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Would my future system be compatable with evreything else?

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February 24, 2011 2:49:16 AM

So I am in the process of building a gaming rig that will play any video game, but i also want it for cs3 purposes. I am wondering if all of this will be compatible with each other before i spend a large amount of cash on it to find out some of the parts aren't compatible with one another.


HDD: WD Caviar 1TB X2

GPU/Graphics card: 2x Nvidia GTX580

PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series AX1200 1200W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 SLI Certified 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

RAM: CORSAIR DOMINATOR GT 12GB (6 X 2GB) 240 pin ddr3 SDRAM 1866

MOTHERBOARD: EDIT: ASUS Z8NA-D6 (ASMB4-IKVM) Dual LGA 1366 Intel 5500 ATX Dual Intel Xeon 5500 and 5600 Series Server Motherboard ASUS Rampage III Formula LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

CPU: EDIT: 2x 1 Intel Core 17-980x gulftown LGA 1366 130w 6 core CPU

OS: Windows 7 Ultimate Full Edition

Cooling: Edit: 2x one Thermaltake Frio Overclocking-Ready Intel Core i7 (six-core ready) & i5 Compatible Five 8mm Heatpipes Dual 120mm Fans Intel & AMD Universal CPU Cooler CLP0564

CD/Blu-Ray Drive: LG Black 8X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 6X BD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA Internal Blu-ray Super-Multi Combo Drive

Blu-ray Burner: ASUS Internal Blu-ray Burner Blu-ray Burner BW-12B1LT LightScribe Support

and finally

Fan Monitor: AeroCool V12XT Controller, Panel
a c 90 B Homebuilt system
February 24, 2011 3:17:28 AM

Hello Alexkal1;

Only 1 GTX 580 GPU and 1 Core i7-980X CPU? But two CPU coolers?

How much is that 12GB (6 X 2GB) Corsair RAM compared to a 12GB (3X 4GB) kit?
February 24, 2011 3:32:13 AM

oh right, ill edit the second GPU and CPU in. anyways the 3 x 4 gig is about $349 for the dominator2 ddr3, while the dominator2 6x2gig is $339 with 10 bucks off.
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February 24, 2011 3:47:48 PM

I am pretty sure the i7-980 will not work on this board you will need to get the 6 core Xeon this is a workstation board. I took this from a forum

Yes, the Xeon 5500 series is the same Nahelam architecture as the i7 920 and up, but the Xeons do have a few more instructions that the i7s don't have. However this is not just a BIOS setting, it's what the chipset supports also.

The boards you linked have an Intel X58 chipset and the Asus Z8NA has an Intel 5500 chipset. The 5500 and 5520 chipsets do not support i7s, they support Xeons only.

However I'm not sure if the X58 chipset supports multiple sockets, I've only seen it on single socket boards; but they do support Xeon instructions and hence you see support for both types of CPU on those boards.

Best thing for you to do, if you plan on having dual procs in the future, is just start with one Xeon instead of the 920 (which is EOL now anyway I think)

February 24, 2011 4:32:33 PM

well would the Xeon have the same capabilities and power as the i7?

EDIT: I am Removing the motherboard listed and Putting in a new one. remving 1 i7 and heatsink aswell.