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January 26, 2010 8:50:26 PM

Greetz.

I'm getting a new i5 rig which i will use mostly for gaming, photoshop, surfing etc.

This is what I was aiming for:

Intel Core i5 750 2,66GHz
CoolerMaster Hyper 212+
MSI P55-GD55
G.SKILL 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz
HIS Radeon HD5870 1GB
WD Caviar Black 640GB, 7200rpm
Antec BP550 Plus 550W (There was a discount for it, otherwise i would go with vx550w i think..)
CoolerMaster Storm Scout Black Steel, Mid Tower

Total: 1.100$

I have a 24" LG monitor with 1920x1200 resolution so I think that the hd5870 will do a perfect job for 2-3 years or so. I'll probably add a SSD as a primary drive when the prices lower a lil' bit.

I also intend to OC the CPU to 3,6 ~ 4,0 GHz since i had my old one @ 3,6 with stock cooling and 68 at max load.


Thanks in advance for your reply's!

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January 26, 2010 9:03:25 PM

All looks good, but for the CPU Cooler I would go either with an expensive Noctua or a XIGMATEK Dark Knight. Also get some 3rd party thermal paste, e.g. OCZ Freeze. For the motherboard I personally would go for a Gigabyte P55A Motherboard.
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January 26, 2010 9:15:11 PM

I thought Megahalems would look good too. I have Arctic silver 5 paste, and about the motherboard, well i could slip in a gigabyte's too, but they probably have the same or nearly the same oc capabilities.
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January 26, 2010 9:19:11 PM

Nothing wrong with a hyper 212 plus, here's a review of it http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.cfm?articleid=241... unfortunately it doesnt compare it to the Noctua NH-D14, but as you can see by comparing it to the Xigmatek DK-S1283 on the chart, it is very similiar in performance and probably not quite as expensive.
I've got no beef with your mobo selection.
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January 26, 2010 9:22:28 PM

Yeah, it's quite good and really cheap.
U think I will get to 4,0? The memory and the cpu surely can handle it, just need a little voltage tweaks i think
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January 26, 2010 9:23:46 PM

This looks pretty sweet.

Personally I wouldn't spend so much on the GPU--but thats just me. You could get a 5850 now for $100 less, then double it up when you need to..
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January 27, 2010 12:14:19 AM

puls4R said:
Yeah, it's quite good and really cheap.
U think I will get to 4,0? The memory and the cpu surely can handle it, just need a little voltage tweaks i think


Going by other posters and reviews, you should be able to take it to 4 GHz on that cooler, but you'd probably be in the high 60s temperature wise.
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January 27, 2010 6:05:49 PM

@deadlockedworld

Yeah, but that additional 100$ ain't such a problem since I get a discount cuz my friend works at that shop (A small shop in Croatia, this rig should have been around 1.700$ without the discount)

But my limit is 1.100 I'm afraid, and I don't think I could have made a better rig then this one..

@lothdk

I will probably put it to 3,8 or something since everyone is getting really nice temps with cm hyper 212+ and this setting.
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January 27, 2010 6:15:32 PM

HD wise go with a samsung spinpoint F3 or Seagate 7200.12 500gb (and only the 500 gb)

Both of these HD's use 500gb platters and beat Velociraptors in many benchmarks.

They're both also only $54 for 500gb.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The CM Hyper 212 Plus has the best price/performance ratio, and is more than adequate for overclocking.

I've taken my i5-750 to 4.3 ghz @1.41 volts with load temps of 54C, idle of 36C with the fan on LOW. On High it's 46C load, 28C idle. Ambient at the time was 18C. Case is an Element G.

Also have one for the i7-920 and I've done a similiar OC, with temps ~6C higher on load. Don't recall voltage offhand though, but it was 1.4+ Case is HAF 922 w/ 200mm side fan.


the 5870 is probably not worth it. It's 12%-15% more performance for a 33% price increase over the 5850.

Edit: Wrongs temps for i5. Corrected now.
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January 28, 2010 5:21:27 AM

Nice temps for i5 there.. however i think i'll go for 4,0 just to be on the safe side. You maybe know which voltage is the best for this setting? I used 1.2 for 3,6

About the HDD, samsung has 16 mb cache, whilst wd has 32.. dunno if that matters, but i don't need raw performance. And i might be needing that extra 140gb
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January 28, 2010 12:58:13 PM

The voltage need for a CPU to OC differs from Chip to chip so no way to tell what yours will do. Even default V is different from chip to chip.

Best I can tell you is that 99% of i5-750's will do 3.6ghz at 1.3v or less. Above that it's very chip dependent.

Cache size has no impact on a HD's performance. HD performance is more important than you think.

Even click on a program or app and nothing happens for a sec or 2 and you wonder if you actually clicked it? That's HD related.

Boot speed, load speed, how fast programs install are also all HD related.

If you've ever used a netbook and seen how slow they are, it's largely HD related. Slap an SSD in your average netbook and they're as fast as a iphone (well outside CPU intensive tasks, but iphoens can't do those either).
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