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December 27, 2011 3:15:14 AM

Hi there,

Are these parts firstly compatible and secondly is this motherboard average? Is there no way of having both GPU cards running at 16x ?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Is there any point getting the expensive ram like above? Or should i rather go with cheaper ram?
What is this new quad-channel ram? And is it worth getting... obviously the motherboard would have to support it. And should i rather get 2gb modules with lower timings?

I use my computer for gaming and HD media.

My main concern is the motherboard :/ 

Thanks :) 
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December 27, 2011 3:26:51 AM

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Is there any point getting the expensive ram like above? Or should i rather go with cheaper ram?


No - most motherboards haven't been tested natively with 1866 yet - most can only achieve that speed through overclocking. Using speeds beyond what your motherboard can handle could spell bad news in the long run. A typical Sandy Bridge build will require dual channel (2 sticks) RAM with speeds 1600MHz timing 9-9-9-24. Now the thing is that most motherboards by default will run at whatever it can handle, but you don't want to go over what the manufacturer specifies.

This would be better RAM and would save you quite a bit: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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What is this new quad-channel ram? And is it worth getting... obviously the motherboard would have to support it. And should i rather get 2gb modules with lower timings?


Quad channel RAM is only for systems running Intel's new X79 chipset / socket 2011 (SB-E processors only). It requires four sticks to get the most functionality out of it, as opposed to the typical dual channel system.

And to answer the second question - not really since like I said by default your motherboard will run the lowest speeds and timings it can handle, and OC'ing your RAM to run at anything other than stock speeds will spell bad news in the long run.

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My main concern is the motherboard :/ 


I like Asus boards, but I am not a fan of the Sabertooth. I'm not sure what they were thinking with that one.

This would be a better board for the price (same one I have): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
If you want to stick with Asus this would be the board I would recommend: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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Are these parts firstly compatible and secondly is this motherboard average? Is there no way of having both GPU cards running at 16x ?


That depends on your motherboard's feature set. Compatibility isn't something you really need to worry about. A typical Z68 or P67 motherboard will, by standard - it will have at default 2 x PCI-e x 2.1 x 16 slots. Some motherboards will have more or less depending on what you're going for, and what your price range is.
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December 27, 2011 2:06:39 PM

Thanks alot g unit i recon ill just go with the gigabyte :)  .
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December 27, 2011 2:29:45 PM

Just been looking at cases and PSU,...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This case looks pretty badass and has some good reviews i also like the bottom mounted PSU.

Will this work? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I have a 750W Thermaltech PSU back in south africa but its 3-4 years old, I had to buy it for my 2900XT which required a 8 pin adapter. Would it be better just getting rid of that and getting a new PSU. I wouldnt be able to tell you the model number, but im probably safer buying a new one :)  thanks alot for all the help.
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a b V Motherboard
December 27, 2011 5:29:11 PM

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Just been looking at cases and PSU,...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811129087

This case looks pretty badass and has some good reviews i also like the bottom mounted PSU.


The DF-85 isn't a bad choice for sure - but the thing about full towers is that they're difficult to transport. Try something like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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Will this work? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817371049

I have a 750W Thermaltech PSU back in south africa but its 3-4 years old, I had to buy it for my 2900XT which required a 8 pin adapter. Would it be better just getting rid of that and getting a new PSU. I wouldnt be able to tell you the model number, but im probably safer buying a new one :)  thanks alot for all the help.


Not a bad choice either. The bad thing about using PSUs from a foreign country is that their power standards might not meet the US power standards. I'd think something like one of these would be a better fit:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 9, 2012 9:52:39 PM

Thanks again for the help.

I ended up ordering from tiger direct, I got,

2 x HD 6950 2GB MSI twin frozen edition
i5 2500k
Corsair Vengeance 16GB PC12800 DDR3 1600MHz 4x4
OCZ Vertex 3 120GB SATA III 2.5" SSD
850W CoolerMaster PSU

MSI P67A-GD65 B3 Intel P67 Socket 1155
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Thanks for all the help :) 

By the way tiger direct are useless.
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