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Decided to upgrade my 2600K to 4770k (pictures)

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Hi All,

I am pretty new here, I just joined. Figured I would share my experience so far with my new 4770k.

I had long thread at AVS here:

It's really about building my server- but recently I added some build info for my rebuild of my desktop.

Seems so - at least so far.


My memory is running stock 2400mhz.

I am wondering if I tighten things up and go down to 1600mhz if I might see better.

So far... so good. This CPU likes it.

Time for some pictures I guess:

Edited by mfusick - 6/12/13 at 4:54pm
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This is my HTPC (3570k/Asrock Z77)

Ignore the crappy case (Antec 300) my HTPC goes on the floor in a dedicated AV closet that holds my receiver, Projector, cablebox, Xbox, etc... It's not seen.

During the project I removed a cheap tuner card I was using for no encrypted channels I bought on ebay for $10 (Good deal biggrin.gif )

The reason I took the HTPC out was to steal the Memory from it:

I used the 2400mhz DDR3 on the new 4770k. It was previously in my HTPC (3570k)

I then split up my 2600K RAM between two machines: (16GB DDR3 1600mhz = 8GB each machine now)

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A 4670k or 4770k is going to stress a stock intel fan - which is not really up for the duties demanded.

Two things happen: (Both bad)

First- The stock Intel Fan must run hard, increasing noise due to higher RPM speed.

Second, The CPU runs hotter than ideal because the stock Intel fan is limited in cooling capability.

When you upgrade the fan a couple things happens: One it can get quieter (not that Intel stock fans are super loud. They are usually quiet unless your going hard). Two, Temps can drop down.

I picked up a Coolermaster EVO2 212 air cooler at Microcenter last week for $19.99. I believe it was marked wrong, but I confirmed the price with the checkout girl. They had a pile of them at the front of the store bulked out with a sign. I believe the non EVO was supposed to be $19.99 and the EVO was $29.99 (still good value) but since it was marked wrong I bought it. I bought it as a last minute after thought much like you would add a candy bar or pack of gum at a grocery checkout. Looking back I am glad I did, because for $20 it saved me the trouble of having to remove my other after market cooler I was originally going to re-use from my 2600k machine.

My long term plan is for a water cooler, which is why I did not want to get too serious with an air cooler or spend big $$. But for $20 the EVO is a great air cooler if you can fit it.

I added a second 120mm fan so there is a fan on both sides of the large radiator.

The results are it is super quiet because most of the time it is going at very low RPM. Lower the RPM the quieter the sound. That is why a high end cooler can often be quieter and cool better than a stock cooler. It cools much better because it's like 5 times the size of the stock intel cooler with more radiator, more surface area, and two 120mm fans moving more air than a small single fan.

Disclaimer: I run a 3570k in my HTPC with stock intel cooler and it's in my bedroom and I hear nothing. No hate on Intel stock coolers. For non overclocked situations they work fine on any mid range or under CPU.

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One of the reasons I went Z87 Asrock Extreme 4:

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One thing the Extreme 4 seems to have is (2) HDMI (One is an input)

*** is up with that ???
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One of the millions of things I absolutely love about my coolermaster Cosmos II case is that the sides remove for easy building- and they are on levers and open easily with full swing.

You can remove the door once it is open by just lifting up. It goes on and off and open and closes very easily. It's a true enthusiast case. Nothing I've ever uses is as good.

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Some pictures from the removal of my old system I was upgrading (2600k / Z68 Asus deluxe )

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One thing I like about Asus higher end board is the back plate is thicker and insulated and gives a better fit around the motherboard input connections panel.

Comparison of two:

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Another win for Asus:

The header pins go onto a plug - which then goes on motherboard making it much easier.

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Top of the case has (3) 120mm fans on it. (I am upgrading to a water radiator )

Back of case has a few large fans. Front of case has a monsterous fan and a couple 120mm as well.

I think my case has 10 fans total- all run off the built in fan controller with soft touch buttons on the case.

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