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PC Build: Memory, CPU, and Motherboard compatibility

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March 23, 2011 8:19:01 PM

Hello,
I am piecing together components for my first PC build, and I have recently landed on the Asus P6X58D-E as my motherboard, and the Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz as my CPU. This i7 will take up to three channels of 1066 memory, so I looked on Asus' site for recommended memory for this motherboard. I want to have at least 6GB memory, with a preference towards 8GB. They list models from Kingston, Crucial etc. in 1GB, 2GB, and 4GB varieties, with the 4GB being 2x 2GB. There is a note on the compatibility chart stating that this memory (4GB Crucial, 2x 2GB) is supported by the motherboard in several ways:

A, 2 modules as one pair of dual-channel memory.
B, 3 modules as one set of triple channel memory
C, 4 modules as one set of triple channel memory
D, 6 modules as 2 sets of triple channel memory

So can I use 2 of the (2x 2GB) kits as one set of triple channel memory, for a total of 8GB? If this is painfully obvious to someone, I apologize, I just want to make sure I'm interpreting this correctly before I commit to any major component. On a side note, anyone know of an i5 cpu/memory/mobo combination that will outperform the hardware listed above at a similar price point (approx. $640 through newegg)? Thanks in advance for any help..

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a c 307 Ĉ ASUS
a c 1163 V Motherboard
a c 251 } Memory
March 23, 2011 8:35:07 PM
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March 23, 2011 9:25:38 PM

Thanks for the quick reply rolli59, I was thinking that some of the higher end i5's could do what I want. Quick question though, the G Skill RAM is 1600 MHz, won't both of those CPU's only support DDR3 1333?? The RAM says it is specifically designed for the P67 mobo and sandy bridge CPU's..
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March 23, 2011 9:28:43 PM

or does the RAM just run at the 1333 MHz speed..
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a c 307 Ĉ ASUS
a c 1163 V Motherboard
a c 251 } Memory
March 23, 2011 9:30:50 PM

If you overclock then it is good to have faster ram and that board supports up to 2133MHz ram OC. If this is a gaming machine then the I5 2500K is all you need, take a look at this http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-6950-unlo...
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March 23, 2011 9:42:48 PM

Thank you so much, that build is right where I want to be price wise for this system. Do you think I am ok with a 650W PSU as suggested? I was looking at some other user's builds and issues, and everyone seems to be using at least 750 - 800W on their builds. Not exactly sure what I'm going to do for a GPU yet, but I don't want to limit myself with the PSU...
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March 23, 2011 9:47:11 PM

Also, this will be for some gaming, but mostly Photoshop and 3d modeling with 3DS Max/Modo. I will not have insane graphics demands, but I will likely have something mid range.
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March 23, 2011 10:00:40 PM

Excellent, thank you again for the help and information (and links). Looks like I'm going in a new direction with this one..
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March 23, 2011 10:01:03 PM

Best answer selected by xplorerwielder.
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a c 107 Ĉ ASUS
a c 227 V Motherboard
a b } Memory
March 24, 2011 2:30:06 AM

You'll see most professional builds for 3DMax, CS5 movie editing, 3D modeling landing in in 1366 / nVidia territory. CPU tests which have all other things equal, won't show the benefit of increased memory capabilities. They also love high speed, low CAS memory.

$477 - Asus Sabertooth http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
- Intel i7-960 included in above
$40 - Scythe SCMG 2100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$5 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$240 - 3 x 4GB Muskin CAS 7 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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March 24, 2011 7:20:57 PM

Nice, I was looking at the sabertooth first before I landed on the other asus board mentioned above in my first post, also seems to be highly rated. So, from what I'm seeing, I should go for a higher end i5 or a better i7 than what I was thinking about originally..
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March 24, 2011 7:29:48 PM

nice rolli, I am looking at those benchmarks for 3DSMax rendering.. looks like i7 2600K or i5 2500K will be great
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