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I just want to know if this MOBO and RAM are up to par.

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February 27, 2013 10:23:16 PM

Thanks for taking the time to click on this thread. I don't know how a motherboard effects performance of a system and how different types of the same amount of RAM changes anything. Anyway, I just want to know if the motherboard and RAM I have picked out go well with the rest of my system. My build is as follows:

XFX Double D FX-797A-TDBC Radeon HD 7970
Intel Core i7-3770K
ASRock Z77 Extreme4
Corsair Vengeance 8 GB (2 x 4 GB)
Phantom 410

I want this as an all-in-one for gaming and my job as a graphics designer. I don't plan on overclocking right away, maybe once this system is a year or so old. So if you think this looks good please say so, if not, I would ask for any recommendations you might have. Thank you for your time, and I will read ALL of the comments left.

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February 27, 2013 10:31:33 PM

Hi, the board does not effect the actual performance, "better" boards are usually better for overclocking. 8 gigs of ram is ok for gaming, but for graphic design i suggest a bit more. My father works as a graphic designer and uses 24 gigs but i think 16 is ok. And also, what is the speed of the ram? I suggest 1600mhz +

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February 27, 2013 10:31:42 PM
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What I see looks good - wondering about speed and timings you'll choose for the memory. Also wondering about what PSU you intend to use. With the IB platform, I will recommend (as does Intel) to look at 1.5v (or lower) ram.
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February 27, 2013 10:40:17 PM

C12Friedman said:
What I see looks good - wondering about speed and timings you'll choose for the memory. Also wondering about what PSU you intend to use. With the IB platform, I will recommend (as does Intel) to look at 1.5v (or lower) ram.

CX Series™ Modular CX750M is the power supply, 1600MHz is the speed of the RAM at 1.5v, and the timing (no idea what that means) is 9-9-9-24 according to newegg.
February 27, 2013 10:41:32 PM

Blue_Toaster said:
Hi, the board does not effect the actual performance, "better" boards are usually better for overclocking. 8 gigs of ram is ok for gaming, but for graphic design i suggest a bit more. My father works as a graphic designer and uses 24 gigs but i think 16 is ok. And also, what is the speed of the ram? I suggest 1600mhz +

Yeah, your right, I probably should upgrade the RAM, I will go for 1600mgz.
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February 27, 2013 10:51:00 PM

yep, with 16 GB of 1600MHz ram, it looks pretty solid to me.
February 27, 2013 11:07:55 PM

C12Friedman said:
yep, with 16 GB of 1600MHz ram, it looks pretty solid to me.

I decided to go from the 7970 to a EVGA GTX 670 because I can overclock it a bit better. I assume this is still a good build, right? BTW thanks for your replies thus far. :) 
February 27, 2013 11:58:46 PM

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February 28, 2013 12:11:12 AM

Ruse said:
I decided to go from the 7970 to a EVGA GTX 670 because I can overclock it a bit better. I assume this is still a good build, right? BTW thanks for your replies thus far. :) 

There is not much difference even when overclocked IMO
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