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September 19, 2012 6:20:23 PM

I'm looking for some last bits of feedback before I order my new system, its so exciting! Really looking for some technical advice, I know the basics of hardware but am by no means knowledgeable. I have looked at reviews and benchmarks and hope I got it right. But really looking for some final critique before I press the order button.

Thanks for your time and help! Really appreciated.

P.S. Using old HAF 932 Case and ASUS 550ti GPU

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September 19, 2012 6:32:51 PM

You're going to be using a 550TI on that? No. I'd scale the RAM, motherboard, and CPU way back and then upgrade your GPU to a Radeon 7870 or 7950, if gaming is your priority a 550TI is pretty much going to be useless anymore.
September 19, 2012 6:38:47 PM

The idea would be upgrade my GPU in the long run, but right now I'm currently running a last generation DDR2 MEM Q9550 CPU. Its served me well and still holds up today. But I'm struggling when dealing with multiple applications doing my 3D work. Its also starting to creep away from the ULTRA settings and I'm having to start using HIGH and even MEDIUM on specific things. Another problem is I have upgraded to a 1080p monitor so really want the 660TI, but its going to have to wait a little longer I think.

Doing my final checks I was doing some research on MHZ vs Latency and decided to change my memory to a faster frequency over a lower latency. At least from what I can gather on this mythical topic latency times are great for benchmarks while frequency is better for practical purposes. At least I hope I'm correct anyway.

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MY...
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September 19, 2012 6:47:31 PM

ichii3d said:
The idea would be upgrade my GPU in the long run, but right now I'm currently running a last generation DDR2 MEM Q9550 CPU. Its served me well and still holds up today. But I'm struggling when dealing with multiple applications doing my 3D work. Its also starting to creep away from the ULTRA settings and I'm having to start using HIGH and even MEDIUM on specific things. Another problem is I have upgraded to a 1080p monitor so really want the 660TI, but its going to have to wait a little longer I think.

Doing my final checks I was doing some research on MHZ vs Latency and decided to change my memory to a faster frequency over a lower latency. At least from what I can gather on this mythical topic latency times are great for benchmarks while frequency is better for practical purposes. At least I hope I'm correct anyway.

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MY...
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http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MY...


There's no difference between 1600 and 1866, in fact Ivy Bridge CPUs are rated at 1600 and Intel will void your warranty if you go over. I personally wouldn't pay the money for the Sabertooth - I think it's an incredibly overrated motherboard and you don't come out ahead purchasing it. If you want to stick with Asus go with the P8Z77-V and that will save you £100. Also by going with less expensive RAM you save £80 there as well. That will free up more than enough cash to get a good GPU.
September 19, 2012 6:54:09 PM

Ouch really? I read that IvyBridge cap was 1866MHZ? Although I don't even know what this cap is or what damage it does running over it... So basically I have no idea what I'm talking about. But are you sure its 1600MHZ?

Thanks for the recommendations on saving money! Will really help, I will take a look at those alternatives now!
September 19, 2012 6:59:48 PM

ichii3d said:
Ouch really? I read that IvyBridge cap was 1866MHZ? Although I don't even know what this cap is or what damage it does running over it... So basically I have no idea what I'm talking about. But are you sure its 1600MHZ?

Thanks for the recommendations on saving money! Will really help, I will take a look at those alternatives now!


Ivy Bridge is rated for 1600MHz, and by default pretty much every motherboard you can use will run at the lowest speeds it can handle. You can set it to run at stock speeds but going over will cause serious system instability.
September 19, 2012 7:18:10 PM

I see, well I don't plan on overclocking my memory settings or forcing anything. Thanks a lot for that recommendation! Just saved a bomb! I'm looking at that motherboard also, one attractive thing with the Sabertooth is the automatic overclocking... I'm not very experienced in it. The only thing I have ever changed is the FSB.
September 19, 2012 7:52:41 PM

I have being looking at alternatives and a this motherboard has a lot of recommendations. I'm basically looking for something that is going to be very basic to overclock quickly and easily with little knowledge or experience. While at the same time being cool and solid to last for a good few years to come.

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MB...
September 19, 2012 7:59:03 PM

ichii3d said:
I have being looking at alternatives and a this motherboard has a lot of recommendations. I'm basically looking for something that is going to be very basic to overclock quickly and easily with little knowledge or experience. While at the same time being cool and solid to last for a good few years to come.

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MB...


Don't use an mATX board with a HAF 932 - your expansion will be limited. Get this instead: http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MB...
September 19, 2012 8:00:49 PM

Yeah sorry, I copied the wrong link and had to edit. I was intending on linking the PRO version of the one you just linked :D 
September 19, 2012 8:02:47 PM

ichii3d said:
Yeah sorry, I copied the wrong link and had to edit. I was intending on linking the PRO version of the one you just linked :D 


That will work!
September 19, 2012 8:21:14 PM

Oh I also decided to add in a 660TI, if I sell my 560TI I will get more for it now than I will in 4-6months time. I'm just going to take the hit and make money back on selling my old parts on ebay.

But one problem is which 660TI to buy... I'm typically an ASUS or EVGA fan, they have never failed me. But the MSI has lots of great reviews and comments.... its speeds are also clocked faster...

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX...
September 19, 2012 8:30:04 PM

ichii3d said:
Oh I also decided to add in a 660TI, if I sell my 560TI I will get more for it now than I will in 4-6months time. I'm just going to take the hit and make money back on selling my old parts on ebay.

But one problem is which 660TI to buy... I'm typically an ASUS or EVGA fan, they have never failed me. But the MSI has lots of great reviews and comments.... its speeds are also clocked faster...

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX...


I'd personally go for EVGA but that's just me. If you want the MSI go for the MSI.
September 19, 2012 8:45:54 PM

Well, I'm about to order now. Just wanted to give you a big thank you g-unit1111 you have being a life saver! I can't imagine what my machine would have ended up like without your advice and guidance. Big thanks! I'm so dam excited! Can't wait to turn it on and get that new PC smell :p  WOHO!
September 19, 2012 8:47:29 PM

ichii3d said:
Well, I'm about to order now. Just wanted to give you a big thank you g-unit1111 you have being a life saver! I can't imagine what my machine would have ended up like without your advice and guidance. Big thanks! I'm so dam excited! Can't wait to turn it on and get that new PC smell :p  WOHO!


Kind of makes me wish I got paid for doing this. :lol: 
September 19, 2012 8:54:12 PM

Its all ordered! Anyone who might also be looking for help here is my final system.

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