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Hi, noob here. Not to building systems in general, but to the web-site. My nfo:

Been in compu industry since the early '90s, go all the way back to Commodore Vic 20 and TI-99 programming. Have build 20+ personal systems. However, have not built a system since, oh, about 2006. Currently have an aging Alienware system that I've been using for about 2 years that I picked up from eBay. Finally though have given in and decided to dish out about $800-1000 or so into a new rig - partly to show my two teen sons how to build a rig from scratch. I'm only a casual gamer.

Currently have purchased:

AMD 965 BE CPU (w/ XIGMATEK Dark Knight Cooler + AS5)
Asus M4N98TD EVO mobo
4x 4GB G.Skill DDR3-1333 RAM
2x GTX460 SE cards (will SLI)
Corsair TX850 PSU
Antec Twelve Hundred case (arriving Friday, eBay purchase)

Any advice would be appreciated, I only plan on mildly overclocking.

Cya all around the forums!
Edited by CyberCosmiX - 1/17/11 at 7:05pm
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Personally, If you are going the AMD way (mmm), I'd get a 6 core thuban 1055T(OC with FSB)/1095T(OC with multi). And just to make things easier check if the ram you are getting has cas7 for 1333, and to make things even easier look for/get 1600mhz ram with cas7.
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Originally Posted by kenolak View Post
Personally, If you are going the AMD way (mmm), I'd get a 6 core thuban 1055T(OC with FSB)/1095T(OC with multi). And just to make things easier check if the ram you are getting has cas7 for 1333, and to make things even easier look for/get 1600mhz ram with cas7.
Have fun!
Specifically, the mem is G.SKILL F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL Ripjaws that is CAS 9. I've already pulled the trigger on both the CPU ($125) and memory ($37.50/ea stick) and both are sitting in their unopened packages right beside me. Cost was a definite factor in this build.

Do you think that the CPU (quadcore 965 BE vs hexacore 1095T) and mem differences (cas7 vs cas9) will be a big factor in performance vs price? I'm not looking for ultimate performance, just pretty good performance since, again, only a casual gamer here.

Thanks for the advice.
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Personally I think that's a nice rig you've got there.

AMD's get along with tighter timings moreso than higher frequency, so 1600MHz native CL7's, dropped to 1333 and tighter timings if possible, would squeeze every ounce outta them, but it aint the end of the world, and it probably won't be that noticeable in your usage to be honest. It's just one of those things we do.
Good choice on the 2x4Gb's by the way.

[EDIT: Just noticed it actually says 4x4GB... Is 16 Gigs really necessary??? (All 4 slots being full put more of a strain on the IMC AFAIK, and will hinder any push for OCing you may do). But I woulda thought 8GB would be more than enough for what you have planned with it?]

That 965 even with a comfortable OC to 3.7-3.8GHz or so, will be plenty to push the most outta those 460's. Thuban's are great for rendering, multi-threaded applications and some have reported them being better performers clock-for-clock in games like Starcraft 2 and BC2, from what I've read (they also OC extremely well with better IMC's).

Even so, it's few and far between for gaming at the moment, in a year and more, the use of more than four cores will start to shine moreso, at the moment though, your 965 is plenty good. It's your 460's in SLI that'll really shine.

Not sure about the clearance with the Ripjaw's Heatspreader and the DK (depending on the way you mount), but you may have an easier time in the future if you boot initially with the stock AMD HS and the RAM in the first two slots, then move them to the outer slots and mount the DK for any checks you may need to do in the future.

Someone with the DK can correct me if it's unnecessary though.

Nice rig, and welcome to OCN.
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You won't be disappointed on the price/performance by any means. Oc'ing is just easier the lower the cas(in most all cases). And the extra core's amp up multi threaded app's that much more.
Gskill is known for being very OC friendly in most all cases though, so you shouldn't have too much trouble getting it to run at a lower cas at stock speeds (maybe more voltage), and ramping up the speed(and cas) a notch or two with a decent FSB OC.
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