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July 12, 2012 1:00:03 AM

I built a pc two years ago and its been a terrible experience. Mostly because of the freezing and lock-ups in games. So this time i would like some advice in the compatibility of the part so i won't run into any problems.


CPU:i5-3570K
CPU Cooler: Corsair H60
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155
GPU:SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6850 1GB
Memory (RAM): G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600
HDD: 1TB Seagate Barracuda
Drive: Asus 24x
PSU: Corsair TX750 V2 750W
Case: Thermaltake V9 Black Edition

Any Suggestions would help.
July 12, 2012 1:17:03 AM

The Z68 may not be compatible with the 3570k out of the box. The Z68 was made first and thus it would need a BIOS made after the 3570k to get it to work. If the one you get has a BIOS older than that, it won't work.

If you want to be on the safe side, stick with a Z77 instead of Z68. Those are guaranteed to be compatible out of the box.

Otherwise, everything looks OK. I would skip the Thermaltake case in favor of a Cooler Master HAF series case, though.

Also, the Hyper 212 will be a whole lot easier to setup than the H60 and it will perform better too.

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July 12, 2012 1:55:03 AM

How's the ASUS P8Z77-V LK motherboard or is it overkill for my setup. Also Noctua NH-D14 seems to be easier to install
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July 12, 2012 2:44:37 AM

The Asus P8Z77 will work out of the box with the Ivy Bridge chip guaranteed (as long as neither is DOA).

Whether you need a board that large and expensive is another matter entirely.

I don't really know if you will find a use for all those RAM and PCIE slots, but I doubt it. Most people pay entirely too much money buying slots they won't ever use.

2 RAM slots and 1 PCIE slot does the job for most people just fine.
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