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BTW which one has better OC potential, the i7 2600k, or i5 2500k.
Performance wise, they seem to be the same minus HT. The different is 100 bucks and that is money I could put towards something else, or simply save.

They both overclock the same , and your right they perform the same without HT, the 2500k is a beast in games and your extra £100 could go towards your next 480
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Alright guys, thanks again for all the tips so far.
My final purchase lot is this;



Any issues with this or compatibility problems with the parts?
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Also, would I need to get a brand new radiator set, or are they available water block updates for the 1155?
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For the 480 gpu u can remove the gpu heat pipes and put a mcw 60 or mcw 80 on it. I had both on mine(2 480s) Now i had a tx 750 power, and i7 and 480 overclocked. power down rig and psu fan was spining for about 5 mins. SO 750 watt power more is needed, as for the gpu blocks mcw80 is better flatter bottom. but dose not fit on 580 .
Note my i7 (x58 chip) drains ~ 100-200 watts more then i7 1155 pin. so u mite be good with tx 750 but ax850 would be nicer
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the i5 and i7 is almost exactly the same except that the i7 has Hyperthreading, 0.1 GHz higher frequency, and 2 MB more L3 cache over the i5.

you should stick to the i5 then. only very optimized professional apps realize any advantage from the i7 over the i5. in fact a few games even suffer slight performance decrease when hyperthreading is enabled (but the higher frequency and extra cache should make up for that i hope)
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the i5 and i7 is almost exactly the same except that the i7 has Hyperthreading, 0.1 GHz higher frequency, and 2 MB more L3 cache over the i5.

you should stick to the i5 then. only very optimized professional apps realize any advantage from the i7 over the i5. in fact a few games even suffer slight performance decrease when hyperthreading is enabled (but the higher frequency and extra cache should make up for that i hope)
Wonderful info, thanks.
So the shopping cart looks like a good purchase/upgrade?

Also sorry to be running in circles here, but I have just never really dealt with water cooling before, since it came stock with the setup.
Since my current Alienware Closeloop has the 775 block, and I need the 1155, can I simply buy a 1155 stock and replace it with the 775 one? Or is such a procedure not possible?

Thanks a bunch like always!
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since it is a prebuilt closed loop, no. if it's a custom user made loop, then yes.
just get a newer closed loop cooler they go for a bit less than $100.
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But the main thing I wanted to jump on to say is this: the advice above that you should invest in less PSU for a potential SLI 480 build is ... not good advice.

An 850W unit is the minimum I'd recommend for SLI 480's if you're planning on OC'ing them. And if one was planning on h2o cooling the 480's (and thus probably pouring on the volts in order to reach a high OC), I'd recommend even more than that.

480's are power-hungry monsters, esp. when you start overvolting and overclocking them.
THIS^^^^

i own 2 480s... they are a power hog when oced and running flat out...

@ stock you can run 2x480s on a Really GOOD 750watt... but that is pushing it...

remember... PSU are expensive to replace.... if you can afford it... always get more then what you need..

other then that... i would recommend 1155 socket i7
A Gigabyte motherboard (haven't had one go faulty ever!)
atleast 4GBs of RAM (don't go over 1600mhz it ain't worth it)
Personally i think SSD are to expensive for what they do (improve load times)
I would just stick with a WD Black or something of that order since you are on a budget
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Done!

1 x ($224.99) CPU INTEL|CORE I5 2500K 3.3G 6M R $224.99
1 x ($11.98) CPU THERMPASTE|AS5-3.5G % - OEM $11.98
1 x ($73.99) WATER COOLING CORSAIR| CWCH60 R $73.99
1 x ($99.99) MEM 4Gx2|CORSAIR CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B $99.99
1 x ($182.99) PSU CORSAIR|850W CMPSU-850AX RT $182.99
1 x ($229.99) MB ASUS|P8P67 DELUXE (REV 3.0) P67 $229.99
1 x ($239.99) SSD 120G|INTEL SSDSA2CW120G3K5 R $239.99
1 x ($-55.00) DISCOUNT FOR PROMOTION CODE$-55.00

Not too shabby
Thanks again to all for the help! Can't wait to put all this together
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