Some more questions about an I7 build

Hey guys,

Ive been doing some more reasearch about an I7 920 build id like to do and have some more questions.

1. I was reading an article on The $2500 system build on here and it mentioned that the retail version of the I7 920 has the memory ratio unlocked where you can select DDR3 anywhere from 800 - 2133. Is that correct?

2. Having settled on the i7 920 cpu. and going to run Vista 64, what would be the ideal amount of ram? 6gb, 8gb or 12gb?

3. Does the tri-channel DDR3 have to be run in pairs of 3 chips? or could I run say a 6gb kit and add one more chip for a total of 8gb?

Thanks in advance for the replys.

Jerid
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  1. You could run 4 channels at 2GB a channel but it would do more harm than good than 3x 2GB.
  2. So what your saying is, either run 3 x 2gb or 6 x 2gb?
  3. Basically.
  4. No, you can run 2GB x 3 + 2GB just fine, it will be triple channel and will use the last 2GB last, just check the motherboard memory specs when you're putting it together. Six GB is quite a bit though, I have 12GB total and the only time I've used 6+ was while having supcom and crysis minimized/running OR when I had this weird memory leak that got me up to almost 10GB usage once.
  5. 12GB is insane. Check back in a few years when software bloat catches up, plz?
  6. Well myself am going for 24 GB on a new build for my Animation work.
    thinking of the gigabyte motherboard that supports 24 GB. However i have a hardtime to find the 4 GB ddr3 chips
  7. That's different, your not like the rest of us.

    You have a hard a hard time because, its something people simply don't have a use for in the mainstream yet.
  8. amdfangirl said:
    12GB is insane. Check back in a few years when software bloat catches up, plz?


    12 gigs is pretty insane, though I do occasionally use >6. Mainly it occurs when using Solidworks simultaneously with a game.

    The other thing that uses incredible quantities of memory is chkdsk. I noticed it the other day - it was using >11GB while running a simple chkdsk /r.
  9. I have the I7 920 on an ASUS P6T Deluxe motherboard.

    Currently running Windows 7.

    Mozilla browser is open and my memory usage is 2.11GB of the 6GB installed.

    Don't think I will need more than 6GB anytime soon.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145224
  10. cjl said:
    12 gigs is pretty insane, though I do occasionally use >6. Mainly it occurs when using Solidworks simultaneously with a game.

    The other thing that uses incredible quantities of memory is chkdsk. I noticed it the other day - it was using >11GB while running a simple chkdsk /r.


    ...and I thought having 6GB was an overkill...
  11. Well, I was asking about 12gb as I had read people were having problems running that amount.
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