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I just watched Newegg open box and picked up a M4A79XTD Evo for $40.
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post #32 of 44
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Originally Posted by qwertymac93 View Post

That ram has a high clock speed but also high latency. Just get a cheaper 1600mhz kit like this one and spend the extra on the mobo.
Speaking of which, this asus board has a pretty beefy heatsink on the VRMs, and has thermal protection so if you do somehow manage to overload the board, it'll shut down and save itself from blowing up. honestly you won't get much better overclocking with a crosshair, at least not enough to justify the extra $60-$120.

That ram kit vs the one I linked are almost the same in latency. One you linked is 9-9-9-24 vs 9-10-9-28 for the one I linked.
I would imagine the with the minute amount of latency differences I wouldn't see that big of a performance difference latency wise, but the we 266mhz should increase the amount of bandwidth throughput of the ram. Price difference is negligible though.

As far as the board, just looked it over and it looks very feasible. Even with the ram I link at $50 with free shipping plus that board would put me right at 150$. I think that combo would be very very very good to move to.

Anyone else have feedback on the board Qwerty linked and the differences of the 2 rams linked so far?
post #33 of 44
The ASRock and the Asus both linked are both solid motherboards. You won't go wrong with either.

For the RAM, grab those Sniper 1866 sticks. Keep one thing in mind though, the memory controller on you 955 is DDR3-1333. Anything over 1333 is an overclock. So you may not get 1866 stable out of those sticks....but you could run them as high as your CPU allows, and tighten the timings. Unless you CAN get 1866 out of them, if so...by all means go for it.
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post #34 of 44
I was able to get a nice OC out of my memory which is G Skill 1600 at 9-9-9-24 at 1.5

I OC'd it to 1733 on stock timings with 1.55 with zero effort really.

4 GB is going for $30 and 8GB for $40 on newegg.com

If you want to spend the extra money, then Pioneer's suggestion of the Sniper is def a good choice.

I own both Asus and AsRock motherboards and I like them both quite a bit in terms of build quality and OCing ability.
post #35 of 44
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Ok went ahead and ordered the gskill sniper 1866mhz 8gb kit of ram. I'll try to oc them to 1866 then if I can get it stable tighten up the timings for best performance. If not i'll just down clock and tighten the timings up as listed. At least i'll have the ram available for when I upgrade to something that can support those speeds. I've been eyeing the asus motherboard that was linked. Now I use nvidia video cards, so which board will compliment my EVGA GTX 460 1gb SC EE better?
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Probably just going to lean towards the asus board only 10$ diff from the asrock, still withing the 150 range with the ram, and prior to this MSI board I used nothing but asus anyways. Less there is another board that someone might reference soon. Also have to looks at funds tomorrow after my check goes through to see what I have avail. I'm really considering just holding for a little time and dropping the funds for a asus sabertooth 990fx board. Would next most in the long run as far as I can tell.
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Probably just going to lean towards the asus board only 10$ diff from the asrock, still withing the 150 range with the ram, and prior to this MSI board I used nothing but asus anyways. Less there is another board that someone might reference soon. Also have to looks at funds tomorrow after my check goes through to see what I have avail. I'm really considering just holding for a little time and dropping the funds for a asus sabertooth 990fx board. Would next most in the long run as far as I can tell.

If you're going to dump THAT much money on a motherboard (The Sabertooth), you might as well jump to 1155 at that point. You could do an ASRock Extreme3 Gen3 ($125), any 8GB kit of DDR3, and an i3 2100. Jump to Ivy Bridge when it comes out later on next year with the i5 3570k.

It would be a MUCH further future proof setup, and the i3 2100 at bone stock will walk all over your 955BE at 4.0GHz+.
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If you're going to dump THAT much money on a motherboard (The Sabertooth), you might as well jump to 1155 at that point. You could do an ASRock Extreme3 Gen3 ($125), any 8GB kit of DDR3, and an i3 2100. Jump to Ivy Bridge when it comes out later on next year with the i5 3570k.
It would be a MUCH further future proof setup, and the i3 2100 at bone stock will walk all over your 955BE at 4.0GHz+.

SB or IB is where I will end. This machine will have uses after I make that switch though. Guest PC/Server for movies and such/Kids pc haven't decided so need it to be rock solid. Next year after income tax and my bonus is when i'll be making the dive to SB or IB depending on whats out and going prices. I'll prob just do the asus board for $100 for now. Unless someone can point out another board of equivalent cost with just as good dependability.
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Ok
ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 and the G.Skill 2x4gb 1866mhz ram ordered. Once its in i'll post results here.
With that said any recommendations on what to stick the stock voltages at so I have a base line to start increasing clocks and such before increasing volt?
Looking for:
vcore: 1.25 - 1.35 (guessing)
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htt
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post #40 of 44
CPU vCore start around 1.3 will be fine.

CPU/NB @ 1.25

NB @ 1.15

HTT raise will need more NB voltage, start with 1.15 try to keep it under 1.25 or so - def under 1.3

Ram will be fine at stock voltage, maybe add .05 volts if you OC it or have issues.

Every system will vary.. my processor is slightly different but still a Phenom II, just slightly more refined. The following are my numbers, but you may or may not reach similar numbers with similar voltages.

CPU 4142 MHz @ 1.425 vCore
FSB 259 NB @ 1.15 V
MULTI x 16.0
NB 3106 MHz @ 1.36875 V CPU/NB
RAM 1726 MHz @ 1.55V
HT 2071 MHz
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