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Can you foresee any problems with this setup?

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June 19, 2012 9:05:00 AM

Hey all! New here. Just put together a kit of what I think to be my first solid video/audio editing/gaming/everyday use setup. Here is what I bought:

MOBO:
GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU:
Intel Core i5-3550 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

VIDEOCARD:
XFX Double D HD-687A-ZDFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MEMORY:
G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Using my old harddrives, a rosewill case I got about a year ago, and my antec 500w PSU that I also already had.

I'm not really familiar with the 2133Mhz memory, and am still a little unsure of how all this stuff will come together, also if it will give me any issues. Thoughts?

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June 19, 2012 6:25:34 PM

The RAM will void the warranty of the CPU. 2133 MHz is only worth it if the RAM can be overclocked and is the same price as 1600 MHz RAM.
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June 19, 2012 6:29:38 PM

I did end up getting it for roughly the same price as the 1600 I was going to get, only a few dollars more. I didn't know about the warranty being voided, I had no idea. Do you think I'm actually putting my CPU at risk by running it?
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June 19, 2012 6:32:09 PM

No, not unless you change the volts.
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June 19, 2012 6:38:07 PM

I'm sort of a noob when it comes to a ground up build. To get the most out of my ram without harming my CPU or running into huge stability issues, what would I need to do?
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June 19, 2012 6:53:51 PM


You understand from a gaming standpoint it is your video card that really makes gaming fly?

Very few instances of performance gains will be seen with faster RAMs, unless all you play is synthetic benchmarking.

And a guy with a PhII965 & an HD7850 (same cost as your stuff) would get around 50% better frames.

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June 19, 2012 6:57:57 PM

Yeah my main post is a little misleading. I'm not a hardcore gamer really, my main use for the computer will really be for video editing/audio editing. I will game on it, but I don't need to have the best performance for games.
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June 21, 2012 9:06:39 PM


If that's the case you might want to consider studying-up on OpenGL and OpenCL acceleration and the use of the graphics engine in video editing and transcoding.

Something like the FirePro V4900 ($160) will accelerate some individual functions well beyond the capability of the CPU --- in gaming it should perform in the HD6750 range (or much likely higher if it is an OpenGL game)


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