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Opinion build direction! Any input is appreciated! (For my i7 860 and Asus P7P55D)

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Well, normally I would read up and do the research myself but two things kind of caught me off guard so I have only minimal research. I would be using this for daily tasks and some gaming here and there. I am looking forward to the new Battlefield 3 so I would like to have a system that can handle that.

1. I got midterms out the ass for graduate school right now lol
2. I found this deal and bought it the same day (wasn't even looking TBH)

I got a i7 860 and Asus P7P55D-E-Pro for ~$200 (I thought that was a killer deal) and am curious on to what I should add to my build memory and hard drive wise. Some things I have read but could use some clarification on is:

1. I have read that this processor has a locked memory multiple so the memory can't go above 1333mhz hence I should buy only 1333mhz DDR3. (Is there a big difference between 1333mhz and the higher ones anyways?)

2. The board has SATAIII and USB 3.0 so should I get a SATAIII SSD drive? Do they even use that bandwidth yet? I understand having the headroom would be nice.

3. What kind of heatsink should I run? Right now everyone says the TRUE heatsink with the lapping and pressure mod, but for $70 would I be better off just running water cooling? (My computer case has ports on the backside for it)

I realize that the majority of these questions come down to opinion and taste so I am open to any suggestion.

And here is the list of stuff I have:
Antec P182 w/ 650W Modular Power Supply
500GB SATA Hard Drive (5400rpm)
(2) Gigabyte ATI 4850 Video Card (I plan to run crossfire for now)
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1. Honestly you won't see a difference between DDR3 speed unless you are doing some serious benching/folding. Stick with DDR3-1333 or DDR3-1600 (which ever is the cheapest).

2. If you have the money, definitely go with SATA 3 SSD. They may not saturate SATA 3 yet, but their speed are already over SATA 2.

3. Heatsink is subjective, go with high-end air cooling to save some money.
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Misaka
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-3570K ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 Sapphire HD 7850 2 GB Samsung DDR3 16 GB (30 nm) 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial M4 128 GB WD Caviar Blue 1 TB Lite-on DVD Burner Thermalright Venomous X 
OSOSMonitorKeyboard
Windows 7 Professional x64 (Host) Crunchbang Linux x64 (Guest) HP 2311x HP PS/2 Keyboard 
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Rosewill Capstone 450 W Rosewill Challenger Logitech M570 ASUS Xonar D1 
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Originally Posted by trumpet-205 View Post
1. Honestly you won't see a difference between DDR3 speed unless you are doing some serious benching/folding. Stick with DDR3-1333 or DDR3-1600 (which ever is the cheapest).

2. If you have the money, definitely go with SATA 3 SSD. They may not saturate SATA 3 yet, but their speed are already over SATA 2.

3. Heatsink is subjective, go with high-end air cooling to save some money.
Sweet thanks man! Yeah I won't be doing serious folding

I mean I have heard people say you can get a water cooling setup for around $150 so I thought for an extra $75 I might as well do it one time
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for memory u can feel difference between 1333mhz and 1600mhz in gaming but not by that much...so take whichever is cheaper...
i suggest u to take gskill ripjaws x 1600mhz cl8/cl9 memory kit(8gb)

as for sata3...why not if u got the cash for it.....

i prefer noctua d12/14 heatsink its the best....
or u could try corsairs h80 series hydro coolers.....
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Originally Posted by ghost_z View Post
for memory u can feel difference between 1333mhz and 1600mhz in gaming but not by that much...so take whichever is cheaper...
i suggest u to take gskill ripjaws x 1600mhz cl8/cl9 memory kit(8gb)

as for sata3...why not if u got the cash for it.....

i prefer noctua d12/14 heatsink its the best....
or u could try corsairs h80 series hydro coolers.....
Sweet so it looks like I am going with DDR3 1600mhz and SATA3.

Still undecided on the water cooler setup....I will look around to see what I can find. Right now, I probably will say no just because if I ran a water cooler setup, I would want water blocks for the GPUs as well and the ones I have, have special passive coolers that I don't feel like messing with.
Edited by alansupra94 - 10/21/11 at 11:26am
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get a 6970 or 570
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Originally Posted by BigN815 View Post
get a 6970 or 570
Maybe in time but right now the 4850s run pretty damn well.
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