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June 6, 2012 12:30:48 AM

OK Here's my current setup. Going for a budget of $600~ w/ shipping.
HPE-440F High Performance Elite from Hewlett Packard
MS-7613 (Iona-GL8E) Motherboard mATX factor - Throwing away
EVGA GTX 560 2GB GDDR 5 - Keeping
Corsair TX850V2 Power Supply - Keeping
Elpida DDR3 1333 4X2GB (8GB) - Keeping hopefully it works with new mobo :o 
Core i5 760 @ 2.8Ghz - For Sale
Seagate 1TB 7200 RPM - Keeping
Super-Multi Blu-Ray Optical Drive - Keeping

NOTE: LOOKING TO BUY WITHIN THE NEXT HOUR OR TWO! :D 

Here's what I'm buying to upgrade. Yes I'm aware I need to buy an OS. I'm trying to grab one off a friend for free, if not I'll be going with the Windows 8 Beta till I can get another $100 to afford one >_>. I also want PCIe 3.0, and SATA6 as I'll be upgrading to an SSD, and EVGA GTX 670 FTW in a months time roughly.

Thoughts, and opinions are welcome. I'm also VERY NERVOUS about doing this build myself, as the last time I tried to do a mobo I couldn't ever figure out the case hookups :X Power LED, HDD LED, USB Ports, etc. though I didn't have mobo manual lol. v_v

Open to replacing components, as long as we stay around the 600~ range with shipping.

Antec 1100 Case $100 - www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681112917...
Core i5 3570k w/ Mobo below
Gigabyte Z77-D3H Mobo w/ i5 3570k $340 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
(x3)Scythe 3000RPM 120MM fans $35 - www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683518505...
CM Hyper 212 Evo $33 - http://www.newegg.com/Shopping/ShoppingItem.aspx?ItemLi...
$527.25 after shipping
June 6, 2012 12:48:23 AM

Your combo link is broken.

You can't compensate for the poor overclocking performance of the IB processor with the H100, if that's your thought. If you want to overclock a good bit, get an i5-2500K.

If you want to overclock very moderately, get an air cooler such as the CM 212 Evo.
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June 6, 2012 12:55:35 AM

OK, thanks for the advice about the H100. I'm not much into overclocking, was going to try it though so I will go with the 212 Evo :) , I've heard great things about it, and it's a lot cheaper anyway. Should I go with Arctic Silver paste or stock? Do you think I can get it to 4.4? I see others that have with the Evo, up to 4.5.

Updated the combo link, don't know why it was broken.
http://www.newegg.com/Shopping/ShoppingItem.aspx?ItemLi...

Updated OP to include that I want PCIe 3.0, and SATAIII 6GB/s for future upgradability in an SSD, and EVGA GTX 670 FT
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June 6, 2012 1:25:09 AM

No, Ceramique is more user friendly and will give you great temps.

TX-4 or OCZ Freeze are two I recommend and use myself.
http://skinneelabs.com/2011-thermal-paste-review-compar...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.amazon.com/Ocztfrztc-Extreme-Thermal-Conduct...

What you will get with the 3570K is hard to say. I really think you should not be too aggressive with it. Try for 4.4Ghz and be happy with it.

You need to be sure that your RAM is right. In fact, given the savings you might just want to grab a good 8GB kit. I'm hearing that IB is easily stressed by the wrong RAM, so spending a bit more for some headroom here is good.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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June 6, 2012 1:30:23 AM

I was under the impression that the EVO is best for up to 4.2 GHz, maybe squeezing out 4.4 before temps start skyrocketing.
I ordered Windows 7 and a RAM module from NCIX, and both were fine, so as far as I know they're pretty good.
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June 6, 2012 1:30:43 AM

You understand that those Kaze fans are extra thick right? They are also quite loud. they are designed to do one thing, push a lot of air. They do NOT deal with restrictions well.

You can just buy some tri-cool fans and set them for whatever you actually need.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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June 6, 2012 1:37:40 AM

Merueth said:
I was under the impression that the EVO is best for up to 4.2 GHz, maybe squeezing out 4.4 before temps start skyrocketing.
I ordered Windows 7 and a RAM module from NCIX, and both were fine, so as far as I know they're pretty good.

Thanks I think I'll be good with 4.2 :p 

Proximon said:
You understand that those Kaze fans are extra thick right? They are also quite loud. they are designed to do one thing, push a lot of air. They do NOT deal with restrictions well.

You can just buy some tri-cool fans and set them for whatever you actually need.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ok, I'll go with the Antec. I just like to make sure I'm getting the best cooling, and such. I don't mind noise, I play with a 7.1 dolby surround sound Astro Gaming A40 headset :p , and can't hear a damn thing from my current setup at full loads atm though that's not saying much as it's a POS HP.
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June 6, 2012 2:01:58 AM

NCIX has been serving Canadians very well for a long time. Lately they have expanded operations in the US and I expect them to be quite good. Haven't ordered personally yet.
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June 6, 2012 2:11:46 AM

Best answer selected by Mardys.
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June 6, 2012 2:12:36 AM

Went all NewEgg. Order just completed. Here's to hoping 3 Day shipping makes it by Friday, though that's quite doubtful v_v.

Thank you for your help Proximon!
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June 6, 2012 6:32:28 AM

I am surprised people missed it again. The Hyper 212 EVO comes with MX-4, a very capable thermal paste.
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June 6, 2012 10:14:43 AM

I was looking for that. Not as good as some others according to tests, but good enough.
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June 6, 2012 11:03:38 PM

Bahah, it's ok azeem :p  I'll go with the stock thermal paste. I bought the Tuniq, and Arctic Remover, and Purifier kit for the "future" anyway e.g. in case I screw up the first time heh.
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