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Time to upgrade, and impulse won out over planning.

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June 4, 2012 8:53:04 PM

I currently have:
MainBoard: EVGA - nForce790i Ultra SLI http://www.evga.com/articles/389.asp
CPU: Q6700 @2.66
RAM: OCZ3x16002g (2x2GB DDR3 - 12800 XMP) http://www.ocztechnology.com/ocz-ddr3-pc3-12800-intel-e...
Graphics: EVGA 260GTX 896MB
Problem: This is my 2nd board the first one was RMA'ed for "Locking Up" and this one is doing the same.

I just purchased: (will be here on June 5th, 2012)
MainBoard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-DS3H (I have had Gigabyte in the past and liked them) http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
CPU: i5-3570K (it is unlocked) http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
Reason: Impulse urge and $360 including next day air.

Why am I posting?:
I didn't really think it through. But the initial thought was, I have DDR3 12800 4GB and a PCIe Graphics Card so it is all good. Not even realizing that there is no longer FSB and the CPU has built in graphic capability. I know so little about about the i series processors and all the changes they have brought with them (No more "north bridge") I don't know if these products will even work together. I would prefer to save money and just grab two more sticks of 2/4 GB 12800 RAM.

What would you suggest for RAM in the 4 slots I have on the new Gigabyte board:
1) Find 2 sticks of OCZ 12800 that are close to what you have 2 or 4 GB.
2) Use the 2 you have for now and get 4 sticks of brand ____________ @ speed __________
3) Have you thought about ________________________?
June 4, 2012 9:00:13 PM

What do you mean locking up? I have the same card with a 3550 and a z77 mobo and it works fine. If anything it seems like it is a ram incompatibility.
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June 4, 2012 9:00:31 PM

I see no problem, obviously your new components work with each other, and the new mainboard uses DDR3 and the max non-overclocked speed it supports is 1600MHz so you are good there, your mainboard has PCIe 3.0 which is capable of supporting PCIe 2.0 and 1.0 so no problems all around.
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June 4, 2012 9:01:42 PM

pedalbike said:
What do you mean locking up? I have the same card with a 3550 and a z77 mobo and it works fine. If anything it seems like it is a ram incompatibility.

I think they mean the system is locking up and the mainboard was RMA'ed.
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June 4, 2012 9:39:47 PM

Correct! The EVGA board is locking up, as did the previous one that I RMA'ed.

I decided that since getting another board (It is lifetime warranty - but would require a lengthy evaluation and return time, not to mention getting a quad core 775 socket processor is more expensive if you can find one) that I should just get another board and CPU.

Thanks for the responses.
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June 4, 2012 11:21:15 PM

Yeah, now appears to be a great time to buy CPU/Motherboards since the socket 1155 has been out for a while there are plenty of inexpensive ones out and very little retooling was required for the z77 chip-set which made the jump to those boards less expensive to produce thus cheaper for us :) 
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June 6, 2012 4:20:38 PM

Well not that it means much, but it was nice to see the changes in the Windows performance numbers just by swapping everything over.
Old - - - Item - - - New
7.1 - - - CPU - - - 7.6 - - - Core i5 3570K 3.4/3.9GHz
7.1 - - - RAM - - - 7.9 - - - Intel XMP (OCZ) 2x2GB DDR3 12800
7.0 - - - Video - - 7.2 - - - EVGA GTX260 896GB
7.0 - - - 3D Vid - 7.2 - - - ^ ^ ^ ^
5.9 - - - HD - - - 5.9 - - - Seagate 500GB 7200.11

So maybe an SSD drive and Video card are in the future. First I have to get a Sata DVD-RW. I had to hook up my DVD to a HD Enclosure, no IDE connections on this board.
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June 13, 2012 12:41:10 AM

I am still unsure what my next move should be, I am thinking SSD before more RAM. Any thoughts?
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