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May 20, 2011 11:39:17 PM

Hey guys, just looking for some thoughts on my system build and to make sure everything will work together. I still haven't put the order in so I'm open to suggestions. The system is mainly for gaming.

A few questions:
- I'm looking to overclock the 2600k near 4ghz. Is that feasible with this build (specifically cooler and RAM)?
- Is the free thermal compound decent or should i go with the Thermal Silver 5?
- Is the power supply going to cut it?
- Will the specific Velociraptor and SSD drives be able to run the "Intel Smart Response technology (SSD Caching)"?
- Any point in getting more than Windows 7 Home?

Thanks in advance!

CPU $225
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i7-2500k
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOTHERBOARD $270
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GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD5-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLING $105
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H70 Water Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=35-181-...

THERMAL (comes free with cooler)
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XIGMATEK PTI-G4512 thermal grease
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

VIDEO CARD (already own)
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HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM $100
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G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

PHYSICAL DRIVES $200 + $145
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VelociRaptor WD4500HLHX 450GB 10000 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Crucial RealSSD 64GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COMPUTER CASE $60
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Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

POWER SUPPLY (already own)
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CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CDROM
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one of the metal boxes that spins cds
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS $100
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Windows 7 Home
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



$225 CPU
$270 MB
$105 COOLER
N/A VCARD
$100 RAM
$200 VRAPTOR HDD
$145 SSD
$60 CASE
N/A PSUPPLY
$100 OS
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$1205

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May 21, 2011 1:04:38 AM

Just get a 2500K, much cheaper and 4GHz is still reachable. The bundled TIM is fine. Yep, PSU is great. Yes, SRT will work fine with that HDD combo, but I wouldn't spend the extra on the VR. Probably the only feature you might have a chance of missing in W7 Pro is XP mode. Looks pretty nice overall.
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May 21, 2011 2:34:02 AM

After doing some research on the subject I found that there really isn't a performance difference between the 2500k and 2600k when it comes to gaming. http://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html is misleading.. I'm not going to do any encoding, editing, etc so I think I'm going to go with the 2500k
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