster Seidon 240 would work. The Corsair H100i as well. Noctua NH-D14 for air cooling.
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January 10, 2014 9:54:48 AM

gnomicidal said:
Current:
Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor BX80605I5750

ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Looking for:

Earlier this year I purchased a GTX 780 and it's been really good to me. Now looking to get a mobo and processor up to par.

Probably looking to between 500-1000 for a solid combo that will last me a long time.

The mobo suggestion is really important to me because I haven't been that happy with my current mobo due to how long it takes to post and boot.

Also, definitely looking Intel. If i5 or i7, please just looking to know why one or the other. I was thinking i7, but I know many suggest away from that, and just curious why. I'll use the PC for high end current games.


I would get the Intel Core i7-4770K or the Intel Core i5-4670K cpu, i would personally choose the i7-4770k based on what graphics card you have, also it would give you less of a bottleneck if you are planning to buy another graphics card and run SLI. i would also recommend buying the Noctua NH-D14 to keep it properly cool, the Intel stock fan is pretty much a piece of crap and the Noctua cooler will be far more silent and effective. if you find the Noctua cooler too ugly (i do) you could buy the Cooler Master V8 cooler, it is slightly less effective, but looks a lot better.
For motherboard you should probably get the ASUS Maximus VI Formula, with that MB you can run triple crossfire or SLI and get great functionality for tweaking, boosting and overclocking, it also has 8 SATA 3 ports
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January 10, 2014 9:56:20 AM

How do these all-in-one water cooling systems work? It's literally all-in-one, no other components need to be added to do the water cooling?

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January 10, 2014 10:08:10 AM

It is truly an all in one solution. No need to add anything.
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January 10, 2014 12:01:34 PM

They're nice, really simple to set up, less painful than standard aluminum fin air coolers too. I suggested the Sabertooth based on good personal experience, you do get what you pay for with those.
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January 10, 2014 12:06:02 PM

ewok93 said:
They're nice, really simple to set up, less painful than standard aluminum fin air coolers too. I suggested the Sabertooth based on good personal experience, you do get what you pay for with those.


To some degree, yes you do. I usually stick to mid range boards, myself. The higher cost ones really don't seem to offer me anything I need.
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January 10, 2014 12:19:49 PM

That is true, there is not much of an apparent benefit to expensive boards unless you're seriously overclocking and running SLI and Crossfire at the same time while cooking a rotisserie chicken.
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January 10, 2014 12:26:27 PM

ewok93 said:
That is true, there is not much of an apparent benefit to expensive boards unless you're seriously overclocking and running SLI and Crossfire at the same time while cooking a rotisserie chicken.


I think you just came up with the perfect idea on what to use an FX 9590 for. :lol: 
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January 10, 2014 12:29:23 PM

Oh those things suck. Those don't cook chickens they cremate them.
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January 10, 2014 7:34:13 PM

My case is an 800D full tower. The Seidon watercooling unit you suggested should fit fine?
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January 10, 2014 9:02:23 PM

That can fit pretty much any cooler with those three slots on top. Take a look at some of Corsair's coolers too, really nice, easy to install. The Seidon is great too, so not detracting from Logain, just offering more options. The Kraken X60 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) is also a really amazing cooler, but even more expensive.
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January 11, 2014 4:39:15 AM

Is one or the other significantly better? Basically this is going to be my huge PC outlay cash-wise for a few years. I'd rather go for the superior part if it's in fact a better unit. I already ordered the 4930K, Sabretooth X79, and the Seidon 240M. Should I sub the Seidon for this unit?
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January 11, 2014 9:10:57 AM

The Seidon is great, you will not regret it. One of the best closed loop coolers out there.
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January 11, 2014 9:20:09 AM

Thanks for all the help guys. Excited to get my rig up and running. One last question. With a rig like this obviously I should probably be looking to get the most out of it. What's a good newb source to overclocking and getting the most of a high end PC? I consider myself pretty knowledgeable about PCs but have yet to take the deep dive.
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January 11, 2014 9:23:41 AM

This website has a lot of guides on it, just search 4930k sabertooth x9 overclocking and you'll get a bunch of guides. It is pretty simple once you know what you're actually doing and why.
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