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November 21, 2008 8:11:16 PM

Let me know your thougths

mobo: GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD5 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Model #:GA-EX58-UD5

Ram: Update G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBNQ - Retail
Model #:F3-10666CL9D-4GBNQ


CPU: Update Intel Core i7 920 2.66GHz LGA 1366 Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail
Model #:BX80601920

PSU: Update PC Power & Cooling S75QB 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI NVIDIA SLI Certified (Dual 8800 GTX and below) CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
Model #:S75QB

GPU: EVGA 896-P3-1260-AR GeForce GTX 260 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

Monitor: Samsung 2693 hm

HDD:Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

Any advice is good advice in my noob state of things

and im looking for a good heatsink if anyone has advice on that touchy matter

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November 21, 2008 8:32:01 PM

You should be purchasing a 3 stick memory kit, not two.

The G.skill is out of stock, but here's the equivalent Corsair for a bit more:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You must make sure you are purchasing a core 216 version of the GTX 260.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If not that then get a 4870.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/257075-31-what-parts-...
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/257547-31-personal-li...


November 21, 2008 8:34:29 PM

It's a great MB... but man I hate the powder blue :p 
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November 21, 2008 8:37:36 PM

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im looking for a good heatsink if anyone has advice on that touchy matter

Here is a link to one of the best Aftermarket HSF Cooler for the 1366 socket. It is a pre-order and will be shipped out on Nov. 26th.

The Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme-1366 RT CPU Heatsink $74.95
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/8444/cpu-tri-57/Therm...

The Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme was on of the top 5 HSF Cooler's for socket 775, but you had to buy fan separately. with their new model for Socker1366 (Core i7), it now comes with a fan and fan bracket.

Would change your ram selection to one of these below.

If using Vista 64-bit OS, choose one of these.
G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail $279.99 Free Shipping.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail $309.00 Free Shipping.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If using XP OS, choose one of these.
G.SKILL 3GB (3 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail $139.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR DOMINATOR 3GB (3 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail $189.00 Free Shipping.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hope this helps you out.

November 21, 2008 9:12:10 PM

i heard i can get the what is it 175 or 196 socket gtx260 for a bit cheaper why would i not want to do that? will it work with the mobo?
November 21, 2008 9:18:36 PM

i mean 192 process core gtx i heard ther isnt that much of a huge difference in power.
November 21, 2008 9:38:55 PM

Maybe not a huge diffrence in preformance , but they also run slightly cooler. 30 dollars for 1/9th more proccessing cores. And Some texturing units i believe.
Not sure what todo with a heatsink either, im prolly going to run stock myself, until one comes out in a week or so.
Confusing wether or not the HS come with the conversion kits or if you hafta buy them and where etc.. man they did a horrible job making sure coolers were out.
November 21, 2008 9:46:40 PM

yeah it does seem with the heatsinks the solution is wait for a little while which is not to big a problem. i hope. i would rather find good heatsinks sepcially made for it.

The onlyreason i was saying the 192 was because their was one on sale with rebate for only 170 with evga's step up thing so i figured i could give it a shot save myself almost 100 bucks.
November 21, 2008 9:53:51 PM

oh and for the g.skill i saw one on newegg for only 115 after 10 rebate so i figured i would get 2 sets of those not sure why they were so much cheaper. i mean 8 gigs of ddr3 for less then 250 seems a little to good to be true
November 21, 2008 10:29:11 PM

a13monkey said:
oh and for the g.skill i saw one on newegg for only 115 after 10 rebate so i figured i would get 2 sets of those not sure why they were so much cheaper. i mean 8 gigs of ddr3 for less then 250 seems a little to good to be true


Interesting. The voltage is right, so providing you actually got matching sticks it looks like a good deal...
Links are helpful and fun! ;) 
November 21, 2008 10:34:52 PM

I say it's worth the slight gamble. Find someone to split 3 kits with you and you'll each have 6GB :) 
November 21, 2008 10:38:45 PM

Hey thanks a real lot proximon u really helped out on this one ill remember that. mad props!
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