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Windows 7: Building your own tower.

30 Jul 2014   #21
SevSaint

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I would like to overclock the cpu, but never done it before.
I would like to take my one HD over and once i see parts are working buy another HD for the new rig. That will prevent me from buying everything at once. Yes and i plan on getting ram as well. Just gota see what motherboards are out there first and price that..


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30 Jul 2014   #22
ignatzatsonic

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If you are going to buy a current socket 1150 Intel processor and you want to overclock, you need these parts:

Motherboard with a Z97 chipset. They probably start around 150 and go up from there. Good brands: Asus, Gigabyte, Asrock.

CPU: Intel CPU with a K at the end of the model number. Such as i5-4670K. These are more expensive than non-K processors.

I wouldn't buy the CPU, motherboard, and RAM until you have all your money in line and are ready to build immediately.

You may be able to save money if you have a Microcenter store near you.

What is the primary purpose of the PC?
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30 Jul 2014   #23
SevSaint

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Gaming. With the 7850 gpu i am currently enjoying eso and planetside 2. My eso runs fine on high or ultra around 20fps. I might wana crossfire or upgrade my gpu later..Not sure on crossfire since i have never done that either. Mainly learning experience for all of those but really want to game on anything on ultra for the next few years..
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30 Jul 2014   #24
SevSaint

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GIGABYTE GA-Z97X-UD5H LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Newegg.com

considerring this motherboard. has good reviews.. if i go with this i need to get an I5 intel chip correct?
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30 Jul 2014   #25
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SevSaint View Post
GIGABYTE GA-Z97X-UD5H LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Newegg.com

considerring this motherboard. has good reviews.. if i go with this i need to get an I5 intel chip correct?
Incorrect.

You need to get a socket 1150 Intel CPU.

That might be an i5 or i7.

i7 CPUs are more expensive and offer no advantages particularly useful on a gaming PC. The primary advantage of i7 is "hyper-threading", which is useful for stuff like video rendering. You need i5 unless you have money falling out of your pockets and must have the most expensive stuff regardless of whether it makes sense or not.

I've got a similar Gigabyte board and have no problems, but you can always have bad luck regardless of what you choose.
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30 Jul 2014   #26
SevSaint

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does amd make 1150 or do i have to get an intel
and is it possible to get a 3.5 quad to reach 4.0 on over clock
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30 Jul 2014   #27
ignatzatsonic

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If you want AMD, you have to change motherboard and CPU; it's an entirely different platform. AMD performed pretty well compared to Intel years ago, but those days are long past. The only reason to go AMD would be brand loyalty or a very small budget and even then it's debatable if AMD is superior.

Socket 1150, 1155, 2011, etc are all strictly Intel terms.

I haven't kept up with over-clocking, but going from 3.5 to 4.0 is less than 15 percent, so I'd guess it's very achievable. I easily overclocked an Intel Core 2 Duo by 30 percent maybe 6 years ago, but don't overclock at all anymore.

If you intend to overclock more than a little bit, you likely will need to buy a separate CPU cooler/heatsink combination to replace the stock Intel unit. Overclocking causes heat, among other complications.
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30 Jul 2014   #28
SevSaint

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okay.. but my amd gpu is fine correct?
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30 Jul 2014   #29
ignatzatsonic

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Yeah, it should be OK. Its not a top of the line card anymore, but it's what you have.

If you did not have a video card and were interested in gaming only, you might split 500 dollars maybe 200 on the CPU and 300 on the video card. But since you are already locked into the video card, you'd probably want to spend as much as your budget will allow on the CPU--maybe a top of the line i5 K model like the 4670k or 4690k.

BUT, BUT---I wouldn't go for the top of the line i5 K model if it prevented me from getting an SSD. The benefits of an SSD are more noticeable day to day than the last bit of CPU power.
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30 Jul 2014   #30
bigmck

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I agree with Ignat, that a SSD is almost a must. It is so much faster than a HDD you just won't believe it until you see it. You will be booting in 30 seconds and programs will open in one second. Much faster than a HDD and not that much on the price either.
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