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I finally bought the parts for the computer I've been talking about.

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*Core i7 930 + ASUS P6T SE motherboard (bundle)
*6GB DDR3 1333 tri-channel RAM
*Corsair TX850 850W PSU
*Hitachi 2TB 7200RPM hard drive
*18x DVD ROM
*Zalman CNPS9900 CPU cooler
*Logitech 2.1 speakers

I have not gotten the GPU yet, because they did not carry the one I wanted (Sapphire HD 5870 Vapor-X. Also, that Asus motherboard, was not my initial choice, but I saved $200 by buying the CPU+mobo bundle special they were having. I initially wanted the Gigabyte X58. It's the exact same chipset, so I doubt there will be much difference in performance.

I'll get the OS (W7 HP 64-bit) at a later time. I already have the CM HAF 932 full tower case. The only part I'm concerned may be cheap or low quality is that Asus P6T SE motherboard, which could result in crashes, and system instability.

How does that Asus board overclock? How high could I get that i7 930 to, with the Zalman CNPS9900?
 
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You'll be fine with that board, I won't bother explaining anything 'cause you're you ;) but congrats on the new rig.
 

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Looks like a great build, and that Asus board should OC nicely.;)

And if you can, post some pics.:)
 
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They had the EVGA X58 classified, currently the very best LGA 1366 motherboard money can buy. Too bad it was too expensive.
 

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They had the EVGA X58 classified, currently the very best LGA 1366 motherboard money can buy. Too bad it was too expensive.
The Asus P6T is a great board from what i hear. It really all depends what features you what on the motherboard that makes it the best. For some the EVGA X58 boards have to many features they're not gonna use, making it not a good buy.

I have heard great thing about the Asus X58 boards though, you should get some nice clocks out of it.;)
 
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just a warning there have been some issues in the past with Asus Mobos having issues with 12 GB of ram. I currently have 12 GB of ram installed but only 10 shows up in the bios and in windows. CPU z shows the correct amount of ram.
 
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What brand RAM did you buy? What cas latency and voltage?
 
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Monkey_Business, I hate you so dam much:cry:
 
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As i told, if he is planing on OC. 1333mhz ram can limit the OC he can reach.

1600mhz Ram is becoming cheap and good.
 

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Faster memory provides barely better gaming performance. The faster the RAM, the hotter it gets, and the shorter it lives.
That is simply not true.

1. What color are the heatsinks on the ram? Blue, grey? What does it say on them

2. Do you know how to overclock the parts you just bought?

3. Do you understand overclocking terminology?

4. Can you provide pictures of the Bios of the motherboard.
 
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+1 on this erocker.

I buyed 2000mhz Ram. And finnaly clocked it at 1530mhz 7-7-7-21 but with 1.54v for my 24/7 OC. but i know that i have plenty of room for bench Session.
 
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That is simply not true.

1. What color are the heatsinks on the ram? Blue, grey? What does it say on them

2. Do you know how to overclock the parts you just bought?

3. Do you understand overclocking terminology?

4. Can you provide pictures of the Bios of the motherboard.
This computer is not yet assembled. I have yet to buy a graphics card and OS.

The heatsinks for the RAM are blue.

I do not know yet how to overclock, but I might try it after the warranties have expired, and I've learned more.
 

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This computer is not yet assembled. I have yet to buy a graphics card and OS.

The heatsinks for the RAM are blue.

I do not know yet how to overclock, but I might try it after the warranties have expired, and I've learned more.
Ok cool! That RAM is nice stuff. If I'm not mistaken it's 1333mhz cas 7 1.65v. Same stuff as their 1600mhz cas 8 ram. :)

So what kind of GPU are you looking at?
 

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I want to know how that Hitachi 2TB drive performs. I've been looking at them with much interest lately.
 
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Ok cool! That RAM is nice stuff. If I'm not mistaken it's 1333mhz cas 7 1.65v. Same stuff as their 1600mhz cas 8 ram. :)

So what kind of GPU are you looking at?
Either a single HD 5870 or GTX 480. Preferably the HD 5870 because it runs much cooler than the Fermi cards. The GTX 480 is barely faster than the ATI card. It has problems constantly overheating under heavy loads. In some benches, the HD 5870 has actually beat out the Fermi.

They did not have the HD 5870 in stock, especially not the particular one I wanted, the 2GB Sapphire Vapor-X edition.

I may have to end up getting it off of newegg. I can't find it for sale ANYWHERE retail.

SAPPHIRE Toxic 100281-2GTXSR Radeon HD 5870 2GB 25...

The factory overclock on that HD 5870 should par it's performance with the Fermi. 2GB of VRAM will come in handy for AA and higher resolutions.
 

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Either a single HD 5870 or GTX 480. Preferably the HD 5870 because it runs much cooler than the Fermi cards. The GTX 480 is barely faster than the ATI card. It has problems constantly overheating under heavy loads. In some benches, the HD 5870 has actually beat out the Fermi.

They did not have the HD 5870 in stock, especially not the particular one I wanted, the 2GB Sapphire Vapor-X edition.

I may have to end up getting it off of newegg. I can't find it for sale ANYWHERE retail.

SAPPHIRE Toxic 100281-2GTXSR Radeon HD 5870 2GB 25...

The factory overclock on that HD 5870 should par it's performance with the Fermi. 2GB of VRAM will come in handy for AA and higher resolutions.
The 480 does not overheat, unless you put it into a case that has very poor airflow. There are plenty of people on these forums that can attest to that.

5870 does draw a hell of a lot less tho, although it doesn't have the nifty CUDA features.

Depends on your needs. Like using the gpu to convert videos and like and own some Physx titles? Grab the 480.

Like having lower temps and power draw and maybe want to make an Eyefinity setup? Grab the 5870.

I will say tho, the 2GB 5870s are not worth that much money, imo. They still don't match the 480's performance, yet cost the same amount.
 
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The 480 does not overheat, unless you put it into a case that has very poor airflow. There are plenty of people on these forums that can attest to that.

5870 does draw a hell of a lot less tho, although it doesn't have the nifty CUDA features.

Depends on your needs. Like using the gpu to convert videos and like and own some Physx titles? Grab the 480.

Like having lower temps and power draw and maybe want to make an Eyefinity setup? Grab the 5870.

I will say tho, the 2GB 5870s are not worth that much money, imo. They still don't match the 480's performance, yet cost the same amount.
There are very few games which actually support PhysX.

What the hell is CUDA anyway?
 

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Well if you don't know what CUDA is, I doubt you need it. Honestly, save your money and get a 5850. :)
 

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There are very few games which actually support PhysX.

What the hell is CUDA anyway?
CUDA is nVidia's language that allows you to run programs on their video cards. Using CUDA, my 8800GT can convert a DVD movie into a ps3 compatible h264 mp4 at about 250-300fps. The same settings on my QX9650 can only manage 1/5 of that at best.

If you do not convert a lot of videos, do scientific calculations, or are not interested in Physx, it's not really a big deal.

Well if you don't know what CUDA is, I doubt you need it. Honestly, save your money and get a 5850. :)
That's what I say, 5850 or GTX470.