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Motherboard Gigabyte UD5 for $285.99 shipped . Motherboard has the 2 oz copper pcb.

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-EX58UD5

Chip & cpu cooler I7 920 & cooler master v8. Combo price $314.97 shipped.

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=FAN-UV8

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=I7-920

Ram. ????? Wanting input on this. I was looking for a mother board & ram combo, couldn't find a deal.

I saw a thread with a portable unit someone was crafting with really good value ram here but I couldn't relocate it. I think it was rated 1333 but he said it was overclocking to 2000.

I'm not set on the motherboard or cooler but they both look really good.

The rest of my current system will be reused, but with my old chipset ram and mobo only requiring another video card, if anyone knows a good combo deal on i7 ram and a budget desktop card I'd be interested in that too so I could put together a 2nd rig.

Thanks.
 
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Here's the post about the ram:
http://forums.techpowerup.com/showpost.php?p=1405955&postcount=29

They are some good Crucial's with no heat spreaders, but those chips clock very well. And your old system will lend very kindly to your new board, cpu, and ram. That psu can handle the new setup just fine.

Enjoy the i7, it'll be a crazy step up from that 650/Q6600.
 
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Thanks, I think I'd start out with the 3 g kit and if I really thought I needed a massive amount of ram later on I'd explore other options.

Looks like this for the ram then.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148245



Hmm, one of the reviews said this about the ram being not compatible with the ud5. This is on the 3 x 2gig setup.


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148246




Pros: I'm sure the RAM is great on motherboards that support it.

Cons: I see a lot of people are buying this with the Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD5 motherboard as I did.

DO NOT DO THIS!

The memory is NOT compatible with that motherboard. I learned this the hard way.

Other Thoughts: I'm sure the RAM is great. I just wanted people to be aware that it is not compatible with the motherboard that has been suggested at a certain tech site and people like myself have believed.
 
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Is that 920 guaranteed to be a D0 stepping instead of a C0 stepping? If you plan on overclocking do try to get hold of one of the new D0 stepped chips as they will overclock better for less voltage than the original C0 stepped chips (although as always your milage may vary).
 
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Is that 920 guaranteed to be a D0 stepping instead of a C0 stepping? If you plan on overclocking do try to get hold of one of the new D0 stepped chips as they will overclock better for less voltage than the original C0 stepped chips (although as always your milage may vary).
I'm pretty sure there's no guarantee on the d0 stepping, will just have to gamble. It would be sad to get a great motherboard and not have the chip perform as well as it could but it's either gamble or wait.

Even if I waited a few months there could still be old stepping laying around there. I know there's one website selling d0 guaranteed for a premium, I'm just trying to be frugal.
 
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I'm pretty sure there's no guarantee on the d0 stepping, will just have to gamble. It would be sad to get a great motherboard and not have the chip perform as well as it could but it's either gamble or wait.

Even if I waited a few months there could still be old stepping laying around there. I know there's one website selling d0 guaranteed for a premium, I'm just trying to be frugal.
You could always post a WTB thread here. I'm sure someone has a D0 I7 they are trying to get rid of.