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Finally my much needed upgrade!

Postby DJ Tucker » Thu Jan 23, 2014 1:48 pm

So, as the title stats, i am upgrading my system. as of the end of the month i will be ordering my system upgrades which are as follows:
i5 3570k planning to overclock to 4.0ghz
ASRock Extreme 4 Motherboard
Corsair Vengeance Pro 1600mhz 2x4GB

I already have a psu and gpu however what i would like is a nice case with a 200mm side fan and red leds for sub £100. any help?

Edit asrock extreme 6 now :)
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Re: Finally my much needed upgrade!

Postby sgkean » Thu Jan 23, 2014 6:12 pm

CM N600 but you'll have to buy the 200m fan
CM HAF (most will allow 200m fans on side panel)
TT Armor Revo (again have to buy the 200m fan)

I'd have to look around for others, sadly don't think they're all that common on the side panel.

One thing I would caution on your build, is the ASRock MB. I've never had a problem, but I know many people have. From what I've heard, their customer service really sucks if you have an issue.
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Re: Finally my much needed upgrade!

Postby DJ Tucker » Thu Jan 23, 2014 7:50 pm

i like the armor revo but it costs £130 here in the uk and not over keen on the n600. i do like the haf series but again all but the haf 912 is over £100 :( i understand the asrock extreme 4 is a great board but due to poor customer service it could be a bad idea. however, a friend of mine purchased the extreme 4 last year (10 or so months ago) and said the board is fantastic and hasn't run into any problems yet :)
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Re: Finally my much needed upgrade!

Postby Major_A » Fri Jan 24, 2014 1:05 am

You don't need a 200MM fan unless you have a 200MM fan exhausting too. Or do you prefer a positive pressure setup (positive vs negative airflow)? Are you planning on reusing your Zalman HSF with the new CPU? Send a couple of links where you shop at in the UK and I'll poke around and see what I find for cases.
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Re: Finally my much needed upgrade!

Postby DJ Tucker » Fri Jan 24, 2014 4:33 am

Well i got lucky and found a coolermaster haf 932 for £100 :) Major, i currently have positive airflow in my system 3 120mm intake 1 140 exhaust. but the haf will do nicely :)
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Re: Finally my much needed upgrade!

Postby InspectahACE » Fri Jan 24, 2014 8:45 pm

Good case DJ. Haven't had a need for another since I got one. I've got mine in a positive airflow config too so as you said..it does nicely :)
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Re: Finally my much needed upgrade!

Postby Major_A » Sat Jan 25, 2014 1:45 pm

What are you going to use to cool the processor? Keep in mind that Haswell is the hottest running of the 3 i series processors (Sandy Bridge, Ivy Bridge, Haswell). With that said though I think you might be low balling yourself with 4GHz. My 2600K will do 4.5GHz with stock voltages.
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Re: Finally my much needed upgrade!

Postby sgkean » Mon Jan 27, 2014 8:47 am

Major_A wrote:What are you going to use to cool the processor? Keep in mind that Haswell is the hottest running of the 3 i series processors (Sandy Bridge, Ivy Bridge, Haswell). With that said though I think you might be low balling yourself with 4GHz. My 2600K will do 4.5GHz with stock voltages.


Yea, my 3570k goes to 4.5 easily, no tweaks to voltages or anything extreme. Just a change to the FSB and it goes there. You might be surprised what you can get the 3570k up to. I've had mine up to 4.7 but felt that was pushing it (even though it ran fan after a 24 hour stress).
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Re: Finally my much needed upgrade!

Postby DJ Tucker » Mon Jan 27, 2014 11:12 am

i'm going air cooling with a zalman 9900max as i got it for a really nice price at £30 down from £45. well i was aiming for 4.5ghz but i thought that i may be pushing that limit but after a little searching it seems 4.5 at stock to 1.3 vcore is easily done. so 4.5 here i come i hope :)
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Re: Finally my much needed upgrade!

Postby sgkean » Mon Jan 27, 2014 12:32 pm

Mine was on the Zalman 9900CNPS so the MAX you shouldn't have any issues :)
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Re: Finally my much needed upgrade!

Postby DJ Tucker » Wed Feb 05, 2014 7:02 am

ok so i have all my new hardware right here in my hands =P~ now i'm going to build the system and will report back with pictures of the final result.
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Re: Finally my much needed upgrade!

Postby Major_A » Wed Feb 05, 2014 9:00 am

Have fun. If you're like me I have to take breaks when wiring it up. I tend to run out of patience when trying to hide the wires.

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Re: Finally my much needed upgrade!

Postby DJ Tucker » Thu Feb 06, 2014 4:32 pm

ok so i have finally got my new system up and running. i came across 3 problems during the build.

Problem 1: the cpu cooler backplate was an absolute nightmare to screw into place. took me and a friend to help to apply enough downward force to screw in place :evil:
Problem 2: i had to re-install my OS in order to install the mobo drivers as they didn't like the old embedded driver :(
Problem 3: After re-installing my whole system again i had a sudden brainwave. would my current OS vista 64 (OEM) that i have just installed activate now that i have a new system? of course in wouldn't as it is stating already used. now i have 3 days to get a new OS before i can't use this system :cry:

On the plus side my cpu temps that i expected to be high, due to the cooler installation errors i had, were in fact suprising low at 60, 62, 62, 53 during occt linpack test. the wierd thing is core 4 is always around 8-10c cooler than my hottest core. Unable to upload pics just yet as i have yet to find the cable for my camera which i have now ordered :)
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Re: Finally my much needed upgrade!

Postby Major_A » Thu Feb 06, 2014 6:00 pm

I have a core like that in my 2600K, though its not as drastic (maybe 5 degrees C). Over here in the States most colleges offer students discounts on their software. I had my sister pick me up a copy of Windows 8 Pro for $18 a few weeks back. So if you know someone in university then you might get a good deal. Otherwise grab a system builder edition of the software. Warning though, you can't by the disk by itself so you might have to buy a SATA cable or something with it too.
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Re: Finally my much needed upgrade!

Postby DJ Tucker » Thu Feb 06, 2014 6:56 pm

i have found a windows 7 professional edition 64 bit for £50 but it's a dell recover disc with legit product key that seems to have 26 out of 32 satisfied customers. do you think it's worth it?
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Re: Finally my much needed upgrade!

Postby Major_A » Thu Feb 06, 2014 7:47 pm

I'd say go with a real legit version and call it a day. This might have a Dell specific key and since you don't have a Dell it won't work.
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Re: Finally my much needed upgrade!

Postby DJ Tucker » Mon Feb 10, 2014 1:19 pm

So i just clocked my cpu to 4.2ghz @ 1.2v and upgraded my side fan to bitfenix spectre pro red 230mm and the same one for my top exhaust fan. also changed the rear exhaust to an aerocool shark devil red 140mm. this has lowered my cpu temp by 2c and gpu temp by 2c. cpu during occt linpack using all available memory hits 63 on core 1, 68 on core 2 and 3 and 59 on core 4. what do you guys think of those temps?
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Re: Finally my much needed upgrade!

Postby Major_A » Mon Feb 10, 2014 6:35 pm

Before you touched the CPU voltage what was the max the CPU would clock? Like I said my 2600K will do 4.5GHz with stock voltages. After that it starts to get unstable.

This is unrelated but have you checked for a BIOS update?
http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z87%20Ex ... ad&os=BIOS
I see a few revisions ago they updated the BIOS to:
1. Improve overclocking CPU fan behavior.
2. Improve Overclock ability.
3. Improve UEFI stability.
4. Improve UEFI guide string for multi-language.
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Re: Finally my much needed upgrade!

Postby DJ Tucker » Tue Feb 11, 2014 12:50 am

I was able to get 4.2 on stock then the system would bsod for no reason. I'm trying to push 4.5ghz at 1.2v but no luck so far. there is no bios update for my board needed as 2.80 is the latest.

Edit: I can get 4ghz stable @1.17v stock and up to 4.2ghz @ 1.2v. anything after 4.2ghz and my system fails to post until I put in 1.28v at which I need 1.3v to get stable. at that voltage I can get 4.6ghz before the temps start getting a bit to high for me. so I'm happy to stick at 4.2ghz @ 1.2v with core temps at 58, 62,63,56
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Re: Finally my much needed upgrade!

Postby DJ Tucker » Mon Mar 17, 2014 1:54 pm

I have decided to overclock my memory and can see that the 1866mhz kits run @ 9-10-9-27-2t. so I have it at 1800mhz @ the same timings with 1.5v. I have also got my gtx 570 to 850/2000 @ 1.050v

Edit: Turns out my 1800mhz overclock on my memory was unstable so put it back to 1600 MHz at 9-9-9-24 and my gtx 570 is now at 840mhz at 1.037 to help with cooling. 2c lower than at 850mhz

Edit 2: Been looking at a beast of a card that I can pick up for £180 brand new. What do you think? http://www.kfa2.com/GTX670_EXOC.shtml
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