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Old 12-05-2011, 05:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Small upgrades to my build, would it make a difference?

Hey techforums, was looking to see if I can make a small upgrade to my PC these holidays.

My specs are in my signature.

I'm thinking maybe upgrading to 8gb ram and then getting a bare minimum fan to overclock my CPU, I know the 8 GB won't do much but I know overclocking the cpu will (will it?)

So what can I get for say a budget of $70-$80?

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Default Re: Small upgrades to my build, would it make a difference?

RAM speeds, voltages, timings depends more on OC than its quantity. Are you an avid gamer? The extra RAM is nice, especially if you run a lot of background programs. I hope you are running on a x64 version of 7.

For RAM, get this: Newegg.com - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL

2 chips are better than 4. In my experience, some boards have problems with all 4 slots filled.

I use this cooler: Newegg.com - XIGMATEK Intel Core i7 compatible Dark Knight-S1283V REV.W with ACK-I5361 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler I7 i5 775 1155 and AMD compatible

It keeps my i3 2100 very cool. I also like Scythe, Noctua, and CoolerMaster. Have a look around.
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Old 12-05-2011, 06:33 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: Small upgrades to my build, would it make a difference?

I wouldn't bother with more ram, just get a really nice heatsink.

The H80 is only a few dollars more than your budget but it would be your best bet.

Newegg.com - CORSAIR H80 (CWCH80) High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler

This would be just below the H80 performance-wise, you have to use the backplate supplied with your mobo.

Newegg.com - Noctua NH-U12P SE2 120mm SSO CPU Cooler
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Default Re: Small upgrades to my build, would it make a difference?

Yeah I wish I can get the H80, but limited so I figured I get ram with it.

Okay thanks. wanted to get an idea, and btw I play battlefield 3, and I heard that with extra ram it'll help with lockups with fps? Since it has to run a browser and the game and then I would only have 2GB left of ram to play with? Not sure how credible that is.
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Default Re: Small upgrades to my build, would it make a difference?

Also, how much overclocking can I expect from 2.8 Ghz with the fan mindovermaster suggested?
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Default Re: Small upgrades to my build, would it make a difference?

I once had my i5 760 with that Xigmatek. I had it OCed to 4.1Ghz, and it still stayed in the mid 40C.
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Wow that's great. Guess I'll get it then, does that one require a backplate?
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Default Re: Small upgrades to my build, would it make a difference?

Yes, it does require one. It is included in the package, for 1155/1156
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in the package of the motherboard or the fan? Btw I don't have 1155/1156 I got AMD D:
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Default Re: Small upgrades to my build, would it make a difference?

Well, good, because they're out of stock.

The brackets come with the heatsink.

It only accepts an AMD Socket AM2.
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