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Hey guys i am new to being a computer enthusiast and i was wondering if anyone had any ideas about a good Intel build that overclocks extremely well. i was looking into water cooling as well as ssd drives so i am into all the bells and whistles. Just like the title says i am looking for a build that will give me the best preformace for my $$$. any build lists would be greatly appreciated !!!!! Thanks biggrin.gif
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What is your budget? without that though, bang for buck would be something along the lines of a 2500k + 6950 with a mushkin ssd.
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i don't have a budget really, i just don't want parts that will cost me 1000 dollars but only give me 5% more preformance from the 400 dollar version.
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Ok so i'd start with a 2500k (though you may want to wait for the 3570k, it's only going to be a week or so), maybe go for a 7850 for your gfx, as for your motherboard, I find that it's quite a personal thing but the ASUS P8Z77-V PRO seems like a good place to start. I'd definitely find some money for an ssd too, they may not give 1 more fps but they are great for when your not gaming. 8gb of ram is good place to bee too, any more just wont be used well. for your case that's up to you but i like the corsair 500r. in terms of PSU can't go wrong with a 650w Thortech Thunderbolt.

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plus the Mushkin Enhanced Chronos seems to be pretty good, although i have a silicon power v30.
for the cpu cooler best bang for buck is the hyper 212 from coolermaster, you can go for something like a h100 but they are 3-4x the price, you will get more out of your cpu with one of these but if your just starting out the hyper 212 can;t be beaten for the price.

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will 650w be enough to sli in future?
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Originally Posted by thebeard10256 View Post

will 650w be enough to sli in future?

Possibly, it depends on the card(s) you have. The best thing to do is look at the details (either from the manufacturer or the place you buy it from) and see how many watt's it pulls from the wall or requires. Do the same thing for all your hardware break out the calculator and add up total power consumption. If all your hardware combined uses 649w and you have a 650w psu you might want to think about getting something bigger. I want to say most PSU's are most efficient at about 50-80% use. At least that's what I gather, I have not tested that theory myself.
Edited by FishCommander - 4/18/12 at 10:45pm
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Here's build using the best price/performance parts.

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CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
the 2500k is the best gaming cpu out there which may change when IB comes out later this month. I would probably wait and see.

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($22.99 @ NCIX US)
Great CPU cooler that will get you to around 4.5Ghz.

Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($121.99 @ Newegg)
A great OCing board that's priced extremely low for the performance it provides

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Very reliable 1600Mhz ram. Very reasonable priced too.

Hard Drive: Western Digital Scorpio Black 500GB 2.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Good 500gb HDD. WD Caviar blacks are very reliable.

SSD: Crucial M4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($78.95 @ Adorama)
Go for the cheapest SSD of these 3: Intel 810, Samsung 830, and Crucial M4. In this case it's the M4

Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($129.99 @ Newegg)
6870s in CF are better then a 580; they just draw more power. They dropped to $130 after MIR which makes them have even more performance per dollar. (Benchmarks 6870 CF vs 580)

Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($42.08 @ NCIX US)
Well made reasonably priced case.

Power Supply: Rosewill 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.99 @ Newegg)
750w 80+ gold PSU. Great for CF and very reliable

Optical Drive: LG GH22NS90B DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Cheap DVD/CD drive

Total: $943.94

For WC I would say it's not worth it if you want performance per dollar but if you want to anyways look at the Rasa kit for a DIY or an H60 for a closed loop.

Edit: added SSD
Edited by UltraHoboLord - 4/18/12 at 11:05pm
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2500K/2600K or Ivy
Asrock Extreme 3/4 Gen3
Custom Water cooling loop
Samsung Low Voltage RAM (overclocks 2400+)
GTX 680 4GB (When it gets released)
128GB Samsung 830
Whatever size 7200RPM HDD
Corsair TX750 (plenty for SLI)
Caselabs M8 Case

Best bang for the buck for an enthusiast.
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post #10 of 20
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Originally Posted by FishCommander View Post

most efficient at about 50-80% use

Just to let you know that PSU efficiency seems to peak around 50% and drops off at roughly the same rate if you go higher or lower.

from anandtech article found here - http://www.anandtech.com/show/2395/1

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You could use that psu for SLI/crossfire but you would be running it at a very high load which is not good for the lifespan of the psu, if you want go down the dual gfx road then i would go 850w+ maybe even higher if you feel like it. Just remember to not skimp on the psu, they are the cause of 30% of 'dead computers' and a good quality one will help with overclocking (not much but sometimes tangible) and the overall stability of your system.

Cheers
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Edited by novemberEcho - 4/18/12 at 11:06pm
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