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Advice re. HSF, PSU

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June 19, 2010 8:56:22 PM

Hi,

I'm planning my first build to be completed sometime during this year and would like some advice on finishing it off. I still require a CPU heat sink and fan and a PSU; unfortunately, I am a newbie and have no idea which to select.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Mid-July

BUDGET RANGE: $900 - $1200 US After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, surfing the internet,

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS, DVD drive, case (I prefer to buy my monitors locally and already have a case)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US

PARTS PREFERENCES: None

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050 or 1920x1080

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MOTHERBOARD: GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3

CPU: Intel Core i5 750

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

GRAPHICS CARD: XFX Radeon HD 5850 1Gb 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x 16

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM HDD

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As you can see, I still need some advice... I am planning to overclock, so I am looking for a good aftermarket heat sink, but as for the PSU I am totally lost.

If someone could help me out with finishing this build off that would be great. Any other advice re. these existing parts would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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June 19, 2010 9:15:01 PM

For an OC up to ~3.6GHz, it's tough to beat the Scythe Mugen 2 Rev B (SCMG-2100). It's about $35 plus shipping. If money is tight, you can order the CM Hyper 212+ for ~$30 from Amazon with free super saving shipping. If you're considering a 24/7 4.0GHz+, then the Noctua NH-D14 is sweet but expensive (~$90).

As for the PSU, I'd go with the Corsair 650TX, which you can get for ~$80 with free shipping from Newegg. However, if you plan to crossfire in the future, you'll be better off with the Corsair 750TX, which is about $110.
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June 19, 2010 9:30:24 PM

^+1 nice one Chuckles_
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June 20, 2010 12:18:55 AM

Thanks, sounds good so far.

If I plan to OC the 5850, will the 650TX be enough?

Alternatively, is it even necessary to OC a graphics card of the 5850's quality?
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June 20, 2010 12:50:50 AM

650TX (get HX tho, as it is the same PSU but modular)would be fine for a 5850 + OC or xfire.

You could try a Corsair H50 CPU cooler, its actually quite good for the money (same perforamce as TRUE or Noctua)
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June 20, 2010 1:06:18 AM

Careful, recommend the H50 around here and people go insane. It's a good cooler though!
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June 20, 2010 1:17:24 AM

cmcghee358 said:
Careful, recommend the H50 around here and people go insane.


Hm, why? Just personal preference?
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June 20, 2010 1:20:00 AM

Because, ppl dont like the fact that a $100 water cooling unit, can do what a $90 TRUE can do.

I had NO option, I had to get one (was using a Antec P193 case - hight restrictions) and it was running my OC i7 @4.0GHz (1.30vCore) at 75 under 8 threads of Prime. (tho the Antec P193 was fking ace for air flow)
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June 20, 2010 6:11:57 PM

nmis said:
Hm, why? Just personal preference?

Because people will cite endless benchmarks showing the 80 dollar H50 cools worse than some 60 dollar air coolers.

Alot of times specifically the Hyper 212+

Although a dude that was having heat issues with the 212+ just switched to the H50 and lowered his idle and max temps 5C.

/shrug
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June 20, 2010 8:14:10 PM

Is there a big performance difference between the Mugen 2 and the Hyper 212? As long as they'll support the same overclock I'm thinking I might as well get the cheaper one, unless the 5$ price difference makes a noticeable jump in ability to cool...
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June 20, 2010 8:28:20 PM

The Mugen is quieter and it handles high OCs better. If noise isn't a factor, and you're only shooting for a mild OC, the Hyper 212+ will serve you fine.
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June 20, 2010 8:31:54 PM

Edit: Can edit the above post... Just wanted to add, don't mean to make it sound like the Hyper 212+ is loud, because it's not, at least to my ears.
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