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I920, x58, ddr3 Choice. Opinions/Suggestions?

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June 13, 2010 5:42:44 PM

I'm planning on upgrading my Motherboard, CPU & RAM & am thinking about a setup like this:

CPU:
Intel Core i7-920 'D0 Stepping' Quad Core Processor
SPEED: 2.66GHz, CORES: 4,
BUS: 4.8GT/s, CACHE: 8MB L3
SKT: 1366

MOTHERBOARD:
Gigabyte GA X58A-UD3R Socket 1366 Motherboard (rev 2.0)
SKT: 1366 RAM: DDR3 upto 2200Mhz (24GB)
VGA: 4xPCI-e x16 SLOTS: 1xPCI-e x2 1xPCI
NETWORK: 10/100/1000Mbps LAN USB: 12
SOUND: 7.1 SATA: 10 FORM: ATX

MEMORY:
6GB Corsair Dominator: 3 x 2 GB Memory - DIMM 240-pin - Triple Channel Memory Kit
Full Intel i7 and X58 Support
1600 MHz ( PC3-12800 )
CAS 7-7-7-20
6GB (3 x 2GB Sticks)
Mnfr# TR3X6G1600C7D

CPU COOLER:
Prolimatech Magahalems CPU Cooler
for Intel Socket 775 and 1366

Total Price: £613.83

I plan to do a little overclocking :D 

Just wanted to know if anyone could see me running into any problems with the choice of components I've selected or does everything look good?

What do you think?

All opinions welcome.
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June 13, 2010 10:19:31 PM

Hi newcomer and welcome to the Tom's hardware forum.

1- The i7-920 is a little old, go with the i7-930.
2- Do u want us Crossfire? because that UD3R don't support USB 3.0 when u use Crossfire configuration.
3- I would go with the ASUS P6X58D-E over the UD3R, is a little more expensive but much better too.
4- Be sure that the RAM is @1.65V or less or could be a problem for the memory controller of the mobo and CPU.
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June 14, 2010 12:59:20 AM

I would almost shy away from that memory only because those tall heatsinks may interfere with your tower style cooler.

I have the X58A UD5. And I could just get memory under my CNPS 10X Flex with it pointing up and I have to remove a fan with it pointing at the back of the case to access the first memory slot. This is with normal height memory heat spreaders.
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June 14, 2010 11:10:59 PM

nukemaster said:
I would almost shy away from that memory only because those tall heatsinks may interfere with your tower style cooler.

I have the X58A UD5. And I could just get memory under my CNPS 10X Flex with it pointing up and I have to remove a fan with it pointing at the back of the case to access the first memory slot. This is with normal height memory heat spreaders.


That was a valid concern of mine too, the Prolimatech is (I think?) seated on the CPU so that it faces the rear fan & the 6GB (3x2GB) use the 3 white slots on the Motherboard. Here is a pic:

Do you think I'll have enough room?
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June 14, 2010 11:16:15 PM

Yeah, even u can test the RAM in the blue slots and if doesn't fit change it to the white slots.
June 14, 2010 11:48:04 PM

saint19 said:
Yeah, even u can test the RAM in the blue slots and if doesn't fit change it to the white slots.


You need to use the white slots with 3x2GB anyway, & as you can see in my picture they are further away from the CPU than the blue ones.
I think I would like to find a pic of the Gigabyte GA X58A-UD3R fitted with a Prolimatech Megahalems just to be sure though.
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June 15, 2010 3:53:48 AM

Since the UD3R and UD5/7 Share the same layout with the memory slots and CPU LGA in the same locations. You can use 3 sticks in the WHITE SLOTS ONLY. This is fine if you are running only 3 sticks and you MUST use the WHITE SLOTS FIRST or the board will not post.

Here is a link showing what I mean about clearance. Its the fan and not the heatsink. If the heatsink was rotated to face up, the first slot would be fully useless. Lower profile memory will slide under or can be installed after removing the fan.

http://forums.overclockers.co.uk/showthread.php?p=16526...
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