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  lafaiel

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Joined: 12/07/05
Posts: 96

7/29/13 9:50:18 AM#21
Originally posted by bbjason74

Hi everyone,

Thank you for your advice and comments so far.

To my surprise, I am reading a lot of questions about what components I currently have,

and my budget for further items.

First, I thought I posted links to what pieces I currently have, i.e. motherboard, cpu, psu, etc. (please let me know if the links I provided are broken so I can fix them)

As to budget, well I hadn't really given that much thought... RAM isn't terribly expensive and I am considering 16 gb. (the best for my motherboard please) *advice*

As to a CPU fan, I like the suggestion one of the earlier posts had. I'm inclined to go with the:

CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

Now, the graphics card...

...the best performance to cost ratio on the market. (maybe 2?)

Again, thank you in advance.

 

-Jason

 For ram , you could go with 1866 or 2133mhz ram, find the ones that support the lowest timings and cas latency in those respective speeds that you're willing to pay for and they should give you the best performance, G Skill has been pretty solid with thier offerings in the past few years with the Ripjaws and Trident X series.

   As for the video cards, the 770 or 7970 are both solid cards, if you do anything outside of gaming like Photoshop and  such I hear the Nvidia is a little better for it.

  Iselin

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Joined: 3/04/08
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7/30/13 4:35:21 AM#22

With respect to the CPU cooler, if you don't plan to Overclock or only so by a small amount, the Coolermaster will be just as good as my own personal preference, the Noctua NH D14... and about 1/3 of the cost.

 

To OC a bit more on air, I wouldn't trust anything other than my faithful Noctua. It compares well with even some of the self-contained water cooling solutions. It's very big though and one of its 2 fans can limit which RAM you can use--regular RAM is fine but some of the modules with extra tall upper heat sinks can be a challenge.

  Ridelynn

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Joined: 12/19/10
Posts: 3168

7/30/13 2:31:46 PM#23


Originally posted by Iselin
With respect to the CPU cooler, if you don't plan to Overclock or only so by a small amount, the Coolermaster will be just as good as my own personal preference, the Noctua NH D14... and about 1/3 of the cost.

 

To OC a bit more on air, I wouldn't trust anything other than my faithful Noctua. It compares well with even some of the self-contained water cooling solutions. It's very big though and one of its 2 fans can limit which RAM you can use--regular RAM is fine but some of the modules with extra tall upper heat sinks can be a challenge.


I agree with this. Any heat sink with a few heat pipes and vertical aluminum fins will do more than enough at stock and support mild to mid overclocks. I've often used $30 Coolermasters for this and they work great.

And I also agree if your going for ~big~ overclocks, bump up to either a bigger AIO waterloop (expensive, but quieter - double 120mm or the bigger 240mm style, not the least expensive single 120mm, which won't do any better cooling than a $30 air cooler) or something like a Noctua (which is an excellent air cooler).

And if you are going for extreme overclocking past that even, then you need to get into custom water or active cooling, and your looking well beyond what most people who play MMOs do.

  stevebombsquad

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Joined: 3/20/13
Posts: 531

7/30/13 10:26:12 PM#24
Originally posted by syntax42

I would like to give my approval for the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo.  I just purchased and installed one over the weekend after doing a lot of research on air CPU coolers.  I considered noise levels, cooling effectiveness, and performance for the noise generated.  The Hyper 212 Evo isn't the quietest air cooler, but it isn't louder than most case fans or video card fans.  The performance isn't top-of-the-line, but that's because they don't have a 4000 RPM fan making excessive noise.  If you want a cooler that works well enough for overclocking and doesn't make significant noise, the Hyper 212 Evo is a good choice.  A $35 price tag also beats most aftermarket coolers in its performance class.

 

Your 60 GB SSD is small, but it can stay in your system if it has the OS.  I would just buy another SSD and start installing games on the new one.  If SMART monitors report a lot of failed blocks or the life of the SSD is starting to degrade, it would be better to migrate to a new SSD instead.

 

As far as installing more RAM goes, I would make that a low priority if you already have 8GB.  

This. It gives you the performance of a higher end cooler for a fraction of the price. In a lot of the tests it beat out some of the more expensive coolers. I did a lot of research before I bought mine. I have a FX6300 OC'd to 4.2 on it and it is completely stable. I have never had any issues with it.

James T. Kirk: All she's got isn't good enough! What else ya got?

  Asm0deus

Elite Member

Joined: 9/06/10
Posts: 637

7/31/13 2:39:57 PM#25

I am wondering if swole meant this when he said an i7 3.5 ghz-4,2ghz

Intel® Core™ i7-3970X Processor Extreme Edition

case: Coolermaster HAF932
PSU: Antec EA 750watt
RAM: 2x2g G-SKILL DDR3-1600mhz 9-9-9-24
Mb:Gigabyte GA-P55-UD4P
CPU: i5-750 @4ghz
GPU: gtx msi N760 TF 2GD5/OC
cooling: Noctua NH-D14
storage: seagate 600 240GB SSD, 500GB x7200rpm HDD

  cnutemp

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Joined: 7/01/12
Posts: 212

7/31/13 2:47:42 PM#26
Originally posted by Swole

32 GB of ram

lol.

and there goes your credibility.

 

OP: get the highest hz i5 you can find on newegg and a 700 series card that fits your budget

I would personally hold off on the graphics card purchase for a bit though, the new 320 drivers from nvidia are flaky and they will probably need a few months to fix them ati is coming out with new cards soon as well so when they do nvidia's prices may drop, and if their drivers still suck you can always go ati.

  Ridelynn

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Joined: 12/19/10
Posts: 3168

7/31/13 3:48:24 PM#27


Originally posted by Asm0deus
I am wondering if swole meant this when he said an i7 3.5 ghz-4,2ghz Intel® Core™ i7-3970X Processor Extreme Edition

Probably whatever he got in his Alienware X69 Supreme FX4 Ultimate WTF Frag Hardcore edition (with action LED lighting and ninja kung-fu grips).

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