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Old December 14, 2011, 12:51 PM
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Default New Build any recommendations.

I am inthe process of building a new unit and wanted some input on my choices.
I will be mainly using it for gaming, and home office use, as well this will be my first build that I will try to OC. I will be using some parts from my current machine. These are the box( Zalman Z9 Plus), the GPU (evga 450gts to be replaced when the new nvidia cards come out), 2(1gb HDD), a new OCZ 60gb SSD for my OS and my current monitor Dell 24" monitor. My budget is $750 for this portion of my build.
I'm looking to buy the following from Memory Express:
CPU: 2500k
Memory: G.Skill RipjawsX 2x4gb
PSU: Corsair TX850 V2
CPU Cooler: undecided but looking to spend about $60 for air.
OS: Windows 7 home premium

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Old December 14, 2011, 05:13 PM
Join Date: Dec 2011
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Hey! The build looks nice!
If I might suggest this.. Did you know that Ivy Bridge CPU and PCI-3.0 motherboards are out?
They have the MSI Z68A-GD65, which is about $20 US dollars more. However, your CURRENT CHOICE DOES SUPPORT Ivy Bridge also.

Thought, I'd give you a heads-up on that.

In terms of cooler.. And air..

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO (I know a guy who OC'd i5 2500k to 4.2ghz, it stays 30C on idle and ramps up to 40C under prime95. Remember ambient temperature matters. ) But, I doubt you even need to go that high in terms of an OC.

That's probably one of the best coolers you can get for under $60. It's about 35 dollars? Heck, you can get a second fan for push pull. Personally, I don't use air, but the CM Hyper 212's make a GOOD budget alternative to the noctua's
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