I'm building my first system in two years. I'm looking for a screaming gaming machine that will run most things with minimal upgrades for the next two years. (I only allow myself to build that often).
Here's what I've come up with. I was looking to stay around $2,000 and this is close enough.
The feedback I'm looking for is whether I missed some better choices for similar or lower price points. After researching, I'm not looking to SLI, electing the single card route instead. I'm also an Intel and Nvidia guy.
Also, if I did something just plain stupid, I won't resent having that pointed out too
You're probably right on the RAM. I don't suppose 64bit games are going to become the norm later this year.
Do you think I'd see a return in gaming by doing a lesser amount of much faster RAM? Say 2133 or 1866?
Man, I hate bulky CPU fans in the case. You're right though. What's the point of the K without messing with the multiplier?
1) I doubt that we will see any games that need more than the current 2gb(max 3gb) to run. At least in the next few years. Game developers want the largest market possible, so there is little return in programming to make use of lots of ram for a small market. I think a 8gb(2 x 4gb) kit is right. It lets you do some multitasking while gaming.
2) Faster ram might increase your FPS by 1 or 2. Synthetic benchmarks will look wonderful, but are irrelevant. I also would not pay much extra for better latencies or fancy heat spreaders.
I'll just see if I can find an 8mb module that fits the QVL for the Sabertooth P67.
The 6gb memory sets are all triple channel. Will a triple channel still work on a board designed for dual channel?
There really is no such thing as double or triple channel ram. How many channels you get is determined by the motherboard memory controller, and how many sticks you install.
X58 will give you triple channel if you install three or 6 sticks.
P67 will give you double channel if you install two or 4 sticks.
If you install more ram, you will get double or triple channel operation for the ram installed that has the same capacity on all the channels. Any extra will operate in single channel mode. The 6gb(3 x 2gb) kits on a P67 motherboard will operate in double channel mode on the first two sticks, the third will be in single channel mode.
That is not bad, and still better than just 4gb.
The G.skil ripjaws ram you referenced will work nicely on a P67 motherboard. Mine does.