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Suggestions for new machine... I have something on my mind too

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July 22, 2011 3:47:14 AM

Hello guys,

I have prepared two builds at:

  • http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/partlist/ar/sdL
  • http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/partlist/ar/sdE

    both are priced same, with difference in memory only.

    Use (in order):
  • High perf computation, probably using opencl etc.
  • Casual+ gaming, occaisonal COD etc. I have no interest in Metro 2033 as yet :) 

    Budget:
    This budget suits me, though, if you can lower it that'll be awesome.

    Future Plans:
  • Overclock CPU, so buy a better cooler.
  • Buy second video card for dual SLI/XFire.
  • Increase memory to 16GB

    Now what I am looking for is:
  • A good performance, budget video card. I have an inclination towards AMD :) .
  • Better memory suggestions? 1333 will do or should I stick to 1600?
  • Anything else you might want to add.

    Thanks in advance.
    T. Dog
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    July 22, 2011 4:18:44 AM

    There are a couple of problems with your memory selections.

    First build:

    You selected triple channel memory and a mobo that uses dual channel. Go for something more like this. Price is slightly higher but it is an 8GB dual channel kit that is on the supported memory list for that mobo and it will allow you to upgrade to 16GB later like you want. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

    You could also go with this if you want to save a little bit. This is 1333 instead of 1600 but again it is listed on the memory support list for this mobo and you can upgrade to 16GB. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

    Second build:

    You selected memory that is not on the memory support list for this mobo. It might work just fine but once you try to upgrade to 16GB you might start seeing issues or you might not. If you go with memory that has been tested by the mobo vendor, you should be fine upgrading to 16GB like you want. Either of the choices I listed above will do that. You could also check here for other options. Make sure to pick memory that lists 4GB under the Size column and 4pcs under the Dual Channel column. That will get you your 16GB. http://www.asrock.com/mb/memory.asp?Model=P67%20Pro3%20...
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    July 22, 2011 2:41:26 PM

    Thanks a lot for replying!!

    I have a few questions, but please understand my knowledge of hardware is limited to the on-off switch on a computer panel :) .

    1. How did you identify that memory is incompatible?
    Dint notice the very last link with details of supported memory.

    2. Any suggestions for the video card?
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    July 22, 2011 3:50:44 PM

    It's not that the memory isn't compatible, it's just that the motherboard vendor hasn't tested those particular sticks. Which isn't that big of a deal really, as they can't test every module on the market, so there are lots more sticks which are compatible but just haven't been tested.

    I would have thought there were better cases for ~$100-120, but if you know what the other options are in that price range and really prefer the Zero 2 then go ahead.

    I would have thought a 6850 would be a good choice for a GPU.
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    July 22, 2011 4:51:43 PM

    Silvune said:
    It's not that the memory isn't compatible, it's just that the motherboard vendor hasn't tested those particular sticks. Which isn't that big of a deal really, as they can't test every module on the market, so there are lots more sticks which are compatible but just haven't been tested.


    Exactly. Most of the time you probably won't have an issue with one or even two sticks of RAM that aren't listed as long as you configure it correctly. The reason I brought up the memory support list was mainly because you stated you want to upgrade to 16GB later. I've seen and read quite a few times where filling all the DIMMs has lead to problems. But to be fair I have seen it work without issue also. I just think it's nice to know before I buy it, that what I'm spending my money on is going to work.
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