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February 16, 2012 3:25:22 PM

I'm looking to upgrade my system as it is falling behind in sli. I also want to get an SSD. Parts needed CPU, Motherboard, Ram and an SSD.

Current Rig:
Q6600 B3 @3.2 GHz (Selling)
EVGA 680i (Selling)
Patriot 4GB DDR2 800 (Selling)
Corsair H50 Cooler (Keeping)
Creative X-Fi (Keeping)
2 x PNY GTX 465 Flashed to GTX 470 in sli (Keeping)
Hauppauge 1800 TV Tuner (Keeping)
2 x 250GB Seagate 7200 RPM Hard Drives in Raid 0 (Keeping)
2 x 1.5TB Seagate 7200 RPM Hard Drives for movies and data (Keeping)
ASUS DVD Burner (Keeping)
Kingwin Lazer 1000w PSU (Keeping)
Rosewill Card Reader (Keeping)

Here are the parts I have picked out.

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

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

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

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

What do you think? Thanks for the help!!!

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a c 78 B Homebuilt system
February 16, 2012 3:48:57 PM

I would get CT2KIT51264BA1339 instead of the RAM you picked, a Gigabyte Z68 for the same price as the ASRock motherboard, and a Crucial M4 128GB instead of the SSD.

What you chose should probably work, but I don't think you are maximally limiting your risk of out-of-the-box parts failure.
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February 16, 2012 4:02:47 PM

Raiddinn said:
I would get CT2KIT51264BA1339 instead of the RAM you picked, a Gigabyte Z68 for the same price as the ASRock motherboard, and a Crucial M4 128GB instead of the SSD.

What you chose should probably work, but I don't think you are maximally limiting your risk of out-of-the-box parts failure.


The SSD you suggested is much slower then the one I picked. The Ram is also much slower in MHz and the CAS is higher. The only reason I chose the ASRock Motherboard is people are hitting 5.0GHz with it and seems to be one of the best Z68 motherboards. Gigabyte is good but they have a high boot loop failure problem all the way back to the Socket 775 motherboards. I forgot to mention price is not an issue. I want to overclock the hell out of it.
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a c 78 B Homebuilt system
February 16, 2012 4:50:32 PM

The SSD write speed is slower. The read speeds are afaik about the same. Since you would probably write to it about 1/25 as often as you read from it, the difference isn't major.

The RAM isn't much slower in any real world application. It may take 7 extra seconds out of a couple minutes long attempt to zip a 1 GB directory if you for some reason you wanted to do that, but otherwise the performance in pretty much every other application will be exactly the same.

You would get no more FPS in any game with 2133 RAM instead of 1333 RAM. In order for you to get more FPS with 1600 or even 2133 RAM your RAM has to be bottlenecked and it is extremely difficult for a computer to be built where the RAM is the bottlenecked part. Higher MHZ and lower CAS don't matter if you don't see even 1 FPS more.

Sure they may sound cool, but I am talking about making a computer to use it, not so you can make a computer that other people drool over.

Also, I know you don't come in here often, but as you can see from my rank, I do. I can tell you that I have seen a whole lot more people with ASRock motherboard problems than the number with Gigabyte motherboard problems.

Gigabyte has a lot longer and better track record than ASRock does.

Anyway, its not like I am saying these things because I want people to have a worse computer building experience. I have spent more time in my life working with computer hardware than most people and I have gained some wisdom along the way that I put to work helping people.

You may be fine choosing what you have or you may not, but you have at least been advised about which parts I think would leave you better off in most realistic scenarios.
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February 16, 2012 6:52:35 PM

Here are the parts I purchased. I'm willing to take the risk.

Memory: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 8GB CAS 8 DDR3 1600 at a low price and 1.5v

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819115072 No sense in getting the 2600k

Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813157271 This is the best Z68 board out for price/performance and has had extensive testing and reviews on various websites. It will also allow for Ivy Bridge.

SSD: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... $114.99 after rebate

Total $539.52 includes shipping and rebates.
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February 16, 2012 6:55:01 PM

Selling off the old parts including the (2) 250GB hard drive so the upgrade will cost 200-250 at most. Q6600 EVGA 680i and 4GB DDR2 800 I will get around 300 for it all.
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