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March 5, 2012 2:38:51 PM

ok so i would like to overclock my rigg without having to use any extra cooling, and of course i would not like to danage my puter if poss. i would like any suggestion.want to add a affordable graphics card i am currently in ide mode...any suggestions for bios setting? heres what i got

COOLMAST HAF922M HAF MINI ATX 1 104.99 104.99
GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 1155 1 114.99 114.99

KINGSTON KHX1333C9D3B1K2/8G DD 1 29.99 29.99
OCZTECH 600W MODXSTREAM PRO AP 1 74.99 74.99
IPSG LITE-ON 24X SATA DVDRW 1 19.99 19.99
INTEL BOX INTEL CI7 2600K 1 279.99 279.99
OCZTECH 120GB SSD VTX3 2.5 SAT 1 189.99 189.99
MS OEM WIN7 HOMEPR 64BIT SP1 O 1 99.99 99.99
KINGWIN ANTI-STATIC WRIST STRA
2tb western digital caviar greeen hdd

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a b B Homebuilt system
March 5, 2012 2:55:40 PM

Need a budget and your favorite games for graphics recommendations.
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March 5, 2012 3:00:41 PM

$150...used for photo editing and watching movies....aslo for 29 bucks i could double my memory from 8gb to 16. this seems like a deal, of course its only a deal if i use it...i dont think i would need/use it...its just sooo cheap.
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a c 84 B Homebuilt system
March 5, 2012 3:05:40 PM

You can oc your 2600K to reasonable levels using only the stock cooler. It will get noisy as it spins up to do it's job.
Just gradually increase the multiplier from 34 up to 40 or so. Leave everything else on auto or default.

As a first time builder, you may have a problem installing the Intel stock cooler. The push pin mount can be tricky to get on properly.
I suggest spending $30 on something like a cm hyper212 or Xigmatek gaia. Their 120mm fan will be cooler and quieter. The backplate mount is more secure, and easier to install.

Have you already purchased your parts?
For gaming, a 2500K will save you $100 and be just as good as a 2600K.

As to a graphics card, buy the strongest card you feel comfortable paying for. It is the real engine of gaming.
Read this article:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...
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a c 84 B Homebuilt system
March 5, 2012 3:09:38 PM

Bob1071 said:
$150...used for photo editing and watching movies....aslo for 29 bucks i could double my memory from 8gb to 16. this seems like a deal, of course its only a deal if i use it...i dont think i would need/use it...its just sooo cheap.


If you are not gaming, then the integrated graphics should be fine. Try it first. You can always add a discrete card later.

For editing, get the 16gb. Some 64 bit enabled editing apps can use the ram to reduce workfile i/o.
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a b B Homebuilt system
March 5, 2012 3:11:59 PM

If you want to add more ram, match the other sticks exactly for brand and speed. You'll have fewer issues. And to be safe, you can sell your old ram and get a matched 4x4 gb set for $70-80 on sale at newegg or frys.
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March 5, 2012 3:28:59 PM

yes, i bought everything and am assemble and up and running...after rebates i think it was around $850. i did not have a problem installing the stock cooler, but i do agree that it seemed cheap(i guess intell would like you to burn up your cpu)..so i can just change the multiplier and leave everthing else alone? i was shooting for 4.5ghz...anybody with a simmilar config have any advice for me?


thanks guys
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March 5, 2012 3:33:28 PM

also...this case is fricken huge! i like all the cooling, but i think the size was a bit overkill, i should have looked at some before i bought...oh well its a small annoyance. it works well so far...lool
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March 5, 2012 4:03:04 PM

i think i will upgrade the stock cooler, it just angers me that they wouldn't give you a better one with your purchase!
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a c 84 B Homebuilt system
March 5, 2012 5:07:14 PM

Bob1071 said:
yes, i bought everything and am assemble and up and running...after rebates i think it was around $850. i did not have a problem installing the stock cooler, but i do agree that it seemed cheap(i guess intell would like you to burn up your cpu)..so i can just change the multiplier and leave everthing else alone? i was shooting for 4.5ghz...anybody with a simmilar config have any advice for me?


thanks guys


Intel guarantees 3.4 on a 2600K.
About 50% of the samples will do >4.4.
90% will do 4.0.
Your chip may be better or worse.
Intel has NO interest in you damaging your chip. The stock cooler is perfectly adequate for the stock speeds and then some.
If you do not fool with voltage adjustments, leaving them on auto, and just changing the multiplier, you should be reasonably safe.
Really, how much more than 4.0 do you really need?

Don't be greedy.
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April 6, 2012 7:31:55 PM

Best answer selected by bob1071.
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