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March 6, 2013 8:05:16 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: This week

Budget Range: $850. after shipping


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Movies and internet.


Are you buying a monitor: No


Parts to Upgrade:

MOBO - ASUS P8Z77-V Lk ATX LGA1155 Z77 DDR3 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 3PCI SATA3 SLI DVI HDMI DP USB3.0
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=71114&vpn=P8Z77-V%20L...

CPU - Intel Core i5 3570K Unlocked Quad Core Processor LGA1155 3.4GHZ Ivy Bridge 6MB Retail
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=70541&vpn=BX80637I535...

Cooler - Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366/1155/1156/2011 120mm
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=64385

RAM - Kingston KHX1600C9D3B1K2/8GX 8GB Kit 2X4GB 1600MHz DDR3 240PIN DIMM Unbuff Hmp HyperX CL9
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=70136&promoid=1324

Video Card - Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 Ti OC 1032MHZ 2GB 6.0GHZ GDDR5 2xDVI HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E Video Card
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=75183&promoid=1324

SSD - Is it possible?


Re-using

Power Supply - Corsair CX600
1GB WD - Caviar Black Hard drive
1.5GB WD - Caviar Green Hard Drive
CD/DVD Drive -
ATX Case



Do you need to buy OS: No



Preferred Website(s) for Parts: NCIX.ca


Location: Chase BC Canada


Parts Preferences: Intel


Overclocking: Yes -


SLI or Crossfire: No


Your Monitor Resolution: Re-using 1366x768 Acer G185hv


Additional Comments: Open to advice. The Mobo and Cpu are on combo sale currently. Should I change anything? or everything.


And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Replacing M2n-e Sli, AMD Athlon x2 4600+, Msi GTX460 oc and 2Gb ram


Thank you for your time.
March 6, 2013 8:11:34 PM

For a SSD - I recommend the Samsung 840 PRO - the 128GB was on sale for $129 w/promo code - they sold out:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://promotions.newegg.com/neemail/latest/index-landi...

The system will definitely be faster (light speed faster....LOL). Depending upon the games you play, and the FPS, going with a better GPU might get you better performance....I am not a big-time gamer - but there are a lot of gamers on here...
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March 6, 2013 9:36:48 PM

That's a great motherboard and CPU, I've done several builds when them and been very happy.

As far as an SSD, it would be nice, but it depends if it comes into your budget. I have a bunch of high end SSDs, but on a budget I would recommend a lower priced 120-240GB SSD that is good rather than spending a bunch extra on the best SSD available.

An SSD will improve general performance and startup time but it is one of the least important components for gaming other than the time to load new levels. The video card is far more important to gaming performance if that is the key for you, and the GTX 660 Ti is a good choice.
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March 7, 2013 4:06:37 PM

Thanks you. I ordered it but couldn't spring for the SSD yet so I guess that will be the first upgrade and then a new screen.
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March 7, 2013 5:49:08 PM

Thanks G-unit
I called 3 location and they all said it will work. your link wouldn't work could you post just the part#.

http://www.kingston.com/datasheets/KHX1600C9D3B1K2_8GX....

(snip from description)
Each
module kit has been tested to run at DDR3-1600 at a low
latency timing of 9-9-9 at 1.65V. The SPDs are programmed to
JEDEC standard latency DDR3-1333 timing of 9-9-9 at 1.5V.
Each 240-pin DIMM uses gold contact fingers and requires
+1.5V.

(snip from features)
JEDEC standard 1.5V (1.425V ~ 1.575V) Power Supply

VDDQ = 1.5V (1.425V ~ 1.575V)



what does this all mean? is it 1.5 or 1.65?



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March 7, 2013 9:42:37 PM

Vapor Dad said:
Thanks G-unit
I called 3 location and they all said it will work. your link wouldn't work could you post just the part#.

http://www.kingston.com/datasheets/KHX1600C9D3B1K2_8GX....

(snip from description)
Each
module kit has been tested to run at DDR3-1600 at a low
latency timing of 9-9-9 at 1.65V. The SPDs are programmed to
JEDEC standard latency DDR3-1333 timing of 9-9-9 at 1.5V.
Each 240-pin DIMM uses gold contact fingers and requires
+1.5V.

(snip from features)
JEDEC standard 1.5V (1.425V ~ 1.575V) Power Supply

VDDQ = 1.5V (1.425V ~ 1.575V)



what does this all mean? is it 1.5 or 1.65?


Looks like that one is 1.5V. This is the part number of the link I had earlier: KHX1600C9D3P1K2/8G
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March 16, 2013 12:30:25 PM

Thank you all for the help.

Everything worked with no problems and booted first try. The ram is 1.65v but the bios automatically set it at 1.5v
The improvement is amazing and when I get a ssd I can only imagine :) 

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