These are the components I have to build with and their specs. If this was your gear how would you recommend building a strong and stable system inculding the bios settings?
I have the following equipment:
1 x i7 920
2 x gigabyte gtx 285 2gb cards with sli
1 x gigabyte gtx 6600 512mb
6 x 1600mhz 2gb ddr3 kingston hyperx
1 x 1000w corsair power supply
2 x dvd drives
2 x 750gb sata hdd
5 x 1000gb sata hdd
1 x GA-EX58-UD5 Motherboard
3 x IBM 17" monitors
1 x 23.6" asus MS246H monitor HDMI
1 x logitech 5.1 sound system
1 x logitech g15 keyboard
1 x microsoft mouse
ok, now the boring stuff, the specs
CPU Support for an Intel® Core™ i7 series processor in the LGA 1366 package
L3 cache varies with CPU
QPI 4.8GT/s / 6.4GT/s
Chipset North Bridge: Intel® X58 Express Chipset
South Bridge: Intel® ICH10R
Memory 6 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 24 GB of system memory (Note 1)
Dual/3 channel memory architecture
Support for DDR3 2100+/1333/1066/800 MHz memory modules
Audio Realtek ALC889A codec
High Definition Audio
Support for Dolby® Home Theater
Support for S/PDIF In/Out
Support for CD In
LAN 2 x Realtek 8111D chips (10/100/1000 Mbit)
Support for Teaming
Expansion Slots 2 x PCI Express x16 slots, running at x16 (PCIEX16_1/PCIEX16_2) (Note 2)
1 x PCI Express x8 slot, running at x8 (PCIEX8_1) (Note 3)
(The PCIEX16_1, PCIE16_2 and PCIEX8_1 slots support 2-Way/3-Way NVIDIA SLI/ATI CrossFireXTM technology and conform to PCI Express 2.0 standard.)
1 x PCI Express x4 slot
1 x PCI Express x1 slot
2 x PCI slots
Storage Interface South Bridge:
6 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors (SATA2_0, SATA2_1, SATA2_2, SATA2_3, SATA2_4, SATA2_5) supporting up to 6 SATA 3Gb/s devices
Support for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10
GIGABYTE SATA2 chip:
1 x IDE connector supporting ATA-133/100/66/33 and up to 2 IDE devices
2 x JMB322 chips (Smart Backup):
4 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors (GSATA2_0, GSATA2_1, GSATA2_2, GSATA2_3) supporting up to 4 SATA 3Gb/s devices (Note 4)
Support for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1 and JBOD
iTE IT8720 chip:
1 x floppy disk drive connector supporting up to 1 floppy disk drive
IEEE 1394 T.I. TSB43AB23 chip
Up to 3 IEEE 1394a ports (1 on the back panel, 2 via the IEEE 1394a brackets connected to the internal IEEE 1394a headers)
USB Integrated in the South Bridge
Up to 12 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (8 on the back panel, 4 via the USB brackets connected to the internal USB headers)
Internal I/O Connectors 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
1 x floppy disk drive connector
1 x IDE connector
10 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors
1 x CPU fan header
3 x system fan headers
1 x power fan header
1 x North Bridge fan header
1 x front panel header
1 x front panel audio header
1 x CD In connector
1 x S/PDIF In header
1 x S/PDIF Out header
2 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
2 x IEEE 1394a headers
1 x power LED header
1 x chassis intrusion header
1 x power switch
1 x reset switch
Back Panel Connectors 1 x PS/2 keyboard port
1 x PS/2 mouse port
1 x coaxial S/PDIF Out connector
1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector
1 x IEEE 1394a port
1 x clearing CMOS switch
8 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
2 x RJ-45 ports
6 x audio jacks (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out/Rear Speaker Out/Side Speaker Out/Line In/Line Out/Microphone)
I/O Controller iTE IT8720 chip
H/W Monitoring System voltage detection
CPU/System/North Bridge temperature detection
CPU/System/Power fan speed detection
CPU overheating warning
CPU/System/Power fan fail warning
CPU/System fan speed control (Note 5)
BIOS 2 x 8 Mbit flash
Use of licensed AWARD BIOS
Support for DualBIOS™
PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.0, SM BIOS 2.4, ACPI 1.0b
Unique Features Support for @BIOS
Support for Q-Flash
Support for Dual BIOS
Support for Download Center
Support for Xpress Install
Support for Xpress Recovery2
Support for EasyTune (Note 6)
Support for Dynamic Energy Saver Advanced
Support for Time Repair
Support for Q-Share
Form Factor ATX Form Factor; 30.5cm x 24.4cm
(Note 2) For optimum performance, if only one PCI Express graphics card is to be installed, be sure to install it in the PCIEX16_1 slot; if you are installing two PCI Express graphics cards, it is recommended that you install them in the PCIEX16_1 and PCIEX16_2 slots.
(Note 3) The PCIEX8_1 slot shares bandwidth with the PCIEX16_2 slot. When PCIEX8_1 is populated with a PCI Express graphics card, the PCIEX16_2 slot will operate at up to x8 mode.
(Note 4) A JMB322 chip supports two SATA 3Gb/s connectors, so the four SATA 3Gb/s connectors are divided into to two pairs: GSATA2_0 and GSATA2_1 as a pair and GSATA2_2 and GSATA2_3 as a pair.
(Note 5) Whether the CPU/system fan speed control function is supported will depend on the CPU/system cooler you install.
(Note 6) Available functions in EasyTune may differ by motherboard model.
Name Core i7-920
Operating Frequency 2.66GHz
L2 Cache 4 x 256KB
L3 Cache 8MB
Manufacturing Tech 45 nm
64 bit Support Yes
Hyper-Threading Support Yes
Virtualization Technology Support Yes
Thermal Design Power 130W
Cooling Device Heatsink and Fan included
Kingston HyperX KHX12800D3K3/6GX 6GB DDR3 (3 x 2GB), 1600MHz, PC3-12800, 9-9-9-27 at 1.65V, 240-pin DIMM.
These are the main three things to think of, I have all cables and conectors for everything including the 2 pci-e for each graphics card.
I just have some problem with the specs. for example: the motherboard doesn't have 1600mhz ram support form what I can see, The processor only rates up to 1033mhz and the motherboard specs only sypport 1.5v ram? so do I dump the ram and get something more compatable or not?
Also should I run raid on the two 750gb making 1.5tb or run an AHCI configuration?
I will be running vista home premium 64bit
Well any advice? I look foward to your help :-) thanks in advance.
I don't think I understand your question....what exactly do you want to know? Your MB will accept that memory, but in order to run it at higher speeds you have to overclock and set the memory manually. You have more hardware than you need for a build, so scrap the low end stuff, and just keep the better stuff.
Sorry everyone, the three main question I need to know the answers to are,
1: Should I use raid or AHCI for a stable os (vista 64bit)
2: Why does setting my ram at 1.65v (reccomended) crash the system?
3: How should I configure the ram is 1600mhz 6gb better than 1333mhz 12gb?
Which kit of Hyperx 1600MHz ram is it? Half of them will run on 1.65, the other half require 1.7-1.9 which will burn out an i7.
As for the configuration of the memory, what are the ram timings at those speeds? DDR3 1600 CL9 is actually slower than DDR3 1333 CL7 because ram is not sequential and is tiny packets of information, the lower latency of the CL7 allows for higher sustainable transfer speeds, however if the timings are the same at both speeds the 1600MHz ram will be faster.
Also only run with 3 sticks, its far easier for the motherboard to manage and keep stable than 6.