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Newbie - First time building PC - Component Check - 2500k

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March 30, 2012 5:56:52 PM

Firstly, sorry if this is in the wrong section, it's my first post!

Anyways guys, so basically this is my build so far:

NZXT Phantom White Full Tower Case

i5 2500k

ASUS P8Z68-V LX Motherboard

Corsair TX 650w V2 PSU - 80+ Bronze Certified

GTX 560 ti 448 edition

Corsair Vengance DDR3 SDRAM DIMM 240-pin 1600MHz CL9 XMP - 16GB


Questions I wanted to ask:

I did a fair amount of research, and made sure both the motherboard and CPU used the same socket thingy, but could you guys confirm that all this hardware will successfully connect up, is it all compatible?

I want to overclock to stable 4.5ghz, and maintain decent temps, I've researched, and found this Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 Pro, will this cooler be fine to run at 4.5ghz with decent temps?

Are all thermal pastes for CPUs for same, or is there a superior brand? Which should I use? Is thermal paste included with coolers or do I need to purchase separately?

I have no idea how overclocking works, or voltages? Is there any advice you guys can give? Where I should start to learn, and stuff? You get what I mean right?

Is ESD discharge a big thing? I've heard I should keep touching my pc case? if I get one of those arm band strap thingies, do I need to buy 2 or 1? I will be working on the mobo from outside the case, to make sure everything all connects up, does the same rule apply? or can I only discharge static electricity when the motherboard is inside the case? sorry for asking total noob questions lol, but I'd be very grateful if you specialists could help me out.

How do I tell if something is defective, like if a part is dead? like the motherboard or CPU?

Once again guys, thanks in advance, any help would be appreciated.

Thanks!

March 30, 2012 6:47:08 PM

build looks good i realy like that case, mobo, and cpu.
just add an ssd to ensure you hard drive is not a bottle neck
intel 520 and 320 are best and samsung 830 is next but they are expensive
if you on a budget i would recomend the mushkin chronos 120 ppg is good and the read write speeds are nice and world class support.

thermal paste is mesured = Thermal conductivity
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thermal_conductivity_measu...
i usually get arctic silver

i like to use an anti static band but if you touch the side of the case it will discharge any static you have but if you dont drag your feet on the carpet you wouldnt have to keep youre hand on the case while you work



March 30, 2012 7:06:26 PM

I wowld change "Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 Pro" for something bigger like V6GT or TT FRIO. And the thermal paste is very very important for the PC so you should get the best as you can (and use just the necesary).

In other instance, if you will OC and you dont know what are you really doing, just a tip: Go 100Mhz (or 200Mhz) scale, boot the pc, try it whit "Super PI", if you failed whit something, it will crash. Reboot, change and continue (neanwhile you will find extra info about OC).
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March 30, 2012 7:09:28 PM

Actually i have a 1090t Tuban 4,0Ghz at constant 35 - 39ºC (and it is summer right now with T ° of 35 to 40). In the winter, its like 25 - 30ºC.
March 30, 2012 7:12:55 PM

the great randini said:
build looks good i realy like that case, mobo, and cpu.
just add an ssd to ensure you hard drive is not a bottle neck
intel 520 and 320 are best and samsung 830 is next but they are expensive
if you on a budget i would recomend the mushkin chronos 120 ppg is good and the read write speeds are nice and world class support.

thermal paste is mesured = Thermal conductivity
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thermal_conductivity_measu...
i usually get arctic silver

i like to use an anti static band but if you touch the side of the case it will discharge any static you have but if you dont drag your feet on the carpet you wouldnt have to keep youre hand on the case while you work


Thanks!

Yup, I plan to upgrade to SSD, I'm still deciding if SATA 3 is worth the extra money over SATA 2.
We don't have mushkin SSDs in the UK, you can import, but that adds a lot more onto the price.

I guess, I'll be purchasing an anti static band then.

So when I'm working on my motherboard, I should have my anti static band connected to the PC, even if the mobo is not inside the PC?

Do I need 2 anti static wrist bands for both hands, or is one okay? (I'm assuming you only need one lol)


einterlan said:
I wowld change "Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 Pro" for something bigger like V6GT or TT FRIO. And the thermal paste is very very important for the PC so you should get the best as you can (and use just the necesary).

In other instance, if you will OC and you dont know what are you really doing, just a tip: Go 100Mhz (or 200Mhz) scale, boot the pc, try it whit "Super PI", if you failed whit something, it will crash. Reboot, change and continue (neanwhile you will find extra info about OC).



I was thinking I should be going smaller, I thought it might block ram.

einterlan said:
Actually i have a 1090t Tuban 4,0Ghz at constant 35 - 39ºC (and it is summer right now with T ° of 35 to 40). In the winter, its like 25 - 30ºC.


Amazing temps, especially for 4ghz :o 

What cooler you using?
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