I am currently planning out my new PC and I have settled on the Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD4 Mobo with a Core i7 860. Now my problem is in choosing the RAM, most sites as well as the GB mobo manual (on the GB site) say that this motherboard only supports 2200, 1333, 1060 and 800MHz RAM and not 1600MHz, however the page for the GA-P55A-UD4 on the Gigabyte Site says it DOES support 1600MHz as well.
Does anyone know which is right?
I had my heart set on going for a 6GB (3x2GB) 1600GHz CL7 kit for this Motherboard. Is this a decent choice? Or should I just go for 1333? Any help and opinions would be welcome.
That's a nice CPU cooler. You must be planning on a little overclocking.
That's a beast of a PSU. That will run a dual card setup with no problem.
It wouldn't be my choice of case, simply because the front door covers the air intake fans. There are vents in the door to allow some air movement through, but it will restrict much of the airflow when closed. If you choose that case, and you do OC, keep an eye on your temps.
True say, at least having them will stop most dust intrusion which in my case is a problem until i build a little support to lift the case about 20cm off the ground I have a limited area where I can place the PC at the moment.
Indeed the case has a lot of personality and taste as a choice factor, I think I will go for the ThermalTake Element G after seeing some good reviews and seeing that it is indeed £10 less than the antec as well as cooler.
Thanks again infinitly for your expertise next in line after buying will be learning to operate the bios to maximise the RAM output and then overclocking without being foolish.
There are guides out there to help advise overclocking. However, it's kind of a trial and error to see how far you can push it and keep it stable. If you push it too far, you can always load the BIOS defaults and try again.
Hey there aford10, just writing to let you know that i got my rig and it is now up and running with the Core i7 860 clocked to 4.1GHz with very little effort. Here are some pictures of how it came out to look