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Does this CPU fit in the AsRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3

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March 9, 2012 5:41:32 PM

Hi,

I have a small question and this will be my first build.

Will this CPU:
Intel Core i7 (2600K) 3.4GHz Quad Core Processor 8MB L3 Cache Socket LGA1155 (Boxed)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B004EBUXSA/ref=ox_sc...

Fit in this mother board:
AsRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Z68-Extreme3-Motherboard-PCI-Ex...

Thanks in advance!
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March 9, 2012 5:49:08 PM

yes it will

though if you are only gaming the 2500k would be more suitable --and cheaper

if you need the hyperthreading then the 2600k is fine
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March 9, 2012 5:49:19 PM

yes
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March 9, 2012 5:55:18 PM

If you want to overclock get the K version so 2500k.

For games the 2500k should work as well as the 2600k.

This is because games are not taking advantage of the hyper-threading. Many media programs and 3d rendering programs will, but games, not so much.
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March 9, 2012 5:57:33 PM

if for mainly gaming get the 2500k and a decent aftermarket cooler like a hyper 212--cheap but effective

with the k version and a decent cooler a 4.5ghz overclock will be straightforward

March 9, 2012 6:02:20 PM

Also I have a cooler/heat sink, however I'm not sure what it is as I got it with the pre built Alienware Aurora many years ago and I'm unsure whether it will fit in my case or not.
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March 9, 2012 6:04:45 PM

the old cooler wont fit the motherboard

the link i gave includes the stock heatsink/cooler
March 9, 2012 6:07:41 PM

Ok, so you mean to say the heatsink/cooler that comes with the i5 core you linked will be good enough and I should use that? As all I see in that link is the cpu
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March 9, 2012 6:10:33 PM

it says retail

that means you get the stock heatsink

if it says oem you dont get the heatsink

the stock heatsink is good for about 4ghz-4.2ghz

the 2500k will do 4.5ghz plus

a decent aftermarket heatsink is needed to go over 4.2ghz really--like this one

http://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Other+products/Cool...
March 9, 2012 6:19:20 PM

ok thanks a lot. Not sure if paying for a better heat sink is worth the hassel if that much extra overclock would affect my performance in any drastic measure.

I hope my PSU of 550 watts will be enough for my build:
Asus nvidia GTX 560 Ti
Intel Core i5-2500K 3.30GHz
AsRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 Motherboard
Corsair 8GB of DDR3 RAM 1600 MHz
Corsair 128GB SSD
450 GB HDD
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March 9, 2012 6:22:17 PM

550w is fine for that build

just get a decent psu maker like corsair,seasonic etc

and check your ram is 1.5v not 1.65v

good graphics card no problems there
March 9, 2012 6:49:21 PM

Ok thank you. My old PC used an i7 Core 2.60GHz and I'm hoping this i5 3.30GHz, 6MB Cache will give either unnoticeable difference in performance while gaming or better.
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March 9, 2012 7:10:53 PM

should be a bit better depending if the game is cpu heavy

i went from the old i7-920 overclocked to 4ghz to the 2600k overclocked to 5ghz

so the newer cpu runs cooler,overclocks more and is faster at stock speed
March 9, 2012 7:22:48 PM

Thanks for your help. Not tried over clocking but definitely going to try when I get it all set up :) 
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March 9, 2012 8:28:27 PM

mayron4077 said:
The only 2500k I found was this:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Intel-Sandybridge-i5-2500K-Quad...

However its only i5. Will there be much difference from the i7 and this i5 in terms of performance for gaming? Also I'm not sure what it means by "unlocked"


Unlocked and unleashed means you got the ability to overclock the CPU. Squezzing more power out of the CPU. From stock speed of 3.3 GHZ-3.7 GHZ, you can increase up to 5.0 GHZ depending on the Vcore and the cpu cooler(air/liquid). Z68 chipset MB supports Intel SRT(SSD caching), Virtu Lucid(utilizing the iGPU and discrete GPU). When the new Ivy Bridge CPU will come, it is still be compatible with this MB, all you need to do is a BIOS update. Combine it with a decent GPU(nVidia or AMD Radeon), you got a solid and blazing fast PC that will last for at least 2-4 years.
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March 9, 2012 11:23:48 PM

mayron4077 said:
Thanks for your help. Not tried over clocking but definitely going to try when I get it all set up :) 


no problem :D 


just stick to an overclock round the 4.2ghz mark if sticking with the stock heatsink
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March 9, 2012 11:42:10 PM

mcnumpty23 said:
the old cooler wont fit the motherboard

the link i gave includes the stock heatsink/cooler

The extreme3gen3 had holes for LGA775 and LGA1155 heat sinks, so if you have an old high end CPU cooler it will fit this board.
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