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Hey guys, new to the SB generation.

I'd like to overclock the 2500K till 4.2GHz~4.5GHz.

Are there any recommendations on coolers and memory?

Locally, I have these on sale:

http://www.mushkin.com/Memory/Essentials/991967.aspx

Are they any good? 1333MHz would be enough? Just for a price comparision, these would be around 60US$ (4GB). Ripjaws 1333 (or maybe 1600) would be around 70~80US$ per 4GB. I'd even like 8GB, but it can wait.

Also, what about this motherboard over here?

GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD3P-B3

I'd just like good overclocking capabilities [no IGP], lowest price, and minimum amount of extra pci-e slots (I only use 1 video card and 1 external sound card. Everything else is very optional and I could not really care about).

Thank you, gentlemen!
Edited by Gattsu - 6/8/11 at 9:19pm
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post #2 of 9
- go 1600, G.Skill Ripjaws X Series or Corsair Vengeance 8gb

- depending on how much you want to spend on a heatsink, the venomous X black edition will get you to 4.8ghz for sure. If you want to spend a little more you can get the Nactua DH14.

- I haven't personally played with Gigabyte boards, I'm an assus man myself, I've never had a problem with Asus.
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- go 1600, G.Skill Ripjaws X Series or Corsair Vengeance 8gb

- depending on how much you want to spend on a heatsink, the venomous X black edition will get you to 4.8ghz for sure. If you want to spend a little more you can get the Nactua DH14.

- I haven't personally played with Gigabyte boards, I'm an assus man myself, I've never had a problem with Asus.
Thank you, I have heard very good news about Gskill and own a couple myself, but due to the prices I'd like to know if the Mushkin ones are good or not to the par.

How much would I like to spend on a heatsink... well, how much heat does it release under turbo mode (3.7?GHz) with stock cooler?

Me neither, I've always bought ASUS. However, once again, opportunity cost might be worthy.
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To be honest sandybridge does not run that hot compared to other cpu's but when pushing for a heavy overclock say 4.7 - 5ghz you would need a high end air cooler/water cooling.

If you aim to achieve 4 to 4.5ghz overclock then a cooler such as the hyper 212+ is a good cooler for this,

I would take a look at these coolers, Zalman nps 9900 max, Thermalrite silver arrow, or noctua nh-d14, or the venomous x

I picked asus over gigabyte just for the uefi bios on the asus board, but if you prefer the original style bios there's nothing wrong with gigabyte
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before you buy motherboard and ram check the vendor list for the motherboard via their website to make sure the ram is compatible with it.
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To be honest sandybridge does not run that hot compared to other cpu's but when pushing for a heavy overclock say 4.7 - 5ghz you would need a high end air cooler/water cooling.

If you aim to achieve 4 to 4.5ghz overclock then a cooler such as the hyper 212+ is a good cooler for this,

I would take a look at these coolers, Zalman nps 9900 max, Thermalrite silver arrow, or noctua nh-d14, or the venomous x

I picked asus over gigabyte just for the uefi bios on the asus board, but if you prefer the original style bios there's nothing wrong with gigabyte
Out of those coolers, which one is the best? Because the hyper 212+ is really cheap here, while the noctua is HUEG. I probably can get either but, is it worth it?

Also, what do you mean by eufi bios? I guess I wouldn't have a problem with that.
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Out of those coolers, which one is the best? Because the hyper 212+ is really cheap here, while the noctua is HUEG. I probably can get either but, is it worth it?

Also, what do you mean by eufi bios? I guess I wouldn't have a problem with that.
Thermalright Silver Arrow is a great cooler. Neck and neck with the noctua. It is GIANT though. If case space is an issue, don't get it. Decent mounting system as well, and usually cheaper than the noctua.
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Thermalright Silver Arrow is a great cooler. Neck and neck with the noctua. It is GIANT though. If case space is an issue, don't get it. Decent mounting system as well, and usually cheaper than the noctua.
Weird thing, it's not popular here, nor I could find it on newegg to import it.
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post #9 of 9
If you are not planning to replace your current LGA775 cooler, then you can think about the asrock p67 series as they have LGA775 holes to fit your old cooler. I got my Asrock P67 Pro3 for $129.99 free shipping.
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