Description

Some mild gaming and daily use. Probably way more horsepower than I need, but I like having nice things.

Apparently, this card can rip up some overclocking on the stock cooler. I wasn't expecting to hit this high, but there it is.

Part Reviews

CPU

This chip is old, but it overclocks like a champ.

CPU Cooler

My two main gripes with the cooler are the loud stock fans and the fact that many people (myself included) have problems with the backplate being loose and possibly causing high temperatures.

Case

Looks alright. Cable management is cramped, so either run a smaller psu or go modular.

The top of this case is super hard to get off to install a radiator, but I will warn you now: don't bother getting this case if that's your intent. The design of the top exhaust traps so much heat inside. There is a top cover that comes off which allows for air to exit, but it leaves the plastic lattice open and looks sort of silly. For real, my temperatures were probably up to 20 degrees hotter in the case with the top on. MAYBE it would be better running the fans in an intake configuration, but I doubt that would make much difference. A single rad on the rear exhaust slot would be the better option, but it's too late for me.

Despite all of that, I still like this case. The window is is a nice spot where it doesn't show too much of the power supply, and will display your CPU cooler and video cards nicely. The top and front are translucent so any lights inside will be visible (unless you populate the top with a radiator, of course.)

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Comments

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

ahhh the fingerprints! Get a microfiber cloth just to have near your setup, I use one for my keyboard mouse and case! Makes it look sleeker. Nice build +1

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, the good ole, TX 750W. I still have one sitting in my C2Q system.

Nice rig! I miss the sandy bridge days. Those were the good days when CPUs could overclock to 5ghz without too much hassle. :)

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Unfortunately I can't get my BIOS to even show the overclocking features. Shame, really.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Strange. Did you update the BIOS?

If you still can't get it to work, you could always consider an Asrock Z77 mobo if you really want to overclock. :)

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll definitely look into a new board if I can't manage to get the overclocking back.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, it's too bad you didn't think about this earlier. I just checked and finally Newegg stoped selling Z77 mobos all together. :(

Tell me if you need a new mobo, one of my mod friends at tom's hardware is going to sell his sandy bridge system pretty soon.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I would be interested in that. Thanks for the heads up!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

only problem is with the OEM license isnt windows attached to your MOBO?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

My Windows 10 is an upgrade from a legit copy of 8, so no worries.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Smeve,

Cherish that I-7 2600K. I got one running 'balls-out' for over two years. Heat is an issue without liquid cooling. Not a 'gamer' but it appears to run as fast as my Xeon 1231 v-3 in my test bed. You should be able to do well for a few years.

best regards

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I've seen that they can perform just as well as the newer generation chips when they're all set to 4GHz.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm looking to put together a budget gaming rig that can handle modern games (not doing any 4k or VR stuff). I can get a 2600k off craigslist for about $120. Ideally wanna pair it with an upcoming R9 480. You'd recommend the chip?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, for sure. It might not perform as well as newer chips at 1080p (though only a few fps off) but when you start taxing the video card more with 1440p and 4k, the performance is almost identical. Plus they overclock really well so that's always good.

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