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I'm currently in the process of building the "Ultimate Dream Machine" of my very own. (Yes, I'm a Maximum PC subscriber, lol) I find that part of the fun is choosing all the parts to make it e best possible system. I will use the system day-to-day, as well as for gaming such as SWTOR and WOW.

I've already purchased most of the parts. I'm currently on the fence with the remaining parts. I'm still deciding which will be the best way to go. I have the case, power supply, mother board, CPU, CPU water cooler, SSD Hard Drive, and I will be reusing some other parts such as the DVD RW. I chose the i5 3570k only because it was on sale with the i7 3770k, but I hawked my local Micro Center all week and they never came back in stock. Should work fine for what I will use the system for, plus I got a great deal on the i5 and Z77 combo.

I plan to OC the system and get to around 4.5 to 4.6GHz. I've done a lot of research and I've read that with my planned components, I should be able to reach 4.5 GHz without breaking a sweat.

Here's the dilemma. I would like to install 32 GB of RAM and also create a RAM Disk to host my gaming files. I've seen some demos and the read/write speed would make an SSD drive look like it was on 10th gear reverse. Problem is, I've not been able to decide on which RAM to use. Sure, I've seen it done with G.SKILL Trident X Series RAM (8GB x 4), but the cost of this RAM is breaking my budget. I've come too far to just give up now. But I don't want to just sacrifice and get the cheapest DDR3 1600 RAM either.

My next issue is not as difficult. I've already planned on an XFX Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition Black Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5. It's been difficult to find at a reasonable price. It should be around the $350 price range. I've now started second guessing if I should just go with the XFX Radeon HD 7970 Black Edition 3GB 384-bit GDDR5, which would only be like $100 more. Again, a difficult to find item.

So that's where I am today. Waiting on the parts listed in the system description. They should be here tomorrow. But kinda at a stand still until I can decide on RAM and find a video card. I also plan to add an LED display to the mix, but that's after all the rest if put together, or if I find an INSANE deal on one. My primary focus is to get this system up and running within the next week or two.

Thoughts and suggestions are greatly appreciated. thumb.gif

Shock
5/13/12
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I'm currently in the process of building the "Ultimate Dream Machine" of my very own. (Yes, I'm a Maximum PC subscriber, lol) I find that part of the fun is choosing all the parts to make it e best possible system. I will use the system day-to-day, as well as for gaming such as SWTOR and WOW.
I've already purchased most of the parts. I'm currently on the fence with the remaining parts. I'm still deciding which will be the best way to go. I have the case, power supply, mother board, CPU, CPU water cooler, SSD Hard Drive, and I will be reusing some other parts such as the DVD RW. I chose the i5 3570k only because it was on sale with the i7 3770k, but I hawked my local Micro Center all week and they never came back in stock. Should work fine for what I will use the system for, plus I got a great deal on the i5 and Z77 combo.
I plan to OC the system and get to around 4.5 to 4.6GHz. I've done a lot of research and I've read that with my planned components, I should be able to reach 4.5 GHz without breaking a sweat.
Here's the dilemma. I would like to install 32 GB of RAM and also create a RAM Disk to host my gaming files. I've seen some demos and the read/write speed would make an SSD drive look like it was on 10th gear reverse. Problem is, I've not been able to decide on which RAM to use. Sure, I've seen it done with G.SKILL Trident X Series RAM (8GB x 4), but the cost of this RAM is breaking my budget. I've come too far to just give up now. But I don't want to just sacrifice and get the cheapest DDR3 1600 RAM either.
My next issue is not as difficult. I've already planned on an XFX Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition Black Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5. It's been difficult to find at a reasonable price. It should be around the $350 price range. I've now started second guessing if I should just go with the XFX Radeon HD 7970 Black Edition 3GB 384-bit GDDR5, which would only be like $100 more. Again, a difficult to find item.
So that's where I am today. Waiting on the parts listed in the system description. They should be here tomorrow. But kinda at a stand still until I can decide on RAM and find a video card. I also plan to add an LED display to the mix, but that's after all the rest if put together, or if I find an INSANE deal on one. My primary focus is to get this system up and running within the next week or two.
Thoughts and suggestions are greatly appreciated. thumb.gif
Shock
5/13/12

Welcome, sorry no one has replied. Mainly because you posted this in the wrong area. I would suggest moving this under the Intel general threads (ask a mod or recreate it)

As for your questions, The difference between 1600 cas 9 and 1866 cas 9 is extremely minute. While the 1866 would look better on a bench mark, most likely in real world applications you will not notice a difference what so ever. Especially in gaming. Pretty much anything Corsair or G skill would work just fine. Ivy Bridge/Sandy Bridge does not benefit from higher ram clocks really. a lower CAS (timing) would be a smarter choice. That or go for a higher clock ram and lower the clock and tighten the timings.

Graphics wise, check out a few websites with benchmarks and check out which GPU will put you at the desired frame-rates you are looking for. SWTOR and WOW are not very intensive what so ever compared to BF3 for instance.
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