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Old August 14, 2010, 08:15 PM
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cool.
i think someone mentioned i3's playing nicer on h55 boards?
thats expensive, pm it if you can
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Old August 14, 2010, 09:00 PM
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Here's the link to the 212+ I found, seems to be the cheapest on any site I can find in Canada.

COOLER MASTER CPU COOLER RR-B10-212P-GP LGA775 AM3 HEATSINK+FAN 4PIN RETAIL - RR-B10-212P-GP RR-B10-212P-GP
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Old August 14, 2010, 09:24 PM
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RR-B10-212P-GP - Price comparison - Canada's Cheapest Prices

Buy COOLERMASTER [RR-B10-212P-GP] Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366 LGA775 LGA1156 120MM


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Old August 14, 2010, 09:37 PM
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EVGA p55 boards are pretty decent to work with, I used the P55 SLI (non LE) and loved it. Also great ram choice, Im using a set now and not a single hitch from i3 to AM3 its been a good set of ram.
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Old August 14, 2010, 11:34 PM
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I've been looking at some more parts, and one thing I've been seriously considering is spending an extra $150 to upgrade to an EVGA P55 SLI & an i5 750. However I'd only like to do that if I would see some performance boosts over an OC'd i3.
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if the extra cores will be put to work? yup
hyperthreading? nope. wouldnt bother
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Honestly, almost no one will actually utilize all 4 cores of a CPU, unless you plan to do alot of video conversion with a program that multithreads well, or play alot of highly intensive RTS games I highly doubt youd ever utilize more then 2 cores. Thats coming from someone who does video conversions, some 3d design, ect ect.. I went from the i3 to a quad (mind you slightly slower then the 750) and have noticed zero difference. Id recommend the motherboard just because I really enjoyed using it, but for what your looking to do the i3 should more then suffice.
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Alright, I think I'm going to save the money and stick with the board & CPU I have now, since I can see almost no difference between the boards except that the ASUS P7H55/USB3 has USB 3 support, and the evga does not.

Changes to system are in bold:

Case: COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN2 CM690 II Advanced
CPU: Intel i3 530 2.93GHz
Cooler: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus
GPU: EVGA 768-P3-1360-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 768MB
Motherboard: ASUS P7H55/USB3 LGA 1156
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
PSU: Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V
HDD:Seagate ST31000528AS 1TB SATA 3Gb/s 7200RPM 32MB
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (get this free from my school because I'm in Electrical Engineering)
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If you were willing to spend approx $90 more you could go for a i5 - 760 priced at 199.99
NCIX.com - Buy Intel Core i5 760 Quad Core Processor Lynnfield LGA1156 2.8GHZ 8MB Cache Retail Box - BX80605I5760 In Canada.
In the long run it would be more future proofed for games and conversion times would improve

just a thought its up to you whether you think it would be a good decision
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I think I'm going to stick with the i3 for now. In a few months I might pick up an i5 or i7 1156, but as of now I can't afford it.

Well, I think my parts are pretty well decided. I'll be ordering the parts tonight or tomorrow, so if anyone has any other suggestions, post them today.

Thanks for all the help everyone, my first post is updated with the parts I'm choosing, and I'll post when I get my parts next week sometime, and any overclocking results I manage to get if I do that right away :)

One question about the i3 though, what would be a safe Vcore to start out with? I read this guide 3 Step Guide To Overclock Your Core i3, i5, or i7 Updated! | Overclockers and I believe it said to start out with +.2V, but going from 1.3V to 1.5 seems like alot to me, of course I could be crazy, I don't exactly overclock alot :P

EDIT: I've been looking at this PSU, but I don't know if it's better to have 2x 12V rails @ 25A each, or a single 12V rail at 40A. OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

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