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New Sandy Bridge build. Need advice!

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November 25, 2011 2:52:51 PM

Hey guys, I've finally made the decision to make the jump from my old Q6600 to a i5-2500k! I picked up a case and some RAM at compusa earlier because they were both on sale, so now I just need some suggestions on the other components, mainly the motherboard. I plan on overclocking the 2500k as much as possible and i'm looking for a good solid board for under $200 that will let me get the most out of it. Right now I'm looking at these three boards:

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...

I'll admit I'm kind of partial to Gigabyte because my ep45-ud3p has been extremely reliable and never given me any trouble, but in the end I really just want the board that will be best for overclocking and still have good reliability.

I don't know if the RAM I purchased will have an influence on the board I should pick but for reference it is Kingston HyperX Genesis 8gb DD3-1600. If this isn't a good kit and I should get something else please let me know and I'll take it back to the store.

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

Thanks in advance for your time and advice, and sorry for such a long post lol

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November 25, 2011 3:07:25 PM

You should have no problem with the GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD4-B3 and the Kingston HyperX Genesis 8gb DD3-1600.
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November 25, 2011 3:19:14 PM

1.65V isn't good for Sandy.

I know it's not what you asked but I don't think it's worth upgrading for you right now.
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November 25, 2011 3:24:13 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: within the next month

Budget Range:

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, case, RAM, GPU

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, compusa

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: singe monitor @ 1920x1200 (may go eyefinity in the future)

Additional Comments: also looking for a quality PSU (modular preferred) that isn't TOO expensive and has enough power to potentially run 2 radeon 6950s
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November 25, 2011 3:27:45 PM

FinneousPJ said:
1.65V isn't good for Sandy.

I know it's not what you asked but I don't think it's worth upgrading for you right now.


Could you elaborate a little more? 1.65V for the RAM? and do you mean it's not worth upgrading to a whole new system? If so, could you please explain why? Anyone else think it's not worth the upgrade? Some of the parts, including the CPU, are going to be christmas gifts, so the money spent out of my pocket won't be too much.
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November 25, 2011 3:38:17 PM

anherox said:
Could you elaborate a little more? 1.65V for the RAM? and do you mean it's not worth upgrading to a whole new system? If so, could you please explain why? Anyone else think it's not worth the upgrade? Some of the parts, including the CPU, are going to be christmas gifts, so the money spent out of my pocket won't be too much.


Yes, 1.65V RAM is not good for Sandy. They say it will kill the IMC. I have no experience or deeper knowledge, sorry.

I mean the Q6600 is still a decent CPU. If I were you, I wouldn't upgrade at least until the next generation, if even then. Why are you looking to upgrade? What do you do that is so CPU bound the C2Q is not enough?
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November 25, 2011 3:47:16 PM

Thanks for the advice on the RAM. I'll probably return it to the store in a little while. Could you recommend another kit instead? I'm looking at the G.SKILL Ripjaws X and it seems to have good reviews. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And I know the Q6600 is still decent, but in all honesty I just feel like building a new computer. I'd really like to crossfire my 6950 for eyefinity in the future and correct me if I'm wrong but my current system would hold 2 of them back. Plus my parents really need a new family computer and I could pass my old one down to them.
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November 25, 2011 3:52:19 PM

GSkill is good. Depending on your choice of CPU cooler and motherboard you may have to buy low profile RAM though. And for me it's a matter of aesthetics also - I hate those stupid looking heatsinks. Just get the cheapest DDR3 1600 MHz 1.5V or less RAM...

Fine, I was just saying :D 
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November 25, 2011 4:00:12 PM

Well for the CPU cooler I have a Corsair H50 in my current computer that I could put into the new one, but are there any better air coolers that aren't too expensive? Also, could you recommend a good motherboard for overclocking the 2500k? Oh and what the hell is up with the prices on hard drives these days?! :o 
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November 26, 2011 2:43:04 AM

Alright so I'm pretty sure I'm going to go with the MSI P67-GD65 motherboard unless someone can recommend a better board in the same price range. I took the Kingston RAM back to the store earlier so now I'm looking for a good kit. Looking on newegg they have the G.SKILL Sniper series 8gb on sale. Is this a good kit? or should I get something else?

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

I want to get the best performing/reliable components for this build and want it to be a good balanced system. I also want to try and push the 2500k to 5ghz (going to get the noctua d-14 cooler). What do you guys suggest?
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