This is my soon-to-be biuld (you can improve it if you want) (price is about 1300 USD used for gaming)(prefer newegg or amazon)
Motherboard: z77 ASRock Extreme4 Graphics Card: Twin Frozr GTX 680 RAM: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory CPU Cooler: Hyper 212 EVO Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive Power Supply: OCZ 750W ATX12V Power Supply Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case
-What temperatures can I expect from this build? -What temperature should this build be running at? Approx. When playing intense games (keeping in mind that I live in India) -Anything I could do to keep this build under the recommended temperature? (hopefully not too expensive and loud)
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I would not use that OCZ psu, unless it is a ZT series one! Temperatures would differ depending on ambient temperatures, load for the processor maybe around 60C since you live in India.
Is that temperature expected? Oh and the CPU is intel i5 2500k (may OC) I usually keep the AC on and definitely will while gaming so it stays about 27C in the room. Should I have liquid cooling because 60C sounds like alot!
So I dont need to have any additional cooling units apart from the Hyper 212 EVO??
Nope, unless you want to add more fans to your case!
Ok thanks alot! How often do you clean the fans on your PC? There is a lot of dust here in India unfortunately so how often would you recommend a clean up to make sure the fans are working efficiently?
I do mine once a month, and blast the heatsink fins every other month. I use a Giottos Rocket Air Blower (designed for cameras...) and find the fluff builds up right in the centre of the fins, where the cooling is most needed, deadly!Always worse if you have pets in the house...
how long does that take you on average? I don't have a pet. what are the signs to look out for if you suspect that the PC is overheating?
Only takes a few minutes, whip the side off and personally I use a vacuum with a soft 1/2 inch paint brush to chase the dust out of corners/cables etc. I take care not to touch any components in case there is a static build up on the vacuum hose. Slow running, erratic behaviour and sudden shutdowns are the ultimate signs of overheating, best to run Speccy once in a while to check your temps. and take action long before you get symptoms. http://download.cnet.com/Speccy/3000-2094_4-75181811.html