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October 4, 2010 12:07:48 PM

Hello,i am planning on building a computer sometime in the near distant future lol. this will be my first time building one, not sure if this should be in cpu or mobo section because its both lol

umm i am going for:

hard drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

case: Cooler Master HAF 912 Flagship Mid Tower

ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL

GPU & PSU: i already have this bought, for my current computer which is all stock besides PSU and GPU. as for psu i will be using a thermaltake 600w and a evga nvidia 8600 gts (this psu and gpu i will plan on using in my computer that i will be building BUT will upgrade eventually when i have the money for it)


now here is the part i need help on. choosing which mobo and cpu

Choice1:
CPU: i5 760
MOBO:ASUS P7P55D Deluxe LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard

Choice2:
CPU: i5 655k
MOBO:EVGA P55 LE Intel i5 i7 P55 1156 Motherboard 123-LF-E653
(also wondering will my ram that i plan on buying work with this mobo)

choice3:
CPU:i5 760
MOBO:GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD4P LGA 1156 Intel P55

so which is better? also give your reasons too please, i want as much information you can give so that i can make my dicision


also im wondering whats the difference between the i5 655k and 760

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a c 297 V Motherboard
October 4, 2010 1:50:01 PM

Hi deadremix and welcome to Tom's forum.

1- I'd change the WD Caviar Black for the Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB less price better performance. See here
2- This G.Skill Ripjaws 1600 are much better for a little more.
3- The i5-655K is a very good CPU and overclock very well. The i5-760 has a very similar price that the i5-655k but has lock multiplier that means that u need OC the CPU with the FBS while the 655k can be overclocked with both CPU multiplier and FBS that is much better for high and stable overclock.
4- Take a look of the ASUS P7P55D-E Pro that is a very solid mobo.
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October 4, 2010 3:02:50 PM

umm, for the evga one, if i get the i5 655k for it, i wont need a heat sink/fan right? supposily the board has a passive heatsink sorta thing going on or am i wrong
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a c 297 V Motherboard
October 4, 2010 3:07:22 PM

If u want OC any CPU is better use a better cooler that the stock heatsink since the cooler that comes from the manufactures isn't good for OC.

The mobo should works fine with the heatsink that comes.
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October 4, 2010 3:11:26 PM

i5 655k doesnt come with a heatsink sadly, but anywhoo thanks for the tip on hard drive and ram, but which of the 3 choices is best? im kinda leaning towards the evga one but not sure if its better than the other 2
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a c 297 V Motherboard
October 4, 2010 3:18:02 PM

The Gigabyte has very good features but is a little expensive so I'd go with the ASUS.
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a c 297 V Motherboard
October 4, 2010 4:23:31 PM

Yeah.

For the cooler I'd go with something better like the H70 see here or not LCS cooler like the Titan Fenrir, Megahalems and NH-D14 all those are very good cooler for the price.
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October 6, 2010 1:42:41 AM

so i decided to got with what you suggested for ram, hd, and and mobo, anyhoo i got some question bout cpu cleaning, do you use only microfiber cloths or can you use other stuff? are microfiber cloths all 100% cotton? and can you use alcohol swabs to clean it?
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a c 297 V Motherboard
October 6, 2010 2:06:41 PM

U can use someone of this:

1- 90% or higher rubbing alcohol on a paper towel, then use a microfibre cloth to clean off the paper lint.
2- 90% or higher isopropyl alcohol with cotton swabs and if the cotton leave hairs use a microfibre cloth to clean off that.
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