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Buying an OC'ed gaming rig.

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October 17, 2010 11:18:38 AM

How good of an idea is it to buy a gaming rig thats pre OC'ed? I dont know much about Oc'ing, and what processers are capable of what, i just dont want to spend a big sum of money on something stupid that wont last atleast a few years. The site does, however guarantee 2 year full warranti on everything, but who wants to send their computer to get fixed every 2 months. They claim that the rig will come OC'ed 25-30%, i guess thats why its watercooled.

Specs:

GFX: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480

CPU: Intel i7 870, 4 x 3.40-3.60Ghz overclocked from 2.93Ghz, 8MB L2

Cooling: Corsair (H50)

Motherboard: ASUS P7H57D-V EVO

RAM: Kingston HyperX, 8GB DDR3, 1600Mhz, DUAL CHANNEL

Case: CoolerMaster CM Storm

Power Supply: Corsair TX750 W

theres a bunch of other stuff in there aswell, like soundcard etc, but i didnt think it would be relevant.

thanks



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October 17, 2010 2:38:50 PM

So its not a good idea to buy a gaming rig that already comes OC'ed, and still keep 2 year warranty?
a b K Overclocking
October 17, 2010 2:46:08 PM

I would build you own it is cheaper and more gratifying to build your own.
Take your build and put the system together at newegg and see for yourself.
As for the overclocking, It is very safe if you dont get to crazy.
The i7 870 will do 3.6ghz on sock voltages. So the the OC isnt that impressive and can easily be accomplished buy a first timer.
Building and Overclocking your own PC is not hard and there is plenty of help on the forums.
What is the price of the above RIG and what is your budget.
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October 17, 2010 3:09:54 PM

It is roughly 2645 usd, and i dont have a specific budget, but around 3k. I prefer buying them premade to make warranty issues easier, and i really like the idea of having it water cooled.

I also looked at another one, which is like 500 dollars more, doesnt have water cooling but has gtx 480s in sli and the i7 920. I use my pc for gaming and not much else.

a b K Overclocking
October 17, 2010 3:26:18 PM

If you build your own you can still warranty everything individually.
I have had no trouble with a warranty yet.
When building your own system you can usually get better hardware for the same price and dont end up having as much trouble.
As for water cooling the H50 isnt realy that good and all of the top of the line air coolers outperform it.
If you are thinking about water cooling I would go with the H70 or just get a good Air cooler like the, Prolimatec Megahalems(you have to buy a couple of fans), The Thermalright Venemous X, or the Hyper212+ are great options for a mild 3.6ghz OC and will out perform the H50.
Just remember that you have warranties on the hardware you purchase at newegg as long as you register the product on the manufacturers website.
Trust me if you build your own you will be better off and have a much better RIG.
If you want I can put something together for you to look at.
October 17, 2010 3:40:39 PM

d1rtyju1c3 said:
If you build your own you can still warranty everything individually.
I have had no trouble with a warranty yet.
When building your own system you can usually get better hardware for the same price and dont end up having as much trouble.
As for water cooling the H50 isnt realy that good and all of the top of the line air coolers outperform it.
If you are thinking about water cooling I would go with the H70 or just get a good Air cooler like the, Prolimatec Megahalems(you have to buy a couple of fans), The Thermalright Venemous X, or the Hyper212+ are great options for a mild 3.6ghz OC and will out perform the H50.
Just remember that you have warranties on the hardware you purchase at newegg as long as you register the product on the manufacturers website.
Trust me if you build your own you will be better off and have a much better RIG.
If you want I can put something together for you to look at.


That would be awesome. I prefer nvidia and intel, and the reason i was looking into water cooling was because ive had alot of issues with heat on my qx6700, and my various graphics cards, which im quite annoyed by.
a b K Overclocking
October 17, 2010 3:45:10 PM

Do you need an Operating system?
a b K Overclocking
October 17, 2010 3:46:10 PM

What about a keyboard, mouse and monitor?
October 17, 2010 3:47:42 PM

no, just the computer
a b K Overclocking
October 17, 2010 3:49:56 PM

Do you want a CD/DVD burner or Blue-Ray?
a b K Overclocking
October 17, 2010 3:53:59 PM

Is there a particular sound card you have i mind.
October 17, 2010 3:54:45 PM

i really no nothing about soundcards, i guess nothing fancy mabey a realtek
a b K Overclocking
October 17, 2010 3:57:38 PM

Just asking because unless you have a really expensive headset or sound system the on board sound works great.
October 17, 2010 3:58:14 PM

the one i have now is onboard and works fine to be honest
a b K Overclocking
October 17, 2010 4:01:15 PM

So we will just use the onboard sound then.
a b K Overclocking
October 17, 2010 4:02:09 PM

Ok give me a few I am going to post what I came up with.
a b K Overclocking
October 17, 2010 4:15:27 PM

CPU: i7 950
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory: G.SKILL PI Series 12GB DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video cards: 2 Evga Gtx 480's
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Case: Cooler Master HAF X
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Antec TPQ-1200
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: 2 1TB 7200Rpm Seagate Barracuda's
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD: Corsair Nova Series 64GB (For OS)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CD/DVD Burner: 2 LITE-ON Black 24X
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU cooler: CORSAIR Hydro H70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total after shipping $2610 after rebates $2540

Feel free to add anything else you want.
I would love to have a RIG like this. [:bohleyk:1]
October 17, 2010 4:25:10 PM

wow you are right, that is alot cheaper than the other stuff i was looking at, and even is also better than the prebuild ones i was looking at.

thanks alot for taking the time to help me mate
a b K Overclocking
October 17, 2010 4:27:41 PM

No problem.
Good luck! [:bohleyk:1]
a b K Overclocking
October 18, 2010 12:36:34 PM

Don't use Seagate Barracudas. I find Seagate unreliable and beside that fact.
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB are much faster and more reliable with price to match.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This 12GB kit is faster and cheaper because it use new 32nm memory chips. But why even get 12GB on RAM when you can't use it.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I really recommend a 120GB SSD. 64GB just isn't enough.
a b K Overclocking
October 18, 2010 1:47:15 PM

rofl_my_waffle said:
Don't use Seagate Barracudas. I find Seagate unreliable and beside that fact.
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB are much faster and more reliable with price to match.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This 12GB kit is faster and cheaper because it use new 32nm memory chips. But why even get 12GB on RAM when you can't use it.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I really recommend a 120GB SSD. 64GB just isn't enough.



The choice is personal preference if you like Seagate, WD, or Samsung.
I have had both WD and Seagate and have never had a problem. I cant speak for the Samsungs because I have never owned one. Though I do hear good thins about them.
For the memory, chances are you wont need 12gigs.
The SSD for the OS 120GB would be better but 64GB should be enough.
About that XMS3 12GB memory kit where did you read that it was 32nm and you yourself said in your own thread "I might as well spend the extra for money for 12GB, thinking about the future". To me there is no such thing as to much, just my opinion.
a b K Overclocking
October 18, 2010 1:49:07 PM

I built a new RIG on newegg and swapped out the memory for 6GBs of G-Skill and a 120GB Corsair SSD.
After Shipping $2493.56 after Rebates $2433.56
Either way is a great deal and you can change up anything you want to fit your needs.


Change some stuff up, ask some questions, thats how you learn. [:bohleyk:1]