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1st home system build - compatability questions

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June 12, 2012 10:14:47 AM

Hey guys! :hello: 

I'm kinda new here, I have always used this forum for information but this is my first post.
I have bought the items bellow for my first full system build and was looking for some expert advice.


This is my system spec;

Power supply: OCZ 650w (From previous system)

Mobo: Gigabyte ud3 x79...LINK - http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=...

CPU: I7 3820 2011 socket

RAM: G.Skill Ripjawz 4 x 4 GB 1866MHz...LINK - http://www.ebuyer.com/319758-g-skill-16gb-ddr3-1866mhz-...

CPU Cooler: H100

Graphics Card: EVGA GTX 550 ti Superclocked (From previous system)

Windows 7 (system builder version) x64...LINK - http://www.ebuyer.com/259863-microsoft-windows-7-home-p...

SSD: OCZ 120GB Agility 3

HDD: 2 x 240GB

HAF X Case ( aim to water cool eventually, hence the large case)...LINK - http://www.ebuyer.com/222943-coolermaster-haf-x-case-rc...


None of the items have arrived yet and can be sent back if needed.

What I would like to know is:

1) Have I made any serious mistakes with my purchases? (main worries are the memory, and if the windows 7 system builder version was a good choice?)
2) Is the RAM i have chosen compatable with the motherboard?
3) will I be able to get a decent overclock with the CPU?

And finally as a bonus question ;) 
Any suggestions for two new graphics cards SLI (I personally prefer Nvidia, Any Price) or if another GTX 550ti will be good enough?

Thanks Again,

Enty231

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June 12, 2012 10:28:28 AM

Judging from the components listed, this is an editing rig?
We need more info about what you want from the machine, because if it were a purely editing/rendering rig with some light gaming, youv got it right. But for a proper gaming build youv got your money tied in the wrong places.

anyway the questions.
1. Depends on what you want it do do. The RAM and Windows 7 OEM shouldnt be a problem.
2. Yes. Its an X79 platform and the RAM lists itself as compatible with it.
3. Do not know much about overclocking on X79, but if it follows Intels marketing scheme, no. No "K" on the CPU means limited overclock ability. Temp wise you fine with your probably overkill watercooler.

If you were going to SLI anything, get a bigger PSU, 750W for dual.
June 12, 2012 10:49:05 AM

Thanks for the Reply,

Id say i was after 60% Editing capability and 40% Gaming (maybe even 50/50), I will spend my days editing on it and my nights playing games on it.

from your reply I take it I have focused too much on the editing capabilities?

How would I make this a better gaming computer? i.e what would need to be replaced/updated? (besides the graphics cards).

I thought that cooler was overkill Just couldn't help myself..

Thanks for the power supply advice.. I'm getting the graphics cards in October/November So my 650 will hold up till then.




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June 12, 2012 11:02:48 AM

Just a bit.

The whole X79 platform is a bit overkill, a Z77 would be fine and work out cheaper. You would also get more options as X79 isnt really consumer grade, its more for running large scale business servers.

A Z77 mobo, say an AsRock Z77 Extreme4, an i7-3770k, 16GB of 1600Mhz CL8 RAM, a GTX670 and a 600W PSU would form the basis of a good editing rig. Throw in a good cooler and stuff like HDD's and SSD's and youd have yourself a fine editing/gaming rig.
June 12, 2012 3:34:36 PM

decided i am going to stick with the x79 for now and upgrade the power supply and upgrade the graphics card to an Asus GTX 670 2gb

Thanks again for the info
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