New System, Reassurance?

Hello, all. I'm building a new system and have two in mind: the first one will work perfectly, the second one (Core i7 based) I'm not so sure about. Here's the specs of the second:

MSI X58 Platinum mobo (

PC Power & Cooling 750W PSU, 60A@12v (

2GB OCZ Reaper DDR3 1333 (

Intel Core i7 920 (

Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 4870 x2 (


All in an Antec 900 case (it will fit the card, I've checked). I can downgrade the 4870 x2 to a GTX 280 if necessary. My main worry is the X58 working well with all of this - can I get a professional's opinion? There are no reviews to go on for X58/Core i7. Thanks so much!
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  1. To be honest, everything looks fine except the ram.

    Go with either 3 sticks of 1gb for a total of 3gb or 3 sticks of 2gb for a total of 6gb of ram. DDR3 1333 should be fine speed wise, just make sure the ram is designed to run at 1.5volt.
  2. Slomo:

    So does dual-channel RAM not work in a board that supports triple-channel? If so, what RAM do you recommend for it around the $100 price range? (Decent quality RAM, good brand name.)
  3. From everything i've read has to be ddr3... which is the one major drawback to the upgrade because that ram is rediculously priced....
    but since the board actually utilizes tri-channel its wicked fast, even though the timings look like it sucks.
  4. The dual channel RAM is all older stuff that does not meet the voltage requirements of the i7. You'll want one of the 3-stick kits, and frankly if you can't afford a 6Gb kit you should be looking at a Q9550 and an x48 board.

    You should think about ASUS or Gigabyte or EVGA for the MB. MSI would be my last choice. They have an awful record lately. I have seen good reviews for both the ASUS P6T and an EVGA board.
  5. This is your best bet for a ~$100 budget, unfortunately its currently out of stock at newegg!

    G.SKILL 3GB (3 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Chan

    Its currently a little difficult to get a hold of parts online due to today being the official release of the i7...

    This is the cheapest 3 gb DDR3 1333 kit I could find in stock:
    Corsair TR3X3G1333C9 XMS3 3 GB 3 x 1 GB PC3-10666 1333MHz 240-Pin DDR3 Core i7 Memory Kit
  6. Thank you for all the replies.

    I am going for a slightly cheaper set of DDR3 as I am blowing most of my money on the Core i7 and high-end GPU. :P

    I will look into the G-skill and Corsair, I can go as high as $120-$130.

    In terms of motherboards, how is this for an X58 (I am determined to use Core i7)? ( - Intel BOXDX58SO X58

    That one and the MSI board are the ones that fit my budget. However, I can get a slightly better one if I ditch the 4870 x2 and go for a GTX 280 instead for now.

    If the Intel BOXDX58SO is a decent board, I will shoot for that. If not, I'll ditch the x2 and go for a GTX 280, and get the EVGA/Asus board.

    Last to clear up, NO dual-channel RAM setup will work in this board whatsoever?
  7. or you can go with a 4870 and crossfire later...
  8. As Kurtyboh said, you could go with a 1gb 4870 and use the $200-250 saved to get 6 gigs of ram and even get a better board.

    There are actually quite a few options but picking the right one really depends on your needs.
  9. I don't need a huge amount of expensive RAM - the most important piece for me is the video card. I'd like to be able to run Crysis, 1280x1024, High and 4xAA with a decent amount of FPS, something the GTX 280 and 4870x2 will no doubt do - my only real question at this point is, is the Intel board any good or should I shoot for a more expensive board an a less expensive GPU?
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