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Hey everyone. Down to business . Im trying to build a new rig.

Overclocking? – To the max.

Budget - $1000 - 1500 +/-

Main use – Gaming .Gothic 4 , Diablo3 , Elder Scrolls, stuff like that.

Parts I own – Couple 120 mm fans, Sata dvd burner, speakers, 27’’ Westinghouse 720p LCD TV (temp)

I was thinking about going AMD but with the i5 2500K I think its just plain and simple.
I can use any website like newegg , frozencpu etc. Im okay with newegg open boxes and combo deals.No need for mouse ,keyboard and OS. Got W7 Ultimate 64 next to me.

Cpu – i5 2500K period

Motherboard – 2 to choose

Asrock - http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.as...P67%20Extreme4

Gigabyte - http://www.gigabyte.us/products/prod...px?pid=3648#ov

Im personaly leaning toward Asrock, why? I just read review about it and I like it.
-Nice Overclocking potential
-Layout
-Front USB adapter
-Colors
-8+2 PVM its just more then enough imo.
-
Memory – Here I just don’t know. If someone could tell me the pros of using faster ram than 1600mhz?. Higher OC?. What about the timings? CL 7 vs 9? 4GB vs 8GB? Im thinking 4 for now and later I can always add 4 more. If anyone can show me some guide about the pros of using high speed ram over 1600 I will be thankful.

Right now I think Gskill Eco’s

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231321

HDD – For now i need no more than 500 GB , later on im gonna add second one for raid?Which to choose ? is there a pro for 32 mb of cache then 16? Sata 3 or 6?

Western Digital Black - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136795

Samsung F3 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-181-_-Product


Gpu – Tough battle. Radeon 6950 1 GB vs Nvidia 560 GTX .SLI or CF? maybe, I never had AMD/ATI Gpus,besides laptops. And in laptops I had driver issuses, when I was trying update drivers. So now nvidia, last gpu I had was 260 gtx 216 55nm from evga.And? Flawless all I can say, no issuses. High OC etc. But im open for suggestions.I really like 560 SOC from gigabyte, 1ghz core, nice cooling.

NVIDIA

Gigabyte - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-362-_-Product

MSI - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...&Tpk=msi%20560

RADEONS – just 3 to choose from newegg.


Case – here it gets rough. I had Antec 1200 before and I like it, it was big , nice airflow, i but want try something new. What im looking for?

Priority

-Airflow – as I said I have extra 120 mms fans laying around like 10 of them. So can be with optional spaces for fans

-Cable Management – I like the clean look. No wires here and there. I will have time for them to make them nice. The less I see the better.

-Size – Mid vs Full? No preference really. Full will be nice.

-Side window – not a must but I like to see my hard earned dollars working! LoL

-Style- no preference. Some people like warm vodka and other sweaty blonds.

My Picks

Phantom – Big, white which is cool but no window.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-068-_-Product

HAF 912- cheap, rough look.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-233-_-Product

Rosewill Blackhawk- this one.. im confused its rosswill but has nice options. Plus a combo deal with 1000W PSU. But I just don’t have faith in this company.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811147107

600T- I think is worth more than $150. No.1 in my list. Open Box!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...003R-_-Product

CM 690- Friend has it. Lots of fans like 8 or so.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119216

PSU – If Im gonna go with rosewill case then rosewill bronze 1000w, if not I just dont know. Please consider going CF/SLI in the future. Modular a must.

CPU Cooler – Noctua D14 vs Corsair H70. Performing almost the same. Leaning toward noctua because I had P12 before and I got 1 spare fan from it to add to D14.

That’s all I guess. Open for suggestions. If possible please provide links to tests reviews etc guys. Thanks guys really much. Feel free to give your suggestions / oppinons.
Edited by TheBrain - 2/7/11 at 6:49pm
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u gotta wait for new boards as intel has a recall for p67 out
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Nah, you can still find new boards for sale at MSRP prices from reputable retailers. Just RMA it later.
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Hey everyone. Down to business . Im trying to build a new rig.

Overclocking? – To the max.

Budget - $1000 - 1500 +/-

Main use – Gaming .Gothic 4 , Diablo3 , Elder Scrolls, stuff like that.

Parts I own – Couple 120 mm fans, Sata dvd burner, speakers, 27’’ Westinghouse 720p LCD TV (temp)

I was thinking about going AMD but with the i5 2500K I think its just plain and simple.
I can use any website like newegg , frozencpu etc. Im okay with newegg open boxes and combo deals.No need for mouse ,keyboard and OS. Got W7 Ultimate 64 next to me.

Cpu – i5 2500K period

Motherboard – 2 to choose

Asrock - http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.as...P67%20Extreme4

Gigabyte - http://www.gigabyte.us/products/prod...px?pid=3648#ov

Im personaly leaning toward Asrock, why? I just read review about it and I like it.
-Nice Overclocking potential
-Layout
-Front USB adapter
-Colors
-8+2 PVM its just more then enough imo.
-
Memory – Here I just don’t know. If someone could tell me the pros of using faster ram than 1600mhz?. Higher OC?. What about the timings? CL 7 vs 9? 4GB vs 8GB? Im thinking 4 for now and later I can always add 4 more. If anyone can show me some guide about the pros of using high speed ram over 1600 I will be thankful.

Right now I think Gskill Eco’s

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231321

HDD – For now i need no more than 500 GB , later on im gonna add second one for raid?Which to choose ? is there a pro for 32 mb of cache then 16? Sata 3 or 6?

Western Digital Black - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136795

Samsung F3 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-181-_-Product


Gpu – Tough battle. Radeon 6950 1 GB vs Nvidia 560 GTX .SLI or CF? maybe, I never had AMD/ATI Gpus,besides laptops. And in laptops I had driver issuses, when I was trying update drivers. So now nvidia, last gpu I had was 260 gtx 216 55nm from evga.And? Flawless all I can say, no issuses. High OC etc. But im open for suggestions.I really like 560 SOC from gigabyte, 1ghz core, nice cooling.

NVIDIA

Gigabyte - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-362-_-Product

MSI - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...&Tpk=msi%20560

RADEONS – just 3 to choose from newegg.


Case – here it gets rough. I had Antec 1200 before and I like it, it was big , nice airflow, i but want try something new. What im looking for?

Priority

-Airflow – as I said I have extra 120 mms fans laying around like 10 of them. So can be with optional spaces for fans

-Cable Management – I like the clean look. No wires here and there. I will have time for them to make them nice. The less I see the better.

-Size – Mid vs Full? No preference really. Full will be nice.

-Side window – not a must but I like to see my hard earned dollars working! LoL

-Style- no preference. Some people like warm vodka and other sweaty blonds.

My Picks

Phantom – Big, white which is cool but no window.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-068-_-Product

HAF 912- cheap, rough look.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-233-_-Product

Rosewill Blackhawk- this one.. im confused its rosswill but has nice options. Plus a combo deal with 1000W PSU. But I just don’t have faith in this company.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811147107

600T- I think is worth more than $150. No.1 in my list. Open Box!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...003R-_-Product

CM 690- Friend has it. Lots of fans like 8 or so.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119216

PSU – If Im gonna go with rosewill case then rosewill bronze 1000w, if not I just dont know. Please consider going CF/SLI in the future. Modular a must.

CPU Cooler Noctua D14 vs Corsair H70. Performing almost the same. Leaning toward noctua because I had P12 before and I got 1 spare fan from it to add to D14.

That’s all I guess. Open for suggestions. If possible please provide links to tests reviews etc guys. Thanks guys really much. Feel free to give your suggestions / oppinons.
8+2 is a tad low if supreme overclocking is really what you're looking to achieve.

RAM -- get a 1,600MHz set if you find a good price. But gaming isn't going to magically perform better with faster RAM. In fact, from 1,333MHz all the way to 2,000MHz there is no difference in gaming. And since this is the main focus of your build, don't waste your money.

Hard Drive -- what about a 40 or 60GB SSD for OS and 500GB for everything else? Either way, Samsung F3, Western Digital Caviar Black and Seagate 7200.12 are your fastest spinners. From the two you suggested, I'd go with WD. Why? Personal preference. They both perform similarly so it's a crap shoot.

GPU -- another tough one. After going Nvidia myself, I've nothing but good things to say about them. Between a 6950 and 560...6950. It's a tad faster on many games. Plus, they overclock pretty well too. As for which 6950...they're all pretty similar. I'll just say this though: don't waste money on 2GB cards. Even at high resolutions and eye candy turned up, you hardly come close to needing it on 95% of modern games. I don't see this changing for at least 12-18 months.

Case -- White Phantom. That case is wicked cool.

PSU -- I'm all about gold efficiency ratings and stability. Cheap PSU's die and take your system with them.

Corsair AX850.
Coolermaster 1000W Silent Pro Gold
Seasonic has sone good 600-1000w psus too.

Cooler -- do you want 1+lbs hanging off your mobo and taking up a huge chunk of space? The 14 is an amazing air cooler. But I prefer the H70 simply because it's a much smaller package (and I like looking at my motherboard as opposed to metal fins)

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RAM-1600,1866,2133 (best bet 1,866MHz CL7) low CL,here is good article on SB RAM;
http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/mem...sandy-bridge/1
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ram is so cheap get a 1600 set anyways. for a psu do as cyb0rg said. Gfx the best buy atm is the 6950 if you dont mind doing a bios flash and trying to unlock it to a 6970. Now if you dont want that much power I think the 6870 or two 460s is the way to go atm.
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8+2 is a tad low if supreme overclocking is really what you're looking to achieve.

But according to http://www.anandtech.com/show/4080/w...p67-extreme4/8 its one damn good board if you ask me? if its gonna be $150 its gonna be banger.4.5ghz will be nice if a tad more will be happy.5 ghz? will be crazy

RAM -- get a 1,600MHz set if you find a good price. But gaming isn't going to magically perform better with faster RAM. In fact, from 1,333MHz all the way to 2,000MHz there is no difference in gaming. And since this is the main focus of your build, don't waste your money.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231319 gonna buy gskill ecos. Any opinions? Suggestions?

Hard Drive -- what about a 40 or 60GB SSD for OS and 500GB for everything else? Either way, Samsung F3, Western Digital Caviar Black and Seagate 7200.12 are your fastest spinners. From the two you suggested, I'd go with WD. Why? Personal preference. They both perform similarly so it's a crap shoot.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820220511

What you think about this one? and also 500 gb caviar black? or just for data lets shoot for caviar green 2tb? Its just 90$ and its perfect for Data storage i guess. What you think??



GPU -- another tough one. After going Nvidia myself, I've nothing but good things to say about them. Between a 6950 and 560...6950. It's a tad faster on many games. Plus, they overclock pretty well too. As for which 6950...they're all pretty similar. I'll just say this though: don't waste money on 2GB cards. Even at high resolutions and eye candy turned up, you hardly come close to needing it on 95% of modern games. I don't see this changing for at least 12-18 months.

am is so cheap get a 1600 set anyways. for a psu do as cyb0rg said. Gfx the best buy atm is the 6950 if you dont mind doing a bios flash and trying to unlock it to a 6970. Now if you dont want that much power I think the 6870 or two 460s is the way to go atm.

I dont mind flashing i can get spare card right away, but is it safe? i can use 1gb version for flash? or it has to be 2gb? if something will not work may i go back to default bios?

Case -- White Phantom. That case is wicked cool.


ok im gonna take phantom period.


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Corsair AX850.
Coolermaster 1000W Silent Pro Gold
Seasonic has sone good 600-1000w psus too.
[/B]

I like cooler master one but 230$ its kind of high and 1000w? Does i realy need 1000 w?

Cooler -- do you want 1+lbs hanging off your mobo and taking up a huge chunk of space? The 14 is an amazing air cooler. But I prefer the H70 simply because it's a much smaller package (and I like looking at my motherboard as opposed to metal fins)


You got that right its heavy but,i got spare 120 mm noctua fan i can use with D14.Hmm but also i can switch fans for H70 i got silenx rosewills etc,also the looks of h70 more clearance i will think about it.But maybe some rasa kit?hm?

Sorry for long time for me to reply but im on vacation in Poland and the time diffrence and all that stuff. Thank You Reps given!
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8+2 is a tad low if supreme overclocking is really what you're looking to achieve.

But according to http://www.anandtech.com/show/4080/w...p67-extreme4/8 its one damn good board if you ask me? if its gonna be $150 its gonna be banger.4.5ghz will be nice if a tad more will be happy.5 ghz? will be crazy
Should work fine, most boards will overclock close to 5Ghz no problem. But if you're really worreid then get Gigabyte UD4-UD5 as they are VRD12 certified boards and have SVID.

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RAM -- get a 1,600MHz set if you find a good price. But gaming isn't going to magically perform better with faster RAM. In fact, from 1,333MHz all the way to 2,000MHz there is no difference in gaming. And since this is the main focus of your build, don't waste your money.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231319 gonna buy gskill ecos. Any opinions? Suggestions?
They should work fine.

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Originally Posted by TheBrain View Post
Hard Drive -- what about a 40 or 60GB SSD for OS and 500GB for everything else? Either way, Samsung F3, Western Digital Caviar Black and Seagate 7200.12 are your fastest spinners. From the two you suggested, I'd go with WD. Why? Personal preference. They both perform similarly so it's a crap shoot.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820220511

What you think about this one? and also 500 gb caviar black? or just for data lets shoot for caviar green 2tb? Its just 90$ and its perfect for Data storage i guess. What you think??
Get 500-640GB Caviar Black they should work fine. Don't get WD20EARS, they are very slow so if you plan to put games on there it will be slow to read/write/install things on there. It's only good to get the Green drives if you want to store data that doesn't need to be constantly accessed and require fast transfer speeds as they are very slow. Green drives are good if you just want to store some videos, music, and files that don't need to be heavily accessed. I don't recommend them for installation of games or transferring of files.

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GPU -- another tough one. After going Nvidia myself, I've nothing but good things to say about them. Between a 6950 and 560...6950. It's a tad faster on many games. Plus, they overclock pretty well too. As for which 6950...they're all pretty similar. I'll just say this though: don't waste money on 2GB cards. Even at high resolutions and eye candy turned up, you hardly come close to needing it on 95% of modern games. I don't see this changing for at least 12-18 months.

am is so cheap get a 1600 set anyways. for a psu do as cyb0rg said. Gfx the best buy atm is the 6950 if you dont mind doing a bios flash and trying to unlock it to a 6970. Now if you dont want that much power I think the 6870 or two 460s is the way to go atm.

I dont mind flashing i can get spare card right away, but is it safe? i can use 1gb version for flash? or it has to be 2gb? if something will not work may i go back to default bios?
As far as I have heard some people say it's a chance to unlock and it might not unlock successfully and may run even hotter.

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Case -- White Phantom. That case is wicked cool.


ok im gonna take phantom period.


[B]PSU -- I'm all about gold efficiency ratings and stability. Cheap PSU's die and take your system with them.

Corsair AX850.
Coolermaster 1000W Silent Pro Gold
Seasonic has sone good 600-1000w psus too.
[/B]

I like cooler master one but 230$ its kind of high and 1000w? Does i realy need 1000 w?
A good 550W-750W should be enough for your system. Go Seasonic as they're good overall.

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Cooler -- do you want 1+lbs hanging off your mobo and taking up a huge chunk of space? The 14 is an amazing air cooler. But I prefer the H70 simply because it's a much smaller package (and I like looking at my motherboard as opposed to metal fins)


You got that right its heavy but,i got spare 120 mm noctua fan i can use with D14.Hmm but also i can switch fans for H70 i got silenx rosewills etc,also the looks of h70 more clearance i will think about it.But maybe some rasa kit?hm?
Pretty much depends on what you want to do, if you want air cool D14 will work fine, if you want watercooling H50/H70 will work. If you want a full water set then a Rasa kit would work.
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I think its foolish to buy MOB now and RMA it later... wait a bit longer and but the fix one's.
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8+2 is a tad low if supreme overclocking is really what you're looking to achieve.

But according to http://www.anandtech.com/show/4080/w...p67-extreme4/8 its one damn good board if you ask me? if its gonna be $150 its gonna be banger.4.5ghz will be nice if a tad more will be happy.5 ghz? will be crazy

RAM -- get a 1,600MHz set if you find a good price. But gaming isn't going to magically perform better with faster RAM. In fact, from 1,333MHz all the way to 2,000MHz there is no difference in gaming. And since this is the main focus of your build, don't waste your money.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231319 gonna buy gskill ecos. Any opinions? Suggestions?

Hard Drive -- what about a 40 or 60GB SSD for OS and 500GB for everything else? Either way, Samsung F3, Western Digital Caviar Black and Seagate 7200.12 are your fastest spinners. From the two you suggested, I'd go with WD. Why? Personal preference. They both perform similarly so it's a crap shoot.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820220511

What you think about this one? and also 500 gb caviar black? or just for data lets shoot for caviar green 2tb? Its just 90$ and its perfect for Data storage i guess. What you think??



GPU -- another tough one. After going Nvidia myself, I've nothing but good things to say about them. Between a 6950 and 560...6950. It's a tad faster on many games. Plus, they overclock pretty well too. As for which 6950...they're all pretty similar. I'll just say this though: don't waste money on 2GB cards. Even at high resolutions and eye candy turned up, you hardly come close to needing it on 95% of modern games. I don't see this changing for at least 12-18 months.

am is so cheap get a 1600 set anyways. for a psu do as cyb0rg said. Gfx the best buy atm is the 6950 if you dont mind doing a bios flash and trying to unlock it to a 6970. Now if you dont want that much power I think the 6870 or two 460s is the way to go atm.

I dont mind flashing i can get spare card right away, but is it safe? i can use 1gb version for flash? or it has to be 2gb? if something will not work may i go back to default bios?

Case -- White Phantom. That case is wicked cool.


ok im gonna take phantom period.


[B]PSU -- I'm all about gold efficiency ratings and stability. Cheap PSU's die and take your system with them.

Corsair AX850.
Coolermaster 1000W Silent Pro Gold
Seasonic has sone good 600-1000w psus too.
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I like cooler master one but 230$ its kind of high and 1000w? Does i realy need 1000 w?

Cooler -- do you want 1+lbs hanging off your mobo and taking up a huge chunk of space? The 14 is an amazing air cooler. But I prefer the H70 simply because it's a much smaller package (and I like looking at my motherboard as opposed to metal fins)


You got that right its heavy but,i got spare 120 mm noctua fan i can use with D14.Hmm but also i can switch fans for H70 i got silenx rosewills etc,also the looks of h70 more clearance i will think about it.But maybe some rasa kit?hm?

Sorry for long time for me to reply but im on vacation in Poland and the time diffrence and all that stuff. Thank You Reps given!

Good choices. As for the PSU, no, you don't need 1000w. EIther a Seasonic or Corsair AX850. 700-800w is still more than enough for you, but it doesn't hurt to future proof yourself a few years. It gives you some wiggle room for a second GPU down the line, higher-end motherboard/CPU, etc.
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