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January 21, 2011 12:51:52 PM

Hello,
Currently building this MODERATE GAMING RIG basically to upgrade from my old computer which is close to dead soon.

Was totally confused by the RAMS at first, and could still use some advice. :)  Go for the Ripjaws X series? Go for 8GB? Go for DDR1333 or 1600 or 2000? Could really use some help here. :??: 

Going to overclock the CPU to roughly 4.5Ghz~4.8Ghz, around that range to get a 24/7 stable overclock.
GPU is already overclocked and may overclock RAM if it bottlenecks the whole system, not really sure how to check if the system is bottlenecked though. :na: 

Going to get Windows 7 64bit if this might help you decide on the RAM. :) 

Also, from Australia so newegg.com would be totally out.

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

ASUS P8P67 PRO LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA Superclocked GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel ...
(May get extra fan to do a push-pull system)

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM

SeaSonic X Series X-850 (SS-850KM Active PFC F3) 850W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Probably going to pick up any cheap Optical Drive and Thermal Compound from around here.
Please review this build and let me know your reviews/criticisms/suggestions/advice!

Thanks. :) 

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January 21, 2011 1:52:36 PM

Are you just using the build to play games? Or is there another use? I'm asking because if it's just gaming, the HD 6950 is $80 cheaper, and offers better performance, once you've tweaked it. The 6950 has a "feature" that allows you to flash the card's BIOS with the HD 6970's BIOS. If you do this, the card will perform exactly like the 6970, which is more powerful than the 570. Of course, if you don't flash the BIOS, it's slighly weaker.

It all looks good. The RAM is just fine. For overclocking, you'd want 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 sticks. If you weren't overclocking, 1600 mhz CL 9 would be fine. I wouldn't get 1333 mhz sitcks, as they're slower and won't save much. 2000 mhz sticks are a waste of money. 4 GB is enough if you don't do any rendering, encoding or video/photo editing.

I'd probably look at getting a different HSF. The Hyper is a good budget cooler, but it's outshined by similarly priced HSF, like the Scythe Mugen 2 Rev. B (SCMG-2100, around $40). You're certainly going to want something bigger than the Hyper if you want to get the CPU stable at speeds that high. I'd even go as far as to suggest the best air cooling you can get, the Noctua NH-D14 for around $90.

You could get by with a 750W PSU, if you wanted to save some money. Of course, since you opted for an 80+ Gold PSU, I doubt that's the goal.
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January 21, 2011 4:23:17 PM

Wow! Thanks for the detailed analysis MadAdmiral! :bounce: 

This build is mainly to play games but along the way I may need to do some photoshop works and perhaps do some presentation works. So I should be sticking with the GTX 570. :D 

Just to clarify the RAM portion, you mean that if I were to overclock the RAM then I should get CAS Latency 7 sticks? Or if I were overclocking the CPU that I get the CAS Latency 7 sticks? : :na: 

Don't think I'll be going all the way for the Notuna NH-D14 but I would most probably change the Hyper into the recommended Scythe Mugen 2 Rev. B

As for the PSU, you've read my mind. :D  PSU is too allow for some headroom to expand and to just play safe.

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January 21, 2011 4:30:41 PM

If you're overclocking either the CPU or RAM, I'd get the CL 7 sticks. Overclocking the CPU is tied to overclocking the RAM.
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January 22, 2011 1:33:32 AM

Thanks MadAdmiral! Really helped alot in helping me decide and improve my build.
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January 22, 2011 1:33:59 AM

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January 22, 2011 5:11:16 AM

Hey mate this is similar to a future build i want to do (Im also from Aus). So can you please post prices and what vendor your using?

So far im using www.mwave.com.au as its the cheapest ive found so far
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January 22, 2011 8:36:16 AM

Frankly, I haven't done any budget hunting. Just wanna confirm my whole build first.

I would do some comparisons and if I find a better price then mwave then I would send you a PM alright? :) 

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