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August 10, 2011 3:57:22 AM

Hello!. First time ever build and i could use some advice to delete any chance of "incompatibility" issues of hardware.
Compared to my old pc, this will be a huge upgrade!

Cpu: Intel Core i5 2500K Sandy Bridge
Mobo: Asus P8Z68-V
Psu: Corsair CMPSU-850TX V2
Gpu: MSi Gtx 460 Hawk 1GB SLI
Ram: Corsair Vengeance CL9 1600 8gb (2x 4096)
Case: Ninja Raidmax 918 (my old case)

Do i need to change the cpu fan or add any extra fans for overclocking?

Thanks in advance!

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August 10, 2011 4:16:06 AM

Vinny6i6 said:
Hello!. First time ever build and i could use some advice to delete any chance of "incompatibility" issues of hardware.
Compared to my old pc, this will be a huge upgrade!

Cpu: Intel Core i5 2500K Sandy Bridge
Mobo: Asus P8Z68-V
Psu: Corsair CMPSU-850TX V2
Gpu: MSi Gtx 460 Hawk 1GB SLI
Ram: Corsair Vengeance CL9 1600 8gb (2x 4096)
Case: Ninja Raidmax 918 (my old case)

Do i need to change the cpu fan or add any extra fans for overclocking?

Thanks in advance!


Hi, I assume this is a gaming build?

You will need to change the cpu fan if you overclock the cpu and since you are getting the k version of the 2500, I am assuming you will be overclocking. A god price for performance cooler is the hyper 212+

As for your video card, the 460 is a midrange card so you should understand you will not be able to play at maximum settings in the newer games.

As for using your old case, please make sure that the video will fit in your old case.
August 10, 2011 4:20:34 AM

Thank you for the quick reply!!!


Yes it will be a gaming build. I have a tight buget so i can't afford a better video card.


As i stated it will be SLI gtx 460 hawk. The card fits well in the case.


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August 10, 2011 4:21:50 AM

So you will get two 460s?
August 10, 2011 4:24:56 AM

Yes, and i already have one gtx 460 hawk.

Now i am looking to buy the other parts.
August 10, 2011 4:27:21 AM

In that case, my only suggestion is to get a cpu cooler.
August 10, 2011 4:30:37 AM

850W is too much. You can easily power 2 6950 with that with a lot of extra room. I see you plan to run 460 SLI but if you haven't purchase those yet. I would consider something else. The 460s going to be a dead end anyway, there's lots fo better option now. You can always get the single 6850/6870/560/560ti before adding another one on. Anyway.. your SLI 460 will eat up around 450W. I would get at least 550-650W instead of a 850W. If the price is good get the 850W, if not.. aim for something around 600W and above to be on the safe side.

If you want to overclock, you will be fine on stock heatsink until you push farther than 4ish. I recommend the Hyper 212+ for $28 on Newegg. It's budget and works really well. You can also go for the Scythe Mugen 2 for $40. There's two of them on Newegg, one is deactivated.
August 10, 2011 4:33:35 AM

It's for the future when i might need to change the video cards. The new ones might require more W. My old pc is 6 years old +/-, so i dont plan on upgrading very fast after i finish this build!
August 10, 2011 4:35:49 AM

wintermint said:
850W is too much. You can easily power 2 6950 with that with a lot of extra room. I see you plan to run 460 SLI but if you haven't purchase those yet. I would consider something else. The 460s going to be a dead end anyway, there's lots fo better option now. You can always get the single 6850/6870/560/560ti before adding another one on. Anyway.. your SLI 460 will eat up around 450W. I would get at least 550-650W instead of a 850W. If the price is good get the 850W, if not.. aim for something around 600W and above to be on the safe side.

If you want to overclock, you will be fine on stock heatsink until you push farther than 4ish. I recommend the Hyper 212+ for $28 on Newegg. It's budget and works really well. You can also go for the Scythe Mugen 2 for $40. There's two of them on Newegg, one is deactivated.


He already has one 460 hawk and cannot afford anything more. I've heard nightmares about SLI'ing two different versions of the same model and even worse stories about sli'ing two different models altogether...I would not suggest to do that...

Maybe you can stick with your 460 and save up for a better card?

As for the PSU, I agree with wm and didn;t even see that originally.
August 10, 2011 4:41:40 AM

Well, if you're that set on the 850W, then I won't stop you. You should see how well your GTX 460 play before purchasing another one. I really wouldn't go 460 SLI at this time but you already have one purchased. If you plan to do some serious overclocking, the stock heatsink is not enough for you. I already recommended two, and here are the links:

Cooler Master Hyper 212+ $28
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Scythe Mugen 2 $40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The Mugen 2 performs better but it is more expensive. The Hyper 212+ works really well with overclocking. You won't regret either purchase. As for side fans, the GTX 460 SLI will be pushing a lot of air out. Side fans may be good for exhaust to pull those air out. The logo on the fans point where the air is being pushed/pulled. Hope this settles your question :) 
August 10, 2011 4:47:42 AM

Thank you wintermint and chillin15!
Both of these coolers have the same price in my country 50 $ (PS for the info i live in Romania, we have crappy prices out here)
August 10, 2011 4:50:51 AM

For a gtx 460 hawk SLI i pay 470 $ compared to a better gpu like gtx 580 which jumps to 600 $.
Should i stick with the SLI or wait to get a better card after a year? (In the meantime i will use only one gtx 460 hawk)
!