Ok here is the deal recently I got one of the microcenter bundle i7-2600k + Asus p8z77-v for really good price. I like the motherboard and from what I read the only difference between the Basic and the PRO version is extra fan header and extra usb 3 header, which I can’t care less about since I have cosmos II case with fan controller and will never need more USBs. Anyway to the point should I exchange the CPU for something better? My i7-2600k cost $259 the i7-2700k cost extra $20 and the new ivy bridge cost $289. I am not going to overclock or mess with the CPU, I just need fast, cool, noiseless system for everyday stuff and a lot of Photoshop (including cool because I am coming from Sabertooth x58 and that thing use to run at 70C idle and my bedroom was like a sauna)
My current configuration is:
CPU: i7 2600k
MOBO: Asus P8Z77-V
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 16gb (4x4gb) PC3-1600
Power supply: Corsair professional series 650w
OS hard drive: 2 Samsung 830 256gb in RAID 0
Video card: EVGA GTX 570 1.2gb (not best but for $250 I am happy with it)
I am not sure if it makes such a difference all parts above but I am including them anyway.
I will also greatly appreciate any suggestion on good cooling solution I got CM 212 but the fan comes above the first DIMM and I had to exchange it. Currently I have Corsair H60 (on sale from bestbuy for $49) but it’s loud, very loud and if I leave it stock the BIOS shows the pump is running at 4320RPM when I slow it down the noise goes away some but still noisy.
Thank you guys I figure the CPU is fine plus I have a friend who is on the same MoBo but have the new ivy bridge and his CPU scores 7.8 just what mine does.
The cooling solution must go 100% I just checked and its shows 40C the stock fan used to do 33C but I really don’t know what to get in this price range I choose the H60 because mounting the radiator on the top gives me better room around the CPU but from what I read I would be extremely lucky if I get one that works properly. My other chose is the Antec 620 which is exactly the same price $49 but I am not sure if that is more reliable.
I agree as I said first I had CM 212plus but when I got vengeance memory I had to return it because it was covering the first memory slot other than that I was very happy with it. And the only reason I went to the H60 is because clearance. I don’t mind trying the 212 EVO and the 612 but microcenter is 20miles away and I am sick of buying and returning stuff lol Do you know if any of the 2 recommended coolers will give me clearance over the memory?