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Hi All,

My computer recently ended its life and im looking to buy a new system.
It will be the first time i've done this in almost 8 years, so im a little behind the times with my general knowledge of computer systems.

From the research I have done i've targetted the Intel i7-2600 or 2600k processors. I want to run it with a NVIDIA GTX 560TI or better and am looking for peoples views and advice.

Firstly, the weigh up between the 2600 and the 2600k is only one of overclocking and while i've heard of this term and know the general principle, i have no clue about how to go about it or the repercusions as a result.

So what im asking is, which processor i should get? Is overclocking the 2600k worth it over the 2600. i wouldnt want to really push the overclock to its max but a decent return without much extra effort would be appreciated. If i did over clock it what do i need to do to ensure I keep it safe, do i need extra power? a certain type of fan, RAM or Motherboard? your advice please?

Also advice on which video card would be better to run with the above set up as well.

Thank you all in advance.

Simon
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2600k if you plan to overclock at all. Plus there is a slight performance increase as well.

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its always worth overclocking!! Anyway, its not terribly difficult to overclock, especially the 2600k (there are a few tutorials around the forums to help you with that) I know for me I got mine OC'd by 1 Ghz without even messing with the voltages (but that's with a Cooler Master 212+, so idk how well the stock cooler is). Don't really need a certain type of RAM, and some motherboard's are easier to overclock with than others (my MSi board is super easy to overclock with, because it has an auto-OC'er for those who are too lazy to do it themselves tongue.gif)

As for a GPU, are you looking to play everything at max settings? I got a MSi 570 , and I really like it, it runs everything at max for the most part (except Metro 2033, but that's just a beast (don't believe too many of the nay-sayers saying that 570s are duds...mine is just fine).
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I am currently running on a 2600K at 4.41Ghz stable at 46 Celcius with stock cooling (no additionnal fans). I hit 60-65C under load. In my opinoin the power of overclocking 1.XX+Ghz without a big cooling system saves the money over all. I'm also on a P8P67 Deluxe Motherboard.
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thanks all for your comments.

@lun471k - what do you mean when you say "I hit 60-65C under load."

what temps are dangerous for this processor.
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He means thats the temps he gets when running programs.
And the danger temp is around 90C: the chip will thermal throttle at 98C. However, the higher the voltage used for the processor, the cooler the chip needs to be to preserve longevity and help protect against not being able to overclock the same with time (possible degradation). Just basically, when you want to go over 1.4v, you need to be very conscious of the cooling, as higher voltages=more stress and wear and tear on the processor, and the only way to alleviate that is by better and better cooling. 1.5v is best done on water cooling and 1.6v+ on subzero only.
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