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August 5, 2012 10:55:02 AM

Hey guys im new to the site, i just needed an advice for the current rig im building which is not on a tight budget, so feel free to voice out your opinion or if you want to change something much better.
PC will be OC'ed and use mostly for gaming. i still can't figure out my mind if i would choose aircooling or liquid cooling :|


Chipset: i5 2500k
MOBO : Asus p8p67 pro
RAM : GSkill ARES 16GB (4GBX4) DDR3 1600/F3-1600C9Q-16GAB
GPU : Sapphire HD 6870 (OR) MSI GTX 560ti Twin Frozr 2 1GB (i just want a single card)
PSU : Aerocool +80 bronze 600W
SSD : OCZ Agility 3 60gb
Cooling :Thermalright Silver Arrow
Casing :NZXT Phantom Crafted Full Tower Chassis

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August 5, 2012 11:02:46 AM

You should go with Ivy Bridge, it's the newer than SB. What's your budget?
August 5, 2012 11:20:05 AM

The ivy bridge is has more overclocking potential and plus its cheaper :) , actually this build is not on a tight budget.


sorry sorry i meant the sandy bridge
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August 5, 2012 11:34:55 AM

ivybridge actually doesnt have more overclocking potential than sandybridge

although clock for clock ivybridge is a bit faster once you heavily overclock ivy it gets much hotter than sandy

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ivy-bridge-overcloc...

and a 128gb ssd would be better

and either a z68 or z77 motherboard rather than p67
August 5, 2012 11:41:27 AM

If you're going to overclock then Sandy Bridge processors overclock around 5% higher, but are also 3% slower per clock.So... its a tough choice here.

Switch the power supply to this one if you dont plan on using crossfire.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or this one if you do.If you dont know what that is, it means adding a second graphics card.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You can also upgrade to a better SSD.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This one is both faster and has more storage space.

Replace the motherboard with a newer, better one.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And finally replace the graphics card with one of these two.
The first is as fast as a GTX 570 and is also very very cheap.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The second one is a bit faster, uses a lot less energy, works silently, and has a huge overclocking headroom.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Almost nobody needs 16GB RAM.Most people just buy that much because they think that more is better.But its not.
If you really need that much buy a dual module kit.Quad module kit make overclocking a lot harder.
This is a good kit.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And i forgot one last thing.You dont need to spend a hundred dolars on a case.Unless youre an enthusiast that likes to show off his PC that is.
The case below is just as good as the one you chose.It just isnt as big.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And lastly if you're serious about overclocking your CPU you should definetly take a look at this cooler.Its as good as a Corsair H80 but costs a lot less.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
August 5, 2012 11:45:16 AM
August 5, 2012 12:18:40 PM

@kamen_bg Those are good advices, have no plans on getting a dual graphic card, just a single is enough for me. How about your insight between aircooling vs watercooling? im stuck deciding between those :/ 

@bigcyco1 thats a good build! i might consider it
August 5, 2012 12:33:41 PM

Water cooling isn't needed on that build, with a well cooled case such as those recommended above an air cooler will work fine. If you don't overclock even the stock cooler would be fine. I would actually pay a little more for a good air cooler just for peace of mind - less maintenance - risk of failure - down the road. So it's really a matter of preference.
August 5, 2012 3:58:05 PM

edtheguy said:
Water cooling isn't needed on that build, with a well cooled case such as those recommended above an air cooler will work fine. If you don't overclock even the stock cooler would be fine. I would actually pay a little more for a good air cooler just for peace of mind - less maintenance - risk of failure - down the road. So it's really a matter of preference.


sir, can you post some good air cooler which is worth the money
August 5, 2012 4:59:17 PM

A basic, but effective budget cooler is the cooler master EVO 212, for a little more the Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler is good.
August 31, 2012 1:55:11 PM

edtheguy said:
A basic, but effective budget cooler is the cooler master EVO 212, for a little more the Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler is good.


Yup im considering the cooler master evo212
August 31, 2012 3:57:56 PM

yeah get 8GB of ram, 16gigs is too much for gaming.
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