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I haven't been playing games long and my current PC just died. I have wanted to build a PC for some time but as my last PC (won't name names) died I'm told due to overheating I'm seeking advice about cooling and your thoughts in general about my "rig". rolleyes.gif I haven't started putting my computer together as I haven't decided on all the parts yet.

I'm not swimming in cash but am trying to get the best I can afford. I've managed to get a few bits quite cheap what I have so far:

OS: Windows 7

MOBO: Asus P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3

GPU: Gainward GTX 570 Phantom 1280MB GDDR5 (Thinking about a 2nd card?)

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 12GB (3x4GB) DDR3 (Could maybe afford another 12GB what do you think?)

HDDs: 64GB SSD x 1 (for the OS) + WD CB 1 TB x 3 + WD CB 2 TB x 1

OD: Pioneer BDR-205BK 12x BD-RE x 1 + Sony AD-5280S-0B DVD±RW 24x x 1

PSU: Antec Truepower Quattro 1200W

Case: Antec Dark Fleet DF-85

Undecided/Looking For:

CPU: Undecided (Thinking Intel Sandybridge i7-2600K?)

SC: Looking for a good sound card for music.

Display(s): Looking for the best display possible of what size I'm unsure.

TV Card: Would like one of these if possible.

UPS: I've heard these help prevent data loss due to power cuts/surges?

I know it may look as if I'm off topic but I wanted to give you an idea of what I want from my PC. I'm lucky my job allows me a lot of time off at home, I've become quite fond of video games. I also used my computer for my music, tv and films as well as some mid-range photo and video editing (although I do have Macintosh's at home for this) so it was on a lot of the time.

As my old machine failed due to over heating I'm super paranoid about cooling and would rather spend money now than have to replace my system again. I think my case has holes at the back for water cooling so I'm thinking water cooling is the way to go. I'd be grateful for your thoughts on my new PC anything you think I could improve or do without.

I know nothing about cooling, what I should buy for a system like mine that could be on for extended periods of time. I'll eventually be building a small form factor PC possibly running Linux to try and take the heat off my gaming machine. For now I'll be using this a lot once I get my parts together.

Thanks! thumb.gif
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Sell the Mac and get a better PC. thumb.gif

i7 2600k is a little much, but if you are going to do photo and video editing, then it'll be nice to have.

Fo your cooling question. Are you looking for a full custom loop, all in one or an air cooler? Cause they have wonderous air coolers (Noctua or thermalright) out if you're not thinking of going balls to the wall on overclocks...

Also, budget budget budget. a custom loop can range from 150$ to a couple thousand if you go crazy.

Edit: Oh, and welcome to OCN!! biggrin.gif
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If you're not overclocking, overheating isn't usually an issue unless you fail to take care of your rig. This means cleaning dust out and changing the TIM on various heat-producing parts every once in a while. 5 minutes every 3 months or so to take care of dust will usually be sufficient to keep heat from destroying your system in most situations. How often to swap out TIM depends on the TIM you're using, but I usually default to every 2 years on a standard home rig.
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Thank you for the warm welcome Rognin, I couldn't sell the Mac out of laziness I doubt I'd get much for it plus it was a gift. I'm not strapped for cash just don't want to go crazy. smile.gif

I'm not sure what to do cooling wise I really don't have a cool. I wouldn't want to get rid of much off the case if possible just add to it I could go $400 (200) for a first attempt at cooling gear. I would like to overclock and maybe even go "balls to the wall" redface.gif I think I'd settle for a working PC at least for a month or two before diving into the deep end of OCs. At least till I've had a chance to read more.

Thanks for taking the time to cooment.biggrin.gif

Audioxbliss I think dust was a major factor in the death of my last PC. I've bought cans of compressed air ready for the new build though. I'm not sure what you mean by TIM could you explain please? Thanks. smile.gif
Edited by Grace - 4/27/12 at 3:12pm
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Thank you for the warm welcome Rognin, I couldn't sell the Mac out of laziness I doubt I'd get much for it plus it was a gift. I'm not strapped for cash just don't want to go crazy. smile.gif
I'm not sure what to do cooling wise I really don't have a cool. I wouldn't want to get rid of much off the case if possible just add to it I could go $400 (200) for a first attempt at cooling gear. I would like to overclock and maybe even go "balls to the wall" redface.gif I think I'd settle for a working PC at least for a month or two before diving into the deep end of OCs. At least till I've had a chance to read more.
Thanks for taking the time to cooment.biggrin.gif
Audioxbliss I think dust was a major factor in the death of my last PC. I've bought cans of compressed air ready for the new build though. I'm not sure what you mean by TIM could you explain please? Thanks. smile.gif

TIM= Thermal Interface Material.

It's the goo you put between the CPU and the heatsink you'll use.

I think you can get a Raystorm kit for about that amount. Great starting kit with plenty of headroom to add more down the road.

Where do you live? (not a stalker, just need to know what stores are closest to you; a country will suffice)
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Just noticed you have a triple channel memory kit selected for a dual channel mobo and the PSU is a little oversized for the rest of your system. Since you are on a budget, tweaking those two things may put a few buck s back in your pocket.
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Just noticed you have a triple channel memory kit selected for a dual channel mobo and the PSU is a little oversized for the rest of your system. Since you are on a budget, tweaking those two things may put a few buck s back in your pocket.

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Just noticed you have a triple channel memory kit selected for a dual channel mobo and the PSU is a little oversized for the rest of your system. Since you are on a budget, tweaking those two things may put a few buck s back in your pocket.

Ah so would I not be able to use the RAM I have with my motherboard? The RAM and PSU were unopened items that the brother of a friend gave me for free. I didn't want to turn them down, they are still under warranty with Square Trade he got them for someone else who paid but never came to collect them this was last year so I got offered them as freebies. redface.gif Should I still get rid of them?

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TIM= Thermal Interface Material.
It's the goo you put between the CPU and the heatsink you'll use.
I think you can get a Raystorm kit for about that amount. Great starting kit with plenty of headroom to add more down the road.
Where do you live? (not a stalker, just need to know what stores are closest to you; a country will suffice)

Thanks! I didn't know this. smile.gif
Edited by Grace - 4/27/12 at 3:45pm
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Ah so would I not be able to use the RAM I have with my motherboard? The RAM and PSU were unopened items that the brother of a friend gave me for free. I didn't want to turn them down, they are still under warranty with Square Trade he got them for someone else who paid but never came to collect them this was last year so I got offered them as freebies. redface.gif Should I still get rid of them?

You can use the RAM, but you only have four DIMM slots on your motherboard, and it performs best when RAM sticks are added in pairs (that's where the dual channel part comes in).
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