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October 24, 2011 8:09:14 PM

Hi

I'm looking to build a new PC, I currently have a custom made PC but plan to change pretty much everything inside with these components.

-Asus P6X58D-E X58 Socket 1366 Gigabit Lan Tripple PCI-E 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard
-Intel Core i7 950 3.06GHz Socket 1366 8MB Cache Retail Boxed Processor
-WD 2TB 3.5" SATA-III 6GB/s Caviar Green Hard Drive - 64MB Cache
-Kingston 4GB DDR3 1600MHz Hyperx Memory Module CL9 1.65V
-Asus GTX 560Ti DirectCU II 1GB GDDR5 Dual DVI Mini HDMI PCI-E Graphics Card
-OCZ MXSP Series 700W 80+ PSU Modular Single 12V Rail 135mm Fan SLI Certified

I plan to use my current Case which is a Xclio A380 plus

Advice on this build will be appreciated

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October 27, 2011 6:13:04 AM

Stay away from socket 1366. Go with an 1155 socket chip - the favorite is the i5-2500k. You'll obviously also need to change your motherboard to something with socket LGA 1155, also. The newest/best chipset is Z68.

The RAM you picked is dual channel RAM and you've picked a triple channel chip/mobo. If you go with your mobo/cpu then change the ram to a triple channel kit (6GB or 12GB). If you go with my mobo/cpu suggestion then dual channel is right. In that case, though, you might want to think about 8GB. RAM is relatively cheap and 4GB is cutting it close.
October 27, 2011 7:02:04 PM

So if I go with a Asus P8Z68-V PRO mobo which has a 1155 socket and a Intel Core i7-2600k chip would it still be a solid system?
Since the new mobo is dual channel I can stick with the RAM I plan to buy and will buy two instead of one so the system will have 8GB in total

Thank you for pointing out not to go for the 1366 socket.
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October 28, 2011 1:09:16 AM

Yeah, you've got it right. An i7-2600K on a Z68 board is a great choice. If it's an option I would get a 2x4GB RAM kit instead of the 4x2GB that you mentioned. The performance won't be any different, but if you ever need to go to 16GB you can upgrade more easily.

The only other thing that sticks out to me is the PSU. OCZ isn't the best brand (though it isn't the worst either) and the +12V rail is a little underpowered (25A on each of two rails). I can't find anything that is both modular and more reliable in that price range, though.
October 28, 2011 4:21:14 PM

I can change the RAM to Kingston 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz HyperX Memory Kit CL9 1.65V.

If I was to stick with the PSU that is on the list would there be any problems?
October 29, 2011 12:32:23 AM

mazola3 said:
I can change the RAM to Kingston 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz HyperX Memory Kit CL9 1.65V.

If I was to stick with the PSU that is on the list would there be any problems?


No, the PSU will be fine. Just maybe not as efficient as some others.
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