The motherboard looks great as for as specs go. And I've used Gigabyte in the past and never had a problem. A 8 core Bulldozer will drop in there nicely. I want to keep this board 2+ years, and just upgrade on top of it. I know PCIe 3.0 is around the corner, but I don't see really needing for at lest 2 years. Now the memery is only ddr3 1600. I know my CPU will only see 1600 ram anyway, but should i go ddr3 1866 (for bulldozer)? I picked the 1600 to save $$$ and I see ppl saying that anything over 1600 doesn't really bump up performance to much. I mean I'm still using 8gb ddr2 800 and I play Crysis 1 at 1600x900 at almost max settings(like 85-90%) with no lag. So what do you guys and girls think?
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Well your probably making it slower that way. At 1080P, the graphics cards are doing most of the work. At 1600x900, that pretty slow cpu is taking most of the load and probably pegged at 100% which hurts your performance.
Depends on the price. If you want to overclock the cpu, then the 1866 should theroretically perform better. When I overclock, I drop the ram speed first, then raise the cpu speed so the overall ram speed is within spec. I still notice the difference in speed without overclocking the ram.