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Does the i7 2600k work with 1600MHz Memory?

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February 20, 2012 6:07:32 PM

I'm buying a new computer, and wondering if I could get 1600MHz memory with the i7 2600k.
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February 20, 2012 6:12:06 PM

Yup. That's usually the sweet spot for SB builds. Just get the lowest timings possible and a voltage at 1.5 or lower.

Make sure your mobo supports it. Some H67 mobos can't go over 1333.
February 20, 2012 6:13:50 PM

I lost you at Yep.
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February 20, 2012 6:30:12 PM

I live in Israel, so I cannot buy from New Egg, but what I am getting is the Corsair Vengance blue 2x4GB
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February 20, 2012 6:32:26 PM

merphal said:
I live in Israel, so I cannot buy from New Egg, but what I am getting is the Corsair Vengance blue 2x4GB

Yea that's fine but make sure your CPU cooler can fit with the RAM heat spreaders. If you have a stock cooler or a single tower cooler, you should be fine.
February 20, 2012 6:43:22 PM

I am getting a Corsair Hydro H60 High Performance. Will that fit?
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February 20, 2012 6:54:13 PM

merphal said:
I am getting a Corsair Hydro H60 High Performance. Will that fit?

Yea, with no problems. The unit is going on the other side of the mobo, away from the RAM (unless you have some funky case)
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February 20, 2012 7:16:12 PM

merphal said:
Here's the system I'm getting, could you tell me if it'll fit together?

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/327208-10-could-fee...

It will fit but you could change a few things. I'm using Newegg for reference since you live in Israel.

mATX mobos aren't very good for OCing and generate more heat than ATX mobos.
ASUS P8Z68 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

A 7950 can do so much more than a 580 and it's cheaper. With this model there is no reason to upgrade the cooler since this one is more than enough for serious OC.
7950 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This CM Storm Trooper will do much more than that Thermaltake
CM Storm Trooper - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You're going to need an SSD because that HDD will slow down your system.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Get this PSU if your just doing a single card config
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or this one if you're doing 2 cards
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
February 21, 2012 11:32:28 AM

e56imfg said:
It will fit but you could change a few things. I'm using Newegg for reference since you live in Israel.

mATX mobos aren't very good for OCing and generate more heat than ATX mobos.
ASUS P8Z68 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

A 7950 can do so much more than a 580 and it's cheaper. With this model there is no reason to upgrade the cooler since this one is more than enough for serious OC.
7950 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This CM Storm Trooper will do much more than that Thermaltake
CM Storm Trooper - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You're going to need an SSD because that HDD will slow down your system.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Get this PSU if your just doing a single card config
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or this one if you're doing 2 cards
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


How about this:

CPU: Core i7 2600K 3.4Ghz, s1155, 8MB, GPU Core, Tray
CPU Cooling: Corsair Hydro H40 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
GPU: GIGABYTE - AMD HD 7970 3GB GDDR5 DX11 DVI HDMI Mini 2xDP PCI-E
GPU External Cooling: Arctic Accelero TWIN TURBO PRO Dual Fans VGA Cooler
Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 s1155 Core i3/i5/i7, Intel Z68, DDR3 1600, 3xPCI-E
RAM: R3 1600Mhz 2x4GB Corsair Vengeance Blue LP Edition CL9-9-9-24
SSD: Crucial Crucial m4 2.5'' 64GB SSD MLC SATA III CT064M4SSD2
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 7200RPM, 16MB, SATA III WD5000AAKX
Sound Card: Creative Creative Audigy SE 7.1
Blu-Ray: LG UH12LS28 DVD±RW Blu-Ray Combo Black Sata
Case: Thermaltake Overseer RX-I Full Tower Series Black Case
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 750W Active PFC 13.5cm PSU HCG-750
Monitor: LG LG IPS225T 21.5'' LED IPS 5ms VGA DVI WideScreen Black
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 - OEM Windows 7 Home Premium English 64Bit

The price is 2,802.70$
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February 21, 2012 9:44:55 PM

merphal said:
How about this:

CPU: Core i7 2600K 3.4Ghz, s1155, 8MB, GPU Core, Tray
CPU Cooling: Corsair Hydro H40 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
GPU: GIGABYTE - AMD HD 7970 3GB GDDR5 DX11 DVI HDMI Mini 2xDP PCI-E
GPU External Cooling: Arctic Accelero TWIN TURBO PRO Dual Fans VGA Cooler
Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 s1155 Core i3/i5/i7, Intel Z68, DDR3 1600, 3xPCI-E
RAM: R3 1600Mhz 2x4GB Corsair Vengeance Blue LP Edition CL9-9-9-24
SSD: Crucial Crucial m4 2.5'' 64GB SSD MLC SATA III CT064M4SSD2
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 7200RPM, 16MB, SATA III WD5000AAKX
Sound Card: Creative Creative Audigy SE 7.1
Blu-Ray: LG UH12LS28 DVD±RW Blu-Ray Combo Black Sata
Case: Thermaltake Overseer RX-I Full Tower Series Black Case
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 750W Active PFC 13.5cm PSU HCG-750
Monitor: LG LG IPS225T 21.5'' LED IPS 5ms VGA DVI WideScreen Black
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 - OEM Windows 7 Home Premium English 64Bit

The price is 2,802.70$

Don't get that H40 when you can get a lower price, quieter air cooler. (It will fit with the Vengeance RAM)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Do you really want a aftermarket GPU cooler?

Drop the sound card. There's no need for it since your mobo already comes with HD audio.

What's your preference for a case? If you don't need a full tower, you could get these instead:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
for a full tower:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For the PSU, use this guide: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/322966-28-list-recomm...
I recommend this one
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I don't know that much about monitors so you should go into the monitor section to help you.
February 22, 2012 11:24:51 AM

Why should I change the Case tho?(If it necessary to change, should I take the CM Storm Enforcer Black Atx Case? Or maybe the Thermaltake A90 Armor?) And I will drop the sound card. I just think an aftermarket GPU cooler would be better than only the regular(Is this correct?). The shop I am getting m system from doesn't have the COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO, so should I get the Corsair H60? and what's wrong with the PSU I chose?
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February 22, 2012 11:10:43 PM

merphal said:
Why should I change the Case tho?(If it necessary to change, should I take the CM Storm Enforcer Black Atx Case? Or maybe the Thermaltake A90 Armor?) And I will drop the sound card. I just think an aftermarket GPU cooler would be better than only the regular(Is this correct?). The shop I am getting m system from doesn't have the COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO, so should I get the Corsair H60? and what's wrong with the PSU I chose?

Thermaltake cases are a bit on the cheap side in terms of quality. I just gave you a better option but cases don't matter as much as any other component so it's up to you, aesthetics vs best price/performance (or cooling) ratio.

An aftermarket GPU cooler would make a difference when compared to the reference design but not so much when it comes to aftermarket deigns from ASUS, Saphire, MSI, etc. But the decision is yours.

Try getting this heatsink.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Closed loop coolers are not really worth it IMO (besides the H100) because they don't really have an advantage in terms of cooling performance compared to air coolers in that price range. I like the H100 because it's the best cooler out of all the air coolers and the other closed loop units and you don't have to get into custom WC.

There isn't wrong with the PSU, I'm just saying that you could get a better one at the same price.
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February 22, 2012 11:55:17 PM

e56imfg said:
Yup. That's usually the sweet spot for SB builds. Just get the lowest timings possible and a voltage at 1.5 or lower.

Make sure your mobo supports it. Some H67 mobos can't go over 1333.


Just a correction here, Intels Sandy bridge CPUs only support up to 1333MHz RAM at the IMC. The mobo will run the 1600MHz RAM at basically a overclock of the RAM, and you will get a bit of performance boost but not as much as would be expected.

And the Corsair Vengance is my current memory of choice at 1600MHz as its fast, low voltage and decent timings.

Also you will have to go into the BIOS and set the memory to XMP for it to run 1600MHz, else it will run 1333MHz.

http://ark.intel.com/products/52214/Intel-Core-i7-2600K...(8M-Cache-3_40-GHz)
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February 23, 2012 12:27:39 AM

jimmysmitty said:
Just a correction here, Intels Sandy bridge CPUs only support up to 1333MHz RAM at the IMC. The mobo will run the 1600MHz RAM at basically a overclock of the RAM, and you will get a bit of performance boost but not as much as would be expected.

And the Corsair Vengance is my current memory of choice at 1600MHz as its fast, low voltage and decent timings.

Also you will have to go into the BIOS and set the memory to XMP for it to run 1600MHz, else it will run 1333MHz.

http://ark.intel.com/products/52214/Intel-Core-i7-2600K...(8M-Cache-3_40-GHz)

What I meant from sweet spot was what most people use. I am aware that 1600 OCs the RAM.
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February 23, 2012 12:42:44 AM

^ahhh. Just making sure the OP know that too. Don't want him to install the RAM and wonder why its running at only 1333MHz, also why I mentioned XMP.

That mobo should set it automatically but sometimes they don't.
February 23, 2012 3:33:51 AM

Wow! Thanks, I didn't know that! Could you just tell me how to do that? And the only Cooler Master CPU cooler the shop has is the V10. Should I take that?
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