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So, This is my first attempt at building my own computer. If you look at my current rig you can see I am in dire need of an upgrade

To see my current computer specs check this link, Yes i have that frown.gif
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c00607954&lc=en&cc=us&dlc=&product=1841799

Yes, you read that right, I'm still on a single core biggrin.gif

Anyway, The purpose of the new build is to get me back and functioning in today's world as I can hardly stream videos from hulu on this current thing and well that is a must for me. I'd like a system that will run Diablo III when it comes out and hopefully stay useful for the next 3-5 years with the ability to be upgraded later on once Ivy Bridge becomes old news

Here is the build so far:

Motherboard: Asus p8z68 -V- Pro/Gen3
CPU: Intel Core I5 2500k
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14
RAM: A 2X4Gig ram kit with a speed of 1600
SSD: Intel 510 Series 120 gig
HDD: A 1TB drive of some sort
GPU 1: Radeon HD 6850
GPU 2: Radeon HD 6850
PSU: ??????
Case:Either Cooler Master HAF 912 or HAF X

I want to OC this system to 4.5ghz - 4.8ghz (5k would be glorious but I'm trying to be realistic here)


Questions
1) The Cooler Master HAF 912 is a Mid-tower case priced at $59. I would love to save money on the case but I fear if I go that route, the Noctua NH-D14 wont fit in it along with 2 GFX cards. Even if it does, I thought it might be so cramped in the case that I would get bad air flow which would make dispersing heat troublesome. I want the NH-D14 because it seems like it is the best Air cooler out there today and going cheap in that department seems silly. So, the question, Would you advise going for the HAF 912 or should i get the full out tower? I couldn't find the answer to this anywhere.

2)I decided on the Asus motherboard because I read that the UEFI Bios was much easier to handle for overclocking than the Asrock Extreme4 Gen3 board. Is this difference something a newb to overclocking can overcome? As the two boards seem like they both will do the job that I want out of it but one is more expensive. I still have to sit down and re-read most of the OC'ing guides to wrap my head around all the concepts.

3)I have no grasp on PSU's. I thought a 750watt would do just fine, But I also feel like that might be over kill. Realistically, I doubt that I will go for a 2nd GFX card until the prices are extremely cheap but at that point it might be wise to upgraded to a single PCi 3.0 card. Looking at my current build, can you suggest a good PSU

4) I am pretty tight on money but find it worth while to spend on a decent computer at this point. If possible I would love to build this in stages because I believe I will see quite a difference from my current system to this one I am going to build. What is the most basic build out of what I posted that I can purchase to create a mixed system from my old + New stuff? or should I wait until I can buy most/all parts in one go?

Something like this, Purchase the MB+CPU+RAM (use my current HDD and OS (winXP) along with the PSU and case) Run it at stock with stock cooler and use the integrated GPU

Add additional upgrades as time goes on until system is complete. Unsure of order of parts.

5)Are there any additional expenses I should count on besides the main parts? Things such as extra fans for the case or TIM to bond the air cooling to the CPU. I don't know if these things come with the product or are little nick nacks I'lll have to get.
post #2 of 3
1) CoolerMaster Storm would be a good case, or a HAF 932. Saving money isn't always the best option with PC builds.

2) Sandybridge CPU's are easy to overclock (esp with UEFI Bios). Be glad it's not like 775, where it was quite difficult in comparison.

3)Corsair TX750W is one of the best PSU's out there for it's performance and price.

4) Wait until you have all the parts, it's far more rewarding to build everything in one go there and then.

5) Noctua coolers come with TIM, reasonably good too. If in doubt, grab some Antec F7 or MX TIM. I haven't needed to buy TIM in ages so I can't be sure of current brands. Wait for other replies on this.
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SandySLI
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 4570R Apple Logicboard Intel Iris Pro  8GB 
Hard DriveOSMonitorMonitor
1TB HDD Yosemite 10.10.2 iMac 21.5" 1080p ASUS VH228 21.5" 1080p 
MonitorKeyboardCaseMouse
ASUS VH228 21.5" 1080p Apple Numeric Pad Keyboard Unibody Alu Apple Mouse 
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Intel Pentium G640 MSI H61-I E35 Intel HD Graphics AMD Entertainment Edition CL9 1600Mhz 
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AMD Entertainment Edition CL9 1600Mhz Seagate Pipeline | 2TB | 7.2k | 3.5" Seagate Pipeline | 2TB | 7.2k | 3.5" WD Black | 1TB | 7.2k | 3.5" 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Hitachi TravelStar | 750GB | 5.2k | 2.5" Hitachi TravelStar | 750GB | 5.2k | 2.5" WD Blue | 500GB | 5.2k | 2.5" Akasa K25 CPU Heatsink 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
120mm Stock case fan Windows 10 x64 n/a - Remote access via other devices n/a 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
CoolerMaster GM550 BitFenix Neos n/a n/a 
AudioOther
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1. The NH-D14 will fit in a mid-tower and "cramped" doesn't really do anything against cooling if you have proper airflow. I for one don't like HAFs, but that's only about looks.

2. From what I've read SB is easy to OC. Set vcore, set multiplier, gg.

3. A single 6850 will be great on 450W, a second will work on 550W. The market doesn't have a lot of good <600W modular PSUs though. I would suggest the TX650M V2. Make sure it's V2 though.

4. Building in stages is a good way to waste money. I suggest saving it all up and buying it in one batch.

5. Crossfire 6850s with reference coolers will be loud and hot. My two cards with stock coolers were at 50C idle at 50% fan speed. It was loud enough that it made watching movies a pain. A single 6850, however, is plenty quiet (at least for me). The heatsink will come with TIM (and it doesn't bond it like glue), and I don't think you'll need more fans. Don't forget mouse, keyboard, OS. And if you're going to install a fresh copy of the OS from a CD don't forget a CD drive. I did that and I had to harvest a CD-Drive from my parents' computer to install windows.
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