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June 5, 2012 5:34:38 PM

What's up guys?

I'm no newcomer to computer parts and lingo, and I've built several systems before, especially the workstations I put together during my internship right now at an engineering firm. I figure with the money that I'll be earning and Guild Wars 2 coming out this summer, I'd go ahead and put together a nice machine to enjoy that and some other games whilst using it for homework, movies, and other stuff. I won't be video editing or creating much content, besides MS Office stuff. Here you go:



CPU: i5-3570k w/ CM Hyper 212-Evo
Mobo: ASRock z77 Extreme4
RAM: Corsair Vengeance (low profile) 8GB(2*4GB) DDR3-1600, 9-9-9-24, 1.5V
GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850, non-OC edition
PSU: XFX 550W P1-550S-XXB9
Case: Corsair Carbide 300r
HDD: Western Digital Re4 7200RPM, 500GB, 64mb cache
Optical Drive: Asus 24x DVD/CD Read/Write



Any changes that you guys would suggest, or does it look pretty solid?

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June 5, 2012 5:45:03 PM

I think the parts line up well.

The only concern for me is the Hyper 212. If you don't overclock, it will be great, but if you do plan on overclocking to ~4.4GHz then it might not be able to handle the heat from 3570K.
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June 5, 2012 5:49:02 PM

Looks good to me, though you may want to invest in a 600-650 watt PSU for future crossfire.
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June 5, 2012 6:05:23 PM

precursoris said:
Are you on a budget?

Read the Title of the thread. :p 
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June 11, 2012 4:39:54 PM

Thanks for the feedback guys.

I'm likely going to stick with the 212 Evo. A friend of mine just got it to go along with his i5-3570K + Asus z77v-pro, and he said it's working just fine. I don't plan on overclocking that much, though. Honestly, the only reason I'm getting the i5-3570K instead of the 3450 is because I live close to a Microcenter, and they have the best combo deals.

As for the PSU, I decided to get a 620W semi-modular Seasonic, as you said, for future X-fire; though, in all likelihood, I probably won't be getting a second 7850. But you never know! :D 

One last thing. I plan on OCing this baby to around 4.2-4.5 GHz. I'm still new to OCing, but I'm a fast learner when it comes to this stuff. And I've been reading everywhere that you have to OC Ivy Bridge differently than Sandy Bridge, or else the heat will be out of control. What are some safe voltages to keep IB stable at the speeds I want to OC at?
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June 12, 2012 8:45:11 PM

I think 4.2GHz should be doable with a 212 Evo. There are several forum threads out there with people achieving clocks of 4.3GHz safely.

As for ways to overclock, Tom's review on i7-3770K is a good place to start: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ivy-bridge-benchmar...

This site explains some basic terminology involved: http://www.thinkcomputers.org/intel-ivy-bridge-overcloc...

Overclock.net has a comprehensive tutorial on Sandy/Ivy Bridge overclocking:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1198504/sandy-ivy-bridge-com...

Hopefully these are helpful.
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June 12, 2012 9:13:52 PM

eddieroolz said:
I think 4.2GHz should be doable with a 212 Evo. There are several forum threads out there with people achieving clocks of 4.3GHz safely.

As for ways to overclock, Tom's review on i7-3770K is a good place to start: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ivy-bridge-benchmar...

This site explains some basic terminology involved: http://www.thinkcomputers.org/intel-ivy-bridge-overcloc...

Overclock.net has a comprehensive tutorial on Sandy/Ivy Bridge overclocking:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1198504/sandy-ivy-bridge-com...

Hopefully these are helpful.



Thanks.

I just ordered all the parts on Newegg yesterday. The monitor will take a little longer to come in as it's through Amazon's Free 5-8 day shipping. It still hasn't been processed/charged yet. I was hoping to get started on it this weekend, but we'll see what happens. I'll be posting another thread hopefully within a couple of weeks with final results. Thanks for the help guys!


(I ended up going with the mSI instead of the Sapphire)
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June 12, 2012 9:14:07 PM

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