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May 22, 2012 7:09:16 PM



Hello dudes and dudettes,

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 :D  )

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:newegg, microcenter (live somewhat close by), ncix, whatever

Country: USA

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?)

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire:No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Parts List::

Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Asus P8Z68-V LX ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=HD-W50AAKX&c=C...

OCZ Agility 3 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec Three Hundred Illusion ATX Mid Tower Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ 600W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0057FRTPW/?tag=pcpapi-20


Also one last question. This is regarding building. What connections or wires do I need if i am buying "bare" drives and such?

Thanks alot for the time

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May 22, 2012 7:30:23 PM

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.



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May 22, 2012 7:54:20 PM

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

other than thse, your build seems good
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May 22, 2012 7:57:27 PM

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)
6870
560 Ti
7850
7870
670

As brands go for GPUs, this is my personal ranking:
1. MSI Twin Frozr (or Hawk if you're getting a 6870)
2. ASUS
3. Sapphire
4. EVGA
5. Gigabyte
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May 22, 2012 8:08:20 PM

would the 6870 allow me to play bf3 and crysis well? I forgot to mention but i have a budget of 800 max so if the 6870 does the job, then im good
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May 22, 2012 10:28:38 PM

At medium
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a b K Overclocking
May 22, 2012 10:52:09 PM

Check out my $850 build here:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
Since you get the i5 2500K/3570K -$60 (Both are fine honestly. The Ivy Bridge chips don't overclock a LOT worse, they just get hotter. However they do improve performance and it's shown in this review)
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/core-i5-3570-low-po...
Conclusion: "If you’re not looking at a strict thermal limit, skip those parts altogether in favor of Intel’s Core i5-3570K. It only costs $20 bucks more and does a number of things better."
Just drop the board down to this one (-$12):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It's all you'll need.
Switch the PSU to this one (-$15):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Total: $784

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.
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May 22, 2012 11:24:29 PM

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.
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May 22, 2012 11:31:37 PM

Well that's the thing. SB couldn't handle 20C more, but IB can. Also IB performs better in most tasks. Though you couldn't tell, it does as shown in the benchmarks of the review I posted. Also IB has better power management.
www.tomshardware.com/reviews/core-i5-3570-low-power,320...

Ultimately it's up to OP whether he goes i5 2500K or i5 3570K. But both are nice. I'd go with i5 3570K just to have PCI 3.0 even though it's really not a huge deal.
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May 22, 2012 11:47:02 PM

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.
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May 23, 2012 12:23:55 AM

Again up to OP and I know this because the THG reviews stated so, but they could be wrong. The benches show in some cases a bit more that just a slight difference but it's his choice in the end.
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May 23, 2012 7:49:15 PM

Best answer selected by rms7806.
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May 23, 2012 7:54:42 PM

In regards to IB vs SB, im getting a deal at microcenter if i buy i5 3570K @ 189.99, i get asrock z77 extreme 4 for 89.99 (orig 139.99). So in that case I should go with the IB?
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May 23, 2012 8:20:01 PM

rms7806 said:
In regards to IB vs SB, im getting a deal at microcenter if i buy i5 3570K @ 189.99, i get asrock z77 extreme 4 for 89.99 (orig 139.99). So in that case I should go with the IB?


If you get the Microcenter deal, it is worth it to go with IB.
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May 23, 2012 10:07:04 PM

Yep go with IB.
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May 23, 2012 10:18:44 PM

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.
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May 23, 2012 10:24:19 PM

Alright, will do. I think i will only go with IB because of financial reasons. Thanks for all your help. I will post final build asap.
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May 23, 2012 11:30:17 PM

Huh? SB costs less ($170). Just sayin'
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