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First time Building + Overclocking: Need suggestions!

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January 26, 2011 6:51:45 PM

Hey so just like the title says I'm planning on building my first desktop system and am going to try to squeeze out every ounce of power with overclocking. I have no experience in either of these fields so that's why I'm here! My goal for the computer is to create a very powerful system that won't need replacements for at least 3 years, and to at least try to be somewhat frugal in doing it.

I will probably pay for someone to build my system for me due to the fact that I failed kindergarten arts and crafts.

Here are the parts I am considering - Please make suggestions or flame me about how much of a noob I am for even considering such a piece of . - I have no idea if these parts are compatible / optimal together, that's why I'm here.

1. Case - I was between the Tempest NZXT Tempest Evo ($90) and the Azza Solano 1000R ($120), leaning towards the Azza because of the extra room and it looks better ^^

2. Motherboard - Asus Sabertooth P67 ($220) - I felt pretty confident about this one due to the positive reviews and room for overclocking, but please make suggestions if there's something better out there for a not-ridiculous price.

3. Processor - Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) - I've heard extremely positive comments about the new Sandy Bridge processors so I felt quite confident about this selection. They apparently have their multipliers unlocked so there's plenty of room to overclock.

4. Graphics Card - GIGABYTE GV-N480SO-15I - I really wasn't sure what to go with here due to the huge array of graphics cards. I heard this one was good and had some solid overclocking room so I went with it, but I honestly had little to no idea.

5. Ram - I was looking at DDR3 1600 2x4GB sets and was stuck between Kingston HyperX, Corsair Dominator, and Mushkin Enhanced Blackline. Of course all of these could be wrong, so tell me what to pick!

6. Cooler - I was pretty lost on this choice, but I read that XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 is a very powerful cooler. My case apparently has easy liquid cooler installation, so I looked at the CORSAIR Hydro H70 CWCH70 as well. Could I have both running at the same time? I honestly have no idea. Could really use some help here.

7. Hard Drives - My main would be a Kingston SVP100S2/64G 2.5" 64GB SATA II MLC Internal SSD , with a Western Digital WD10EALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive for Data storage. There didn't seem to be a lot of discretion here, so I thought this would be fine.

8. Power Supply - CORSAIR TX Series CMPSU-950TX 950W ATX12V, I felt quite confident about this selection due to the overwhelmingly positive feedback for it. I figured 950 Watts would be plenty, even if seriously overclocking everything?

9. Disk drive ^^ - HP 24X Multiformat DVD Burner Black SATA Model 1270i LightScribe Support. DECISIONS DECISIONS. This is a joke.



So that's what I am planning on getting for the computer I'm building. I have no idea about the synthesis of the components or whether they're even compatible. Again, my goal is to make a very powerful gaming computer that will last a long time and won't burn a fat hole in my wallet. It will be my first time overclocking and I'm looking to have some fun and squeeze a lot of power out of this system. Please give me your thoughts and criticize my selection!

Thanks for your help.
January 26, 2011 6:53:37 PM

Sorry, this should be in the general forum. :/ 
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January 26, 2011 6:55:02 PM

First, name the amount of $$$ that you're willing to spend. Second, What size monitor and what resolution will you be playing at? Third, are you in the states or out of USA? Fourth, this post will be moved into another section of the Forums.
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January 27, 2011 1:55:45 AM

Around $1500, 21.5", 1920x1200, In the states.
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January 27, 2011 12:35:42 PM

OK, you'll want to order from Newegg to save $$$ on parts and such, do you know someone that can build the PC for you once you have the parts? Also, will you need an operating system? Answer these questions and i will be able to put together a nice build for you...
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January 27, 2011 2:09:19 PM

Yeah I'll order from Newegg and find someone to build for me.
I have windows 64 bit home edition
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January 27, 2011 3:11:34 PM

I have an AZZA Salano 1000 and I like it better then my Antec 900. Basically the same design but it is a little larger. I got mine for $89 with free shipping on sale so it was worth it but they are a little pricey right now because shipping is 10 -12 dollars so even with the rebate makes them over $100.

What about the Cooler Master HAF 932 it is 139.98 with free shipping?
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January 27, 2011 3:32:33 PM

Perfect. Here goes


PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU/Heatsink & Fan Combo: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Motherboard/Video Card Combo: ASUS ENGTX570/2DI/1280MD5 GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

ASUS P8P67 Deluxe LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBXM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD: Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC064MAG-1G1 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD: ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total is $1,388.00 before shipping
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January 27, 2011 4:12:44 PM

Here is what I came up with.

Case: Cooler Master HAF 932
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: KINGWIN Lazer LZ-1000 1000W Modular 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO: ASUS SABERTOOTH P67
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: i7-2600K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Videocard: EVGA 012-P3-1570-AR GeForce GTX 570
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD: G.SKILL Sniper Gaming Series FM-25S2S-60GBSR 2.5" 60GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CD/DVD burner: HP Black 24X
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU cooler: Prolimatech Megahalems Rev.B CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU cooler fans: 2 COOLER MASTER R4-BMBS-20PK-R0 Blade Master 120mm
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Grand total after Shipping and promo code for the PSU is $1666.17
Promo code for PSU: PSUJAN2011


Upgraded from a 2500K to a 2600K

1000w PSU instead of a 950w. Difference is minimal I know, but I use this exact PSU in my rig and I have no regrets. I have an i7 860 @4.0ghz, GTX 275s Sli, Ocz Vertex 2 90gig, 1TB Seagate, 5 120mm fans, 1 140mm fan, and 2 230mm fans, and It has more power to spare. I have yet to heat it up enough to ramp the fan up. Good PSU.

GTX 570 instead of a GTX 480.

As for the cooler. The corsair all in one liquid cooling solutions arent bad but for the price isnt worth it. You can get the same results with a high end Air cooler for less money and dont have to worry about leaks.


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January 27, 2011 4:18:55 PM

I agree with jonpaul37 with the Hyper 212+ if you want to save some money on a Cooler it is a great bang for the buck.
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January 27, 2011 5:07:13 PM

I feel that anything over 4GB for RAM with Gaming is going to be overkill.

No need for more than the Corsair 850 TX or HX as it can handle even a GTX 570 SLI setup with an overclocked 2600K to 4.6+.

The HAF 932 is way too big for what he will need. the HAF 912 has more than enough room for a single (or even SLI) video card solution, good cable management and very good cooling.

The Prolimatech Megahalems is a nice cooler but the Hyper 212+ will be more than enough to overclock to 4.6+ GHz

The sabertooth is nice but it doesn't have as many features as the Deluxe and it is basically the same price.
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January 27, 2011 5:08:54 PM

d1rtyju1c3 said:
Here is what I came up with.

Case: Cooler Master HAF 932
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: KINGWIN Lazer LZ-1000 1000W Modular 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO: ASUS SABERTOOTH P67
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: i7-2600K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Videocard: EVGA 012-P3-1570-AR GeForce GTX 570
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD: G.SKILL Sniper Gaming Series FM-25S2S-60GBSR 2.5" 60GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CD/DVD burner: HP Black 24X
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU cooler: Prolimatech Megahalems Rev.B CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU cooler fans: 2 COOLER MASTER R4-BMBS-20PK-R0 Blade Master 120mm
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Grand total after Shipping and promo code for the PSU is $1666.17
Promo code for PSU: PSUJAN2011


Upgraded from a 2500K to a 2600K

1000w PSU instead of a 950w. Difference is minimal I know, but I use this exact PSU in my rig and I have no regrets. I have an i7 860 @4.0ghz, GTX 275s Sli, Ocz Vertex 2 90gig, 1TB Seagate, 5 120mm fans, 1 140mm fan, and 2 230mm fans, and It has more power to spare. I have yet to heat it up enough to ramp the fan up. Good PSU.

GTX 570 instead of a GTX 480.

As for the cooler. The corsair all in one liquid cooling solutions arent bad but for the price isnt worth it. You can get the same results with a high end Air cooler for less money and dont have to worry about leaks.



I like your picks, but i have stated my reasons for choosing what i did over yours above...
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January 27, 2011 5:48:27 PM

Ok, but he never explained what he was using the system for. I am sure it is mostly for gaming but you never know what else he may be using it for. 8 gigs might not be needed but it is good to have extra just in case. I have never used more than 4 gigs on my rig while gaming so no you dont need more than 4gigs if used for gaming. "Agreed". The HAF 932 is large but he was looking at a full tower to begin with so I stuck with what he wanted although a mid tower might be enough, it will not cool as good as a full tower, especially if he runs an sli setup. The smaller the space, the heat will build faster and with less fans (less air flow) it will hold the heat longer. As for the cooler I agree if you are on a budget the Hyper 212+ is a great budget cooler, the best. I wont argue the fact that you can get a good 2600k OC with this cooler.
The PSU might be overkill but it is always nice to have the extra power to handle upgrades in the future. Ive been there and although 850 watts might be more than enough now you never know what the future holds. You never know, you may run a Tri Sli setup in the future. The more power the less stress on the PSU. But yes a 850w PSU is enough for his setup and enough for Sli. "Agreed".

I like your picks too, just expressing my opinion thats all. [:bohleyk:1]
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January 27, 2011 6:20:24 PM

Are the 560 Ti's going to allow for TRI-SLI? I know the 460's didn't. If that is so, I might return the 570 i just got and get 2 x 560's!!!
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January 27, 2011 6:28:20 PM

I dont think so, all the the ones I have seen only have one SLI connection on the PCB. I am sure that since it is a mid range card like the 460 it will only support SLI, no TRI or QUAD SLI.
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