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Hi All,

Tax time is coming up and that means (after a long time!) I'm getting myself a new PC. I'll be re-using my case and POSSIBLY PSU, do you think my current CPU (sig) will be OK for the build below. I also have 5 500GB SATA drives that I will re-use.

I'd like my parts to be from the following site: http://www.skycomp.com.au/ if you have the time, please provide links using this site. Note that ivy bridge CPUs arent there yet, I'll be waiting till they pop up to order. I'm preparing to spend around 400AUD on a CPU (aussie prices suck...)

Primary use will be study/work, however I'll also be gaming occasionally (BF3, Witcher 2 etc), hence the GPU etc.

I have been looking into parts recently and am looking at the following:
CPU: Ivy Bridge, depending on australian prices, I'll go either an i5 or i7. suggestions for each? Keep in mind that I'm looking to OC, so I'd like the best bang for buck OCing chip.
Cooler: Whatever is the best air cooling (OCing wise) for aforementioned CPU - suggestions?
GFX: Pretty much set on a GTX680. Not going with aftermarket cooling for now.
RAM: Think 8GB will suffice for my use, whats a decent set for OCing?
Motherboard: No idea really, I'd like a basic board with SLI (may go SLI in future) and decent OCing potential - looking to spend around 150AUD (again, prices from site above).
HDD: Keeping old ones.
Case: keeping old
PSU: can I keep my old one, or should I upgrade? Thinking upgrade, hoping I can keep old to keep costs down.

Interested to hear thoughts on each part, if people could be so kind to provide a full build with links (using site above) that would be awesome.

Glen.
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Hi All,
Tax time is coming up and that means (after a long time!) I'm getting myself a new PC. I'll be re-using my case and POSSIBLY PSU, do you think my current CPU (sig) will be OK for the build below. I also have 5 500GB SATA drives that I will re-use.
I'd like my parts to be from the following site: http://www.skycomp.com.au/ if you have the time, please provide links using this site. Note that ivy bridge CPUs arent there yet, I'll be waiting till they pop up to order. I'm preparing to spend around 400AUD on a CPU (aussie prices suck...)
Primary use will be study/work, however I'll also be gaming occasionally (BF3, Witcher 2 etc), hence the GPU etc.
I have been looking into parts recently and am looking at the following:
CPU: Ivy Bridge, depending on australian prices, I'll go either an i5 or i7. suggestions for each? Keep in mind that I'm looking to OC, so I'd like the best bang for buck OCing chip.
Cooler: Whatever is the best air cooling (OCing wise) for aforementioned CPU - suggestions?
GFX: Pretty much set on a GTX680. Not going with aftermarket cooling for now.
RAM: Think 8GB will suffice for my use, whats a decent set for OCing?
Motherboard: No idea really, I'd like a basic board with SLI (may go SLI in future) and decent OCing potential - looking to spend around 150AUD (again, prices from site above).
HDD: Keeping old ones.
Case: keeping old
PSU: can I keep my old one, or should I upgrade? Thinking upgrade, hoping I can keep old to keep costs down.
Interested to hear thoughts on each part, if people could be so kind to provide a full build with links (using site above) that would be awesome.
Glen.

CPU: i5 will be all you need for gaming, If you are doing design or hardcore processing, grab an i7
Cooler: I enjoy my H80, but there are plenty of highly reguarded options that are frequently used around here, check the ivy bridge forum to see what people are finding successful.
GPU: 680 is pretty sweet, make sure to grab the higher RAM option if possible, resale is better.
RAM: after ram gets to about 1866 you get very diminished returns for your buck, a 1866 set then tightening your timings would be the best option. G skill and Corsair are decent enough. even cas 9 1600 will be undistinguishable.
MOBO: Check out a ASUS or ASROCK mobo, make sure to get either the OCing chipset or the dual chipset, for 1155 SB it was z68 for both and P67 for overclock. H67 was only integrated video. pci 3.0 I doubt makes a difference, but make sure to get at least x8 slotS
HDD: a SSD might be a good idea
PSU:keep the old one until you find an issue with it.
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CPU: i5 will be all you need for gaming, If you are doing design or hardcore processing, grab an i7
Sounds good, exactly which one would you recommend?

Cooler: I enjoy my H80, but there are plenty of highly reguarded options that are frequently used around here, check the ivy bridge forum to see what people are finding successful.
Was looking at one of those, I assume due to it being liquid cooled it is better than air? Might grab one of those I think.

GPU: 680 is pretty sweet, make sure to grab the higher RAM option if possible, resale is better.
Will basically be going for the cheapest I can find, inno3d's seems to be the winner at the moment - what is higher RAM option? 4GB? The inno3d one I'm looking at comes with 2GB I believe.

RAM: after ram gets to about 1866 you get very diminished returns for your buck, a 1866 set then tightening your timings would be the best option. G skill and Corsair are decent enough. even cas 9 1600 will be undistinguishable.
Will probably look into G.Skill Ripjaws I think.

MOBO: Check out a ASUS or ASROCK mobo, make sure to get either the OCing chipset or the dual chipset, for 1155 SB it was z68 for both and P67 for overclock. H67 was only integrated video. pci 3.0 I doubt makes a difference, but make sure to get at least x8 slotS
Hmmm not sure what you are saying here...which should I go with? Is the Z77 a decent chipset for OCing? I would assume this is better (updated) as opposed to the Z68?

HDD: a SSD might be a good idea
I have an SSD in my laptop, not really blown away with performance...I can live without one to save on costs.

PSU:keep the old one until you find an issue with it.
That's what I was thinking, sounds like a plan.
Been out of the loop for quite some time with parts.
Replied in line with you Answers, thanks for the reply, apologies if I'm asking some basic stuff here.

Anyone else have thoughts to add?
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INTEL CPU CORE i7 2600K/3.40GHz/8MB CACHE/LGA1155 BX80623I72600K
Model: BX80623I72600K | Item No: 244224

$334.00

Asus P8Z77-M Socket 1155, Intel Z77 Chipset, 4x DDR3, SATA3, USB3.0, GbLAN, 8 CH, PCIE3.0,
Model: P8Z77-M | Item No: 271886

$123.00

G SKILL DDR3-1600 8GB Dual Channel [RipjawsX] F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM
Model: GS-F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM | Item No: 247601

$71.00

Inno3D GF GTX 680 PCI-E 3.0 2GB 256-bit DDR5, Base:1006, Boost:1058/6008 MHz, 2x DVI, 1x HDMI 1
Model: IV-GTX680-2GD5 | Item No: 271529
Call/Ask Us
$593.00

Noctua NH-D14 CPU Cooler
Model: NH-D14 | Item No: 208668

$93.00

Just put together the above parts (as said, I have the case, PSU and HDDs) for the upgrade, what do you think?

The CPU is just there to give me an idea of price, I WILL be waiting for ivy bridge.

So does the Mobo/RAM/cooler look OK for ivy bridge? It only comes to around $1200 at the moment which is good, do you think I'll need anything else?

Remember I'll be OCing the CPU so keep that in mind when looking at mobo/RAM.

Glen
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Originally Posted by gill View Post

INTEL CPU CORE i7 2600K/3.40GHz/8MB CACHE/LGA1155 BX80623I72600K
Model: BX80623I72600K | Item No: 244224

$334.00
Asus P8Z77-M Socket 1155, Intel Z77 Chipset, 4x DDR3, SATA3, USB3.0, GbLAN, 8 CH, PCIE3.0,
Model: P8Z77-M | Item No: 271886

$123.00
G SKILL DDR3-1600 8GB Dual Channel [RipjawsX] F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM
Model: GS-F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM | Item No: 247601

$71.00
Inno3D GF GTX 680 PCI-E 3.0 2GB 256-bit DDR5, Base:1006, Boost:1058/6008 MHz, 2x DVI, 1x HDMI 1
Model: IV-GTX680-2GD5 | Item No: 271529
Call/Ask Us
$593.00
Noctua NH-D14 CPU Cooler
Model: NH-D14 | Item No: 208668

$93.00
Just put together the above parts (as said, I have the case, PSU and HDDs) for the upgrade, what do you think?
The CPU is just there to give me an idea of price, I WILL be waiting for ivy bridge.
So does the Mobo/RAM/cooler look OK for ivy bridge? It only comes to around $1200 at the moment which is good, do you think I'll need anything else?
Remember I'll be OCing the CPU so keep that in mind when looking at mobo/RAM.
Glen

First was making sure you had the Z77 chipset with the ivy bridge CPU, so kudos for that thumb.gif. ASUS/ASROCK are my favorite brands that I have found to be the most reputable, followed by gigabyte.

NOTE: 1155 chip-sets have different properties. First of all there is H67, P67, and Z68 for sandy bridge and Z77 for ivy bridge. H67 only has the chip-set to use the integrated graphics from the CPU, but it is not overclock-able. P67 Does not have the integrated graphics chip-set, but instead is overclock-able. Z68 is the best of both worlds, integrated graphics can be used as well as being able to overclock, it also introduces features such as SSD caching. Z77 is the successor to Z68 and is basically the same thing except it is optimized for Ivy Bridge, with the biggest feature being able to run x3 monitors from the integrated graphics instead of the max of x2 monitors in the Sandy bridge chip-sets.

That ram looks about $20 over priced for a set of 1600 cas 9 2x4GB ram. A 8gb kit of 1600 cas 9 RAM should run about $50. Corsair and G. Skill both make good RAM.

As for the GPU, make sure you get a 680 with a good warranty. I know MSI does all of theirs via serial number so it makes it very easy to sell in the future. The last thing you want to do is buy a $600 GPU with bad customer service. Also check out the OCN marketplace for a used GPU under full warranty, might save you some dough.

The D14 will be just fine for an air cooler, Temps will vary based on the case/heatsink fans. But it is pretty much the same as a H80 or so.
Edited by The_Hairy_Yak - 5/2/12 at 8:27am
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Ah excellent information there sir, that explanation of the motherboard chipsets helped wink.gif

Shouldn't be too long till I get this, very keen!
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