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Old August 16, 2009, 02:27 PM
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Question Another i7 build to review

Well, I was checking parts and reading up on the i5/i7 differences when I decided that there was no point in waiting, I just have to have an i7. I know, I could wait a couple weeks and at least see what the i5 has to offer and at what price, but I am an impatient man and price, while always a consideration, isn't that important at this time.

So without further ado, here are the parts I am set on:

eVGA x58 SLI LE EVGA X58 SLI LE ATX LGA1366 DDR3 4PCIE-16 PCI-E1 1PCI SATA2 Sound Dual GBLAN 1394 Motherboard - DirectCanada
i7 920 D0 Intel Core I7 920 D0 Stepping Quad Core Processor LGA1366 2.66GHZ Bloomfield 8MB LGA1366 -SLBEJ- - DirectCanada
Corsair HX 850 PSU Corsair Professional HX850W 850W ATX 12V 70A 24PIN ATX Modular Power Supply Active PFC 140MM Fan - DirectCanada
Coolermaster HAF 922 Coolermaster Haf 922 Mid Tower ATX Case Black 5X5.25 5X3.5INT Front Audio USB eSATA No PSU - DirectCanada
Coolermaster Hyper 212 + teamed up with 2 Noctua NF-P12 Push/Pull Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366 LGA775 LGA1156 120MM - DirectCanada
2 x WD 640 Blacks in RAID 0 (already purchased)
SATA DVDRW (no blu-ray required so whatever is on sale will do)

From my current machine I am going to pull the BFG GTX 295 and the Creative X-Fi Xtreme Music PCI card. I have a good wireless keyboard and mouse and I will use my LG Flatron W2442PA as my monitor.

I am stuck on RAM though. There are so many choices out there, so many good companies with excellent choices for affordable prices that it can get a tad difficult to single out one set to use.

So, I am looking for opinions and experiences with tri-channel DDR3 RAM. I read an article on AnandTech, here is the link, AnandTech: Memory Scaling on Core i7 - Is DDR3-1066 Really the Best Choice? where they talk about Memory scaling. Interesting article to be sure, but it still leaves me scratching my head a little.

I am mainly a gamer, Flight Sim X, Rise of Flight, Fallout 3, COD WaW, World in Conflict etc. I plan to OC the CPU to a minimum of 3.6 and I'll go 3.8 if the temps are good, but I am not an extreme OC'er by any means.

I will be keeping the price of the RAM to about $140 - $160 range I think, as with any other part you can spend cash up the hoop if you don't limit yourself

Thanks in advance!
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Old August 16, 2009, 03:33 PM
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These have good price and various timing. They also are great memory wich will probably not give you any trouble.

NCIX.com - Buy Mushkin XP XP3-12800 6GB DDR3 3X2GB DDR3-1600 CL 8-8-8-24 Triple Channel Memory Kit - 998681 In Canada.

NCIX.com - Buy Patriot Extreme Performance Viper 6GB 3X2GB DDR3-1333 CL7-7-7-20 Triple Channel Memory Kit - PVT36G1333LLK In Canada.

NCIX.com - Buy G.SKILL F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ 6GB DDR3 3X2GB DDR3-1600 CL 9-9-9-24 Triple Channel Memory Kit - F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ In Canada.

If needed you can get faster memory but will be a bit more costy, and If youOC you will increase your memory speed so 1333 with 9-9-9-24 will be plenty enough.

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Old August 16, 2009, 04:04 PM
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If your plannng on OC'ing your I7 I'd suggest 1600 Mhz Ram...
You'll find 1333 just doesn't quite cut it with the Bclk speeds and Memory dividers...it will work, but easier with 1600 Mhz...

For example:
Bclk 200 Mhz x 19 Mult = 3.83 Ghz OC / 200 Bclk w 2:8 Divider / Ratio = 200 x 8 = 1600 Mhz
Bclk 160 Mhz x 21 Mult = 3.36 Ghz OC / 160 Bclk w 2:10 Divider / Ratio = 160 x 10 = 1600 Mhz
Bclk 133 Mhz x 21 Mult = 2.83 Ghz / 133 bclk w 2:12 Divider / Ratio = 133 x 12 = 1596 Mhz

And so on, not saying 1333 Mhz isn't any good, just 1600 Mhz is better.
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Old August 16, 2009, 04:11 PM
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Thanks for the input guys, this is what I am looking for! Thanks rjb, I see from a simple math point of view. And thanks mm88 for the links and input. I am going to have a look at eVGA's site to see what the board book says on memory too.
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Old August 16, 2009, 09:40 PM
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I found these Mushkins Mushkin XP3-12800 Xtreme Performance DDR3 SDRAM (7-8-7-20), 6GB Triple Channel Kit at Memory Express Computers here in Winnipeg, seems like a good price with rebate, and they seem close to the Redlines, just a step down. Anyone running Mushkins on an x58 from eVGA? They are not in the list of preferred memory it seems.
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Old August 16, 2009, 11:30 PM
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Try this link to Evga Forum X58 Mobo
EVGA X58 SLI Series

Surf around as I'm sure I saw folks running Mushkins, they are great Ram...have em in my 2nd Rig!

I believe the Sticks I'm using have come down considerably in price as well and are "proven" on that Board...
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