I've upgraded here and there, but have not built a completely new box since, oh, socket 478 P4s and DDR were hot sh!t.
I don't overclock or tinker to squeeze more out of a system. I'm looking to put together a solid/stable machine that will get me by for a while.
The heart of it is already decided: i7-930. For various reasons, mostly because I got it for ~150 bucks new.
I have done a little reading, but I am hoping to order stuff soon and thought I'd seek some "professional advice."
I've put together this wish list and had a couple questions.
1. RAM compatibility. Is there a way to really tell what works with what before it all arrives?
2. If I'm not overclocking, do I need such a beefy heatsink/fan?
3. I have a new BFG 650 watt PSU. Is that enough for this combo + 4 WD Blue HDDs?
4. Any suggestions? Or does this setup seem legit?
Thanks in advance.
Welcome to HotHardware, Aztek! I'll take one of your questions:
aztek:1. RAM compatibility. Is there a way to really tell what works with what before it all arrives?
Yes! If you visit the motherboard manufacturer's website you will probably find a list of approved RAM modules that will positively work with your future motherboard.
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aztek:2. If I'm not overclocking, do I need such a beefy heatsink/fan?
If your case has good/decent air flow (ambient temps aren't too high) I'd say no.
But this is a great heatsink on the cheap- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186134
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I used that Noctua fan system, before I put my current PC on water. I was able to hit 3.8ghz with it on an i7 920 C0
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Shouldn't have much issues with ram. You just need a set of DDR3 sticks.
No. I always point people to this site http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm Look at the coolest if you are looking to overclock. Look at the quietest if you are not.
aztek:3. I have a new BFG 650 watt PSU. Is that enough for this combo + 4 WD Blue HDDs?
I would say with 4 hard drives you are starting to cut it pretty close.
aztek:4. Any suggestions? Or does this setup seem legit?
Looks like you are just about set. How old is that PSU?
Thanks for ze replies.
I bought it last NYE weekend as I was at a LAN and my then current PS died.
Thanks for the link to heat sinks article. Since my brain has officially tired of work, I think I'll read that then go home for the day :D
Going to order everything this weekend. Come to a decision on heatsink and PS
CPU Cooler: Corsair H50 Factory Sealed Water Cooler is premium. I have two of them.
Computer Case: XION Predator Gaming Series is a real nice case for far less money.
If you end up needing a Power Supply I recommend SeaSonic Brand for ultimate quality.
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