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Also guys, do I need a new psu if I intend to overclock? Current one is Cooler Master Extreme 2 625 W. Thanks.
By overclocking I mean my current i3. Cheers. smile.gif
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Thanks Indie. I might be waiting for the launch of the new gen intel cpu and then go on from there since many suggest that I should wait instead of getting one now lol. I might be trying to overclock my current i3 though during this waiting period. Currently on stock cooler only and probably will be getting a non-water cooled cpu cooler due to budget constraints sadly.

I heard that you own the Evo? Alot of people back that air cooler up. i would say go for some overclocking with it. thumb.gif

Are you waiting for haswell? I would say to keep waiting. Haswell will be on a different socket type, meaning you'll have to sink at least another 150 dollars into a new motherboard, plus a 200 plus processor. Its Intels (second Gen?) APU, and they CLAIM it can hold its own. But that is up to you.
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Hi Dave, I am considering the H212 Evo due to budget constrains sadly. Wondering whether if it is able to provide adequate cooling if I decide to OC? smile.gif
How much does the Gamerstorm cost for you? It's the same price of a H212 Evo if it's 33$ (Evo is 37$). The gamerstorm is leaps and bounds better than H212 Evo if shipping is free
The PSU will hold up, don't worry. i3-540 is only a dual core 73W so it's an non issue

Also if you can find this cooler get it, it's priced the same as a H212 Evo as well
http://www.overclock.net/t/1377869/deepcool-neptwin-one-of-the-most-insane-bang-for-buck-air-coolers
Edited by DaveLT - 4/7/13 at 10:41am
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I heard that you own the Evo? Alot of people back that air cooler up. i would say go for some overclocking with it. thumb.gif

Are you waiting for haswell? I would say to keep waiting. Haswell will be on a different socket type, meaning you'll have to sink at least another 150 dollars into a new motherboard, plus a 200 plus processor. Its Intels (second Gen?) APU, and they CLAIM it can hold its own. But that is up to you.
Yup I am probably waiting for it. Do I need to upgrade my psu if I intend to overclock my i3 now? Current one is Cooler Master Extreme 2 625 W. Thanks. smile.gif
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How much does the Gamerstorm cost for you? It's the same price of a H212 Evo if it's 33$ (Evo is 37$). The gamerstorm is leaps and bounds better than H212 Evo if shipping is free
The PSU will hold up, don't worry. i3-540 is only a dual core 73W so it's an non issue

The i5 runs off 77w. Little more power, ALOT more Performance. thumb.gif

No need to upgrade that PSU, its fine, i have a coolmaster as well. thumb.gif
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How much does the Gamerstorm cost for you? It's the same price of a H212 Evo if it's 33$ (Evo is 37$). The gamerstorm is leaps and bounds better than H212 Evo if shipping is free
The PSU will hold up, don't worry. i3-540 is only a dual core 73W so it's an non issue
Hmm I am not particularly sure of the price of Gamerstorm yet. Need to check it out at some local stores. Thanks for the info man. Cheers.smile.gif
post #17 of 19
You PSU is fine as Liranan said I would keep your current setup and upgrade the GPU. Those 5xx intel chips have been known to do 4.0-4.5ghz overclocks. I would overclock the cpu and upgrade your GPU. You would see greater gains that route. As far a cooling the Hyper 212+ will suit you needs and if you would want something a bit quieter I would go with a Noctua cooler. Another plus for the Noctua coolers, although more expensive, they have offered (repeatedly) socket kits to support their users. Just something to consider.
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Hi guys, am trying to oc my i3. Just wondering, is there a difference if the total Core speed is the same, but with different bus speed and multiplier. Take the following example as a reference:
1) Bus speed = 160 MHz
Multiplier = x22
Hence, core speed = 160 x 22 = 3520 MHz

2) Bus speed = 168 MHz
Multiplier = x21
Hence, core speed = 168 x 21 = 3528 MHz

Both settings result in a core speed of around 3.52 GHz, except that the bus speed and multiplier are different in both settings. Is there a difference in performance between these two? Thanks for clarification. smile.gif
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The higher bus would mean a higher ram clock, but intel doesnt gain a whole bunch from mem clocks over 1600mhz. I would just shoot for the highest possible cpu clock. I would look to get around 175-185 bus clock for around a 3.9-4.1ghz clock. Adjust your ram accordingly, but i would stay around 1600mhz for it.
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