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March 17, 2011 12:53:09 AM

Hi guys. Starting a new build and I have a few (probably really stupid) questions. Lets see if anyone can lend some help here.

So far planned:

CPU: i5-2500k
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


PSU:
750w Thermaltake Toughpower

MOBO:
MSI P67A-GD53 (B3) LGA 1155
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM:
G.Skill
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler:
Spire TherMax Eclipse II
http://www.amazon.com/Spire-TherMax-Eclipse-SP984B1-V2-...

CASE:
COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN2 CM690 II
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

So here are my questions.

First, will that cpu cooler fit on socket 1155? The details list from http://www.spirecoolers.com/main/product_detail.asp?Pro... say "* Supports AM2/AM3 socket 939/940/ 775/1156 & 1366 incl. Intel Core i7 Extreme 130W", then further down says, "Product Specification Socket 1156 / 1155 / 1366 / 940 / 775 / 939 / AM2 / AM3". So is that a yes or a no?

Second, what ram is best for being over clocked to 2133? The mobo supports "Memory Standard DDR3 1066/1333/1600*/2133*(OC)". I figured there would be plenty of you with opinions on that.

*Graphics are leaning towards gtx 560 superclocked or gtx 470. Still up in the air as it will be a month or two until I actually purchase, so hopefully prices drop and I can upgrade. The above are just what I have in mind at this time. Thanks!

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March 17, 2011 2:45:53 AM

kuthedude said:
First, will that cpu cooler fit on socket 1155? The details list from http://www.spirecoolers.com/main/product_detail.asp?Pro... say "* Supports AM2/AM3 socket 939/940/ 775/1156 & 1366 incl. Intel Core i7 Extreme 130W", then further down says, "Product Specification Socket 1156 / 1155 / 1366 / 940 / 775 / 939 / AM2 / AM3". So is that a yes or a no?


Yes, LGA1155 has the same physical dimensions for heatsink mounting as the predcessor LGA1156.
The one thing you might find is that the first bank of RAM is closer to the CPU now so some of the tower Heatsinks (especially w/ dual fans) end up blocking that. The RAM sticks themselves seem to always fit, but if the RAM has heatsink fins or teeth on top of it then that sometimes creates an issue.
I'm not familiar w/ this specific cooler so I can't say if that's an issue or if you can get around it by simply using fan on opposite side.



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March 17, 2011 2:50:23 AM

Check out my build guide in my siggy for some info (the 1000$ build would probably fit your budget while fitting in the 560 Ti, NOT the 470).

As for RAM overclocked to 2133, I don't believe any can be OC'd up to that speed stable. Well I could be wrong, but that's just me. 2133 vs 1333 has no real difference in reality. The only time you would notice it, is during benching. And in the end who really cares about memory benchmarks. I sure don't.
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March 17, 2011 3:09:06 AM

aznshinobi said:
Check out my build guide in my siggy for some info (the 1000$ build would probably fit your budget while fitting in the 560 Ti, NOT the 470).

As for RAM overclocked to 2133, I don't believe any can be OC'd up to that speed stable. Well I could be wrong, but that's just me. 2133 vs 1333 has no real difference in reality. The only time you would notice it, is during benching. And in the end who really cares about memory benchmarks. I sure don't.


Exactly memory timings are not that crucial for performance-wise
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March 17, 2011 10:31:34 AM

CopaMundial said:
Yes, LGA1155 has the same physical dimensions for heatsink mounting as the predcessor LGA1156.
The one thing you might find is that the first bank of RAM is closer to the CPU now so some of the tower Heatsinks (especially w/ dual fans) end up blocking that. The RAM sticks themselves seem to always fit, but if the RAM has heatsink fins or teeth on top of it then that sometimes creates an issue.
I'm not familiar w/ this specific cooler so I can't say if that's an issue or if you can get around it by simply using fan on opposite side.


Good point. I have read some reviews on the cooler, and most say that you only need 1 fan. Know of a good ram that doesn't have any teeth/fins etc on it? I mean.... I don't need my ram to look "cool", just function.

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March 17, 2011 1:02:16 PM

kuthedude said:
Good point. I have read some reviews on the cooler, and most say that you only need 1 fan. Know of a good ram that doesn't have any teeth/fins etc on it? I mean.... I don't need my ram to look "cool", just function.


Lol none that you're going to be able to overvolt up to 2133 without heatspreaders.
Do that and your PC will sound like one of these when your memory cooks.



I would just look for reviews from people w/ LGA1155 motherboards and that cooler to see if they had fit issues.
Or you could go with a top down cooler like this.
http://www.noctua.at/main.php?show=productview&products...
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March 17, 2011 1:54:38 PM

Here are four 8GB kits, the first two being DDR3 1333, the last two being DDR3 1600. While they all have heat spreaders, they don't have tall heatsinks (ie. Ripjaws, Vengeance, etc). As others have stated, you won't notice a difference between them.

Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model 996770

G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBSR

G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR

Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX

All of these should work with no problems. I am building a computer for my dad this weekend and got the Mushkin set at an additional $15 off through a combo on Newegg when paired with the i5-2500k. That's $67 for 8 gigs of quality RAM.

EDIT: He is happy with using the Intel boxed cooler as he doesn't want his CPU overclocked at this time.
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March 17, 2011 7:09:17 PM

CopaMundial said:
Lol none that you're going to be able to overvolt up to 2133 without heatspreaders.
Do that and your PC will sound like one of these when your memory cooks.

http://s1.hubimg.com/u/3068464_f260.jpg

I would just look for reviews from people w/ LGA1155 motherboards and that cooler to see if they had fit issues.
Or you could go with a top down cooler like this.
http://www.noctua.at/main.php?show=productview&products...


Ha, yeah....I guess I will just keep my ram at normal, maybe some OC'ing. That cooler you suggested is actually 2nd on my list. It has very good reviews too.
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March 17, 2011 10:01:02 PM

I personally think the Noctua costs to much and you should go for the Hyper 212+. The Hyper 212+ is just as good of a cooler for about 40-50$ less. Not to mention @ Amazon it comes with 2 fans. Another thing, because the SB design using 32nm They don't produce a lot of even. Many reviewers state this and are able to get the 2500K/2600K up to 4.6ghz just on the stock cooler alone. With that said you'd be fine with a good cooler like the Hyper 212+.
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March 19, 2011 12:07:38 PM

aznshinobi said:
I personally think the Noctua costs to much and you should go for the Hyper 212+. The Hyper 212+ is just as good of a cooler for about 40-50$ less. Not to mention @ Amazon it comes with 2 fans. Another thing, because the SB design using 32nm They don't produce a lot of even. Many reviewers state this and are able to get the 2500K/2600K up to 4.6ghz just on the stock cooler alone. With that said you'd be fine with a good cooler like the Hyper 212+.


I installed a 212+ last night that I ordered from Amazon.com, and it came with one fan.
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March 19, 2011 5:17:57 PM

^ Aww well I guess it is just the lucky ones. I've heard a few THG forum members order from Amazon and get two fans. I guess meh.
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March 21, 2011 1:40:56 PM

aznshinobi said:
^ Aww well I guess it is just the lucky ones. I've heard a few THG forum members order from Amazon and get two fans. I guess meh.


Yeah, no biggie. What a PITA to install. Works well though. Highly recommend.
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