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post #1 of 20
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Hello OC'ers,

I'm going to build a gaming rig for my brother and we've sat down, looked at all the options, and came up with this:

Proc: Intel I7 960
Motherboard: EVGA Classified 3
Mem: 2x Corsair CMX4GX3M1A1600C7 4GB (PC3-12800 / DDR3-1600) 7-8-7-20
Video: EVGA GeForce GTX580
Power Supply: Antec TruePower Quattro 1000w (considering a 1300w too)
SSD Hard Drive: Crucial RealSSD C300 128GB
Sata 600 Hard Drive: Seagate Barricuda XT (ST32000641AS) 2TB

Considering the knowledge you all have, do you foresee any bottlenecking from this rig? Anything we should switch due to better OC'ing/stability capabilities?
Edited by DChat - 3/1/11 at 8:08am
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post #2 of 20
No bottleneck, but have you looked into ram with lower latency than 9? That's a nice rig with plenty of power and if your looking to overclock i'd get ram with cas7 or at least 8.
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post #3 of 20
1000 watt PSU is way overkill for that rig, 650 would be enough.
post #4 of 20
Yeah overkill with current specs, but if you plan to SLI and depending on how many cards i'd go with the 1000w.

How much is your limit to spend on ram? You should at least go for ram at 1600mhz with a cas of 8 or 7.
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post #5 of 20
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Thanks guys for the quick responses!

@Colonel Sanders: Yes, we had looked into a couple 1600Mhz ram though weren't quite sure that they would match up correctly with the fsb speed from the I7. I believe the ram we posted matched up perfectly.. but we'll look into your suggestion again, i'm sure EVGA has some good 1600 sticks listed in their QVL

@Hermitmaster: Yes, the 1000w is a true overkill but we're aiming to upgrade the rig later with a 2nd GTX580, as well as more ram.
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too many to mention :D Win 7 (64 bit) Samsung SyncMaster SA300 (Full HD) Logitech G15 
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post #6 of 20
Well 1066 is the speed for ram on 1366 platform. In order to get higher speeds you'll need to overclock or use the Intel XMP. I believe if you use the XMP you won't be able to overlock it. Anyway overclocking is more fun. With higher speed ram and cas latency, you'll be able to play around with it more. You can sacrifice speed for timings or vice versa.
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post #7 of 20
why not sandybridge? better for gaming, and slightly cheaper than 1366 (depending where you buy from and what motherboard you go for obviously)
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post #8 of 20
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Danny1107 View Post
why not sandybridge? better for gaming, and slightly cheaper than 1366 (depending where you buy from and what motherboard you go for obviously)
I remember reading somewhere that the Sandybridge was better for gaming, though can't recall where...
Anyhow, the Sandybridge mother boards and processors are priced about the same here. Also, we believe that the 1366 socket line is far from stopping production, which will give us better upgrade headroom in 5 years time


PS: updated o.p. memory listing!
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too many to mention :D Win 7 (64 bit) Samsung SyncMaster SA300 (Full HD) Logitech G15 
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Cooler Master RealPower Pro 850W Cooler Master Stacker Logitech G5 X-Fi Xtreme Gamer 
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E8500 @ 4Ghz 1.36V Asus P5E Asus HD7850 DCII 2gb G.Skill F2-8000CL5D-4GBPQ 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
too many to mention :D Win 7 (64 bit) Samsung SyncMaster SA300 (Full HD) Logitech G15 
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post #9 of 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by DChat View Post
Also, we believe that the 1366 socket line is far from stopping production, which will give us better upgrade headroom in 5 years time
Actually that's a mistake. LGA1366 is dead. As far as I know, no new CPUs will come out for it now that the 990X is out.

Edit: actually there is an alleged i7 995X coming out still. That's another $1000+ CPU right there which nobody will be buying. Buying LGA1366 isn't such a great idea now that Sandy Bridge is out.
Edited by Shub - 3/1/11 at 7:18am
post #10 of 20
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Shub View Post
Actually that's a mistake. LGA1366 is dead. As far as I know, no new CPUs will come out for it now that the 990X is out.
Damnit ^^

Hmm.. will defonately have to look into a 1156 rig to compare with the op rig.
And we were so happy with the first rig! hehe
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too many to mention :D Win 7 (64 bit) Samsung SyncMaster SA300 (Full HD) Logitech G15 
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Cooler Master RealPower Pro 850W Cooler Master Stacker Logitech G5 X-Fi Xtreme Gamer 
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Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
too many to mention :D Win 7 (64 bit) Samsung SyncMaster SA300 (Full HD) Logitech G15 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
Cooler Master RealPower Pro 850W Cooler Master Stacker Logitech G5 X-Fi Xtreme Gamer 
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