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May 20, 2011 3:16:53 PM

I am having a system built buy my nephew in a couple of weeks and I just want you input to know if it can be built or if there might be any problems.

These are the items I will be getting

CPU Case:

Coolmaster Haf 932

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

Fans:

Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler

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

MOBO:

Asus Maximus IV Extreme-z (Z68)

Not currently on market

Processor:

i7-2600k

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

Blu-ray drive:

LITE-ON Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 8MB Cache SATA Internal Blu-ray Burner 12X Blu-ray Burner with Blu-ray 3D feature Model iHBS112 - OEM

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

DVD burner:

ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

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


Power Supply:

SILVERSTONE ST1000-P 1000W

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

Memory:

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C8

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

SSD:

OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-240G 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

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

Hard Drive:

Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS 300GB 10000 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

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

Graphics Card:

I have 2 of these

SAPPHIRE 100311SR Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

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



That is the build, and if possible can anyone tell me if this can be overclocked and if so what would be the appropriate amount it could be overclocked and be safe and stable.

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May 20, 2011 3:36:05 PM

Your build looks very nice. I can’t see any problems with it at all. Question for you what are you building this system for? If it is for gaming you might want to change the processor from the Intel® Core™ i7-2600K to the Intel Core i5-2500K. The reason behind this change is that very few games right now can use more than 3 threads or cores, so the Intel Core i7-2600K with its support for up to 8 threads doesn’t have much value in gaming. If you are doing any video/audio or other heavily multi-threaded work the Intel Core i7-2600K is still the processor for you.
Now as far as overclocking with both the Intel Core i7-2600K and the Intel Core i5-2500K, I have heard from a number of people who are easily reaching over 4.5 GHz with a normal air cooler. So I think you most likely would be able to reach at least 4.5 GHz range with your processor.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
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May 20, 2011 3:43:38 PM

IntelEnthusiast said:
Your build looks very nice. I can’t see any problems with it at all. Question for you what are you building this system for? If it is for gaming you might want to change the processor from the Intel® Core™ i7-2600K to the Intel Core i5-2500K. The reason behind this change is that very few games right now can use more than 3 threads or cores, so the Intel Core i7-2600K with its support for up to 8 threads doesn’t have much value in gaming. If you are doing any video/audio or other heavily multi-threaded work the Intel Core i7-2600K is still the processor for you.
Now as far as overclocking with both the Intel Core i7-2600K and the Intel Core i5-2500K, I have heard from a number of people who are easily reaching over 4.5 GHz with a normal air cooler. So I think you most likely would be able to reach at least 4.5 GHz range with your processor.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team



I will being doing video encoding and gaming with this. One of the reasons I am getting a second opinion because my nephew doesn't think the fans that I am getting in the unit would work (too big). Two he tells me I shouldn't overclock because he said it would overheat my computer, but I would like to get maximum performance (but not so much that it is unstable) out of my system. I already have the 2600k processor among a few things I have already. But yea I just want to make sure that my research doesn't contradict what my nephew is telling me. I just want to make sure that it can be done without any problems. I know he can build the system just need a secong opinion.
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May 20, 2011 4:34:18 PM

I would appreciate any comments given on this subject. I have purchased the cpu case, ssd, processor, the 2 video cards, dvd burner, and the memory. I really would like to know mostly if the fan and heatsink kit really is too big for the system or not. And if OC'ing this system can be done and done stable. Please anyone help me out here, I am going to have this done in the first 2 weeks of June and want to make sure I picked the correct things. I will be using windows 7 ultimate full 64-bit edition.
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May 20, 2011 4:58:56 PM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
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May 20, 2011 5:53:06 PM

Ok so I see no one is willing to help me out. Well this is what my nephew tells me.

everything looks good except

1. I don't recommend the fan, it looks too heavy and will put too much stress on the motherboard, also it looks too big and might not even fit. Also, the thing with heat pipes is they are designed to work best on a horizontally mounted motherboard, and mounting them sideways in a tower case will reduce their effectiveness. I would get an inward facing fan so that the heatsinks surrounding the cpu can take advantage of it.

2. I don't recommend that you overclock, it just makes the whole system unstable and run too hot, and heat will kill your computer.

Getting a ssd as your primary hard drive was a really good choice, it will make it a lot faster and ocz is one of the best.

Any recommendations to this reponse would be very helpful. This is my first computer build in 8 years so the only knowledge I have is been reading research on these type of threads. I really just want comfirmation that the build I am building is not a problem and OC'ing is not a problem.
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May 20, 2011 6:25:18 PM

brpeden82 said:
overclocking doesnt kill ure if u have the right cooler and the noctua is one of the top one to buy

i suggest

Scythe SCMG-2100 Sleeve CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



Thanks for your suggestion. I was planning on the Noctua, but is it really too big for the unit I am buying? Or would the Scythe be all I need if I wanted to OC to the 4.0 - 4.5 range?
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May 20, 2011 7:43:30 PM

If I could get more responses I would be very happy. I really need the question answered is the Noctua NH-D14 really too big for my system, and can I overclock with no problem. I have no idea except for what I have read and I only know that the fan and heatsink is good but don't know if it is to big. Seriously can someone please give me a really straight forward answer to this question.
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May 20, 2011 11:24:29 PM

So I posted in another forum and it looks like everything would work fine. The only problem is that the memory that I am using might not fit with the heatsink and fan system I am getting. However that doesn't seem to be a huge concern yet.
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May 21, 2011 1:25:01 AM

Please do not unnecessarily bump your thread again.
If you fill out the build advice form sticky, we'll be able to help you more.
For now - you system is overkill (we'll no to what degree after you give more info).
1. Drop the 2600K for the 2500K, you won't see any performance difference
2. Get a much cheaper motherboard
3. Drop the Velociraptor and 240GB V3 in favor of a 120GB V3 or similary and a 1TB Spinpoint F3
4. Get a Corsair TX750 V2 PSU instead
5. Get a Hyper 212+ or Xigmatek Aegir instead if you want to save some more
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May 21, 2011 2:25:50 AM

jbakerlent said:
Please do not unnecessarily bump your thread again.
If you fill out the build advice form sticky, we'll be able to help you more.
For now - you system is overkill (we'll no to what degree after you give more info).
1. Drop the 2600K for the 2500K, you won't see any performance difference
2. Get a much cheaper motherboard
3. Drop the Velociraptor and 240GB V3 in favor of a 120GB V3 or similary and a 1TB Spinpoint F3
4. Get a Corsair TX750 V2 PSU instead
5. Get a Hyper 212+ or Xigmatek Aegir instead if you want to save some more



I'm not necessarily trying to save money I just want to future proof my computer so that it isn't completely obsolete in 2 to 3 years. Better to build bigger then regret it in the long run. Also I am doing crossfire and I already have the 2600k its 100 dollar difference no biggie.
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