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Extensive upgrade - i7 930?

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June 21, 2010 5:22:20 PM

Hi.

I'm currently running a Q6600 B3-stepping with 4GB PC-6400 DDR2 and a GeForce 285 GTX plus 2x SSD's. I've decided it's time to move away from my q6600.

This is what I'm considering buying:

CPU: Intel Coreā„¢ i7 Quad Processor i7-930, Quad Core, 2.8Ghz, Socket 1366, 8MB
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R, X58 Socket-1366, DDR3, ATX, USB3.0, SATA 6Gb/s, 2xPCI-Ex(2.0)x16
RAM: Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1333MHz 6GB CL9 Kit w/3x 2GB XMS3 modules, CL9-9-9-24, for Core i7
Cabinet: Cooler Master 690 II Advanced Black
HSF: Noctua NH-U12P SE2

Is this an alright shoppinglist or does any of you have any suggestions for replacements I should make that wont cause a dramatic price increase?

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June 21, 2010 5:32:38 PM

I would look for a lower CAS latency RAM, the G.Skill PI ram is CL7 I believe, and priced very well. Your other choices are solid, the Noctua D14 is the bigger brother to that, another good option at that price point is the Prolimatech Megahelms (needs fans though).

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June 21, 2010 5:36:51 PM
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Agree. Here's a couple of options: Mushkin Enahnced Redline 3x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 6 (fastest stick out there, but expensive) or G.Skill Pi 3x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7.

I would also recommend getting the HAF 922 as teh case. The 690 is a good one, but it's a little small for the higher-end GPUs that you'll want to eventually pair with the i7.

I wouldn't want to spend $60+ on a HSF either. Check out the Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus.
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June 22, 2010 2:11:44 AM

Thanks for the suggestions and tips guys.

Unfortunately, the store I am able to buy from at the moment doesn't have G.Skill nor Mushkin.

They do however have a couple of other CL7's;

  • Kingston DDR3 HyperX 1333MHz 6GB -- Kit w/3X HyperX 2GB DDR3, CL7-7-7-20, 240pin, 1.65v

  • Corsair Dominator GT DDR3 1600MHz 6GB -- Kit w/3x 2GB XMS3 modules, CL7-7-7-20, Fan, for Core i7, DHX+ ((This set is quite expensive :p ))

  • Crucial DDR3 BallistiX 1333MHz 6GB CL7 -- Kit w/3x 2GB BallistiX modules, CL7-7-7-24, 1.65V, for Core i7

  • Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600MHz 6GB CL7 -- Kit w/3x 2GB XMS3 modules, CL7-7-7-20, 1T, for Core i7, 1.65v

  • Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600MHz 6GB CL7 -- Kit w/3x 2GB XMS3 modules, CL7-8-7-20, for Core i5 and i7, 1.65V

    Which one of these, if any, is a better choice than what I originally chose?
    June 22, 2010 3:30:46 AM

    Technically, all of them are better. I'd go with the first XMS3 (the 7-7-7 ones), unless there was a big price difference between them and the other XMS3s.
    June 22, 2010 1:12:06 PM

    I just dropped by GIGABYTE's support page and the specifications doesn't list support for PC12800 (1600MHz): http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=...

    If that's the case, should I go for

    Kingston DDR3 HyperX 1333MHz 6GB -- Kit w/3X HyperX 2GB DDR3, CL7-7-7-20, 240pin, 1.65v

    OR

    Crucial DDR3 BallistiX 1333MHz 6GB CL7 -- Kit w/3x 2GB BallistiX modules, CL7-7-7-24, 1.65V, for Core i7

    OR -- Look for another motherboard / keep the RAM I first intended to buy? (I might have overlooked another option or two)
    June 22, 2010 1:33:00 PM

    No boards natively support 1600 mhz. It's overclocked. All that means is that you'll need to set the speeds/timings manually in the BIOS and might have to bump up the speed of the CPU slightly.

    Even if you don't want to overclock, you should get the 1600/CL 7 sticks. They'll run at tighter timings at the slower speed.
    June 22, 2010 1:36:01 PM

    1600MHz RAM is technically overclocked, so no motherboards directly support it. This is no problem at all though, all you have to do is go into the BIOS and change the speed to 800 from 666. You should also check to make sure the timings match, and the voltage is correct. The RAM is designed to run at the advertised speeds, and the motherboard will handle it fine, it just needs to be told to do so.
    June 29, 2010 10:05:43 AM

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