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October 2, 2010 3:42:06 AM

Hello,

I'm going to build a new PC here soon and I didn't really know which thread I should put this in since I'm asking a memory and CPU question.

My video card, sound card, PSU, HDD's, and dvd are all fine and less than a year old.

I'm a PC gamer and I'm getting a new MoBo, CPU, OS(windows7), Memory and Case.

Was wondering what memory would be BEST for the i7. I've been reading that i7's work off 3, 6 and 12gb better than 2, 4, 8.

I also read that DDR3-1066/1333 7-7-7-20 are very good for i7 for PC gaming.

Which RAM would best suit my needs as a PC gamer.

Here's a link of the mobo, cpu and RAM I plan on purchasing.

Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thank you in advance for your help.

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October 2, 2010 3:50:03 AM

Any 6Gb triple channel kit at a supported speed. The links don't work for me.
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October 2, 2010 3:55:19 AM

rolli59 said:
Any 6Gb triple channel kit at a supported speed. The links don't work for me.


Sry I thought could do hypertext that way.

Anyway I updated it with the links.
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October 2, 2010 3:56:25 AM

Your parts are actually quite nice, i7-9XXs support triple channel RAM, so its better to buy RAM in set of 3s to maximise bandwidth.

But what's your GPU(s)? If youre a gamer, you might want to get a 750/760, P55, 4GB of RAM and invest more on the graphics.
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October 2, 2010 5:15:51 AM

Timop said:
Your parts are actually quite nice, i7-9XXs support triple channel RAM, so its better to buy RAM in set of 3s to maximise bandwidth.

But what's your GPU(s)? If youre a gamer, you might want to get a 750/760, P55, 4GB of RAM and invest more on the graphics.


Right now I'm using a single HD5770 only around $150 for one. I plan on buying another one for Xfire in the near future. Right now CPU/MOBO/Ram are my main concerns.

To be honest I can play most games at high and very high quality with this card and not see much if any frame rate loss.
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October 2, 2010 3:12:08 PM

Slomoshun said:
Right now I'm using a single HD5770 only around $150 for one. I plan on buying another one for Xfire in the near future. Right now CPU/MOBO/Ram are my main concerns.

To be honest I can play most games at high and very high quality with this card and not see much if any frame rate loss.

Then dont bother upgrading. It wont help you much in gaming if the CPU you already have is halfway decent.

Upgrade when SD comesout at least.
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October 2, 2010 5:23:15 PM

Timop said:
Then dont bother upgrading. It wont help you much in gaming if the CPU you already have is halfway decent.

Upgrade when SD comesout at least.


Well. See my CPU/Mobo are about 5-6 years old. I mean I load into games super slow, alt tabs take extra long times. I just need a good upgrade.

Also I want to get games that are DirectX 10 only so getting Windows 7 is a must, and if I'm going to be playing games like Just Cause 2 and future DirectX 10 games I will need an upgrade anyway.

Upgrading is a definite, so do you think what I have listed on the first post will work?
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October 2, 2010 6:06:00 PM

Slomoshun said:
Well. See my CPU/Mobo are about 5-6 years old. I mean I load into games super slow, alt tabs take extra long times. I just need a good upgrade.

Also I want to get games that are DirectX 10 only so getting Windows 7 is a must, and if I'm going to be playing games like Just Cause 2 and future DirectX 10 games I will need an upgrade anyway.

Upgrading is a definite, so do you think what I have listed on the first post will work?

Honestly you don't have to spend this much.
Even if you want to upgrade now Phenom X4 955 setup would be just as good for gaming as well as the i5-7XX. Either will be a noticeable jump from your CPU (what is it exactly?) for much less than a i7 setup.

What you have will work, but you're simply getting too much processor than you need and as a result wasting money.
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October 2, 2010 6:37:19 PM

Timop said:
Honestly you don't have to spend this much.
Even if you want to upgrade now Phenom X4 955 setup would be just as good for gaming as well as the i5-7XX. Either will be a noticeable jump from your CPU (what is it exactly?) for much less than a i7 setup.

What you have will work, but you're simply getting too much processor than you need and as a result wasting money.


Like I said it's old. So don't laugh lol

Current CPU
2.20 gigahertz AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core
256 kilobyte primary memory cache
1024 kilobyte secondary memory cache
64-bit ready
Multi-core (2 total)
Not hyper-threaded

BTW I thank you for your quick responses. I don't get that very often on help forums.
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October 2, 2010 7:08:48 PM

Its not THAT bad, still has plenty of power for desktop use.

Like I sated before, heres your better options:

AMD: $418/$413AR with Windows.

Phenom II X4 955BE + Win 7 HP $223
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

ASrock 870 Crossfire $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mushkin 4GB DDR3 1600 $80AR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel: $504/$484AR with Windows.

i5 750 + OCZ 4GB DDR3 1600 $254 AR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

ASUS P7P55D Pro + Win 7 HP $230
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

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October 2, 2010 7:41:31 PM

Timop said:
Its not THAT bad, still has plenty of power for desktop use.

Like I sated before, heres your better options:



Haha thanks I was actually picking some stuff out myself. I have an AMD list and Intel list.

Here is my AMD list. Almost the same stuff as you.

Mobo - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$110

CPU/OS - http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
$223


6GB Ram - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$135

Total $468. A little extra for 2GB more RAM.

Now my tough decision is to decide if the Phenom will outweigh the i5 when it comes to gaming.

Basically I want to play games that will be out in the next year or 2 at max settings with no hiccups. Do you think the Phenom will do that?
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October 2, 2010 8:33:36 PM

Slomoshun said:
Haha thanks I was actually picking some stuff out myself. I have an AMD list and Intel list.

Here is my AMD list. Almost the same stuff as you.

Mobo - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$110

CPU/OS - http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
$223


6GB Ram - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$135

Total $468. A little extra for 2GB more RAM.

Now my tough decision is to decide if the Phenom will outweigh the i5 when it comes to gaming.

Basically I want to play games that will be out in the next year or 2 at max settings with no hiccups. Do you think the Phenom will do that?

That board isn't great, you don't have real Crossfire support since it sacles X16/X4.
With that, you'll see a pretty big performance hit, compared to x8/x8.

Also, there no point to 6GB of RAM, 4GB is perfectly enough. Also, either CPU only supports dual-channel, so 3 sticks would revert back top single-channel and reduce the bandwidth by half.

Depending on your monitor, I highly doubt you can max out games now though, the 5770 is simply too weak. With 2 however, pretty much yeah.
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October 2, 2010 8:43:07 PM

Timop said:
That board isn't great, you don't have real Crossfire support since it sacles X16/X4.
With that, you'll see a pretty big performance hit, compared to x8/x8.

Also, there no point to 6GB of RAM, 4GB is perfectly enough. Also, either CPU only supports dual-channel, so 3 sticks would revert back top single-channel and reduce the bandwidth by half.

Depending on your monitor, I highly doubt you can max out games now though, the 5770 is simply too weak. With 2 however, pretty much yeah.


Thanks for the tips.

My monitor is an Asus MT276 27" LCD
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October 2, 2010 8:54:05 PM

Slomoshun said:
Thanks for the tips.

My monitor is an Asus MT276 27" LCD

For 1080P, the 5770 will struggle with more demanding games like Metro and FF14, by with 2 you should be fine for the next year.
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October 2, 2010 9:01:31 PM

Timop said:
For 1080P, the 5770 will struggle with more demanding games like Metro and FF14, by with 2 you should be fine for the next year.


Again thank you. But I have one more quick question.

I have my monitor connected to that video card via DVI. When I hook the HDMI up the screen gets smaller(I'm assuming 720P)with black edges around it.

And I cant change it in the menu.

Is that because of the card?

Sorry to drive this way off topic of memory :pt1cable: 
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October 2, 2010 9:32:05 PM

Slomoshun said:
Again thank you. But I have one more quick question.

I have my monitor connected to that video card via DVI. When I hook the HDMI up the screen gets smaller(I'm assuming 720P)with black edges around it.

And I cant change it in the menu.

Is that because of the card?

Sorry to drive this way off topic of memory :pt1cable: 


Have you tired changing the resolution up to 1080P?
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October 2, 2010 9:34:32 PM

Timop said:
Have you tired changing the resolution up to 1080P?


Yea the desktop res stays at 1920x1080p and the Monitors menu to change it is dimmed out. No biggy. I'm not really missing much using DVI.

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