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March 9, 2010 8:16:17 AM

Hello,
I'm currently picking parts for my first build, and I have a very limited idea about what I'm doing.
So far this site has been extremely helpful, but I have a few questions that I haven't been able to find answers for just looking around the site.
The first is about a motherboard I'm looking at:
the motherboard.
Ok, so as far as I understand, the numbers by Memory Standard in the specifications are the speeds of ram that the motherboard can support.
Currently I'm looking at these two kits:
kit #1
kit #2
and both of them have a speed of 1600. The motherboard does not have that speed listed, but it does have the higher speed of 2200 listed.
Will either of these memory kits reach full speed on the motherboard (or am I missing something big and they are not compatible at all)?
On a side note, are either of these good choices for memory? If not, what would be a better choice?

Question 2:
I've also been looking at this board:
other motherboard
It explicitly lists 1600, but seems to only go up to 2000 (and I think OC means when overclocked?) but is half again the price of the first one, and i'm thinking the price is coming from better PCI slots (?) which I don't think I'll need, as I plan to only buy one graphics card at the moment.
Would this motherboard give me some advantage I'm not seeing if I don't plan on buying two video cards?

and lastly:
I have never overclocked anything in my life, and as such, would either of these boards be awful to do my first overclocking experiment on? or should i just stick to the basics before attempting to overclock XD

Anyways, I appreciate any advice you all can give, and thank you for taking the time to read this!

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a c 163 } Memory
March 9, 2010 1:27:36 PM

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

The ASUS P6X58D, have in the list of the supported memory the speed of the two kits that you list. Yeah, th OC means overclock, so, in the case of the 2000 you need set the specifications of the the RAM manually in the BIOS.

The 2nd is the best option for you, is a very good mobo. The Gigabyte mobo don't support USB 3.0 when you have crossfire enable.
March 9, 2010 4:49:54 PM

Thanks for your reply :)  I didn't know the Gigabyte didn't support 3.0 while crossfired. Is it the same for SLI? The reason I'm not so sure about getting the Asus is simply the price point. I don't plan on having more than one card (at least not in the immediate future I guess I should keep upgrades in mind :/ ), so would the (significantly cheaper) Gigabyte be a serious performance hit with only one card?
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March 9, 2010 5:07:26 PM
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Yeah, is the same for SLI.

If you don't plan install more that one GPU, get the Gigabyte mobo, always is better one high end GPU that 2 middle end GPU, or get some a little more cheap that support USB 3.0 and SATA III

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
March 10, 2010 1:46:04 AM

Thanks for your help :) 
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March 10, 2010 3:24:52 AM

Any time, that's why we are here.
March 10, 2010 6:30:51 PM

Best answer selected by Zanth.
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