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I'm going to upgrade my rig for Christmas and I want to start thinking about it now. I have a budget of £1000 (give or take £100 as I may be able to scrape some more together should excess occur).

I know for sure that I am going for the Intel Core i7 4820K but GPU I'm not too sure about, although I'd like to stick with nVidia and I'm interested in an EVGA as I have heard how rock-solid they are. What'd be a good match for the 4820K? Also, what's the best value motherboard for the 4820K?

Thanks in advance redface.gif.
Edited by AwesomePuterNinja - 10/5/13 at 6:48am
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No need to upgrade the CPU, keep the 3570k since it's more than enough, also you could always overclock it.
If you want better performance get a better GPU.
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No need to upgrade the CPU, keep the 3570k since it's more than enough, also you could always overclock it.
If you want better performance get a better GPU.
Okay so I guess I could go for a water cooling kit and max out my 3570K. What GPU would you recommend I upgrade to?
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Okay so I guess I could go for a water cooling kit and max out my 3570K. What GPU would you recommend I upgrade to?

Only thing you may need is a new GPU for next gen. Nvidia 780/titan or AMD 7990/290X and you are good to go.
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Well, I read that new GPUs from AMD are coming out, so maybe wait and see how they perform.
But a GTX780 would be a huge upgrade even the GTX770.
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So running a GTX 770/780 wouldn't make my current CPU too much of a bottleneck?

Are the EVGA Classified ones good, or can anyone recommend anything better?
Edited by AwesomePuterNinja - 10/10/13 at 6:30am
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I agree with what others have said.
If you're main use of the trig is gaming, keep the CPU and get a GTX 780 or Titan (if you want to stay Nvidia) and get better cooling for your CPU.

Something like an H100/H100i or equivalent would work fine, and a 780 or a Titan would be a MASSIVE upgrade from a 660.
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So running a GTX 780 wouldn't make my current CPU too much of a bottleneck?

Is the EVGA Classified one a good one to consider, or can anyone recommend a better one?

No, your 3570-k will not bottleneck either, you'll be fine.

And the 780 classified would be fine. EVGA has good customer service so it's not a bad idea to go with them.
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Thanks very much. I will probably be going for the GTX 780 Classified, or if intoxicated at the time of purchase I may get the Titan.

I have some watercooling kit related questions
Is it safe providing you are careful?
What kind of maintenance do they need?
Do I need any other things to go with one and do they need a special case?
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Originally Posted by AwesomePuterNinja View Post

Thanks very much. I will probably be going for the GTX 780 Classified, or if intoxicated at the time of purchase I may get the Titan.

I have some watercooling kit related questions
Is it safe providing you are careful?
What kind of maintenance do they need?
Do I need any other things to go with one and do they need a special case?

 

1) It is quite safe if you take the time to carefully build your loop, and take the time to leak test for a considerable amount of time (~24 hours is what I'd suggest).

 

2) They generally need maintenance around every 2-3 years (if you go with Mayhems). Although, there are some times where if you choose a tubing that has a lot of plasticizer problems, you might have to clean out your blocks/rads a lot more often. If you go with Acrylic tubing though, chances are you won't have to do much maintenance, if at all, due to no plasticizer problems.

 

3) You have to do research on what case you'd like to get if you go custom. Rule of thumb is 120mm for every component you put under water, and add another 120mm if you plan on overclocking said components. Generally a good area to be around is a 360+240 if you want peace of mind and plan on going SLI in the future, along with heavy overclocking.

 

Make sure whatever case you choose, supports the rad space that you plan on needing.

 

 

 

Also, if you put the Classified under water, wait for the EK blocks to come out. Don't get the Hydrocopper. The Hydrocopper only has passive coolings on the VRMs, while the EK block (which should be released soon) will have active cooling over the VRMs (which is mighty important on a card like the Classified which is meant to over-volt to kingdom come).

 

 

 

If you go with an AIO, then there won't be any maintenance, other than occasionally dusting off the radiator with a can of compressed air.

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1) It is quite safe if you take the time to carefully build your loop, and take the time to leak test for a considerable amount of time (~24 hours is what I'd suggest).

2) They generally need maintenance around every 2-3 years (if you go with Mayhems). Although, there are some times where if you choose a tubing that has a lot of plasticizer problems, you might have to clean out your blocks/rads a lot more often. If you go with Acrylic tubing though, chances are you won't have to do much maintenance, if at all, due to no plasticizer problems.

3) You have to do research on what case you'd like to get if you go custom. Rule of thumb is 120mm for every component you put under water, and add another 120mm if you plan on overclocking said components. Generally a good area to be around is a 360+240 if you want peace of mind and plan on going SLI in the future, along with heavy overclocking.

Make sure whatever case you choose, supports the rad space that you plan on needing.



Also, if you put the Classified under water, wait for the EK blocks to come out. Don't get the Hydrocopper. The Hydrocopper only has passive coolings on the VRMs, while the EK block (which should be released soon) will have active cooling over the VRMs (which is mighty important on a card like the Classified which is meant to over-volt to kingdom come).



If you go with an AIO, then there won't be any maintenance, other than occasionally dusting off the radiator with a can of compressed air.

He speaks the truth.

And to clarify, when he said AIO, he means a closed-loop cooler like the Corsair H100i, Cooler Master Seidon, etc. etc.

They are very simple to install and set up, and are pretty safe from what I gather. You basically attach the block to your CPU and bolt the radiator to your case and your good to go (oversimplifying it, but that's basically it.)

What Kinaesthetic is talking about is if you're going to build a custom water loop. If you're going to do that, I would suggest doing a lot of research and checking out the water cooling section of the forums here.

http://www.overclock.net/f/61/water-cooling

If you are planning on just going closed loop, just buy it and throw it on.


Also, if you are leery of water, you can buy an aftermarket air cooler that performs as well or better than most closed loop water coolers, like a Thermalright Silver Arrow or Noctua NH-D14
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