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May 30, 2012 3:07:57 AM

Hi all, I am going to build a gaming system and have considered the components below. Please let me know if there are any better alternatives:

I do not need a monitor, mouse, keyboard, OS

CPU $243: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

Mobo $175: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

Power Supply $180: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

Case $180: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

Memory (Would getting 16g help me at all for anything outside of gaming?) $47: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

SSD $240: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

Video Card $550: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

Heat Sink $90: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

Subtotal: $1752
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May 30, 2012 3:09:24 AM

Would you be kind as to put the name of the item by the link? Thanks.
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May 30, 2012 3:18:06 AM

Here you go... hope this is easier to read.

CPU i5-2550k $243: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

Mobo ASRock Z77 Extreme6 $175: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

Power Supply NZXT 850 Gold $180: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

Case Corsair 600T Mid Tower $180: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

Memory G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3 1600 (Would getting 16g help me at all for anything outside of gaming?) $47 each: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

SSD SanDisk Extreme 240g $240: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

Video Card EVGA OC'd GTX680 $550: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

Heat Sink Noctua NH-D14 $90: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...
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May 30, 2012 3:20:08 AM

Also, some of your links are mixed up. E.G. Your CPU links your case.
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May 30, 2012 3:21:04 AM

Unless you're sure you don't need integrated graphics for diagnosing video card issues, get the i5-3570k. Only $7 more. Everything else is great, but the PSU is overkill. Either get an XFX 550W for $75 for one card or PCPC Silencer Mk 750W for two cards.
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May 30, 2012 3:27:33 AM

I would suggest you get the i5 2500k instead. Their performance difference is very minimal. If your not set on it, get the the i5 3570k. You'll take advantage of PCI Express 3.0 for your GPU.

16Gb RAM is too much for gaming. The performance difference is only noticeable if you're doing things like video rendering and such.
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May 30, 2012 3:37:23 AM

l0v3rboi said:
I would suggest you get the i5 2500k instead. Their performance difference is very minimal. If your not set on it, get the the i5 3570k. You'll take advantage of PCI Express 3.0 for your GPU.

16Gb RAM is too much for gaming. The performance difference is only noticeable if you're doing things like video rendering and such.



I intend to overclock and figured I would get the i5-2550k because I didn't need a graphics card. However, as azeem40 mentioned, there could be a use for the integrated graphics card for trouble shooting.

Despite that though, I thought there were cooling issues with the IB chips. Would I still be able to get the OC performance out of the i5-3750k that I would out of an i5-25xxk?
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May 30, 2012 3:44:04 AM

You can still be able to achieve decent OC rates with IB. You have a very good CPU cooler in your build so it should be good. I've heard of people going up to 4.3 gHz with IB on air.
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May 30, 2012 3:46:11 AM

I have seen 4.5 GHz on a Hyper 212 EVO at 60C MAX.
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May 30, 2012 3:49:12 AM

l0v3rboi said:
You can still be able to achieve decent OC rates with IB. You have a very good CPU cooler in your build so it should be good. I've heard of people going up to 4.3 gHz with IB on air.


Alright cool. All other things being equal though, what kind of user experience difference would I get with an IB at 4.3 versus an SB at like 4.9?
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May 30, 2012 4:33:34 AM

Best answer selected by kawiguy.
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May 30, 2012 9:23:56 AM

SB would be better, but anything over 4.5 on SB will net you little fps gains.
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May 30, 2012 9:25:31 AM

SB would be better, but anything over 4.5 on SB will net you little fps gains, and at 4.5 ghz SB, IB will only need 4.2 to achieve similar performance; and at that OC, IB runs just like SB at 4.5 but with less heat.
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