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Does this work together I5-2500k, vertex 3, HD6950

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April 9, 2011 3:55:21 PM

1st time trying to build my own gaming desktop. I will keep my case and power supply from my current system.

LIAN LI PC-60APLUSII W Silver Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
2 yr old OCZ power supply (900 watts I think, cant see the model number until I take it out of the case)

So far I have ordered

1 "Intel Core i5 Processor i5-2500K 3.3GHz 6MB LGA1155 CPU BOX80623I52500K"
$227.00


1 "ASUS P8P67 DELUXE REV 3.0 LGA 1155 SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0 Supported Intel P67 DDR3 2400 ATX Motherboard"
$239.99


1 G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM
$92.00

1 "ASUS ATI Radeon HD6950 2GB DDR5 2DVI/HDMI/2x Mini DisplayPort PCI-Express Video Card EAH6950/2DI2S/2GD5"
$296.48

1 "OCZ Technology 120 GB Vertex 3 SATA III 6.0 Gb-s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive VTX3-25SAT3-120G"
$300.70


total 1156.17

In my cart right now I have
Asus 24x DVD±RW Drive DVD-RAM/±R/±RW 24x 8x 16x (DVD) 48x 32x 48x (CD) Serial ATA Internal OEM DRW-24B1ST (Black)
$24.48

I am considering getting
Corsair Cooling Hydro Series H50 All in One High-performance CPU Cooler CWCH50-1
$71.36


ArctiClean 60ml Kit (includes 30ml ArctiClean 1 and 30ml ArctiClean 2)
$6.60

Any comments, advice, suggestions, would be appreciated. Im not sure about the cooler but I do want to overclock the 2500k. Reviews are mixed on the Corsair H50 but it ensures an easy fit in the case. The Coolermaster V8 also has my interest.
April 9, 2011 4:19:05 PM

I forgot to mention I have 2 x 1 gb western digital passports 3.0 that I use for all storage. I also am running windows ultimate 64.

Another question is my 2 year old monitor Viewsonic vx1962wm
specs http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Is the monitor sufficient or will I not get the visual benefits of the new system?
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April 10, 2011 2:55:39 PM

Thanks for the advice, I will go ahead and get a new monitor then and I like the ones you suggested, they have great reviews.
The 212 really looks like the best cooler for the money, I have been debating on that one too. I know it depends on other things besides just the cooler but do you think it will work well enough to overclock to 4.8 or even 5.0 ? ( I wouldnt leave it that high all the time, I kinda just want to see if I can do it). My case is
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
and my average room temp is 21 C or 70 F currently running the stock fans
1 x 80mm rear fan
1 x 80mm top fan
1 x 120mm front fan
April 10, 2011 3:48:08 PM

jasonick said:
Thanks for the advice, I will go ahead and get a new monitor then and I like the ones you suggested, they have great reviews.
The 212 really looks like the best cooler for the money, I have been debating on that one too. I know it depends on other things besides just the cooler but do you think it will work well enough to overclock to 4.8 or even 5.0 ? ( I wouldnt leave it that high all the time, I kinda just want to see if I can do it). My case is
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
and my average room temp is 21 C or 70 F currently running the stock fans
1 x 80mm rear fan
1 x 80mm top fan
1 x 120mm front fan


I can't remember where I saw a an article or thread where the H50 and 70 were put up against a Noctua HSF and it won over the packaged liquid coolers by like 6 degrees.

I get 4.5G on my i5 2500k, but I'm just using the Auto OC on my ASUS board. it won't run stable any higher. though I haven't messed with the manual settings. 4.5 is plenty fast. the CPU doens't get over 58C running full load during a torture test, Idles a 30C, runs 40C gaming on Crysis2.
April 10, 2011 4:38:33 PM

For 12 less, you can get a Thermaltake Frio, at $58, its one of the best coolers out there
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