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well looking at the cooler and the chip that you want.... and assuming your going to overclock a fair amount considering the massive air cooler, you might want to look into a stronger board around the 175-195$ range... something with a little stronger vrm/vrm cooling, My AsRock was very affordable (Extreme4 Gen 3) and it has pretty decent heatsink's on the vrm's and they still get pretty warm while at 4.9ghz.

Maybe somethign like this (unless your going for blue)

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i think there is a blue-ish variant if anything
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Wow, it's going to take me some time to go through all of these suggestions. But I think I will defiantly save the $100 and get the i5-2500K.

I'll try to answer some of the questions.

First I will be using this for gaming but mainly Starcraft 2 which I know doesn't have very high demands. I will also be playing MMOs (I like the korean kind). I might get into other games once this computer is built, but I don't play FPS. (like portal, minecraft and everything else I've been missing because of my crappy laptop)

I will also use this for video editing. I usually have Photoshop and Premiere running at the same time while I'm working on a video. This computer will also be my TV. I'm not sure if I will be running the TV through my PS3 or getting a TV Tuner yet.

The monitor is only fake 120hz with motion blur. So would xfire be worth it? I think my want is greater than my need lol.
Edited by TiffTaro - 2/5/12 at 8:37am
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post #13 of 63
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Wow, it's going to take me some time to go through all of these suggestions. But I think I will defiantly save the $100 and get the i5-2500K.
I'll try to answer some of the questions.
First I will be using this for gaming but mainly Starcraft 2 which I know doesn't have very high demands. I will also be playing MMOs (I like the korean kind). I might get into other games once this computer is built, but I don't play FPS.
I will also use this for video editing. I usually have Photoshop and Premiere running at the same time while I'm working on a video. This computer will also be my TV. I'm not sure if I will be running the TV through my PS3 or getting a TV Tuner yet.
The monitor is only fake 120hz with motion blur. So would xfire be worth it? I think my want is greater than my need lol.

Yeah RTS and MMO games are typically more CPU intensive than GPU. The graphics card you have chosen is pretty decent, definitely stick with an i5-2500K, and definitely get an SSD to reduce your boot times and map-load times in games like SC2
post #14 of 63
If your budget allows it then go for the 2600k. I just made the switch from an FX 4100 Slowdozer and it is unbelievable. Since you are going with the Z68 I agree that you should add an SSD for SRT. I don't recommend Corsair Force 3's. Go with a Crucial M4 series or Samsung 830. I bought four of the fore mentioned Corsairs's and now I'm realizing my mistake and trying to sell them. Also, as previously mentioned, make sure you get the REV 1.3 mobo.
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post #15 of 63
1) Get an SSD. Crucial M4, Samsung 830, or Corsair Performance Pro. Reinstall Windows on that drive. Follow Sean Websters Install Guide.

2) Choose a better GPU if you have that much money left. Possibly a 6950/6970? Go with a 7950 if you want your rig to be closer to high-end.

3) I can't really recommend Gigabyte Mobos. My brother's has boot loop problems and I've seen quite a few posts on OCN about that problem. Go with ASRock or Asus, though if you go with either, aim for midrange or above (ASRock - Z68 Extreme 3 or 4; Asus - P8Z68-V Pro). My Vanilla P8P67 has failed on me twice, and it's taken Asus 2 weeks to get back to me with RMA info.

4) Possibly think about bumping the PSU to a HX series so you can have a semi-modular PSU.

5) The Heatsink you chose is fine. It's a great performer and quiet to boot. I just don't like the color scheme for Noctua's fans.
Edited by importflip - 2/5/12 at 8:51am
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Next time I make a thread I'm gonna put girl in the title somewhere too tongue.gif

It'd be handy to know what you intend to use the machine for, e.g. titles of games you currently/would like to play, any 3D/Video/Photo work you intend to do or just a basic machine.

Would also be good to know what you currently running on. No point in spend $1000 if you just sidegrade... Go to your profile (click your name on the top right), scroll down to Your rig and create a new rig. Just fill in what you currently have, will help if you ever need to ask for advice again (no need to keep stating what your specs are)

For the remaining budget I'd suggest an SSD first and foremost. They can be quite temperamental so if you're not used to using cutting edge and dealing with budding issues etc then it might not be for you. That said there are many people who have bought SSDs and fared without hiccups. The Intel has the most solid track record so far, not without issues but they appear to be resolved, however they aren't as fast as some other SSDs but if you're coming from a traditional disk anything is faster, not to mention the real world differences between SSDs are tiny. Samsung's 830 looks pretty good but it's still early days. The M4 is the peoples SSD, again there were issues but they seem to be resolved.

Consider a 2500K if you have no use for hyperthreading. The extra boost in clock speed is indifferent as soon as you start overclocking.

For the motherboard I'd consider spending a little more for some better functionality. I'm personally a fan of ASUS' offerings, but I'm biased. Something around the P6Z68-V Pro price range is what you should be looking at, maybe slightly less.

If you're gaming I'd recommend a slightly better card, possibly wait a little bit until the 7950 fully floods the market in the coming weeks. nVidia aren't far off of releasing their new line either; couple of months at most. This should at the very least drive prices down for last years products, which surprisingly still work...

If you're not gaming or only very very light gaming, I'd recommend just sticking with the onboard or if you must drop to something around the 6770. Also drop the PSU to a decent 500W at most. You'd get by with ~400W if you go with a low end card and 2600K.

Also on the PSU front have you considered modular? Just that much easier to work with and looks that much tidier.

On the CPU cooler front, I'm not a huge fan of anything more than ~$50. Purely because the amount you spend to get an amazing cooler, over and adequate one, isn't really justified in terms of the few degrees cooler it runs. At the end of the day you'd be lucky to be running 4.8Ghz/5Ghz 24/7 sensibly. Save a few bob and grab something like a Hyper 212+ and some Gentle Typhoons and get yourself to 4.5Ghz and just stay there.

A lot of people will probably disagree with me on the CPU heatsink front, this is OCN afterall, but that's my two cents.

EDIT: Epic Ninja tongue.gif
Edited by Zorginator - 2/5/12 at 9:26am
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post #17 of 63
After reading this thread. I would say a better graphics card is mandatory.
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post #18 of 63
While there are some excellent ideas posted, I would suggest you look at the Corsair TX 650W V2. Should you decide to go with a more robust GPU you will find that PSU falls quite well into the sweet spot of cost/performance.

I do like the idea of going with a modular PSU though... Just stay away from the old version of the TX650. I have it and so far so good but the V2 is better.
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I'd recommend this board http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138317

If you don't mind open box you can get it for $85. I also think you should get a stronger psu say an 850 watt, and of course better graphics card.
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TiffTaro,

Swap out your i7 for the i5 2500k and put the money into a better graphics card like the 6950.

Just because you have a $1000 budget doesn't mean you should use it if you don't HAVE to thumb.gif

Your original build was fine. I would suggest a Corsair cooler though, like the H60 or H80, maybe even the Antec 620. I'm not a fan of huge chunky metal coolers, but if you are wanting air cooling, the Cooler Master Hyper 212+ will do the job and is cheaper and isn't a heavy cooler.
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