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First off, gotta start solid by picking a fence to stand behind, I will be going with Intel (again) this time.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115070

Then a place to put my shiny new processor.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130574

I guess this new hardware isn't compatible with my old DDR2-1066 ram.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231431

I recently upgraded to an XFX 6970 (first ati card since my radeon 7000) and I have to say I wasn't that surprised by what I saw, so I figure that whats really holding me back is the rest of my computer. I intend on overclocking this processor to its stable limits on my watercooling and keeping it there for the foreseeable future.

I am still considering going with the i5 2500k and I am also completely open to RAM suggestions. Mushkin has always been good to me, but I have heard very good things about G.Skill lately.

i5 vs i7? What do I lose besides 100mhz and 2MB of l3 cache? Will that loss of cache hurt me? All I really do is play video games while having 100 tabs in firefox and a bunch of programs open.

I picked MSI's top of the line board. With Crossfire and SLI support I don't see a downside. Asus has been my choice in the past, but their flagship offerings are pretty pricey.

And a few ram questions:
Should I favor low CAS timings over ram clocks (7v9 and 1600vs2000 respectively, both G.Skill units)

I want at least 8gb of ram. Should I consider 16 (at the expense of speed/cas), or just grab another dual channel set down the road?

Is there another manufacturer I should be looking at?

Last but not least, are my HDDs going to bottleneck me hard? I have a feeling I need to get an SSD.

Thanks in advance,
Jgweb2000
Edited by jgweb2000 - 4/5/11 at 12:28am
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post #2 of 9
Looks solid.

My 2500 is OCd to 4.5 on stock voltage. Very stable. No chance it will bottleneck your rig.
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Are Ripsaws X performance that much better than regular Ripjaws? Cause if it's not really that substantial, you could save yourself about $60 and just get 8GB Ripjaws.
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post #4 of 9
With i5 vs. i7, you lose hyperthreading in addition to 100 MHz and 2 megs of cache.

For your usage, I don't think that is a problem. Save the hundred bucks
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As said before , you need to tell us what you want to do with the computer...... if you need a computer for hard editing and multi tasking take the 2600k , if not go on the 2500k.

8 or 16 Gigabyte of Ram, hmmm? are you going to install 64 bit OS? if not buy 4.
Edited by zorg1983 - 4/5/11 at 7:25am
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Originally Posted by zorg1983 View Post
As said before , you need to tell us what you want to do with the computer...... if you need a computer for hard editing and multi tasking take the 2600k , if not go on the 2500k.

8 or 16 Gigabyte of Ram, hmmm? are you going to install 64 bit OS? if not buy 4.
I did tell you what I use my computer for

And ofc I will be running 64bit Win7

Thanks to all those that have replied.
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I did tell you what I use my computer for

And ofc I will be running 64bit Win7

Thanks to all those that have replied.
Yes, you did.

Quote:
Originally Posted by jgweb2000 View Post
All I really do is play video games while having 100 tabs in firefox and a bunch of programs open.
I just ordered the same CPU. You will be just fine with that CPU!
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Stick with 8GB of RAM, you'll be fine. If you need more later, buy more.

That mobo will do you just fine!! It has 4x SATAIII and 4x SATAII ports + 2x USB 3.0.

So, how will you cool your CPU? I didn't see you mention a cooler. Are you going to overclock?

I would recommend going with a SATA III / 6.0GB harddrive. Easy way out is a WD Caviar Black (pick your size) that works with SATA III ($60-ish +) or you can look at the Crucial C300 128GB ($200ish +) SATA III. There are deals on both of these drives on Newegg right now. I just bought one of each for my new rig.

Hope this helps.

RnG
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Stick with 8GB of RAM, you'll be fine. If you need more later, buy more.

That mobo will do you just fine!! It has 4x SATAIII and 4x SATAII ports + 2x USB 3.0.

So, how will you cool your CPU? I didn't see you mention a cooler. Are you going to overclock?

I would recommend going with a SATA III / 6.0GB harddrive. Easy way out is a WD Caviar Black (pick your size) that works with SATA III ($60-ish +) or you can look at the Crucial C300 128GB ($200ish +) SATA III. There are deals on both of these drives on Newegg right now. I just bought one of each for my new rig.

Hope this helps.

RnG
Water cooling, I did mention that I will overclock to stable limits.
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