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November 1, 2009 3:47:05 PM

I built my new build back in August and its been running fine, I have just been wondering about some upgrades I could possibly do.

Right now my PC is
Antec 1200
i7 920 (overclocked to 3.6) with a hyper n520 cooler
gtx 280
6gb ddr3 1600
p6t ws pro
700w power supply
500gb 7200 rpm hard drive

My first question is since my motherboard only allows ddr 1333 is there a way I could get it so it accepts the 1600 of the ram?

Next, Ive been wanting to get my processor to 4ghz and i have tried a few times but it usually doesnt work. What should I put into the bios so that i can get it up to 4ghz, and would that be non-harmful without water cooling?

Also, I have been thinking about getting a 5XXX for a while, which I probably will after the x2 drops or the gtx 300 series. If I wanted to later on down the road crossfire those would I need a new power supply?

And I've been thinking about water cooling also. So far I found these and thought they would be pretty nice
Radiator- http://www.frozencpu.com/products/9687/ex-rad-166/Antec... I liked that one because it could fit into my top 200mm fan.

Reservoir- http://www.frozencpu.com/products/8584/ex-res-146/EK_Du... Right now i have 2 drive bays open and that seems pretty nice to use those.

Not sure about pump yet.

Thanks for your help.

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a b B Homebuilt system
November 2, 2009 3:03:00 AM

The first thing you should upgrade should be your hard drive.
That seems to be the bottleneck right now. You got a kickass system, so
put some kickass drives in there. Intel SSDs is the way to go, but you could
set up a few hard drives in RAID-0 too.

I have 5 hard drives my sytem. Intel SSD for boot. 2 Raptor (raid-0) for games. 2 WD Black 1TB (raid-1) for storage
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November 3, 2009 1:17:03 AM

Alright, I dont really know very much about hard drives. Should i get 15000 rpm ones for my games? Sorry I dont know much :( 
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 3, 2009 2:22:23 AM

ASag said:
Alright, I dont really know very much about hard drives. Should i get 15000 rpm ones for my games? Sorry I dont know much :( 


15000 rpms would be great, but they come at a very hefty price, thus most people don't do it.
Hard drives cost around $300 a piece. Then you have get a controller card. Good ones cost around $700, but
you might be able to get by with the $100 ones.

On my personal computer, I have two 300 gig VRaptor drives in raid-0. It's pretty decent, but not as fast as my Intel SSD.
The SSD is still twice as fast as VRaptors in raid.

If VRaptors are out of your price range, then spring for some WD Caviar Blacks or Samsungs F1 or F3.
Two of these http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... would be good for games.
But if you want faster performance, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... will give better results. I already know
there's gonna be someone that argues against these WD Blacks. I always say........"WD has 5 year Warranty, Samsungs only 3"

These raid class drives http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... have been proven to be better
than the VRaptors. The only edge the VRaptor has is the average seek time.
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 3, 2009 3:39:58 PM

ASag said:
My first question is since my motherboard only allows ddr 1333 is there a way I could get it so it accepts the 1600 of the ram?

You just need to manually set the RAM speed/timings/voltage to their rated specs in the BIOS to get the RAM running at 1600MHz. Which exact "6gb ddr3 1600" kit do you have? That description doesn't narrow it down at all.
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 3, 2009 3:49:18 PM

ASag said:
Alright, I looked a little more and I am thinking http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... for boot and 2x http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... for games and such. Does that sound good?


Man....prices have gone up on the Intels. You should get a G2, they're much better and will support TRIM in Windows 7 if Intel would only release a working firmware. Otherwise, they have a utility that will optimize the drive without Windows 7 doing it for you. This is the lowest price I could find http://www.amazon.com/Intel-X25-M-Mainstream-SSDSA2MH08... They were around $230 just a week ago. Newegg was practically giving them away as well.

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a b B Homebuilt system
November 3, 2009 4:15:52 PM

Your RAM should be set at 1600MHz with 6-7-6-18 timings at 1.65v in the BIOS.
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