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I leave for college in a couple months and I'm thinking about building a new computer to take with me, since my sig rig is watercooled and I don't want to haul that back and forth

I got ahold of an x58 mobo a couple weeks ago (Gigabyte EX58-UD3R) and I live near enough to a MicroCenter that I can get an i7 950 for $199. So, based around those, I came up with this:
  • Gigabyte EX58-UD3R - $100
  • Intel Core i7 950 - $199
  • Corsair Vengeance 2x4GB DDR3-1600 - $75 (on sale at Newegg)
  • Video Card - $220
I'm not sure on the video card yet; depends on prices/rebates over the summer. As to the dual-channel memory choice: I would rather have the extra 2GB of RAM than the slight performance boost provided by the triple-channel controller. That and it's easier to get a second pair than a single stick (that board only has 4 DIMM slots). I didn't list other parts such as HDDs, case, PSU, heatsink, or fans because they're things that I either already have or they won't have a huge impact on my budget ($650)

Main Question:
Is continuing on this build worth it? I'm not going to have the money to upgrade the board/processor until after college. I might be able to add memory, an SSD, or CF/SLI over the four years, but not a new platform. I just don't know if it's worth buying into Nehalem when it's been eclipsed by Sandy.

BTW, intended purpose: I'd like to game at relatively high details, not a big deal if I can't, but considering I've been playing on a GTS250/9800GTX+/8800GTS... I also use Gentoo from time to time, so extra RAM and CPU power will help on big system updates
Edited by nexos - 5/26/11 at 2:45pm
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If you KNOW you won't have the cash to upgrade, I would think it's a decent purchase and a decent investment. Are you going to sell your sig rig?

I think the i7 950 will be every bit as good as a sandy bridge build--you're really not missing out on much. The only down-side would be not going with socket 1155 just in case Intel decides to pull another "S775" and keep the socket going for a decade. But I have no idea if that will be the case--I'd like to thin it won't, but who knows...
    
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Just buy a triple channel kit with 4 GB sticks or something and you'll enjoy the extra memory. 6 gigs would still be plenty for gaming, and you would like the boost from triple channel over the VERY small gain from 8 GB of RAM. As for the video card I have a 5870 E6 edition that is awesome. The 2GB of GDDR5 is a bit overkill, but it's a damn fast card.
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I have the same board and it has more then 4 dimm slots. 1366 boards must have triple channel. Last time I checked it wouldn't boot otherwise.

Other then that go for a 6gb pack of some nice corsair ram. And graphics card wise a 6850 and unlock it. Or maybe a gtx 560. Both decent cards.
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Originally Posted by hellboy_101 View Post
I have the same board and it has more then 4 dimm slots. 1366 boards must have triple channel. Last time I checked it wouldn't boot otherwise.
Not true. My mate has a Formula 3 rampage and it has 6DIMMs and he used a 2x4gb kit. Works perfectly fine. Just be sure to put them in the correct slot according to your motherboard manual

And honestly you wont see much improvement with tri -channel ram, if any
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Not true. My mate has a Formula 3 rampage and it has 6DIMMs and he used a 2x4gb kit. Works perfectly fine. Just be sure to put them in the correct slot according to your motherboard manual

And honestly you wont see much improvement with tri -channel ram, if any
Yes you can run dual channel in a tri channel like you said. Doesn't mean that it's a good idea. Some games/applications are more memory intensive than others. Personally I would just get a triple channel kit, you can even pick up some cheap in the for sale section. I've found memory speed to be limiting on occasion, particularly in folding and particularly if you're intending to overclock heavily. For gaming you don't need more than 6gb, but like others said 12gb kits are pretty cheap. To me running dual channel when you have triple channel is like turning a 4th core off in your quad core because most applications don't use it.
     
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My bad, the motherboard model should be EX58-UD3R.
Thanks for the advice so far!
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Just buy a triple channel kit with 4 GB sticks or something and you'll enjoy the extra memory. 6 gigs would still be plenty for gaming, and you would like the boost from triple channel over the VERY small gain from 8 GB of RAM. As for the video card I have a 5870 E6 edition that is awesome. The 2GB of GDDR5 is a bit overkill, but it's a damn fast card.
12GB is a waste of money, six is well more than he will likely need, its lots but his suggestion is actually probably the best. Best video card for that price is probably a 6870, 6850 or for a little extra 560 Ti (with mail in rebate it can be had for 200 bucks, awesome deal)
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