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December 7, 2012 2:27:04 AM

Hello,
I have had some experience building computers before. I get old parts from the local dump, and use the working ones to make computers however these parts are almost worthless, and I always have tonnes of them. so if I make a computer and something doesn't work, I replace the dis-functioning part with another one. but now I am dealing with expensive computer parts that I cant afford to be incompatible. This is my current parts list:

CPU: Intel i7-3820

Mobo: Asus P9X79

PSU: Thermaltake TR2 Bronze 800W

Graphics Card: Asus GTX680-DC2O-2GD5

RAM: i am hoping to get something like this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and of course a 120gb ssd (i will store most my stuff on my server)

if someone could tell me whether these parts are compatible with each other, and their opinion on the system it would be great.

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December 7, 2012 3:13:25 AM

It'll work but that memory is overkill and there's no guarantee it will work at that speed since the CPU only officially supports up to 1600MHz RAM. Also that platform supports quad-channel memory so if you really needed high memory speed for some reason you could get much more bandwidth and double the capacity out of a similarly priced 1600MHz 4 x 4 GB kit, which also has lower latency, works at a lower voltage, and could probably clock almost as high anyway, such as this:

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

Any reason you need/want to go with LGA2011 platform over 1155?
December 7, 2012 3:31:58 AM

bardacuda said:
It'll work but that memory is overkill and there's no guarantee it will work at that speed since the CPU only officially supports up to 1600MHz RAM. Also that platform supports quad-channel memory so if you really needed high memory speed for some reason you could get much more bandwidth and double the capacity out of a similarly priced 1600MHz 4 x 4 GB kit, which also has lower latency, works at a lower voltage, and could probably clock almost as high anyway, such as this:

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

Any reason you need/want to go with LGA2011 platform over 1155?

no particular reason for 2011. would 1155 be the better way to go?


I am trying to source parts from msy (http://www.msy.com.au/index.jsp) because they are local, and the prices have been pretty good the last couple of times I have gone there.
Thanks for the advice on the ram, I think ill do that.
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December 7, 2012 4:10:16 AM
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Well 1155 is much more cost-effective. The motherboards are cheaper and most of the processors. That 3820 is kind of an exception as it is cheaper than some of the i7s on the 1155 platform but it's not overclockable but yet doesn't come with a cooler either so you'd have to add the cost of that.

If you go the 1155 route it uses dual-channel memory so no need for 4 sticks.

http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=8835

You also have the option of going with an even cheaper i5 chip if you don't need hyper-threading. Is this build strictly for gaming or are you going to be doing some kind of rendering or video encoding too? For just gaming an i5 is the best choice as hyperthreading doesn't help in games, so you could get that and a board such as the ASRock Z77 Extreme 4 for much less.

http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=9040

http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=9377

That power supply is also overkill unless you planned on adding a second 680 in SLI. You could easily get a higher-quality 600W unit at a lower price if you are only going with the one video card.

http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=9676

Speaking of the video card you could save a few bucks and get a higher factory clocked dual-slot card instead of that 3-slot monster if you go with an MSI twin frozr

http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=9789
December 7, 2012 4:55:43 AM

thanks for the help. it was infinitely useful. the system is going to be used for gaming mainly, but i will need to do my programming on it (python mainly).
December 7, 2012 5:00:45 AM

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