This is the set up I ordered and will be building. Opted for AMD chip to help offset cost of SSD so I can stay around $1300 total. Thoughts on adding another 4 GB of RAM?
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 with 2 fans added to stock (top, side)
CPU: AMD Phenom II 4x 965
MB: ASUS M4A89GTD PRO
PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W
CPU heatsink: Thermaltake Frio
RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 x 1
GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 560
SSD: 128GB Crucial m4
Data Drive: 1 TB Western Digital 64 MB cache
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
Thanks for feedback!
If you look at the back of it it has these two things, in your picture you only have two 6 pins installed and yours doesn't have the 8-pin... since when did 570s from that line-up have that? Maybe it's just not an OC'd kind? I'd be shocked. My 560 Ti has two 6-pin power slots, then I've heard the 570 has the 8+6, and then the 8+8.... maybe I'm just grabbing at strings. Just seems odd it would not be getting the juice it may need.
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was too busy looking at that image i didn't even see the gallery view on the right
(the image when i click on the link is of the box and contents etc, where neither the back of the card, nor the power ports are visible
MB: ASRock Extreme 6 Rev B3 - CPU: i5 2500k ||
GPU: ASUS GTX560Ti DCU II TOP - PSU: Corsair AX 750W ||
Case: Fractal Design Define R3 - HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1GB ||
This is a two-part post, figured it would make more sense to post my question here instead of starting a new thread for a simple question.
Current main-PC build..
CPU : Intel i7 920, 2.67GHz @ 3.3GHz, 48° @ full load
CPU cooler : Coolermaster V8
GPU : EVGA GTX580, 1.5GB
RAM : 12GB Corsair Dominator GT (triple channel 6x2GB)
Motherboard : Gigabyte EX58-UD4P
HD : assorted & too many to mention ~ 8TB total
Optical drives : 2 x LITE-ON IHBS112-04 Blu Ray burners (thx to NewEgg for the free bonus one)
PSU : OCZ-ZX850W
Case : Coolermaster CM690 with enough fans to ventilate a small house =)
Here's my question / main reason for posting - how much further would you think it's safe to push my CPU without resorting to anything beyond air cooling? It's been running stable for over a year @ 3.3GHz with the Coolermaster V8, and there is plenty of airflow in the case. I've got every single possible fan installed in my CM690 and the fan controller's temperature probes are showing that the fans are doing their job at keeping everything nice and stable, so I'm debating pushing it further. Honestly I haven't done a lot of overclocking, I stopped at 3.3GHz because that was the fastest automatic setting that the Gigabyte EasyTune software had by default, but it's running so stable that I thought taking it a bit further would be a good way to extend the life of the system. Everything runs great, no need or desire to get a new CPU yet, but it can always run better, you know what I mean? I wanted to put a new CPU / mobo in there and move these off to my HTPC, but I just can't justify the upgrade ATM since the HTPC and this rig are running just fine, so I thought getting a bit more performance out of what I already have could keep me satisfied for a few extra months. I wanted to try and push it to 3.6, but I wasn't sure if the cooling system that I had was beefy enough to handle the additional load from the CPU. It's only the cooler and the CPU I'm worried about, I know the case is ventilated enough to handle it and the PSU is one of the best investments I've ever made, I can't speak highly enough of it.
Any suggestions / tips for taking it further?
Not saying it's raw fact, because its most likely a fluke, or just the difference the Sandy Bridge CPU did. Either way, the SSD felt a little more worth the money on a P67 than it did on my old SB850. So much that when I was still using my AMD stuff, I was considering returning the SSD because it made little difference compared to the Cavs.
At least on the P67 the SSD makes some marginal amount of difference.
...as you can see I am still far from convinced SSD's are worth the cost. lol.
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MB: ASUS P8Z68-V
CPU: Intel i5-2500k
Cooler: Zalman CNPS9900 MAX
GPU: ASUS ENGTX570 DCII
RAM: Corsair XMS3 DDR3-1333 8GB (2x 4GB)
PSU: Corsair HX750
HD1: WD Black 1TB
HD2: WD Green 2TB
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922
Monitor: Samsung SyncMaster P2470
Mouse: Razer Naga
Keyboard: Logitech G110
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