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Windows 7: Build My Own System

29 Sep 2011   #11

Windows 7 SP1 x64

Thanks to all for info. I will begin my research. I like the idea of Intel. The processors are much faster clock speeds than AMD. I don't want to get into OCing because that is what drove me crazy with my AMD trying to find a good cooling solution.

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29 Sep 2011   #12

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

If you aren't going to overclock, you don't need a "K" processor. Depending on budget, you might step down a notch or two from the 2600 and save yourself maybe $100---then use that saved amount somewhere else, such as toward a new monitor or maybe 8 GB of RAM rather than 4 GB. No need to get fancy RAM in that case either--get ordinary stuff that runs at 1.5 volts.

I'd make sure the case had large fan mounts--120mm. That way you can use fairly low speed fans that are virtually inaudible. Good fan brands include Noctua and Scythe. Some are quieter than others, so do your research. Under 1000 rpm, the better ones are all but inaudible.
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