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Advice sought - will this mobo/cpu/memory combo work out well?

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July 25, 2008 7:33:14 PM

Hello - new member here seeking some advice on my 2nd computer build.

Im hoping to get an awesome comp going w/o having to do alot of tweaking bios and timings etc.. Im a newb when it comes to OC, however I am hoping to have the hardware to accomodate it to an extent... and Im hoping to get some info on whether this setup would mesh well.

Planned build:

E8600 CPU when released
Mobo:
GIGABYTE GA-X48T-DQ6 LGA 775 DDR3 Intel X48 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Memory:
OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600EB4GK - Retail .
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics - Im waiting for the ati 4870 X2 to come out. In a month or two I will prob. get a 2nd one for crossfire (Ive heard that updated drivers might be a very good thing with these in crossfire)

Where im unsure is the following: From the little bit ive picked up on Overclocking, I think I would want to try OCing the processor via FSB speed to 1600 from stock 1333... in the hopes that the 1600 speed memory would be a great fit that way.
Is it as simple as that? Are there pitfalls I should be aware of? Im planning on a top notch PSU and the rest.
(CORSAIR CMPSU-1000HX 1000W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 Power Supply - Retail)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Will be running Vista Ultimate.. Ive heard that it is good to install vista with only 1 stick of memory then add the 2nd.
I also plan on 2x 300gb raptors in RAID.. this will be my first RAID setup.

Any and all advice is greatly appreciated!!! Thanks in advance.

Regards





July 25, 2008 8:34:29 PM

Don't use DDR3. The performance benefit of DDR3 is very tiny compared to DDR2. And it's definitely not worth the money. You're crazy if you spend $250 on RAM.
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