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Looking for thoughts/feedback on planned i5 build

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April 24, 2012 6:51:33 AM

Hello, I'm hoping for some feedback on my planned upgrade from a Core 2 Duo. I'm reusing some parts so I definitely want to keep those and I'm replacing the CPU, RAM, motherboard, and CPU cooler. My primary reason for upgrading is to improve performance in games. The prices I'm listing are Canadian from Canada Computers, they usually have good prices and I can pick up in person to save on shipping.

Already purchased:

PSU: Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE

Case: Corsair Obsidian Series 650D

Graphics card: EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1563-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16


Planned purchases:

CPU: Intel i5 3570k

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 $195

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) $55

CPU cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO $36

Thermal compound: ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound $5


Monitor resolution: 1920x1200

Overclocking: Possibly mild (maybe to 4GHz?)

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit


Some of the reasoning behind my picks... Motherboard because it seems to have good features, is cheaper than Asus, and I've been pleased with my current Gigabyte board. Memory because it's affordable and has great ratings on Newegg, 1600MHz because there doesn't seem to be much gaming performance boost from anything faster. CPU cooler because it's cheap and has good reviews, was looking at the Noctua D14 but it's twice the price, SO BIG, and ugly colors. Thermal compound cause it's a little cheaper than Arctic Silver with good performance reviews. For the CPU I'm going back and forth between i5 2500k and 3570k, currently strongly leaning toward the 3570k. 2500k is still $210-230 here. Any feedback/thoughts would be greatly appreciated, thanks!
April 24, 2012 6:54:25 AM

From the review I read on techradar on the i5-3570k, it won't add more OC headroom. The only thing it adds is 100 MHz to base clock, but the headroom stays at around 4.8 GHz.
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April 24, 2012 6:57:11 AM

I'm not aiming to drastically overclock, I figured 4GHz would be somewhat mild while still giving me a performance increase. I'm not comfortable messing around with voltages. I was a little concerned with the Ivy Bridge getting hotter while overclocking compared to Sandy Bridge.
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April 24, 2012 7:05:02 AM

I have had trouble OCing, but I just kept stress testing a new OC until I became stable.
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April 24, 2012 9:46:09 PM

azeem40 said:
I have had trouble OCing, but I just kept stress testing a new OC until I became stable.

With Sandy Bridge?
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April 26, 2012 9:14:28 PM

Sorry to bump but I'd really appreciate some feedback.
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April 26, 2012 9:26:52 PM

Yes, Sandy Bridge. Ivy Bridge won't be any difference at OCing.
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