Im almost done with finalizing my build, going to order parts on memorial day sale! I just have a question about compatibility and overclocking issues.
Regarding compatibility, will my mobo/GPU fit in my case?
Regarding overclocking, will my 600W PSU be enough to overclock my CPU to about 4.3 GHz or in that range? I understand that once you overclock at a certain point, you have to increase your voltage supply incrementally?
System Usage from Most to Least Important: not an avid gamer, but will be playing crysis and bf3. just need playable settings.
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, OS (not torrenting, student discount )
Preferred Website(s) for Parts:newegg, microcenter (live somewhat close by), ncix, whatever
Parts Preferences: Intel i5, would like a mobo that is easy to navigate (im a first timer to overclocking, building a PC, etc) so thats why i went with the lowest ( i think?) Asus mobo with UEFI BIOS (they have an auto overclock feature?)
If I recall correctly, Microcenter is still doing their i5-3570k + Available Mobo deal where you can get $50 off for a mobo with the i5-3570k ($189.99). I'm not sure if you can get it with the i5-2500k.
1 yes get ivy bridge chips
2 get a better board for ivy bridge such as asrock extreme4
3 pick up a crucial 64gb ssd instead. its much better and more reliable than the agility 3
4: why not go with a antec one. it has tons of good features fo a good price
5 600w is enough to power both a sli 6870 and a oc cpu
NO, don't get an IB chip. It overclocks worse AND is more expensive.
Crucial M4 is more popular, as well as possibly being less expensive.
Your GPU is a bit weak. I'd go with an ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 mobo (lots of tutorials on overclocking an i5-2500k with that motherboard... it's a REALLY popular combo) and get something like: (listed from worst to best)
As brands go for GPUs, this is my personal ranking:
1. MSI Twin Frozr (or Hawk if you're getting a 6870)
Honestly, go with the 7850. At 1080P, the 6870 just simply isn't enough. A slight tweak on the 7850 gets the performance at the level of a GTX 580, the 7850 gets WAY less power consumption and temps though. All wins. Plus the i5 3570K overclocks still well, does a number of things better than the i5 2500K for only slightly more. Higher temps however it still performs well as the chips can still manage under the heat slightly better than the Sandy Bridges.
However, the IB chips can get up to 20C hotter when overclocking. Also... the SB is cheaper! At this setup, I think you should save all the money you can and get a 7850. aznshinobi is right about that.
How do you know IB can handle more temperatures? It was mentioned on the stickied thread in the CPU section (created by yours truly, by the way ), and there is nothing to really testify to that fact. IB performs SLIGHTLY better in most tasks. Anyway, you'll be happy with both, but the SB just simply costs less, which is important right now. The difference between them is very small.
You've heard my opinion. I'd say go with SB anyway, but it's up to you to weigh out the benefits. Just please put what you decided and why (I won't argue with you, don't worry ) so that others who are in the same predicament can see what and why a "layman" chose.