My rig Idea - Gaming - SSD and HDD questions.

Hi everybody, I am new to creating rigs and I have been wanting to do this for a while. I have knowledge of how computers work and it's various components. What is new to me though, is a DUAL storage system.

So, with my new gaming rig, what I want to do (As a lot of people are) is have all of my video games, run off of a an SSD and my pictures, videos, and other programs run off of a fairy sized HDD (Say 500GB or maybe a TB)


So my questions are:

How exactly is this set up? Do I install my windows 7 on my HDD initially, then, every time I install a game, tell it to install on my SSD? So I have program files on my HDD and games on my SSD.

Also, is there anything missing from my specs, am I totally forgetting a component to all of this?

Can you recommend a SSD and a HDD (750gb)? I want the fastest SSD.

Anyone have any guides for setting up this dual configuration? I am a tad lost. Thanks!


Here are the specs of my new build:

Motherboard: ASUS Rampage III Black Edition Intel X58/ICH10R Chipset DDR3 Triple-Channel Memory 2200 LGA 1366 Extended ATX Motherboard (http://www.amazon.com/Rampage-III-Black-Triple-Channel-Motherboard/dp/tech-data/B004SUO3BK/ref=de_a_smtd)

Processor: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115070)

Graphics Card: GeForce GTX 560 Ti (SLI in the Future) (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130628&nm_mc=OTC-C173T&cm_mmc=OTC-C173T-_-Video+Cards-_-EVGA-_-14130628)

RAM: CORSAIR DOMINATOR GT 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233183&cm_re=Dominator_GT_8GB_DDR3-_-20-233-183-_-Product)

Power Supply: COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Gold Series RS800-80GAD3-US 800W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171057&Tpk=Silent%20Pro%20Gold%20800W)

CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER V6 GT RR-V6GT-22PK-R1 120mm DynaLoop CPU Cooler w/ Universal bracket & Dual Fan (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103089)

Blu-Ray/DVD Drive: LG Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Drive Model UH12LS28 OEM LightScribe Support (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136232)

Case: CoolerMaster HAF X (http://www.coolermaster.com/product.php?product_id=6653)
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  1. Your CPU is a LGA 1155 socket chip and yous MB is a LGA 1366 they are not compatible with each other!
  2. Oh right! I forgot, originally, I was going to use a Intel I7 980x extreme. Whoops I meant to correct that.
  3. The motherboard chosen is excellent (and costly) but it will not fit the CPU. The motherboard supports 1156 socket processors where i7-2600K is socket 1155.
    If you plan to get 990X CPU and Asus Rampage, it will be not worth it. An i7-2600K worth $320 is better than $1000 990X processor. Most Games don't utilize six cores.

    Considering the built is worth atleast 1500 here's a compatible one :

    CPU & Motherboard Combo:
    $380- i5-2500K & Gigabyte GA Z68X UD3P
    You wont be needing hyperthreading of i7-2600K in games, unless you plan to do heavy graphic editing
    It's a good motherboard which support dual graphics at 8X/8X
    $450- Same motherboard and i7-2600K

    Cooler : $30- Xigmatek Gaia (it's a good cooler for overclocking)
    $90- Noctua NH C14 (The best air cooler)

    HDD : $120(2X $60)- Seagate Barracuda 1TB or Samsung Spinpoint 1TB from Amazon(spinpoint is faster though)

    SSD : $225-OCZ Agility 3 120GB (Cheaper as compared to the fastest 120 GB Drive but performs almost similarly)
    A 240 GB SSD may not be needed.

    Power Supply : $135-Corsair Enthusiast Series TX850

    RAM : $75- GSkill RipjawX (2X 4GB)

    OS : $100- Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (If you don't have one)

    Case : $150- Corsair Graphite Series 600T (You can go your own way if you like)

    Optical Drive : $85- LG Black Super Multi SATA BluRay Burner

    Graphic Card : $700(2X $350) Sapphire Radeon 6970 2GB
    Anything an excess of this will give little value in terms of performance but will cost a lot more.

    Total: 2015 USD

    The dual graphic card given here are capable of handling any game even under multi-monitor setup.
    However if you have to step down the budget here are alterantives :

    1.$560 (2X $280) : MSI Twin Frozr II 6950 2GB (Save $140)

    2.$500 (2X $250) : MSI Twin Frozr II 560Ti (Save $200)

    3. Drop the SSD to OCZ Agility 3 64GB worth $130 and save $100

    4. Drop the case to Cooler Master HAF 922 worth $100 and save $50

    5. Drop the motherboard to Gigabyte GA Z68X worth $145 and save $30

    6. Drop maybe a Hard Drive(save $60) or a second a graphic card (save atleast $250). And upgrade the graphic card to 6970 or EVGA GTX 570
  4. Basically the preferred solution is that you install your Windows 7 on the SSD and have it as a boot drive.
    Win7 should ask you when installing games and other programs where you want to install them.
    At that point just select the SSD for your games and HDD for other programs.

    And yeah as jerr said your CPU and MB are not compatible.
    If you want to go with that MB, get the i7 950 or 960, it's about the same price as that i7 2600k.

    I would however recommend getting a Sandy Bridge LGA1155 MB instead and using that i7 2600k ( or maybe i5 2500k ) as itgenerally performs much better.
    If you want to stick with about the same level of MB, go with:
    Asus Maximus IV Extreme $349
    GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD7-B3 $349
    Asus Maximus IV Extreme-Z $359

    Personally I think you can manage with much less though, for about $180-250 you can get a full featured P67 or Z68 MB from Asrock, Asus or Gigabyte that will do pretty much everything the above boards do.
  5. Might I suggest the ASUS MAXIMUS IV Extreme http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131760. This one is cheaper too so you can probably get 2 Nvidia cards now!

    This will mean that you'll only require DDR3 dual channel memory which you have already selected. If you are to go with the 1366 motherboard/CPU then you'll need Tri-Channel (3 sticks) for best performance.

    The HAF X will fit that motherboard so don't worry there!

    Might I suggest that you take a look at ASUS's version of the GTX 560 Ti. This one runs at the same clock speeds, is cheaper, cools better, and integrates better with the ASUS motherboard BIOS features -- (allows you to adjust clock speeds and fan modes of the card from the BIOS). Chances are that it'd run quieter too! http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121425. Alternately you could go with a single card GTX 570 setup!

    For a CPU cooler I'm not sure that the Cooler Master V6 is that brilliant. I'd take a look at the Corsair Hydro series or get a Cooler Master Hype 212+ (a lot of people swear by these).

    HDD - 1Tb seems to be the standard size these days. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145304

    SSD - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227706

    As for setting up the SSD I'd suggest sticking your OS onto the SSD. It only takes up about 16GB. Then find a guide on the internet to set up the rest by selecting to put a programs folder and user folder on the HDD (you'll need to fix the HDD to a certain drive letter so the computer doesn't lose your stuff).
  6. personally I'd go with the Asus pro z68 board over the gigabyte as it got better reviews and spinpoint for hdd as they're fast, quite and cheap

    http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/42933-asus-p8z68-v-pro-z68-sandy-bridge-motherboard-review.html
  7. As others have said, you want an 1155 (or Z68) MoBo. My two favs are the Asus WS Revolution (x16 x16 GFX) and Asus P8P67Pro (x8 x8 GFX). Both will cut $20 off the price of your 2500k (or 2600k) in the newegg combos. Get the 2600k if ya doing anything that takes advantage of hyperthreading like CAD, 3D Rendering, huge databases / spreadsheets, video editing. For gaming the 2500k will OC easily to 2600 levels and you don't need HT .... it will also run cooler since the 2600k (unless you tyrn HT off) will run cooler. However, you can have the ebst of both worlds using BIOS profiles feature on the MoBo whereby when running HT programs, you boot w/ HT on and when gaming boot w/ HT off. If ya got the extra $85, and have use for HT, it's the obvious choice.

    Asus P8P67 Pro w/ i5-2500k http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.660725
    Asus P8P67 Pro w/ i7-2600k http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.660716

    Asus WS Revolution w/ i5-2500k http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.660792
    Asus WS Revolution w/ i7-2600khttp://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.660789

    GFX - The Gigabyte version of the 900 MHz 560 Ti is $225; EVGA "non Crysis" version is $220 and Asus version is $235. I am avoiding EVGA my son's been having a 1.5 year battle with EVGA trying to get them to honor the factory OC on his GTX 295 FTW Edition. Four RMA's later, they have yet to deliver a functional card. Putting his brother's twin 900 MHz 560 Ti's (SLI) in and they run at 1000MHz no problem.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125363
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130651
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121425

    I'd put two in from the get-go. At 1920 x 1200, the 900MHz 560's get 862 fps in Guru3D's game test suite for as little as $440. Twin 570's @ $670 get 872; twin 6950's Frozr's @ $580 get 759; twin 6970's @ a whopping $700 still only get 825 fps.....however, at 2560 x 1200, I wud get the 6970's.

    Ya gotta spend $1000 w/ twin 580's to get anything that beats those 560's @ 1920 x 1200 at 953 fps. Note the 590 gets 881 fps w/ a dual GPU card, the 6990 762 fps.

    RAM - No way they gonna fit ....even w/o the fan. The only cooling effect of these big coolers is that they "look cool". While they served a purpose (when they were effective) w/ DDR2, they are absolutely useless on DDR3.

    http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=773&Itemid=67&limit=1&limitstart=1
    Quote:
    At more than 2" tall in certain areas the Corsair Vengeance could pose a problem for users like me who use large coolers such as the Scythe Mugen 2. I was able to use the Corsair Vengeance only after I mounted the fan on my cooler on the backside. Size is definitely a concern with heat spreaders of this size and therefore I encourage users to check that they will have enough space under their heatsinks before purchasing the Corsair Vengeance kit.


    http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=773&Itemid=67&limit=1&limitstart=6
    Quote:
    The problem I have with the Corsair Vengeance is the same I have with many kits of RAM on the market. Companies insist on putting large coolers on their RAM and it limits the choice in CPU heatsinks that can be used within users system. DDR3 does not require these elaborate coolers with its lower voltages which translate to lower temperatures then RAM saw during the DDR, and DDR2 era. Corsair is correcting this with low profile versions of its Vengeance line but ultimately I would like to see the average size of coolers drop instead of having to look for specific low profile versions of a memory line.


    Here's a set, same specs .... half the price
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226187

    Faster set at $35 less and yes supported by above boards.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226199

    I like these CAS 7's at $115
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226178

    PSU - I'd drop the Coolermaster and get one of the following:

    Antec CP-850 requires compatible Antec case (1200, DF-85, P193, P183). In my opinion, having built with both, the DF-85 has a bit of an edge over HAF-X but most of that comes from simply being able to use the CP-850 PSU . DF-85 + CP-850 = $265 ..... $85 less than something comparable with the HAF.

    http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story4&reid=142
    Quote:
    It is completely unmatched by any ATX unit on the market I can think of. You'd have to spend twice as much as this thing costs to find the next best thing, performance wise.


    Additional link here describes how Antec 1200 (DF-85 is a 1200 upgrade) and CP-850 offer unparralleled advantages.
    http://www.silentpcreview.com/article971-page7.html

    Other choices:
    Corsair AX850 or HX850 in HAF-X ($350)
    Seasonic X-850 in HAF-X

    Cooler - If you live next to an airport, the V6GT won't bother you.....I'd grab the dead silent Thermaltake Silver Arrow which as you can see here ran just 0.6C warmer but was silent. With the same fan, the Arror beats the GT by almost 4C.

    http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=674&Itemid=62&limit=1&limitstart=4
    Quote:
    With both of its 140mm fans connected directly to the computer's power supply and running at full speed, the Silver Arrow turns in amazing performance, edged out by less than 1 degree by the Cooler Master V6 GT. The minimal performance difference here is probably due to the V6 GT's high-speed fans, each of which is rated at 90CFM, as compared to the Silver Arrow's 69CFM fans. It's worth noting here that the V6 GT's fans are quite loud at full speed, whereas the Silver Arrow's fans are very quiet.


    Note....if ya use the WS Revolution you will have to rotate the cooler 90 degrees and have fans blowing upwards instead of to rear.

    If ya need to go cheaper, you'll see on the BMR site the Scythe Mugen 2 ($40) beats the venerable 212 by 7C and the Noctua DH-14 / Prolimatech Megahalems by 1C.

    Optical - Ya BR chocie is outta stock. I have several of the Asus & Plextor models below .... no complaints.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135247
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827249055

    SSD - I'd grab the OCZ Vertex 3 which runs about $254 on newegg. As for a HD, grab one of these depending on what works best on you apps and what's cheaper on the day you're buying.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2009-3.5-desktop-hard-drive-charts/compare,1015.html?prod[2371]=on&prod[3016]=on&prod[2365]=on

    Here's how I'd proceed:

    1. Complete your build w/ SSD on 1st SATA III port and HD on 2nd
    2. Unplug the data cable to the SSD
    3. Install Windows to your HD on a 120 GB partition and do all the updates..... this will be your "emergency boot" if your SSD goes south or your primary install gets fudged or infected.
    4. Unplug the HD and plug in the SSD..... install Windows to SSD
    5. Plig HD back in and reboot. Create HD partitions as per your desires after re-lettering the Windows partition on the HD to something like X:\ Popular choices are D:\ for Games, E:\ for Programs F:\ for Data and maybe G:\ for Backups. But pick what works best for you.
    6. What I then do when building for someone is put all the User files on the Data partition as these will grow and grow until the entire SSD is filels with old e-mails and other stuff "ya just can seem to let go of".. You can see how to do this here:
    http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/18629-user-folders-change-default-location.html
    7. Other optimizations you might wanna try are here:
    http://thessdreview.com/category/ssd-guides/optimization-guides/
  8. So this is my revised build:

    Motherboard: ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z LGA 1155 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131760)

    Processor: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115070)

    Graphics Card: DUAL ASUS GTX560 TI (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121425&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=nil4jmi80qgw)

    RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Redline 8GB (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226178&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=xp1bw41tb55x)

    Power Supply: COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Gold Series RS800-80GAD3-US 800W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171057&Tpk=Silent%20Pro%20Gold%20800W)

    CPU Cooler: Thermalright Silver Arrow (http://www.amazon.com/THERMALRIGHT-SILVER-ARROW-DUAL14CM-HEATSINK/dp/B003XRAKLQ)

    Blu-Ray/DVD Drive: LG Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Drive Model UH12LS28 OEM LightScribe Support (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136232)

    SSD: OCZ Agility 3 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227726&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=1jm6qst0u30z2)

    HDD: Samsung 1 TB Spinpoint (http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-Cache-Desktop-HD103SJ/dp/B001U3S5S0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1309250444&sr=8-1&tag=vglnk-c1001-20)

    Case: CoolerMaster HAF X (http://www.coolermaster.com/product.php?product_id=6653)


    Thanks a million to all of you who have taken the time to advise me, extremely helpful. Especially to JackNaylorPE for that thorough write-up.
  9. Jack Naylor hit it right on the head for the dual 560's.

    But what I don't understand is that mobo. It's made for tri vid cards and nothing else. And for that RAM...all the board manufactures recommend low voltage RAM (1.5v or less) for these 1155 mobo's. RAM timings and case latency mean ZERO in regards to over clocking these Sandy Bridge cpu's for the fact the cpu multiplier is isolated hence the reason CL9 sales are off the hook for these boards.

    If it's the NF 200 bridge your looking at, then take a look at this review/benchmarks down below.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/p67-gaming-3-way-sli-three-card-crossfire,2910.html <------ This review/benchmarks. They say it all.

    And for a psu, you won't see anyone on here recommending a Cooler Master psu unless the OP is on a fairly tight budget. I would look at these components down below.

    The board has a 12 +1 phase and will get you to 4.6 - 4.8ghz on the o/c...maybe even higher. The RAM is low voltage (1.5v), and that Corsair psu down below is not only modular but has plenty of juice to power two of those cards and leave you plenty left over for o/c, extra drives, fans, etc....

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.670597 $474.98
    Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K
    GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3P LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.668372 $179.98
    CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231460 $79.99
    G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR

    http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3912#ov <----- Here's another look at that board on the gigabyte site.
  10. Darn good advice Why_Me

    I wouldn't put a Cooler Master PSU in my rig ever! A CM HSF yes, but not a PSU. go with Corsair, Antec, Seasonic or Silverstone.... even the xfx core series.

    you definitely want 1.5v Ram on a Sandy Bridge plateform.
  11. Why_Me said:
    Jack Naylor hit it right on the head for the dual 560's.

    But what I don't understand is that mobo. It's made for tri vid cards and nothing else. And for that RAM...all the board manufactures recommend low voltage RAM (1.5v or less) for these 1155 mobo's. RAM timings and case latency mean ZERO in regards to over clocking these Sandy Bridge cpu's for the fact the cpu multiplier is isolated hence the reason CL9 sales are off the hook for these boards.

    If it's the NF 200 bridge your looking at, then take a look at this review/benchmarks down below.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/p67-gaming-3-way-sli-three-card-crossfire,2910.html <------ This review/benchmarks. They say it all.

    And for a psu, you won't see anyone on here recommending a Cooler Master psu unless the OP is on a fairly tight budget. I would look at these components down below.

    The board has a 12 +1 phase and will get you to 4.6 - 4.8ghz on the o/c...maybe even higher. The RAM is low voltage (1.5v), and that Corsair psu down below is not only modular but has plenty of juice to power two of those cards and leave you plenty left over for o/c, extra drives, fans, etc....

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.670597 $474.98
    Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K
    GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3P LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.668372 $179.98
    CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231460 $79.99
    G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR

    http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3912#ov <----- Here's another look at that board on the gigabyte site.



    I cannot believe I am so dumb to not realize the MB was not compatible for what I wanted. Hmm I never realized I had to pay attention to the Voltage of my RAM, hmm. I like the G.Skill, I was looking at the G.Skill Ripjaw Series (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428)
    What are the differences?


    To be honest, money isn't that much of a matter, I am working two jobs for this. So I am trying to get the best of the best. Obviously, am a complete novice when it comes to putting together a computer. Thanks though Why_Me, I am liking the RAM and the CPU, however, is there another MB you could suggest? I want something that is going to absolutely tear it up. Like I said, cost isn't too much of a problem. I was originally going to go with the 980x Extreme from Intel, but I was looking at benchmarking tests and the SB 2600k was so close behind, so I decided the extra 600 was not worth it. That would be the same for the motherboard, I really want the best on the market, but if the cheaper version is really that close, I would go with the cheaper. Any Ideas?
  12. AJfalcon said:
    I cannot believe I am so dumb to not realize the MB was not compatible for what I wanted. Hmm I never realized I had to pay attention to the Voltage of my RAM, hmm. I like the G.Skill, I was looking at the G.Skill Ripjaw Series (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428)
    What are the differences?


    To be honest, money isn't that much of a matter, I am working two jobs for this. So I am trying to get the best of the best. Obviously, am a complete novice when it comes to putting together a computer. Thanks though Why_Me, I am liking the RAM and the CPU, however, is there another MB you could suggest? I want something that is going to absolutely tear it up. Like I said, cost isn't too much of a problem. I was originally going to go with the 980x Extreme from Intel, but I was looking at benchmarking tests and the SB 2600k was so close behind, so I decided the extra 600 was not worth it. That would be the same for the motherboard, I really want the best on the market, but if the cheaper version is really that close, I would go with the cheaper. Any Ideas?

    Any P67/Z68 board with 8 or more phases is going to give you a decent stable o/c. If it's the NF 200 with more lanes...the Asus WS revolution. I believe that's a 16 phase board or even 24 phase and it's 16 lanes each for dual cards. It's about $100 cheaper than the maximus yet has all the goodies.
  13. Why_Me said:
    Any P67/Z68 board with 8 or more phases is going to give you a decent stable o/c. If it's the NF 200 with more lanes...the Asus WS revolution. I believe that's a 16 phase board or even 24 phase and it's 16 lanes each for dual cards. It's about $100 cheaper than the maximus yet has all the goodies.



    I honestly want to go all out with:

    Intel® Core™ i7-980X Processor Extreme Edition (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115223) Even though it is not available at the moment.

    ASUS Rampage III Black Edition (http://www.amazon.com/Rampage-III-Black-Triple-Channel-Motherboard/dp/tech-data/B004SUO3BK/ref=de_a_smtd)

    CORSAIR Vengeance 12GB (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233146)
  14. If you have money to burn and want to get the EE CPU, it's your money spend it however you want to.
    Get the 990X then since it's cheaper, faster and basically the new version of the 980X.

    The 990X actually comes with a pretty decent HSF so you probably don't even need an after market one for OC:ing.
  15. AJfalcon said:
    I honestly want to go all out with:

    Intel® Core™ i7-980X Processor Extreme Edition (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115223) Even though it is not available at the moment.

    ASUS Rampage III Black Edition (http://www.amazon.com/Rampage-III-Black-Triple-Channel-Motherboard/dp/tech-data/B004SUO3BK/ref=de_a_smtd)

    CORSAIR Vengeance 12GB (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233146)

    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/142?vs=287 <----- Intel Core i7 980X - 3.33GHz vs Intel Core i7 2600K - 3.4GHz

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/core-i7-990x-extreme-edition-gulftown,2874.html <----- $1,000 Intel Core i7-990X Extreme vs $330 Intel Core i7 2600K Sandy Bridge
  16. if you want to waste your money, waste it towards the graphics cards (not the mobo and processor, where you will see almost ZERO (or negative) performance increase, especially with dual 560ti's).
  17. Why_Me said:
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/142?vs=287 <----- Intel Core i7 980X - 3.33GHz vs Intel Core i7 2600K - 3.4GHz

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/core-i7-990x-extreme-edition-gulftown,2874.html <----- $1,000 Intel Core i7-990X Extreme vs $330 Intel Core i7 2600K Sandy Bridge



    Interesting, it seems like the 980x and 990x would just be good for any multi threading but that's it. Hmm I really like the rampage mobo however. Ugh, Hmmm. What is the best mobo I could fit with a SB 2600k in your opinion?
  18. This maybe? I would actually need 3 ram for the board, correct? Meaning my current G.Skills would not work.

    http://www.evga.com/products/moreInfo.asp?pn=141-GT-E770-A1&family=Motherboard%20Family&series=Intel%20X58%20Series%20Family&sw=5
  19. yep, thats the best one.
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