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Build Advice My new i5-2500k system is now built

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by WhiteKnight226, 21 Apr 2011.

  1. WhiteKnight226

    WhiteKnight226 Minimodder

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    Happy to be writing this on my new comp.

    MSI P67A-GD65
    i5-2500k
    8GB G Skill 8-8-8-8-24
    MSI Radeon HD 6870 Twin Frozr II
    WD Black Caviar sata 3 500GB
    CM Hyper 212 Plus with AS5 Tim (Pea drop method)
    Corsair HX 750watt 80+ Silver
    Windows 7 Home 64-bit
    NZXT Phantom

    Only installed LAN Driver to get on net and used windows update to get the rest(which included GPU update.)

    Wondering what I should do now? I plan to leave the comp on for about 12 hours just to test it out. I am a first time building and with the help of a friend everything went well. All products worked so no RMA to newegg :)

    Whats next? is there any actually updates I should get for my components from the web? If i remember correctly RAM only runs at stock of 1333 so I need to figure out how to get mine up to 1600.
     
  2. Marine-RX179

    Marine-RX179 What's a Dremel?

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    If you overclock your CPU, the memory should go up in speed accordingly, as the two should be linked.

    You do have a 3rd party cooler rather than the stock cooler that comes with the CPU right?
     
  3. WhiteKnight226

    WhiteKnight226 Minimodder

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    Yes, The Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus
     
  4. outlawaol

    outlawaol Geeked since 1982

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    Dont just leave it on for 12 hours, stress test it for 12 hours. It'll put all the components under the hammer to ensure of no defective parts.

    Memtest
    Furmark
    super pi

    Those are some good apps to put a bunch of load on all the components. There is some suite program out there but I cant recall it atm.

    May want to get win7 up to SP1 too. If you check the manufacturers websites for latest software/drivers/bios that doesn't hurt, although win7 does a decent job of checking drivers.

    Enjoy the new build. :)
     
  5. WhiteKnight226

    WhiteKnight226 Minimodder

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    I downloaded Prime95 so I think I will use that along with core temp. Anyone know what kind of temp I should see in my CPU with my aftermarket HSF and AS5 TIM?
     
  6. outlawaol

    outlawaol Geeked since 1982

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    And prime95 is what I was thinking :D

    I would imagine you'd get some temps around the 60c mark. But it could fluctuate until the TIM settles in (some see a 1-3c drop, or none at all.) But 60c is nothing to lose sleep over, if its around 90c or something then its a problem.

    New PCs make me nervous TBH. I feel like they have to earn my respect by not exploding or having big issues right away. Kinda like new hard drives as well, I dont trust them till some time passes... :lol:
     
  7. WhiteKnight226

    WhiteKnight226 Minimodder

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    I feel the same way. I am hoping nothing goes wrong with mine. I have a lot of money in it lol, well a lot to me lol.

    The CPU and heatsink have been installed for over a day now. Was waiting on my HDD and PSU to arrive from newegg. I felt like I was going to have a panic attack installing the CPU lol. If i screwed up and damaged it and the MoBo, I was out a lot of money lol
     
  8. outlawaol

    outlawaol Geeked since 1982

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    AMD cpu's make me nervous. They have pins still! Intels pinless design is less stress inducing indeed. Hardware is actually pretty resilient, its the mishandling around static that gets a lot of people in trouble IMHO. Although just a bad part can lead to other misfortunes - like a bad PSU, that'll just ruin your day if it shorts and fries the mobo! :lol:

    Actually you do want stuff to fail right now, its still under the retailers return and you can make claims a lot easier now than in 6-12 months (through the manufacturers).
     
  9. Wicked_Sludge

    Wicked_Sludge My eyes! The goggles do nothing!

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    the CPU and memory clock speeds are not linked on p67 boards. they use separate multipliers. all you need to do to go from 1300mhz to 1600mhz is change the memory multipler from 13 to 16.

    assuming your running stock speeds on the CPU for now, you will probably run closer to 50 degrees under a prime load. my 2500k hits exactly 60 degrees @ 4.5ghz, so 3.3ghz is a cakewalk.
     
  10. WhiteKnight226

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    ya. right now at stock speed the CPU hangs around 30 degrees. Need to figure out the bios still. tried to get in them once but it wasn't the "click bios," so that kind of confused me.
     
  11. Wicked_Sludge

    Wicked_Sludge My eyes! The goggles do nothing!

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    yes gigabyte still uses the old fashioned award bios. thank god, as there still seem to be quite a few bugs to be worked out of the UEFI bios.

    theres a good article on overclocking the 2500k on bit tech. its really not difficult at all.
     
  12. WhiteKnight226

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    My board is MSI....
     
  13. ATramel

    ATramel What's a Dremel?

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    The 2500k has a lot of headroom if you have adequate cooling and aren't afraid of a little extra voltage.
    I noticed that another poster mentioned your memory would also be overclocked as you push your processor to higher clock rates, but that is NOT true on the Sandy Bridge platform unless you start messing with the base clock. Changing the base clock isn't really a good idea imo. It is rumored to degrade the processor, though +/- 1 or 2 may not be a big deal.
    I say rumored because I have seen very few "dead 2500k" threads anywhere, but I can tell you for sure that manipulating the base clock is quite limited, and you'll see the most gains by adjusting the CPU multiplier.
    What IS true is that you should invest in a good memory kit. Don't get me wrong, it's perfectly fine to run some 1.65V DDR3 that you already have on hand, but my experience has been that it will turn into a limiting factor if you intend to really overclock - NOT because you are overclocking your memory (you aren't), but Sandy Bridge seems to prefer lower memory voltages as you approach 5GHz in my experience.
    I eventually ended up going with some Gskill 1.5V DDR3-2133, and while that may be overkill, the low voltage requirements give you room to breath as you're overclocking.
     
  14. Wicked_Sludge

    Wicked_Sludge My eyes! The goggles do nothing!

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    right, not sure why my brain assumed you were either on gigabyte or asus :wallbash:

    can your bios be upgraded?
     
  15. kenco_uk

    kenco_uk I unsuccessfully then tried again

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    Run Intel Burn Test about 10 or so times. That'll soon tell you if your system isn't up to scratch.
     

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