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post #1 of 14
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hey guys

I'm building a new computer with I5 2500k, 2 x 4G ram and GTX 570(i'm targeting monitors with 1920x1200), and i'm still thinking about what board, cooler and case i should use.

im planning to OC cpu only**

for mobo, what board is good in terms of budget? cheap and OC-able. since this will be my first OC i would want it to settle at no higher than 4G. are boards older than P67 good enough for what i want? the P67 family seems a bit expensive to me. what exactly will i be missing without a P67 board? i may still get the new ones if they are MUCH safer and easier OCers though.

I originally planned to spend like no more than $130 for mobo, but after seeing the prices of P67's i'm not sure anymore. I'm not exactly on a tight budget here but i've always thought that the mobo doesn't help much in making the computer fast. its very much like a socket to all plugs of my other computer parts. I need someone to convince me on arguments such as "why don't i get I7 2600k or GTX 580 with that extra money i spent on the better mobo"

also, i know this isn't the right place to ask but i rather not open a new thread in each of those forums so.... what cpu coolers/fans/psu/case are good? I just wanna be extra sure cuz im not gonna run my cpu at stock speed anymore, dont wanna screw up.

I live in hong kong, ppl go to local stores here so I can't just get myself set on one model and have newegg send it to me. so in case I dont find the models of coolers/fans/psu you guys suggested, are prices good indicators to their efficiency? any reliable brands i should stick to? I planned to spend no more than $60 for cpu heatsink/fan, is that enough to get me some good stuff?

if i get answers to these i think ill go to a store and build the computer tomorrow, cheers
Edited by HarrisLam - 4/4/11 at 10:16am
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post #2 of 14
Good coolers are usually around GBP£30 - 60, although price is not a good guide really for their efficiency, try taking a look at this.
 
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post #3 of 14
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hmmmm, maybe i'm not smart enough

I read that, and i didn't take in anything more than "thermalright coolers seem good" lol

is coolermaster V8 any good? thats the kind of stuff i can convince myself to get
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post #4 of 14
Yeah, that is a good cooler, a lot of pointless plastic bits with it though, but if you are looking for something that looks cool then that is your cooler.

It won't be the best cooler but it is certainly nowhere near the worst.

As for which mobo, I don't really know which one to suggest, try having a look around the forum for my inspiration, but ASUS seem to be one of the more popular choices for mobo.
 
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post #5 of 14
Pretty much any board that allows OC can do 4Ghz with everything on Auto for a 2500k or 2600k... 4Ghz is a pretty mild OC for these CPUs.

ASRock Extreme 4 is a good choice for around $150~160.

You'd better give people an idea of your budget when you ask for component recommendations.
Edited by khtse - 4/4/11 at 11:38am
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post #6 of 14
Make sure you get a board with a good phase power design. None of that 4+1 BS.
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post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by khtse View Post
Pretty much any board that allows OC can do 4Ghz with everything on Auto for a 2500k or 2600k... 4Ghz is a pretty mild OC for these CPUs.

ASRock Extreme 4 is a good choice for around $150~160.

You'd better give people an idea of your budget when you ask for component recommendations.
Pretty bad idea to overclock on AUTO.
 
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post #8 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by GerroffMe View Post
Pretty bad idea to overclock on AUTO.
Why's that then
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post #9 of 14
Feel a tad intimidated by your 4 billion rep points haha

If you always overclock on manual then you always know where you stand with your VCore etc
 
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post #10 of 14
OP, get ASUS P67

Quote:
Originally Posted by GerroffMe View Post
Feel a tad intimidated by your 4 billion rep points haha

If you always overclock on manual then you always know where you stand with your VCore etc
Sorry bud

Yeah, lots of MoBo's did used to go a bit mad with the volts
But ASUS at least on their P67 MoBo's seem to have sorted it!
And they really do seem to have done a good job
It uses a chip called a TPU

So, I tried it and got 4.944GHz!
It took me less than ten minutes, and I was off playing Mafia2 maxed out with PhysX High

Here's a video all about the ASUS P67 MoBo's

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