While I am waiting for my shipments to arrive, I have downloaded the Z87 mobo manual. It lists G-Skill RAM but not the specific RAM I have bought.
It lists: F3-12800CL9Q-16GBXL(XMP) 4GB (4X4GB) 9-9-9-24 1.5
What I bought to use is: 2 sets of 4GBX2 F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 9-9-9-24 1.5
I’m hoping this will suffice, i.e. the same as what the manual lists. They list others as well, but the above is the closest to what I will have.
Also, is using 4GBX4 the better way to go rather than, say, 2GBX8 ? Or does it not matter? I was going to use 2GBX8 so I could increase to 4GBX8 eventually, but re-thought that I will probably not ever need more than 16GB total and the 2GBX4 were faster than the 2GBX8 I was going to get (9-9-9-24 vs 10-10-10-27)
And finally, Is there anything I need to know when loading my existing Windows 8 from my DVD that I have on my old computer that I will be retiring?
My computer is ~9 years old (Dell Dimension XPSGen4) so I am putting together my first diy build and have chosen:
Enermax Coenus ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - GunMetal Grey ECA3290A-GMB ASUS|Z87-PRO (V EDITION) RTL
PSU CORSAIR| HX750 750W RT 8 plus Gold Modular
2 sets of 4GBX2 F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
Seagate Desktop 2 TB Solid State Hybrid Drive SATA 6 GB with NCQ 64 MB Cache 3.5 Inch (ST2000DX001)
18" SATA III cable
Samsung SSD 840EVO
I have replaced components before (HDD, RAM, GPU, etc) but this will be my first full build. These are the things I will start out with. I’ll probably be getting a new GPU eventually when I see a good deal. For now I'll just experiment and see how the Graphics on the I7 looks, and then put in my old Radeon 5570 1GB DDR3 and limp along with that. The only game I really play is EQ2, and not much of that.
I do have Plex Media Server on my computer and linked to my ROKU 3 which I use to watch my movies on my HDTV that I have on my HDD. Also, I will be converting VCR family tapes to DVD and am hoping this new rig will be faster and smoother than my existing one for doing that.