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December 6, 2012 9:41:56 PM

Hay all got a few question. iv got a gaming rig and im gona be switching to intel to replace my motherbord and cpu and i was wondering if somone could give me some adivse on montherbords/cpu and memory. im thinking to go with the asus sabertooth Z77, i5 3750k and possible some CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9R 8GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR3 Vengeance Memory. I currently have memory though. I would like to get a stable 4.7ghz.(4.9ghz if pos)with this new setup. would this be a good option to go with and would i benefit from repleacing the kingston with the vengeance or other memroy or would I be better of getting another 2x2 sticks of the same memory? thanks

1090T 4ghz
MB:ASUS Crosshair formula IV
cooler:corsair h100
gpu:saphire 7970 vapor x 3gig
ram:2x2 Kingston Hyper X memory KHX2000C9AD3W1K2/4GX
PSU:corsair HX1000
HD 1:1T WDC WD1002FAEX-00Z3AO
OS HD:SAMSUNG SP2504C
OS:WINDOWS 7 64BIT

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December 6, 2012 10:22:49 PM

I'd go with the best i7/i5 Ivy bridge you can afford and a Z77 and go from there. A decently timed DDR3@1600 is all you need as anything faster really doesn't have much for a benefit at all.

As for stability at those speeds; I've seen some people here and there get those with the Ivy bridge but more often than not I've seen more Sandy Bridge CPU's hit those clocks. But the fact remains the Ivy bridge performs about like this..

Ivy @ 4Ghz = Sandy @ 4.2Ghz

SO, in fact the best idea is to get the Ivy and go from there. As for actually getting those clocks; I can't guarantee a single thing about numbers on a clock. Each chip is different and the chances are never perfect. As for the cooler, if you already have it; try it. But if I was purchasing; I'd stay away from prebuilt cooling loops.
December 7, 2012 8:17:12 PM

cool thanks for the info.. i think il stick with the sabertooth and the i5 3750k then :) 
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December 8, 2012 12:04:08 AM

You'll be as happy with it. That processor is a royal bad*** when it comes to, well almost everything! :) 
December 8, 2012 3:12:29 PM

thanks. one thing real quick ..is there a big dif in having 16gb over 8gb of ram on 64bit OS? i was orginaly going for this memory Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9R 8GB but i found this one its a little bit more expensive but not by much. Corsair CMZ16GX3M2A1600C10 16GB would i benafit from it?
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December 8, 2012 5:00:49 PM

As of now? Unless you're doing some mad rendering/professional applications, anything more than 8GB is overkill. I bout 16GB last year simply for the fact that if it does become needed in a year or so; I'll have it. The price just makes me choke.. In 2008 I bought 4GB of DDR2 as two dual channel kinds of 1066mhz for $300... NOW You can get a 32GB quad channel kit for half that price if not less. So if you get 8GB you'll be fine; 16GB may be overkill now but will it be in a couple years? Price point says no in my eyes. So I'd go with 16 or 32 if it was in my budget at all. :)  Just think of the RAMDISK! lol
December 9, 2012 3:59:20 PM

steddora said:
As of now? Unless you're doing some mad rendering/professional applications, anything more than 8GB is overkill. I bout 16GB last year simply for the fact that if it does become needed in a year or so; I'll have it. The price just makes me choke.. In 2008 I bought 4GB of DDR2 as two dual channel kinds of 1066mhz for $300... NOW You can get a 32GB quad channel kit for half that price if not less. So if you get 8GB you'll be fine; 16GB may be overkill now but will it be in a couple years? Price point says no in my eyes. So I'd go with 16 or 32 if it was in my budget at all. :)  Just think of the RAMDISK! lol


thanks for your help. il go with 16gigs :) 
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December 9, 2012 4:08:29 PM

Good choice my friend! I'm sure you'll love the new rig! But if you have 16GB of ram and you have a copy of Battlefield Bad Company 2... Make a 9GB ramdisk and install the game there just once. That's insane how fast loading times are! Wish I had 64GB of ram.. I'd have a 50GB ramdrive just for installing games. I thought my Vertex 4 was fast at loading. Literally it takes the CPU/GPU longer times to load the textures and world than it does to load the game.
December 10, 2012 10:36:51 PM

i dont no anything about ramdisks.lol i thought good performance in games was down to cpu and grahics cards and memory.:S
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December 11, 2012 2:59:13 AM

Let's just say, when I installed Battlefield 2 to a 9GB ramdisk; there was no "load" times. I did it just for fun, but GB/s reads are pretty awesome!
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