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Old March 28, 2014, 12:56 PM
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Default Time for a new desktop (Buying CPU,Aftermarket Cooler for OC,Mboard, Case,RAM)

Last time I built a desktop PC was a 5 years ago already. I've had Core i7 920 with EVGA X58 and over the years they've worked great without any major malfunction. Lately I noticed some telltale signs of motherboard failure and started thinking about upgrading my PC (more of a major overhaul). I'm still gonna keep my hard disks (1 SSD + 1 HDD), DVD drive (IDE), Video Card, PSU, etc.

I just need to buy a new CPU, Aftermarket cooler, motherboard, and a case to hold them all.
Ofcourse I'm going to overclock my CPU. I looked around and decided to go with Intel Core i7-4770K Processor for CPU. But I don't know which motherboard to get I've read and seen some good reviews of ASUS Z87-A. And when it comes to computer case and after market fan I've made some bad choices in the past and want to get the most stress-free case with some noise reduction and reliable after market fan for the CPU. And I have no idea about what to get for RAM

So in short, I just need to get a

2.Aftermarket cooler for Intel Core i7-4770K
3.Computer case (Preferably a mid-tower with noise reduction.)
4.RAM (no idea)

Need some advice. Thank you. : )

Core i7 920 on EVGA X58 @ 3.95GHZ
Noctua NH U12P 1366
OCZ DDR3 Triple Channel Gold Version 6GB (8-8-8-24)
Windows Vista Ultimate X64
750GB Hardisk
Antec P182 Case: Quiet but not very good for cooling

Laptop: Lenovo Thinkpad SL500

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Old March 28, 2014, 01:20 PM
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The ASUS Z87-A is a solid choice, as is the GIGABYTE GA-Z87X-D3H. I would probably pick the Gigabyte simply because it uses an Intel Gigabit LAN controller, which I prefer over the run-of-the-mill Realtek ones.

If you're not looking to spend a fortune, the Corsair Carbide Series 330R is a solid silence-oriented mid-tower case.

At this point, I'm always recommending all-in-one liquid CPU coolers. If you're planning on overclocking, take a look at the Corsair Hydro H75.

RAM? Really doesn't matter. What do you have now? If it's a 3x2GB kit, might just be able to pick up a random 2GB stick and be done with it.
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Old May 2, 2014, 07:06 AM
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A cooler master hyper evo 212 cooler is an excellent choice for a low cost, high performance air CPU cooler.
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Old May 2, 2014, 07:38 AM
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Given how hot the 4770k will become during ovc I would stay with the hydro cooler. Also no IDE connector on the new boards, so either ditch the old IDE drive or get a newer one on sata, or an external one. Noise reduction case with good cooling, I heard the Bitfenix usually cuts the mustard pretty well for both requirements.
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Old May 2, 2014, 07:43 AM
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As Mac stated, really see if you can consider going with a liquid AIO Cooler for your CPU, if possible try and match a case that you can fit the cooler...depending upon how much you want to OC should be the factor used for this decision.......
If I were to build from scratch i'd be considering the Swiftech H220 cooler, should fit fine up top in most Cases.

If you're hell bent on having an Optical Drive (which I get as I have one), a new SATA Optical Drive can be had for $25......do you really want an old IDE cable cluttering up your new build?

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Old May 2, 2014, 12:01 PM
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As mentioned before, I don't think you will find any new motherboards with IDE for your optical. You can get new ones on sale for <$20.
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Old May 2, 2014, 02:02 PM
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The latest Z97-A will be out soon if not already, officially May 9 I believe.

Might as well wait for that one.
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