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go for the 66$
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MB Extreme 3 or 4 if you plan to keep for long.
RAM get the DDR3-1600 CL9, No need to spend so much for other RAM because it will make no difference. So the $66 Kit.
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go for the 66$
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MB Extreme 3 or 4 if you plan to keep for long.
RAM get the DDR3-1600 CL9, No need to spend so much for other RAM because it will make no difference. So the $66 Kit.
Cheers! So got my RAM and CPU sorted! Now just for the motherboard... T__T

So pretty much I got to decide between the Extreme 3 or Extreme 4. Hard decision...

advice? :S
Edited by Hot Fuzz - 10/25/11 at 8:50pm
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Cheers for the information about the H50.

So I can't expect my 2500K to get 5ghz?
You might get lucky but its hardly a given. Mine is an average case for this chip. 4.6ghz at stock voltage was easy but it requires a huge voltage bump to get to 4.8ghz and 5ghz can be done but the voltage isn't what I'd consider safe for 24/7 use.

Sent from my CyanogenModded HTC Sensation 4g.
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well the asrock is the only one of those boards that supports PCie ex 3.0
ASUS just came out with their Gen 3 boards that also support PCI-E 3.0. Either way, the ASRock boards are a good call.

2133MHz RAM doesn't make much difference in the games I play - maybe 3% better FPS compared to 1600. It makes a pretty massive difference in benchmarks, not that that matters. It's difficult not to spring for a set of 2133MHz memory given the way memory prices have dropped over the last year.

Anyway, looks like all the memory you guys are looking at is 1600 CL9 junk. Try to get 1600 CL7 or 2133 CL9. I would avoid 1866, personally. Check out some of the mushkin kits.

Finally, an h50 can adequately cool an i5-2500k, but it can really struggle when you're doing your stability testing. If you're running 4.8GHz and 1.40v, you may find yourself running in the mid 70s if you're using a fairly CPU intensive application or game. If you have money left over for an h80 or h100, it wouldn't hurt.
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You might get lucky but its hardly a given. Mine is an average case for this chip. 4.6ghz at stock voltage was easy but it requires a huge voltage bump to get to 4.8ghz and 5ghz can be done but the voltage isn't what I'd consider safe for 24/7 use.

Sent from my CyanogenModded HTC Sensation 4g.
Ok, cause I've seen a lot of people say they got to 5ghz safely. Guess I will have to hope for a decent 2500k?
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Not to burst your bubble, but a stable 5GHz is very unlikely. Most chips won't run it stable no matter what voltage you push through them. And for the chips that will run 5GHz, most if not all of them require over 1.4v to do so. Personally, I wouldn't touch anything over 1.4v, but then again shiny new Ivy Bridge chips are on their way soon!
    
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Another vote here for the Extreme3. It's fundamentally the same as the Extreme4, so I'd wholeheartedly recommend it (and this is coming from an Extreme4 owner). Also, i've not heard of the BIOS problems that you're referring to. As far as I know, the UEFI 2.00 is stable and good to go.

And yes, if your cooler fits an 1156, then it'll fit an 1155.
 
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Not to burst your bubble, but a stable 5GHz is very unlikely. Most chips won't run it stable no matter what voltage you push through them. And for the chips that will run 5GHz, most if not all of them require over 1.4v to do so. Personally, I wouldn't touch anything over 1.4v, but then again shiny new Ivy Bridge chips are on their way soon!
Ok cheers for the information. So would around 4.6ghz seem pretty good deal for a 2500k?
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Another vote here for the Extreme3. It's fundamentally the same as the Extreme4, so I'd wholeheartedly recommend it (and this is coming from an Extreme4 owner). Also, i've not heard of the BIOS problems that you're referring to. As far as I know, the UEFI 2.00 is stable and good to go.

And yes, if your cooler fits an 1156, then it'll fit an 1155.
Cheers! That reassures me a lot.
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