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I'm currently swapping out my 790i ultra / q9450 setup for an i5 2500k build. I've done a little research into overclocking the i5 and it seems that getting 4.5ghz on air is very doable and safe for 24/7 use so thats the main reason I want it.

Anyways I'll be carrying over everything except for the mobo/ram/cpu and heatsink. These are the parts I'm considering right now..

ASUS P8P67 PRO (REV 3.1) 174$

Intel Core i5-2500K 219$

Noctua NH-D14 85$

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB DDR3 1600 (2 x 4GB) F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM CAS 8 1.5V 69$

or

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB DDR3 1600 (2 x 4GB) F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL CAS 9 1.5V 51$

or

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB DDR3 1600 (2 x 2GB) F3-12800CL6D-4GBXH CAS 6 1.5v 59$

I guess I just don't know which ram set to go with. This rig is purely for gaming, so I honestly just want whichever set will be most stable with the best performance. 8 gigs sounds really nice but I wonder if getting 4 gigs of lower latency ram would be best for gaming?

Also I'm a bit worried that the Noctua d-14 won't fit in my case with those ram sticks. I have an Antec 1200 that I will be carrying over from my previous setup. Also is it even worth upgrading right now with Intel getting ready to release their new chips? Thanks in advance.
Edited by belowthelights - 10/3/11 at 5:58am
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Can't answer your latency question but the NH-D14 will have clearance for G.SKILL Ripjaws


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i looked up the compability list for the D14 on those ram sticks and they fit fine shouldnt be a problem (correct me if iam wrong) and go with the 8 GB rip jaws X kit just to future proof yourself also anything else it looks good and the difference between cas 6 or 8 or 9 is very minimal you will barely notice it
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If you usually have an insane amount of programs running at the same time 8 gig would be nice. If you do only gaming, I guess 4 gig ram would be enough..
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Ok I guess I'm sold on 8 gigs of ram. Another question. I read that the Deluxe version of the ASUS P8P67 is designed to hold high overclocks for longer periods of time than the Pro version but they didn't really explain in detail why. Does anyone know if it's really worth dropping the extra cash for the Deluxe? Most seem to just go with the Pro.
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Ok I guess I'm sold on 8 gigs of ram. Another question. I read that the Deluxe version of the ASUS P8P67 is designed to hold high overclocks for longer periods of time than the Pro version but they didn't really explain in detail why. Does anyone know if it's really worth dropping the extra cash for the Deluxe? Most seem to just go with the Pro.
The delux has more cpu phases but you dont need them. you can even go with the non pro board vesion, get the same performance and save some $$

Thats what i did, oc'd my i7 with no problems
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Get the 8GB C9 1600 MHz ram. For gaming, that is the sweet spot. You will notice the lack of ram if you have a bunch of things open. You won't really notice the difference from ram latencies in games.

There should not be much difference between Pro and Deluxe from performance standpoint. At 4.5GHz or so, they should be comparable. Maybe at over 5GHz if you are lucky enough to have a great CPU, there will be a slight difference.
Edited by Riou - 10/3/11 at 6:54am
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Get the 8GB C9 1600 MHz ram. For gaming, that is the sweet spot. You will notice the lack of ram if you have a bunch of things open. You won't really notice the difference from ram latencies in games.

There should not be much difference between Pro and Deluxe from performance standpoint. At 4.5GHz or so, they should be comparable. Maybe at over 5GHz if you are lucky enough to have a great CPU, there will be a slight difference.
Right now on Newegg they have the 8cas 2x4 set at 14 dollars off so it's essentially the same price as the 9cas 2x4 set. Would you still go with the 9 cas in that scenario? I mean that sounds like a no brainer but the 9 cas set has a ton more feedback so maybe it's more solid, you never know xD.
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Do you have a Microcenter local to you?

They have some nice deals on SB CPUs and motherboards every once in a while, not to mention they sell the 2500K for $180 normally.
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Do you have a Microcenter local to you?

They have some nice deals on SB CPUs and motherboards every once in a while, not to mention they sell the 2500K for $180 normally.
Unfortunately I don't. They don't have any stores here in KY. Do they sell online? Gonna check it out, 180$ is a nice deal.'

Edit: lame, that deal is in store pick up only.
Edited by belowthelights - 10/3/11 at 8:34am
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