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October 5, 2012 5:05:00 PM

Hi,

I'm gonna buy an i5 2500K.
I have a Corsair VX450W and an XFX HD6950 2GB.
I'm gonna overclock the CPU with a cooler that I need you to recommend me, and I will also need a mobo for the CPU, that supports CF in case I decide to buy another HD6950 2GB in the future. Also, does it have to be th exact same XFX HD6950 2GB model? Can it be a different HD6950 2GB?
For now I understnad a 450W won't hold two HD6950s, but until I buy another HD6950 there's no need to buy a new one.

Thanks. :D 

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October 5, 2012 6:03:47 PM

You're right about not needing the new PSU until you're ready to CF.

A good MB that overclocks well and supports CF in 8x/8x mode is the GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H for about $150 at Newegg. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As ofr CFiring the 6950, it doesn't have to be the same brand, just the same model.

As for the cooler, go for the CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO. It's got a good reputation for a reason.
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October 5, 2012 7:11:28 PM

Alright. I had an Hyper 212 Plus which was a pain to install, but I guess it's worth it.

I'm glad it doesn't have to be the exact XFX HD6950 2GB because I already can't find the single-fan model I have anywhere online.

Also, do all CF mobos cost so much? This one is 265 USD in my country. I was hoping to pay 1/3 its price.

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October 5, 2012 7:59:17 PM

OK I found the following two that seem to suit my needs, both have SATA 2 and 3, USB3 and CFX support.

They differ by 5 dollars in my country, so I wonder which is better:

Asus P8B75-V
Gigabyte GA-Z68AP-D3

Thanks.

EDIT:

Apparently with CF both mobos run the second PCIeslot at x4. Is this a problem?
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October 7, 2012 1:55:58 PM

"Apparently with CF both mobos run the second PCIeslot at x4. Is this a problem? "

Yes, it's a problem. You'll notice graphivs performance slowdowns. You want a MB that can do CF in x8/x8 mode.
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October 7, 2012 1:57:10 PM

Well thanks everyone, I decided that when comes the time I'll just upgrade to a better single-GPU setup. Thanks again.
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October 7, 2012 1:58:10 PM

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