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BF ASAP Question! GA-Z68XP-UD3 with 2133 ripjaws

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November 24, 2011 2:43:54 PM

So here's a facepalm on turkey day...

I just ordered:
  • GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3 $109 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
  • 2 kits of G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) $140 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
  • i5 2500k $200 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

    After a month of research for all my components, I'm reading that because the board is 1.5v and the RAM is 1.65v I may have a problem with compatibility.

    Questions:
    1. Apparently I would have to OC the 2500k in order to get the 1.65v ripjaws to work. Is this fact?

    2. The other issue is that instead of a 16GB kit, I thought I could buy 2 8GB kits. After reading furthur I'm starting to believe this is a no-no. Can 2 8GB ripjaw kits @2133 perform 24/7 with stability?

    3. I'm worried that the heat sinks on these ripjaws will interfere with the 212+ I'm planning on buying. Can anyone confirm or deny as I'll be using all 4 DIMM slots

    4. I've made a couple builds but by no means am a guru. I've read I can use XMP?!?! to underclock this ram. How do I do that?

    5. Should I return this RAM or try and use it as it's on it way to my house? OR should I go with a 1.5v 16GB ripjaws kit that newegg has on sale $65 for black friday? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

    6. Will the above mentioned 1.5v 16GB ripjaws kit http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... fit in my mobo with a 212+?

    7. Recommended heat sink fan for i5 since HSF and DIMM slot reportedly close


    I don't want to spend all of the holiday season with BSOD or fried components. I need the build to be stable and I keep it on 24/7 (it sleeps). I haven't purchased a CPU heatsink/fan yet so if other would be better for tight squeeze between HSF and DIMM slot pls let me know. I also ordered a Corsair Carbide 500R to keep cool if heat should be an issue.

    PLEASE respond quickly as the alternate RAM sale ends soon and I sincerely appreciate your help!
    November 25, 2011 4:49:20 PM

    Anyone??? These sales end soon! Any response would be appreciated. Thanks!
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