How is this advertising for brands? I'm just trying to give people somewhat of a guidleline of what to go on when they build a computer.
Because the PSU, GPU, CPU, and Case choices. They're all pretty much the same, just steps up from the last.
I.e. HAF 912 --> HAF 922 --> HAF 932 --> HAF X
Antec PSU's are picked a lot. Too bad the NEO series kinda sucks.
All of your builds past $1100 are all 2600k's with only Nvidia cards, except for the last two. And the one with 4 Quattros is dumb.
I could go on, but the point of my posts is that this thread is completely useless. It's a snapshot of right now. In a few weeks, it'll be outdated. Especially since Bulldozer is coming out soon. It makes buying anything other than a 1155 processor dumb. And since the i3 2100 and i5 2400 are competitive against Phenom II processors, sans the horrible-buy 1000T series, it would be plain stupid to not go with 1155.
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Windows 7 | Core i5 2500k | Patriot 8GB | HD 6870 | Capstone 450 | Z68ITX-A-E | Barracuda LP 2TB | Chronos 120GB | Lian Li PC-Q08B
Ultrasharp U2211H | Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 Klipsch S4 | RAT 9 | Das Keyboard
Total w/ monitor and keyboard, speakers, mouse: $1,530 (about the same as what I had before but w/ a core i5 2500K)
Just remember to get a heatsink, and thermal paste. I recommend the "Hyper 212 Plus" from coolermaster, and for paste, "Arctic Silver 5". You don't really need a lot of paste, heres a video if this is your first build.
You do know you can just go with standard thermal paste... That is what I have done in every single build I have. It's just like buying an HDMI cable. You can go for the 90 dollar ones, but they won't last you any longer than a regular 10 dollar one.
12-16 or even 10 degrees clearly says that either you have installed your cooler very badly, or installed the thermal paste very poorly... The differences between them just aren't that big if the thermal paste is atleast decent.
Exactly. As stated, thermal paste has a minimal effect, barely even noticed, as long as you APPLY it the right way.