hey guys, i have been planning a build. Trying to float below 2,000 total for the build (keyboard/mouse/Monitor will come later) and the following is what I have come up with:
may switch out the MSI for this...
lol honestly i don't have all the money secured yet, but this is what i plan on running with. the new X68 boards aren't due for awhile and I have no intentions to wait that long.
So this is pretty much what I plan to build myself within the upcoming month. If Intel gen 3 SSDs are released within that time (I hope they do), then I will replace the Gen 2 with the Gen 3.
I'm pretty confident all my parts are compatible. But just in case, its always a good idea to ask for someone to review it. I have watched a lot of tutorial videos (even the one posted by this site), and I'm anxious to get all this together. Assembling everything looks extremely easy, i'm just a little nervous on handling the BIOS etc (i did happen to see a video of someone showing their BIOS settings and overclock with my exact same motherboard. Would it be more or less a good idea to copy his settings?)
So, any other pointers are always helpful. Any recommendations after Windows installation and driver updates?
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changed G.Skill ram to 4GB of Adata (since 6 GB isn't necessary for me)
save 35 bucks switching to this RAM. Good enough reviews for me
I would have change that HDD 3.5 for a 2.5" runs cooler and it just something I always have like :)
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I would keep the 6gb of gskill that he as in his original post since the 1366LGA socket runs triple channel ram.
That system is quite similar to mine except for a few things. But All in all it is a nice build and I wouldnt change a thing with it. I even ran the Noctua fan before I switched over to the dark side of water cooling.
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G.Skill Ripjaws X 16gb PC2133
Asus Blu-ray burner
Seasonic X650 PSU
Patriot Pyro 128gb SSD
Going to look at 2.5" HDDs right now (EDIT: OH way too expensive for me )
Yea I cut some costs switching to adata, and it looks better on the MSI mobo. I need 6GB of RAM, so i think 4GB would be good enough for my needs. Of course, I'd switch back to the G.Skill if there is an important reason for it (like reliability or something). But the Adata has good ratings. I only need to tweak in Bios to achieve 1600 mhz. Which I still need to read up on
dodgers2213:I'd switch back to the G.Skill if there is an important reason for it
Three sticks equal triple channel performance and that is what your board is designed for. Two sticks may work in dual channel mode, but why pay more (CPU and Motherboard costs) for the tri-channel capability if you will not use it? Using 3GB, 6GB, 12GB, and 24GB is best on this 1366 platform.
If you prefer going with 4GB of RAM, then consider a socket 1156 CPU and board instead. (ASRock P55-Pro and a i7-870 CPU) You'll save money and still get kick-azz performance.
GSKill RAM is better quality than AData is. Consider their GSKill RipJaws DDR3-1600 RAM as it has the Intel XMP (extreme memory profile) built in and that auto magically sets your timing to the best and most stable that the factory could come up with.
This SSD is the same price as the Intel and gets much better performance too.
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on the DSO boards they recommend Intel over other SSDs. So, i usually have my builds with them. But yes, those specs do look superior but at a higher power consumption. hmm something to consider
I just opened up two build possibilities on Newegg. One 1366 and one 1156. Of course the 1156 is way cheaper (taking your mobo recommendation but, i don't really like it that much.
I like the features on the MSI board, and the equivalent on the 1156 socket is 20 dollars less....so, not a major reason to scale back to 1156 unless i go with the cheaper Asrock
At the end of the day, any one of these is much^1000 times better than the garbage i'm currently running. Any thing will blow my mind away....but I do want to go with what i'd be most happy with regardless of some overkill
Power consideration on SSD's is negligible, they all use a lot less than rotational platter based solutions.
The 1366 or the 1156 platforms are both crazy fast. (the first time you use them you keep smiling a lot)
1156's turbo boost is more robust, and 1366 has triple channel and a wider PCI-E bus. (this is important if you plan to use dual video cards in the future)
I just ordered another i7-870 and another ASRock P55-Pro for myself. I got it in today. I choose the ASRock board because of it's enormous overclocking potential and how easy it is to accomplish. My i5-750 2.6GHz. CPU runs at 3.8GHz. on this one. A 1,200 MHz. overclock is nothing to sneeze at. I'm on Air Cooling too.
Later this week I'll know what it gets with water cooling and the i7 CPU.
thanks for the replies neil, tough decisions ahead.
I live in SoCal, and my area the ambient temps can be a consistent 26-32 C for a large part of the year. I'll only be doing a baby overclock (nothing over 4.0 GHz) on my Noctua cooler
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