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Building an LGA1155 upgrade, goodbye LGA775

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February 27, 2011 6:23:15 PM

Finally reaching the point where my existing system isn't able to keep up, so looking to put together a new machine with the Sandy Bridge architecture.

I would like to keep the build below $2000, with a maximum focus on being able to upgrade in the future as needed.


Case: COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower

I have more than enough space, and would like to have the best airflow I possibly can. I am also planning on purchasing an additional fan for the extra slot blowing across the graphics card(s).


Motherboard: Asus Maximus 4 Extreme

Still up in the air on this one, don't really know if its worth the additional money or not but a lot of the features in recent reviews seem quite nice. I am set on the board being Asus, however.


CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W

Seems to be the standard for a moderate-overclocking and gaming. No real need for the multi threading, the only other thing I would do on this machine is surf the net and do some light dev. Plan to push this up at least into the mid 4Ghz range.


Cooling: Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO

Really just a toss up between this and the megalehems.


Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

Frequency seems like it would fit well with a sandy bridge system, and low CAS (7-8-7-24). Just hoping it will fit with the Noctua. Worried that its at 1.6V, would I be better off finding something at 1.5V to give myself some more wiggle room?


Disks: Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC + SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"

Windows and the more commonly loaded games on the SSD, everything else on the Spinpoint F3 that seems to be so very popular.


Video Card: EVGA 015-P3-1580-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support

This one was definitely questionable. I currently work with two monitors in a 3360x1080 layout, though I definitely plan on upgrading to 3840x1080 or 3840x1200 soon. A 570 could probably handle this as well, I was simply planning on going with this now and in the future if necessary getting a second 580 in SLI. Would I be just as well off with two 570's in the long run?


PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC

I figure this will give me enough room if I need to SLI in the future.


Critique and opinions are welcome and appreciated.

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February 27, 2011 8:25:04 PM

Check out my build guide in my siggy.

Critiques, almost everything.
Motherboard: You don't need a 300$ board, an Asrock Extreme4 P67 (150$) board performs just as well as that board. It overclocks a good SB chip (not all SB chips are made to the same grade A) to 5.1ghz on air with BIOS revision. Basically, you don't need a 300$ board anymore.

Cooler: Megahalems is good enough, the D14 is expensive and a huge cooler. Really not the best cooler for price/perf. Plus when you add two fans on the Megahalems the performance/cooling is really solid.

SSD: Wait for the Vertex 3. Simply to put, the Vertex 3 is about the same price for better performance and price/gig. The controller on the C300's I believe it is a Idelix or something. It just doesn't match the SF (SandForce) 2xxx series controllers.
Proof:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/vertex-3-sandforce-...

Card: You'd be good enough at that resolution with 2x570's which would run cooler than SLI 580's by a long shot. I would suggest looking towards custom heatsink 580 or 570. Ideally the Twin Frozrs or the DirectCu II.
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February 27, 2011 9:20:00 PM

I'll take a look at the Asrock Extreme4.

Where are people finding such cheap Megahalems? It seems like the price of a Megahalem plus a pair of fans would not put it very far below the D14. Would you recommend any particular fan(s) with the Megahalem?

So a pair of 570's would do just as well as a pair of 580's so long as I wasn't doing something crazy like 3 full HD screens?
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February 27, 2011 9:38:58 PM

Well I forget where, but I do remember at one point Newegg sold em for 55$ or so.

You could go for the Hyper 212+ which would be a solid choice @ 27$ off amazon. Includes 2 fans as well and cools SB just fine since they're 32nm.

Yes I believe so.
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March 6, 2011 11:14:39 PM

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February 23, 2012 8:55:21 PM

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