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Hey, guys.

 

I've put together a build which I'll get by around January end. Here are the components:

 

Motherboard+Processor combo:http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDet...st=Combo.293486

RAM:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompa...N82E16820145220

Graphics:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814102861

Case:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16811119160

Can someone help me decide which RAM to get? Also, is the RAM compatible with the P6T?

 

Thanks a lot!

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Personally i would not go for the motherboard and porc combo, because your not saving much and if brought seperatly you could get the D0 stepping of that chip, also the Corsair RAM is only a bit more expensive but with much lower timings. Good choice on the graphics and the case. They would be what i would buy

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D0 stepping is a revision of the processor. D0's tend to overclock better than their C0 counterparts. Unfortunately, I am not too familiar with Intel's model numbering system (the BX... serial) so i do not know how he is determining that it is a C0/not D0. perhaps someone else can chip in who knows this info..

 

however, both the i7 920 and P6T are good CPU and mobo respectively, and if you are not overclocking, a C0 will be just fine, i beleive.

 

if I may ask, what is the purpose of this build??

if it's going to be mostly for gaming.. you may want to look into AMD's Phenom II lineup, or Intel's i5 (LGA 1156).

The difference in gaming would be minimal, if noticable at all, and it will cost less.

 

If I may be so bold, I suggest you look into the Phenom IIs. AMD offers a wide variety of chips at various speeds and respective costs, and are usually priced under Intel's chips while offer similiar performance.

the Phenom II X4 955 or X4 965 C3 revision would be good choices. equal gaming performance compared to Intel, less expensive, and great overclocking (esp due to unlocked multipliers of Black Edition). also your memory choices get thrown wide open as you won't be limited by the 1.65v max for Intel's Core iX line. :)

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Yeah, the main purpose of this rig is gaming. I did think a lot about AMD but the lack of triple channel memory support, at least on the motherboards I went through, put me off. That and the fact that I've used Intel all my life makes me more comfortable with Intel :P Also, I don't plan to overclock at all, so I might as well get the i7 920. Thanks for taking the time to suggest me stuff. Still waiting to know how buying the processor/mobo combo affects the D0 stepping.

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I don't really know that it isn't a D0, but i would presume that newegg would advertise the fact that it is a D0 because of the better overcloking and slightly higher price. Even at stock the D0 stepping revision would run at lower voltage which = less tempreture, even if only by a little. If you are on a tight budget then maybe you could look into buying a 5850 and an aftermarket cooler, then overclock it to the same speed as a 5870, that could save you a fair bit of money and im sure you wont miss the extra 160 shaders

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Please forgive me for saying this, but i feel obligated to. If you are going with i7 920 solely because of triple channel memory, that is very foolish, especially for a gaming rig.

 

triple channel only has significant advantages over dual channel in synthetic benchmarks. In games, you'll probably see a <10 fps increase, which, imo, isn't worth all the extra cash.

 

Here are a couple reviews, which I found through a simple Google search, that corroberate my statement:

http://xtreview.com/review232.htm - all synthetic benchies in their Dual vs Triple comparision and they're pretty much the same.

 

http://www.insidehw.com/Reviews/Memory/Int...ode/Page-4.html - here triple beats out dual in synthetic benchies, but only marginally pulls ahead of dual in games.

 

 

i'm just saying that triple channel is no reason to go for LGA 1366 over LGA 1156 or AM3, especially for gaming.

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While those benchmarks do prove your point, won't dual channel be outdated after a span of maybe a couple of years? Triple channel support isn't the sole reason for me choosing the 920. A friend of mine updated to AMD sometime in 2006 on two different computers. He's had to face a lot of problems on both of them, including one in which he had to return one of the CPUs. I'm sure AMD make fine CPUs, but I'm just more comfortable with the i7 920.

 

Moreover, I live in Bombay, so I can't upgrade my computer often. I have to stick with this one for the next 4 years at least. As the review states,

Maybe in the future and with some memory controllers, triple channel mode will provide better performances so transition to this platform will make sense.

isn't it better I get the triple channel support now?

 

lankeyluke, both, the combo and the separate CPU, state the same specs. None of the reviews state anything about any lack of stepping, either.

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I'd go for an x4 955, tight budgets shouldn't buy intel. Often times to afford intel on a tight budget you're cutting corners on other hardware. with the added money you save on the amd machine you could get a better garphics card...which unlike triple channel memory would make a substantial difference in gaming and real world performance

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Okay, I'll keep AMD in mind as well. Anyway, what do you think of this:

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16819103692

 

And which of these motherboards is the best:

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813131392

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813136067

 

Overall, the AMD build will cost me ~ $909 and the Intel will cost me ~ $1234. I'm saving 325 bucks. Hell, if I go with the AMD build, I can even get this:

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16820145253

 

To tell you the truth, I'm actually gravitating towards the AMD build. I'm just worried about running into problems with the processor as there's no way for me to return it once I get it.

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Okay, I'll keep AMD in mind as well. Anyway, what do you think of this:

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16819103727

 

And which of these motherboards is the best:

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813131363

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813136067

 

If I may offer a cheaper alternative, 790X/790GX boards are cheaper :)

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