I'm trying to put together a replacement comp together for my parents. I see there is something posted very similar to this but I did not wish to hijack the thread. Anyways, I came upon this kit from TigerDirect I thought looked pretty darn good. I was going to stick with Intel but for their budget to performance ratio I think AMD is the better bet:
This does not come with the OS so I will pickup a $99 OEM version for this and seeing as I just ordered myself a new GTX580 for myself I will just drop in one of my 2 GTX 8800 GTX's in here. I mean it's for my parents and they will not be doing any serious video gaming or anything. Just word processing, surfing the internet and maybe some light photo editing or something. That's about it.
Kind of pricey for not needing a lot of power. Also, that's a horrible PSU. You could easily get something jsut as good for a lot less. Here are two options I'd look at, starting with the parts that will not change:
Where do you see that's what the board supports? Newegg lists the memory speeds as "1800(OC)/1600(OC)/1333/1066/800". I'm certain the sticks will work. Typically, the bare minimum boards list about RAM speeds is the minimums or defaults. In the example above, that string is saying that the RAM will run at 1333 mhz, 1066 mhz or 800 mhz by default, but can be overclocked up to 1800 mhz. You may need to adjust the speed and timings in the BIOS to make sure the sticks are running to the manufacturer's specs.
Got. And it's still yes. Any listed RAM speed is really the recommended speed. You can run it at higher or lower speeds. If you overclock it (run it at higher speeds), the CAS Latency increases. If you downclock it, the CAS Latency goes down. Tighter or lower timings make the RAM faster. Typically, 1600 mhz/CL 9 run at 1333 mhz/CL 7.
It's also likely that the board will run at the higher speed despite saying so. The usual reason for increasing the speed of the RAM is that the CPU clock speed follow the RAM speed. Since the H67 chipset doesn't allow overclocking, the RAM may go higher, but the CPU's clock speed won't. Therefore, there is no real point to saying what the "mamximum" speed of RAM is, as there isn't a real reason to do it.