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Advice on my new rig - balance issues etc

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June 25, 2011 3:57:41 PM

Hi there fellurs/fellurettes

Its high time I upgrade my old Q6600/8800GT system and I need advice on how balanced my new rig selection is. NB The store I do business with only carries Gigabyte stuff.

MOBO: Gigabyte S1155 GA-P67A-UD3-B3 DDR3
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500 Quad Core
GPU: Gigabyte GTX 570OC PCI-E2.0 1280MB GDDR5 WindForce 3X
RAM: Super Talent 6GB DDR3 1333MHz (3x2GB) vinnsluminni CL8
HDD: 120GB SATA3 OCZ SSD 2.5'' Vertex3
COOL: Zalman CNPS8000 Cpu cooler AMD / Intel
OS: Win7 64

The specific concerns I have:
Is the amount of RAM needed. Is 4GB enough? How about the hertz, is 1600 much better?
Also the SSD HDD, is that going to do a lot for my system? It´s so small I wont be able to install many games on it anyway.
Is the 2500K and the 570 a good match?
And lastly, do you spot any glaring bottle-necks? Is there somewhere I can save money and still get decent performance?

Thanks in advance for any advice
June 25, 2011 4:28:01 PM

First time I have seen Icelandic on the forum.
Triple channel kits are designed for LGA 1366 system's and you should go with 4GB (enough for most applications) or 8gb dual channel kits! The speed of the memory is not a huge issue usually the slower ram has tighter timings (latencies). If you are going with the 2500K then I would though go with 1600MHz ram.
GTX570 and I5 2500K are a great match.
Looks like a good system over all but what PSU are you using?
June 25, 2011 4:42:03 PM

4GB is enough if you game, if you want more go for eight.
1155 is dual channel, so with 6, one stick of RAM will run in single channel and hinder performance.

Your board only doesn't SLI though, can you find Z68 boards? Something like the GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 would be great.

Also, 120GB is plenty of space for a SSD, 60/64 is enough for windows with ~30GB leftover. IMO, if you can find Z68, get a caching Intel 311 to use SRT. You can save quite a bit while not losing too much performance.

Other than that, your build is actually pretty balanced. Make sure its the K version though and get a quality PSU.
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June 25, 2011 4:55:23 PM

Thanks for the replies so far.

My current PSU is Coolmax CR-550. Will that do?

I see I have to do some more research on the RAM.

I hadn´t noticed the lack of SLI on the board, better get one that supports it though. For future boost:) 
June 25, 2011 5:01:10 PM

The coolmax will do but is not on the recommended list. (what store are you buying from no language barrier)
The Z68 board suggested by Timop would be a great choice.
Are you planning a storage HDD along with the SSD?
June 25, 2011 5:12:23 PM

Store is Tölvutek. They were the cheapest for a long time but now everyones prices are pretty much the same. I still maintain my loyalty though. They´ve always treated me fairly. Got a suggestion for something else?

Yes I have a couple of storage HDDs.
June 25, 2011 7:27:30 PM

Thanks a lot for the advice, it will come in handy.

Not too happy about having to buy another PSU, the rig is expensive enough with out it :)  but you do what you have to.

Takk landi.
June 25, 2011 11:18:31 PM

You can carry on using the Coolmax although not recommended. It has passive pfc (rauði rofin til að velja á milli 115 og 230volt spennu) which is inefficient compared to newer 80+ and higher certified PSU's. The PSU is the single most important piece of equipment and when a low quality one dies it can take other more expensive components with it.
June 27, 2011 10:18:38 AM

So I've revised my build based upon your recommendations. What do you think of this:

MOBO: Gigabyte S1155 GA-Z68X-UD4-B3 BLACK
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Quad Core
GPU: Gigabyte GTX 570OC PCI-E2.0 1280MB GDDR5 WindForce 3X
RAM: Mushkin 4GB DDR3 1600MHz (2x2GB) Blackline CL7
HDD: 120GB SATA3 OCZ SSD 2.5'' Vertex3
COOL: Zalman CNPS8000 Cpu cooler AMD / Intel
OS: Win7 64
PSU: Antec High Current Gamer 900W, 135mm

A bit more expensive so I just skip eating for a month or so...

So you are pretty confident that the 4Gb of RAM won't be a bottle neck in the system?
This is pretty exclusively a gaming rig. Mostly RPG, strategy and the occasional 3rdPS.
June 27, 2011 1:27:24 PM

Looks good to me the PSU is now ready for the second GTX570 when the time comes (another month of not eating).
There are very few games that benefit from more than 4GB ram so it is enough for most.
June 27, 2011 2:24:33 PM

Groovy, can't wait to take it for a spin.
Thanks again.
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