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I've worked with computers all my life, but I've never built one from the ground up. I recently purchased some things for my 1st build, but I'm stuck on a few things.

First, here's what I have so far.

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Intel Core i7-2600K Processor
ASRock Z68 EXTREME4
WD Caviar Black 500GB SATA III 7200 RPM 32 MB cache
Crucial 64GB SSD SATA 6Gb/s
Asus 24x DVD RW
KingWin Lazer PSU 1000W Modular
16Gig DDR3 Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz
A few 120mm fans


I do gaming, mostly WOW which is more demanding on the CPU than the GPU. I'm running at 1920x1080, and I'm using a 55inch TV as a monitor. I plan on using dual monitors. It will be the 55inch as well as a 22 inch monitor. I'd love to be on ultra, but I need to be able to keep high fps in 25 man raids and keep the lag down as much as possible. . I do some bandicam stuff during raiding (or at least WANT to), so that puts an extra strain on gaming. I've only been able to record 5 mans so far, even with the settings at low, so I'm hoping this new setup will allow me to record 25mans. I plan on doing some image editing, nothing beyond some fairly intense PS stuff, but no real video editing or anything. . . Everything else is pretty simple computing wise.

Here is my dilemma. I want to OC to about 4.0 which will require an aftermarket cooler, but I DEFINITELY do not want liquid cooling. Push Pull seems more than fine, and unless anyone has a good argument to the contrary, I think I want to stick with that. What would you suggest for a good CPU cooler that won't be super noisy, will not interfere with my rather large ram, and won't cost me too much. I don't want to skimp too much, however.

2nd issue. I have a GTX470 that I've OC'ed a bit and it runs great on my current (really really really REALLY crappy) computer, but I worry that it may not be enough for what I am gonna build. I was also considering taking advantage of SLI and I wasn't sure if it would be worth it to bridge 2 GTX 470's or if I'd be better off just getting one 500 series card. I have no interest in an ATI (AMD, whatever) card. So only Nvidia suggestions please smile.gif


Also, it may be a little late now, but any advice/criticism/suggestions as far as what I've already purchased? I plan on going with integrated sound for now, unless someone knows a nice soundcard that is reasonable priced. The integrated sound seems pretty decent, so I may stick with that.

Any advice is appreciated!
post #2 of 9
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Also, the RAM is 16GB (4x4GB)
post #3 of 9
Since the game you want to play is more CPU intensive rather than GPU intensive, I'd recommend going SLI with another GTX 470. That way it will last you a longer time and be a little budget conscious. Regarding overclock, I may be wrong, but if you are looking at running i7 2600k @ 4.0Ghz I highly doubt the cpu will be producing enough heat that you would require aftermarket cooling. The stock fan will do just fine. But still if you want to buy a good after market cooler, Cooler Master 212 does the job pretty well, it will cost you about 25-30 bucks, but if you dont mind spending another 20 bucks, you can have a look at pre-built water cooling solution such as Antec Kuhler 620 which sells pretty cheap, and if I am not mistaken, Microcenter has it on sale for 49.99 that if you have one near you.

Apart from that, the build looks fine to me. Just one thing, a 1000w PSU may be an over kill. But thats just my opinion. I know there may be others who think otherwise.
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Thanks for the reply smile.gif

I think I may go ahead and bridge the 470's. Am I mistaken or do the 2 cards have to be identical?

Also, I am scared to death of Watercooling. I've heard horror stories about leaks and pumps breaking. For a novice computer builder, should I try WCing? And what do you think I could safely overclock to before needing serious cooling? If you really think I can get away with ocing to 4GHz and not need an aftermarket cooler, I wonder how high I could go with the Cooler Master 212 you recommended, since it's pretty inexpensive and is definitely something I could go buy.
post #5 of 9
Not necessarily. When going SLI, you just need to be same model. It can be sli'd with same brand, different brand. Even different clock speeds, the only thing would be it they are different clock speeds, nvidia drivers will run on the lowest clock speed of the two cards.
post #6 of 9
I am not an WC expert and was late to join the club but I can say for sure have a water cooling setup definitely gives you an advantage. The chip runs cooler and also keeps the case cool without any bulky coolers. That being said, The 212 is a very nice cooler too. If you are still a lil hesitant with WC, the cooler runs beautifully.

If your i7 is a good lil chip, you should not have problems reaching 4.5 at least before running into temp issue. The sandy bridge chips run fairly cool.
post #7 of 9
Get this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065
Should be good for your target overclock.As far as water cooling goes,there are now a bunch of pre-built ones that are good and reliable.I remember 5 years ago pre-built water cooling was limited and if you wanted water cooling you would have to get an actual block,tubings,fittings,the whole works.It's easier now than it was before with a pre-built water cooling system.
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Ah, good to know. I was worried I'd have to match the cards exactly.

I think I will pick up the 212. Worst case scenario would be having to upgrade eventually if I decide to go crazy with the overclocking. But based off what you are saying, it should be fine for what I plan to do.

Thanks a lot for the insight, it's been extremely helpful and greatly appreciated.
post #9 of 9
a 212+ will cool a 5ghz overclock with reasonable voltages.
i hit 82* on a core and 80* on another core with 1.5v an hour into prime blend doing 5ghz
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