Time to upgrade, and impulse won out over planning.

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-extreme-edition-eol.html
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/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2276160&srkey=G452-2366
CPU: i5-3570K (it is unlocked) http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2373004
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 ________________________?
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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 :)
  6. 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.
  7. I am still unsure what my next move should be, I am thinking SSD before more RAM. Any thoughts?
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