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Tier 2 OC Questions
06-16-2011, 09:08 PM,
Tier 2 OC Questions
Hey guys, I found this site a couple weeks ago and I gotta say its one of the best out there! I really appreciate all the work you've done.

Anyway, I think I'm going to be buying/building the Tier 2 OC w/ some changes, either sometime next week or the week after and I have a couple questions regarding it.

1.) How well will it be able to do 3D modeling and rendering photo realistic models (ie Solidworks)?

2.) How does the HD 6850 hold up in some of the modern games? I'm not a huge gamer, but I do like to play them occasionally and would like to stop playing them in the lowest of settings Tongue.

3.) Is the Corsair A70 heatsink necessary or can I get away with using Hyper 212 plus if I don't plan on overclocking much? Also, will I have to buy some thermal paste or do aftermarket heatsinks come with some?

Also, I've heard that you should always buy your components all at once, but if there's a good deal on a specific part is it wise to just order it now and then wait for your other components? This is just in reference to the Kingston HyperX 8gb RAM. It's only $60 after a mail in rebate which ends on the 20th and is pretty tempting at the moment lol.
06-16-2011, 09:17 PM,
RE: Tier 2 OC Questions
1. Should be able to do it very well.

2. 6850 should be able to handle modern games quite well. At 1080p, it should be able to handle things at relatively high settings, although probably not maximum on some of the newer games.

3. Hyper 212+ should be absolutely fine if you don't overclock. Thermal paste is NOT necessary as most aftermarket heatsinks come with pretty decent paste.
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06-17-2011, 01:23 AM,
RE: Tier 2 OC Questions
Could I even get away with the stock cooler as long as I have adequate air flow through the case?
06-17-2011, 05:39 AM, (This post was last modified: 06-17-2011, 05:39 AM by Andrew J.)
RE: Tier 2 OC Questions
Yes. As long as you don't overclock the stock cooler is fine.
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06-17-2011, 05:20 PM,
RE: Tier 2 OC Questions
Ok, great. Thanks for the replies.

Another question though, does the Intel i3-2100 beat the AMD Phenom 955 in most benchmarks? I'm kinda partial to AMD so I would like to stick with them if I could, but since the prices are identical at the moment, I might as well get the best bang for my buck.
06-17-2011, 05:23 PM,
RE: Tier 2 OC Questions
Benchmark comparison
06-17-2011, 09:03 PM,
RE: Tier 2 OC Questions
Wow, that's a great tool. Thanks for the link.
06-19-2011, 02:25 PM,
RE: Tier 2 OC Questions
So I've been looking at the Tier 2 OC and the Tier 3 configurations for a while now. Swapping some parts around, I can get the Tier 3 configuration down to $651.19 while I'm looking at $689.67 for the Tier 2 OC (both without shipping costs). The main difference between between the two is that the Tier 3 uses the i3+stock cooler while the Tier 2 is using the 955+aftermarket cooler.

From the link above it appears that the i3 performs better than the 955 in most situations, but is that true even if you overclock the 955?

From the prices/benchmarks it looks like I'm better off getting the i3, but if I overclock the 955 to where it outperforms the i3, is it worth the extra $40?

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