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April 15, 2012 3:56:14 AM

Intel Core i5-2500K Processor

Gigabyte GA-Z68AP-D3 Intel Z68 LGA 1155 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s DDR3 2133 ATX Motherboard

Nvidia GeForce GTX 570

Corsair Builder Series CX600 V2

Seagate Momentus XT ST95005620AS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s with NCQ Solid State
Hybrid Drive -Bare Drive

Cooler Master HAF 912 Mid Tower ATX Case

For high performance in video games without a HUGE budget. The approx. price for the build above, $900

***Also, would I need a cooling system? I don't think it'll get too hot...

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April 15, 2012 4:05:52 AM


i would suggest getting a coolermaster 212+/evo for around 30 bucks will run a lot quieter and allow for moderate overclocking very comfortably other than that its all good will run the likes of bf3 high to ultra gfx settings the only thing im not sure on is ur hdd i dont know how much more it is over a straight magnetic drive but i would be inclined to get a small boot ssd drive (60gig or so) and a seperate magnetic drive for storage if you can afford it because i dont think those drives were all they were cracked up to be
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April 15, 2012 4:09:42 AM

jasont78 said:
i would suggest getting a coolermaster 212+/evo for around 30 bucks will run a lot quieter and allow for moderate overclocking very comfortably other than that its all good will run the likes of bf3 high to ultra gfx settings the only thing im not sure on is ur hdd i dont know how much more it is over a straight magnetic drive but i would be inclined to get a small boot ssd drive (60gig or so) and a seperate magnetic drive for storage if you can afford it because i dont think those drives were all they were cracked up to be


Hmm.. Would liquid cooling be overkill? And the hdd: i have loads of music. TONS
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April 15, 2012 4:41:02 AM

I agree with jason, maybe a small SSD Boot then a 1TB (or so) HDD for storage. I mean, 120GB SSD's are pretty affordable now so you could probably load your OS, a few games, and programs onto that then everything else onto an HDD :) .

Liquid cooling for you...if you're talking about those enclosed water loops like H100, I would prefer to get something like the NH-D14 (My fav air cooler to be honest). But as jason stated above, Hyper 212+/Evo will do JUST fine as well. They're the best cooler IMO for their price range.

Anyway besides that, you should be fine. Heck even if you have 4k+ songs, that Momentus XT will do just fine, and the performance will make you happy as well :D  (I personally have one for my HTPC/Mother's pc) :lol: 
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April 15, 2012 4:46:27 AM

i would avoid liquid cooling all together unless u absolutely need it, unless you have a custom build water cooling setup its hardly going to be any cooler than a decent air cooled setup, it will cost alot more and be alot noiser and alot more potential points of failure the 30 buck cooler i recommended will do a 2500k uptil 4.7ghz pretty easy if that answers your question on the hdd topic i did say get the 60g ssd for os and maybe 1 or 2 games and have like a 500g magnetic hdd for storage (music, movies, etc) the hybrids just dont really perform much better where as as i mentioned above if you can afford it you will really notice a difference. personally if it were me if i couldnt afford the 2 drive setup up i would just get a stocker hdd not a hybrid and get a seperate ssd when funds allow
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April 15, 2012 4:51:21 AM

If you're going to overclock, liquid cooling provides benifits over air but... most of the all-in-one LCS's (Liquid Cooling Systems) perform only marginally better than air - some not even that good. Full water cooling kits start around $120 - about the same price as the Corsair H100 LCS.
The Coolermaster 212+evo runs about $30-$35 - for budgetary consideration.
Using an SSD as a boot drive is my personal favorite upgrade of 30+ years of computing - Get whatever size, SATA III 6GB/s HDD for storage (the computer will use extra space on the SSD as a buffer, reducing load times as needed). You can always add hard drives...
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April 15, 2012 5:17:15 AM

jasont78 said:
i would avoid liquid cooling all together unless u absolutely need it, unless you have a custom build water cooling setup its hardly going to be any cooler than a decent air cooled setup, it will cost alot more and be alot noiser and alot more potential points of failure the 30 buck cooler i recommended will do a 2500k uptil 4.7ghz pretty easy if that answers your question on the hdd topic i did say get the 60g ssd for os and maybe 1 or 2 games and have like a 500g magnetic hdd for storage (music, movies, etc) the hybrids just dont really perform much better where as as i mentioned above if you can afford it you will really notice a difference. personally if it were me if i couldnt afford the 2 drive setup up i would just get a stocker hdd not a hybrid and get a seperate ssd when funds allow

Don't be hating on water... water is cooler and quieter than air (most of the time) especially in custom loops. I could go on about how the 212 looks like a giant brick inside the box and weighs 1/4 ton and is likely to destroy your Mobo, GPU and PSU if it breaks off... I mean, really...
I'd love to see you run your 4.7 on air at 100% 24/7-365. I'd wager it wouldn't make to the 365 part though.
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April 15, 2012 5:22:22 AM

Get a radeon 7870 or 7850 over the 570.

Power supply should be changed to a Corsair tx650w

For the board I would get an asrock z68 extreme 3 gen 3.
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April 15, 2012 5:23:08 AM

jasont78 said:
i would avoid liquid cooling all together unless u absolutely need it, unless you have a custom build water cooling setup its hardly going to be any cooler than a decent air cooled setup, it will cost alot more and be alot noiser and alot more potential points of failure the 30 buck cooler i recommended will do a 2500k uptil 4.7ghz pretty easy if that answers your question on the hdd topic i did say get the 60g ssd for os and maybe 1 or 2 games and have like a 500g magnetic hdd for storage (music, movies, etc) the hybrids just dont really perform much better where as as i mentioned above if you can afford it you will really notice a difference. personally if it were me if i couldnt afford the 2 drive setup up i would just get a stocker hdd not a hybrid and get a seperate ssd when funds allow

Custom Loop:
10C above ambient

Air:
~20-30C above ambient.

hmmmm :pfff:  :pfff: 
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April 15, 2012 6:16:30 AM

amuffin said:
Custom Loop:
10C above ambient

Air:
~20-30C above ambient.

hmmmm :pfff:  :pfff: 


im not a water hater but if you did actually read my post it said the 'unless' u use custom water setup it would be hardly better than big air and unless your full on a custom loop is too much for most be bothered to get their head around :o 
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April 15, 2012 6:28:13 AM

C12Friedman said:
Don't be hating on water... water is cooler and quieter than air (most of the time) especially in custom loops. I could go on about how the 212 looks like a giant brick inside the box and weighs 1/4 ton and is likely to destroy your Mobo, GPU and PSU if it breaks off... I mean, really...
I'd love to see you run your 4.7 on air at 100% 24/7-365. I'd wager it wouldn't make to the 365 part though.



im not a water hater i was mucking around making custom loops back in the day on my amd thunderbird (i think it was, single core could oc it from 1 to 1.4 ghz easy) but if you did actually read my post it said the 'unless' u use custom water setup it would be hardly better than big air and unless your full on a custom loop is too much for most be bothered to get their head around and i was refering to pumps failing and leaks particularly if custom loops being made by noobs. also having a heatsink fall off too, really, when was the last time you went to a lan, they hardly exist anymore thanks to high speed internet mine gets pulled out from under the desk once a month to clear dust and thats about as far as it travels these days and i could be fcked doing seti/folding i got better things to waste my power bill money on these days so it rarely needs to clock up my 2500k gets 4.4 @stock volts with all power saving features so thats where i leave it fast enough for what i need, each to their own though :kaola: 
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April 15, 2012 1:44:33 PM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
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April 15, 2012 2:31:36 PM

wait for the new intel motherboard series , buy one ssd ( due to thailand flood hard disks r bit costly now, after august there will be mass production again , price will fall). Then add another large capacity hard disk. Wait for 670 if possible ( 900 $ budget , u can easily spend a bit on ur graphic card). Even a 660 will be better. If u have a limited budget, first spend on the core components. Later on u can add a bit here and there like these water cooling or even a liquid nitrogen cooling kit (if u go crazy). :sol: 
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