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Just bought an i5-2500k, what Board/RAM?

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May 6, 2012 8:49:18 PM

Hey guys I just ordered an i5-2500k as well as a GTX480, 600w Coolermaster silent pro, and etc. and I am curious what Board/ram i should grab?

for a board I was thinking this: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

and for RAM: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Thats the upper end of what I'm willing to pay, and In fact I would prefer if it were cheaper. But that's the cheapest z68 board available on newegg.ca and 8 gigs of 1600hz should suffice for any gaming to be done these days. The ram probably cant get any cheaper, but do any of you think you could help me with finding a cheaper reliable Z68 board on newegg.ca? (the .ca part is crucial, prices are much different on the american site, and i cant order from there)

However if that is more or less the best I can get for that cheap, I suppose I will be buying it. Any input is appreciated, Cheers.

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a b V Motherboard
May 6, 2012 9:47:31 PM

there's really no reason for those giant heatsinks on the ram. they provide very small benefits to a part that does not get excessively hot to begin with. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... is a set that is lower profile and is not as likely to have issues with the clearance on your CPU cooler.

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... is a board that is similarly priced, but has pcie 3.0 slots instead of 2.0, which gives you more future proofing. Just an option.
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May 6, 2012 9:58:19 PM

kelthic said:
there's really no reason for those giant heatsinks on the ram. they provide very small benefits to a part that does not get excessively hot to begin with. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... is a set that is lower profile and is not as likely to have issues with the clearance on your CPU cooler.

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... is a board that is similarly priced, but has pcie 3.0 slots instead of 2.0, which gives you more future proofing. Just an option.


Good call on the ram, maybe ill grab a lower profile memory like the corsair XMS our friend above posted, preferably this one: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682... I gotta take his advice to and see what memory modules are supported by the board. As for the Board you mentioned, im not too worried about future proofing cause a year down the road i plan to switch to a really nice ASUS like the maximus, or whatever the new maximus is then.

Also I have two questions for you, 1) the core i5-2500k is a 64-bit CPU right (meaning i can use windows 64-bit with it for 8 gigs and upwards of memory)? and 2) Seeing as the board I selected there has 4 memory slots, and is dual channel, can I run only two DIMMs in it at a time? or do all four slots need to be filled?
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May 6, 2012 10:10:16 PM

smorizio said:
with mb you have to look and email them to see if the ram you want to buy is on there updated tests list.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
this ram is one that one the mb you posted ok list. it more then the other kit.


I just checked and your right: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
is probably the best bet. However why is it more expensive for 4 x 2GB than it is for 2x4GB? I would like to assume that there is a performance boost when using two dual channels at 4GB over one dual channel at 8gb. Is that correct?

Either way that is likely what i will have to buy that 4 x 2gb set, however unfortunate about the price. Will it work with my processor on 64-bit (assuming the i5-2500k is 64-bit, I still am unaware)? because im not sure if there is a minimum capacity per slot on 64-bit, i think its just a minimum of 4GB ram to run 64-bit? please correct me here
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a b V Motherboard
May 6, 2012 10:38:55 PM

the i5, motherboard, and ram will work with 64 bit os. the difference between 32 bit and 64 bit is the quantity of addresses available for memory. 64 bit windows actually supports 1GB up to more than 128GB of RAM, depending on the version. In addition to that, you get some enhanced security features and better performance in programs written for 64 bit systems.

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May 6, 2012 10:45:51 PM

But what about other parts? im using some older 300gb HDDs, will they work? or does the architecture even mater with HDDs/SDDs? and the same thing with an old DVD/CD burner, Will that work as well?

Also while I'm here, The PSU im buying is a Coolermaster 600w silent pro, with 40a on the 12v rail. Do you think that will be able to handle the GTX480? some people are saying a 42a on the 12v rail is necessary, others are saying they are playing with it on a 500w PSU, so really I'm at my wits end on that one.
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a b V Motherboard
May 6, 2012 11:04:44 PM

if the old HDDs and CD/DVD are ide, then you will likely need an adapter to make them work with the SATA plugsg on the LGA 1155 boards. http://www.ehow.com/about_5390532_difference-sata-ii-ha... is an article with more information.

Cooler master is not usually considered a good brand of psus. I buy seasonic, corsair, or antec, and i always get 80+ certified Bronze or higher with Active PFC. This will likely cost you some more money than that coolermaster model, but it would be something like putting a used GM motor in a Ferrari if you skimped out on the psu. lol car reference. You don't want to risk your system by providing unreliable power to it. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... is an excellent psu.
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May 6, 2012 11:06:37 PM

250$, Its cheaper than a 560TI and outperforms it too, plus I have a friend who runs two 480s in SLI and can handle anything like throws at him. If i wanted to spend a buttload I would have gone with the $400 GTX580, which only outperforms a single 480 by 15% tops
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a b V Motherboard
May 6, 2012 11:10:17 PM

The 480 is a power house, no doubt about that :)  great card, especially for the current pricing!
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May 6, 2012 11:15:28 PM

kelthic said:
if the old HDDs and CD/DVD are ide, then you will likely need an adapter to make them work with the SATA plugsg on the LGA 1155 boards. http://www.ehow.com/about_5390532_difference-sata-ii-ha... is an article with more information.

Cooler master is not usually considered a good brand of psus. I buy seasonic, corsair, or antec, and i always get 80+ certified Bronze or higher with Active PFC. This will likely cost you some more money than that coolermaster model, but it would be something like putting a used GM motor in a Ferrari if you skimped out on the psu. lol car reference. You don't want to risk your system by providing unreliable power to it. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... is an excellent psu.


Well im thinking more like this: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Its more powerful, costs only a few bucks more. Plus from what I hear the Enthusiast series fans are really Loud, and this one Is not from what I've heard/read on the internet. apparently the older Gaming series were loud too, but they fixed the gaming series and never changed the Enthusiast, lol. Plus to top it off, its got wicked awesome blue LED lighting :D 

I figure im safest with 700w cause I plan to OC my 2500k as far as the stock fan will let me.

As far as my HDD connections, I gotta look it up and check inside the case. They are from 2007, so I dont know if thats back as far as when IDE was still common, but i thought SATA/3.0 had taken over by then
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May 6, 2012 11:21:15 PM

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it's not cheaper but yes it can out perform it.
calm down, just asking.....
(you have a little man syndrome or something... :??:  )
look at my config's and think 'mine will be bigger than yours' or whatever...?
:lol: 

got it from newegg, I ask that because if buying this combo together from there it's less on shipping.?


Don't get snippy boy, I was just answering your question honestly. the 480 is the best bang for your buck, as long as you can handle the power and heat. I didnt buy a combo on newegg.ca, plus im buying Canadian, if your american than your in luck, they or only $200 in the states right now at newegg.com.

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May 6, 2012 11:27:41 PM

kelthic said:
easy way to know if they are ide or sata is whether they have a giant ribbon plug between them or a smaller sata plug.

http://www.computerhope.com/jargon/i/ide.htm or
http://www.macgurus.com/store/ecom-prodshow/SATACables....


Oh yeah man, Sata for sure, theres also what i believe are 4pin molex's in the end of each, im assuming thats to power the drive.'

Heres a pic of the end of one in my case, jsut so you can double check for me (ignore the dust rofl): http://tinypic.com/r/1z3uem8/6

So now that we know its SATA, does that mean it will work for Windows 7 64-bit? I can just install the OS as normal?

If your curious those are old 7200RPM, 350gb Seagates. not sure the exact model, but i got 2.
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a b V Motherboard
May 6, 2012 11:31:36 PM

Should be all set to reuse those HDDs :) 
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May 6, 2012 11:36:53 PM

kelthic said:
Should be all set to reuse those HDDs :) 


Ok sweet! And im just gonna assume it makes absolutely no difference for the DVD/CD burner.

So heres what I got then for my i5-2500k and 480GTX rig.

MOBO: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
RAM: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
PSU: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

I'll also be running an Antec Three Hundred Case, with 2 x 120mm front intake, a 120mm side intake, and two back exhaust 1 x 120mm the other is 140mm stock with the case. Heard it was top of the line for Air cooling, and it has like 1700+ great reviews on Newegg.ca to back it up.

You think I'm looking plumb here? This gonna work out for me or what? cause its my first time ever building.
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a b V Motherboard
May 6, 2012 11:47:43 PM

That's a good case. did you have an old version of windows or are you buying new? if you are using the old version and it is oem, it will not work for a new motherboard, since the license is tied to the motherboard you had in your old pc. If you had a retail version with an available license, or a new oem version, you should be all set.
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May 7, 2012 12:10:07 AM

kelthic said:
That's a good case. did you have an old version of windows or are you buying new? if you are using the old version and it is oem, it will not work for a new motherboard, since the license is tied to the motherboard you had in your old pc. If you had a retail version with an available license, or a new oem version, you should be all set.


I PMed you, check your PM inbox :3
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