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Finalizing my i7 build- need some help.

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July 13, 2009 9:59:13 PM

Hey guys, could use some help.

I was just hoping that people could help finalize the rest of my build before I purchase it tonight. I already have a case, motherboard, cpu, and powersupply:

-Antec 1200
-Asus P6T
-Intel Core i7 920
-Antec 850W PSU

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

BUDGET RANGE: 500$ (For the rest of the parts)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:gaming, video/photo editing, surfing the net, email, etc.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, monitor, case, powersupply, processor, motherboard, speakers, mouse

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, zipzoomfly

OVERCLOCKING: Yes SLI- definitely in the future.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050

My main concern is the RAM. I chose it because it has low timings, but unfortunately it also has a lower frequency. On TH, it showed that timings are more important than frequency, and TH reccomnded that you buy the lowest timings available in a 1333 or 1066. I also like Mushkin RAM, and I don't know if I'm making a mistake by going with that particular type of G.skill RAM.

Any advice is much appreciated, thanks guys :D 

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July 13, 2009 11:29:21 PM

Any help, I'm getting really close to my deadline and I can't decide. :\
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July 14, 2009 12:41:20 AM

Yes go with the RAM Tecmo34 suggested not mine
July 14, 2009 1:33:32 AM

tecmo34 said:
I think this was the RAM jbakerlent was actually looking to link due to the better timings... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

He has a good pick on the GPU but the GTX275 is a very good card as well, so you can't go wrong with either one.

Thanks for the help, do you think the OCZ Platinum RAM is worth the extra 15$ over the OCZ XMP edition RAM? Is there a noticeable difference between 8-8-8-24 and 7-7-7-24 RAM? Thanks for the help.
July 14, 2009 1:57:33 AM

You will see a difference in benchmarks & some applications but for the "average" usage, you won't see a noticeable difference between the two timings.
July 14, 2009 2:07:31 AM

tecmo34 said:
You will see a difference in benchmarks & some applications but for the "average" usage, you won't see a noticeable difference between the two timings.

Thanks man, I've decided to get the XMP RAM, b/c I can get a 7$ discount with a 1tb drive. (WD black).
Thanks for your help guys, going to order my parts right now :D  :D  :D  :)  :)  :)  :sol: 
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