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April 16, 2013 9:13:36 PM

Hello! I am new to this forum and after some extensive search was wondering if someone could help me. I am looking to build a gaming rig, and am looking at the Asus P8Z77 WS mother board. To pair with that mother board I selected a quad channel set of 16 gigabyte ram. The motherboard only supports dual channel. Should I just get a Dual Channel set of 16 gigabyte ram to leave room for upgrade or will having four sticks of ram have a significant effect on my performance?

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April 16, 2013 9:21:57 PM

No you won't see any difference with Quad channel set. You will only be able to use the set in a Dual channel manner, because the mobo only can run in Dual channel mode. I'm not sure your intended use of the system, but Dual channel RAM sets are just fine. You usually only need Quad channel sets if your using Socket 2011, if I remember right.

Also why do you want to spend ~$340 on a socket 1155 mobo? I would rather put that extra $ into something else, IMHO.
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April 16, 2013 9:33:30 PM

lunyone said:
No you won't see any difference with Quad channel set. You will only be able to use the set in a Dual channel manner, because the mobo only can run in Dual channel mode. I'm not sure your intended use of the system, but Dual channel RAM sets are just fine. You usually only need Quad channel sets if your using Socket 2011, if I remember right.

Also why do you want to spend ~$340 on a socket 1155 mobo? I would rather put that extra $ into something else, IMHO.


Well the CPU I am looking at the Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz is really nice and is a 1155 socket type. The intended use is for hardcore gaming :D ! Thanks so much for the answer and just to clarify i should get a dual channel kit because having a quad channel with not provide any further performance.
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April 16, 2013 9:46:52 PM

TechRoast said:
lunyone said:
No you won't see any difference with Quad channel set. You will only be able to use the set in a Dual channel manner, because the mobo only can run in Dual channel mode. I'm not sure your intended use of the system, but Dual channel RAM sets are just fine. You usually only need Quad channel sets if your using Socket 2011, if I remember right.

Also why do you want to spend ~$340 on a socket 1155 mobo? I would rather put that extra $ into something else, IMHO.


Well the CPU I am looking at the Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz is really nice and is a 1155 socket type. The intended use is for hardcore gaming :D ! Thanks so much for the answer and just to clarify i should get a dual channel kit because having a quad channel with not provide any further performance.


Did you have a budget or parts list in mind?

This is what I'd be looking at, if you have the budget:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($154.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($219.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($72.37 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($445.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic M12II 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1446.21
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-17 00:52 EDT-0400)

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($154.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($219.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($72.37 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($453.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic M12II 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1454.28
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-17 00:51 EDT-0400)
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April 16, 2013 9:54:30 PM

lunyone said:
TechRoast said:
lunyone said:
No you won't see any difference with Quad channel set. You will only be able to use the set in a Dual channel manner, because the mobo only can run in Dual channel mode. I'm not sure your intended use of the system, but Dual channel RAM sets are just fine. You usually only need Quad channel sets if your using Socket 2011, if I remember right.

Also why do you want to spend ~$340 on a socket 1155 mobo? I would rather put that extra $ into something else, IMHO.


Well the CPU I am looking at the Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz is really nice and is a 1155 socket type. The intended use is for hardcore gaming :D ! Thanks so much for the answer and just to clarify i should get a dual channel kit because having a quad channel with not provide any further performance.


Did you have a budget or parts list in mind?

This is what I'd be looking at, if you have the budget:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($154.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($36.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($219.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($72.37 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($445.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic M12II 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1418.21
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-17 00:46 EDT-0400)


Thank you for the suggestion! I really appreciate it! What do you think about this?

COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Western Digital WD Black WD2002FAEX 2TB 7200 RPM
Rosewill CAPSTONE Series CAPSTONE-750-M 750W ATX12V v2.31 & EPS12V v2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
ASUS P8Z77 WS LGA 1155 Intel Z77 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz 1155
LG Black 12X BD-ROM
OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III
GIGABYTE GV-R797OC-3GD Radeon HD 7970 3GB 384-bit
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April 16, 2013 10:06:30 PM

TechRoast said:
lunyone said:
TechRoast said:
lunyone said:
No you won't see any difference with Quad channel set. You will only be able to use the set in a Dual channel manner, because the mobo only can run in Dual channel mode. I'm not sure your intended use of the system, but Dual channel RAM sets are just fine. You usually only need Quad channel sets if your using Socket 2011, if I remember right.

Also why do you want to spend ~$340 on a socket 1155 mobo? I would rather put that extra $ into something else, IMHO.


Well the CPU I am looking at the Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz is really nice and is a 1155 socket type. The intended use is for hardcore gaming :D ! Thanks so much for the answer and just to clarify i should get a dual channel kit because having a quad channel with not provide any further performance.


Did you have a budget or parts list in mind?

This is what I'd be looking at, if you have the budget:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($154.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($36.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($219.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($72.37 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($445.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic M12II 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1418.21
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-17 00:46 EDT-0400)


Thank you for the suggestion! I really appreciate it! What do you think about this?

COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Western Digital WD Black WD2002FAEX 2TB 7200 RPM
Rosewill CAPSTONE Series CAPSTONE-750-M 750W ATX12V v2.31 & EPS12V v2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
ASUS P8Z77 WS LGA 1155 Intel Z77 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz 1155
LG Black 12X BD-ROM
OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III
GIGABYTE GV-R797OC-3GD Radeon HD 7970 3GB 384-bit

Here's my opinion:
* CPU is good.
* Mobo is WAAAY overpriced, IMHO. (~$340)
* Case is WAAY too much $, IMHO ($200)
* SSD is small for this budget, I'd go with at least 240-256 gb size, like I linked in my build above.
* RAM set might have a bit too high profile of heat spreaders (can get in the way of some aftermarket CPU HSF's). The ones I linked above have a lower profile design, so you can fit just about any aftermarket CPU HSF.
* PSU is a bit much, but is at least a good one.
* GPU and DVD seem to be fine.

I've adjusted the build to match most of your parts and you can check it out below (I added a aftermarket CPU HSF too, so you can OC the i7 3770k better):

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek Dark Knight II SD1283 Night Hawk Edition 89.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($154.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($219.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($86.49 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG UH12NS29 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1521.40
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-17 01:05 EDT-0400)
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April 16, 2013 10:10:55 PM

lunyone said:
TechRoast said:
lunyone said:
TechRoast said:
lunyone said:
No you won't see any difference with Quad channel set. You will only be able to use the set in a Dual channel manner, because the mobo only can run in Dual channel mode. I'm not sure your intended use of the system, but Dual channel RAM sets are just fine. You usually only need Quad channel sets if your using Socket 2011, if I remember right.

Also why do you want to spend ~$340 on a socket 1155 mobo? I would rather put that extra $ into something else, IMHO.


Well the CPU I am looking at the Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz is really nice and is a 1155 socket type. The intended use is for hardcore gaming :D ! Thanks so much for the answer and just to clarify i should get a dual channel kit because having a quad channel with not provide any further performance.


Did you have a budget or parts list in mind?

This is what I'd be looking at, if you have the budget:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($154.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($36.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($219.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($72.37 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($445.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic M12II 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1418.21
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-17 00:46 EDT-0400)


Thank you for the suggestion! I really appreciate it! What do you think about this?

COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Western Digital WD Black WD2002FAEX 2TB 7200 RPM
Rosewill CAPSTONE Series CAPSTONE-750-M 750W ATX12V v2.31 & EPS12V v2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
ASUS P8Z77 WS LGA 1155 Intel Z77 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz 1155
LG Black 12X BD-ROM
OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III
GIGABYTE GV-R797OC-3GD Radeon HD 7970 3GB 384-bit

Here's my opinion:
* CPU is good.
* Mobo is WAAAY overpriced, IMHO. (~$340)
* Case is WAAY too much $, IMHO ($200)
* SSD is small for this budget, I'd go with at least 240-256 gb size, like I linked in my build above.
* RAM set might have a bit too high profile of heat spreaders (can get in the way of some aftermarket CPU HSF's). The ones I linked above have a lower profile design, so you can fit just about any aftermarket CPU HSF.
* PSU is a bit much, but is at least a good one.
* GPU and DVD seem to be fine.

I've adjusted the build to match most of your parts and you can check it out below (I added a aftermarket CPU HSF too, so you can OC the i7 3770k better):

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek Dark Knight II SD1283 Night Hawk Edition 89.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($154.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($219.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($86.49 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG UH12NS29 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1521.40
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-17 01:05 EDT-0400)


Thank you so much for your dedication to my post! I will definitely take this into extreme consideration while assembling my gaming rig. Once again thanks so much for being awesome!
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April 16, 2013 11:47:18 PM

No problem at all. I would tweak a few things myself differently, but it's a pretty solid build none the less. :) 
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