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July 29, 2012 7:37:26 AM

Hey guys, question about memory slots. If I have 4x slots do I want to use them all? I building a new gaming rig and got flamed about 32GB of RAM and was told I only really need 8GB. Here is the board Im going to get http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard


Do I want to use a 4x2GB config to fill all the slots?

Side question...dual channel vs quad and hex. I noticed the MB Im getting is dual channel. Should I find one that is quad or higher or is there not much of a difference?

Thanks,

Hunt

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July 29, 2012 7:54:37 AM

Its dual channel.

Do u do other things than games and the net?

Than get 16GB

RAM is cheap, so get 16GB anyway.
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July 29, 2012 7:54:57 AM

I recommend CORSAIR Vengeance 99% of the time, quality RAM and low profile with XMP profile.
And if u will get an aftermarket CPU cooler, low profile is the worry free remedy with perfect fit with any large cooler.
CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Vengeance Low Profile heat spreaders have a reduced height of 1.03" (26.25mm). They're designed for high-performance systems with extra-large CPU coolers, small form factor system builds, or any other space-constrained application where standard Vengeance memory might not fit.

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a c 146 } Memory
July 29, 2012 7:56:23 AM

BTW, do u have x64bit windows?
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a b } Memory
July 29, 2012 8:04:08 AM

there are only dual, triple, and quad channel memory controllers on common CPUs as far as I am aware. Again. The controller is on the CPU, so changing the board does nothing, you have to switch sockets/CPUs to something like sandy bridge-e to change that. And no it doesn't really matter.

You always want to fill all the channels of the controller, so for you with a dual channel controller you want to use 2x4GB for two reasons. you take a slight hit in timings using all 4, and if you ever needed to upgrade you have to replace it all instead of just adding to it.

8GB is plenty for gaming. I run 8 with the page file off and a bunch of background stuff and browsers up and can alt tab out of any game and back instantly. You could go 16 if you really want but it's really not going to be used by anything right now, better to spend money elsewhere. 32 is just wasted money unless its for a specially program. Think VMs, servers, professional.applications etc
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July 29, 2012 8:04:26 AM

I will be running W7 64 ult. I have been partial to G.Skill in my past builds. I will start buying parts in about 3-5 days when I redeploy back to the states from Afghanistan. I have just been doing some last minute research. I had thought about going with the "I have the largest e-peen" build but I decided on fast and practical. Here is what I have decided on so far (at least I think)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... EVGA Superclocked, Signature 2 02G-P4-2687-KR GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support ...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... CORSAIR Gaming Series GS800 800W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC High Performance Power ...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC256D/AM 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) Desktop Upgrade Kit

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler
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a c 146 } Memory
July 29, 2012 8:09:01 AM

All u need is quality 500W PSU.

This one is just fine.

SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply


was: $124.99
$89.99

FREE SHIPPING

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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July 29, 2012 8:13:41 AM

This is from the details page on the GPU: "System RequirementsMinimum of a 550 Watt power supply. (Minimum recommended power supply with +12 Volt current rating of 38 Amps.)"

I thought I would go higher in case I wanted to SLI later...just a thought
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a c 146 } Memory
July 29, 2012 8:13:45 AM

All looks great.

I would pick for recommendation few of those myself : )
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a c 146 } Memory
July 29, 2012 8:14:04 AM

huntrik said:
This is from the details page on the GPU: "System RequirementsMinimum of a 550 Watt power supply. (Minimum recommended power supply with +12 Volt current rating of 38 Amps.)"

I thought I would go higher in case I wanted to SLI later...just a thought

Yes, if u will go SLI, than yes. Absolutely.
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a c 146 } Memory
July 29, 2012 8:23:34 AM

I'd say, you do : )

Noctua is the way. Better temps in high OC with less noise.
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July 29, 2012 8:32:54 AM

I'd take a 670 or 7970 over the 680. The small performance difference isn't really worth $100 to me. But that's a personal choice. Really not a lot of room to improve on what you picked. I would suggest a modular PSU though
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July 29, 2012 8:38:10 AM

Because I was flamed before for suggesting anything over 1600, I was told it was a complete waste of money...
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July 29, 2012 8:39:28 AM

unksol said:
I'd take a 670 or 7970 over the 680. The small performance difference isn't really worth $100 to me. But that's a personal choice. Really not a lot of room to improve on what you picked. I would suggest a modular PSU though



Im seriously thinking of SLI with 2x 670's
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July 29, 2012 8:40:09 AM

"I have been thinking about water cooling.."

Why not.

And you can add a water block to the loop for the GPU and run cool and "quiet",

u cannot add anything in the H100.
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a c 146 } Memory
July 29, 2012 8:43:10 AM

huntrik said:
Because I was flamed before for suggesting anything over 1600, I was told it was a complete waste of money...

I know, people tend to advice on 8GB because they have no idea

how to use RAM more effectively.

Once they use the RAM disc and learn to use that, they would change mind.
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a c 146 } Memory
July 29, 2012 8:46:37 AM

BTW, I would go with SLI gtx670 as well.

Or this?

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a c 146 } Memory
July 29, 2012 8:58:23 AM

Check the difference in some games between 2way and 3way SLI.

Not all that much gain.

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July 29, 2012 9:00:26 AM

Yeah, not worth another $409 for a 3rd card but definately worth it for the 2nd card
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a c 146 } Memory
July 29, 2012 9:10:44 AM

Depends on the game, but u can always add 1 later :D 
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July 29, 2012 9:13:28 AM

Ok, I think Im ready....here it is

W7 64 bit Ultimate

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

2x http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... EVGA 02G-P4-2678-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... G.SKILL Sniper Gaming Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-17000CL9Q-16GBSR

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC256D/AM 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) Desktop Upgrade Kit

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case

And a water cooler setup from www.frozencpu.com

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a c 146 } Memory
July 29, 2012 2:52:11 PM

It look all right to me.
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