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Need some help with a build!

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#1 eslfish


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Posted 25 December 2010 - 11:12 AM

Heya everyone!

I am going to be upgrading. I am buying an i7 950 from my friend for $260, this also means I am going to have to get new RAM and a mobo. I need some help with finding a MOBO and RAM that will work with the i7. I've looked around and I want to know if anyone has found any better builds than I've found.

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Posted 25 December 2010 - 01:06 PM

Generally I stick with Gigabyte and Asus for X58 builds. That doesn't imply other brands are bad, I just have had fewer problems with those brands in general. To be honest, there really are no "bad" latest gen X58 boards out there . Most quirks have long since been worked out. No real difference in overclocking abilty despite the price. Higher prices buy more features.

As far as memory, a 3X2gig DDR3 is standard. Don't get hung up on low latency/higher priced stuff unless you need to spend the extra cash. Low latency memory is not a big advantage here. Main thing I look for is DDR3 1600 that runs at standard voltage (1.5v). Low voltage stuff runs cooler, and doesn't need big heatsinks (that can get in the way of big CPU coolers/fans). This set http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231225 has been my "go to" for X58 builds. No experience with 12gig sets(3x 4gig sticks), so no help there.

Budget for a decent CPU cooler as stock coolers are barely sufficient.

EDIT: The above are just opinions, and you know what they say about those.

Edited by dpunisher, 25 December 2010 - 01:10 PM.

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Posted 25 December 2010 - 01:12 PM

How much do you really want to spend on the motherboard and ram?

System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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