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March 16, 2010 5:32:25 PM

So, in the next few days, I'm probably going to start ordering my new motherboard, new CPU, and RAM for my rig.

What I have so far are:

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=EN...

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

My video card (which I already have) is the GTX 280 OCX and my PS is 750 W Corsair (don't remember the exact name)

Question One: Does everything match up here if I wanted to over clock? For example, enough power, RAM speed matches processor, etc...

Question Two: Is the performance increase in the i7 920 enough to warrant the 90$ increase in price over the i5? I'd like to know because if it isn't, I could easily save 150$ because I would also be able to get a cheaper motherboard.


Also, from reading the review on this website, I noticed that the author stated that the i7 is good for multiple Video Cards. Because I probably won't be upgrading my GPU until later this year, does it really matter if I have only one card?

Also, if anyone has any other suggestions for a good mother board, I would appreciate it.

EDIT: Rig is meant to overclock

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March 16, 2010 10:58:47 PM

Dilemma said:
So, in the next few days, I'm probably going to start ordering my new motherboard, new CPU, and RAM for my rig.

What I have so far are:

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=EN...

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

My video card (which I already have) is the GTX 280 OCX and my PS is 750 W Corsair (don't remember the exact name)

Question One: Does everything match up here if I wanted to over clock? For example, enough power, RAM speed matches processor, etc...

Question Two: Is the performance increase in the i7 920 enough to warrant the 90$ increase in price over the i5? I'd like to know because if it isn't, I could easily save 150$ because I would also be able to get a cheaper motherboard.


Also, from reading the review on this website, I noticed that the author stated that the i7 is good for multiple Video Cards. Because I probably won't be upgrading my GPU until later this year, does it really matter if I have only one card?

Also, if anyone has any other suggestions for a good mother board, I would appreciate it.

EDIT: Rig is meant to overclock


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March 17, 2010 1:56:33 AM

Here's the problems that I see. Your parts might work together but I can't tell. The 920 and that MSI board should be ok. The issue is with the ram. First problem is that its a dual channel kit and not tri channel which the 920 supports. You should be looking at a 3x1 kit if you have a 32bit os, or a 3x2GB kit if you have or will have a 64bit OS.

The next problem is the ram you chose. Its DDR3-1066 ram with a CL timing of 7. First, the 1066 part is a bit low. I think your supposed to have 1333. Second, the voltage needed to drive the ram isn't listed ANYWHERE on that page that I could see. Intel needs the ram to run at 1.65V MAX. I've seen CL7 kits before, but they usually run at 1.8V. This is fine for AMD machines, not cool for Intel. Switch to a different ram kit and you should be good.
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March 17, 2010 1:59:44 AM

Forgot about your other questions. The i5 is good as well. What will this machine be doing? If its purely a gaming rig, move to the i5. Turbos higher and leaves you with more money for a GPU.

The problem that i5 has with multi cards is that the PCIe controller is on the chip. While it supports single video cards ok, it has some issues with multi GPU setups. Not enough to be totally worried about, but if you ever plan on CF/SLIing big cards like the GTX480 or the 5970, you'll want the better controller in the i7 boards. If your just gaming and with one card, the i5 will be fine.
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