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#1 capiki


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Posted 16 May 2012 - 08:48 PM

So, I'm curently in the process of a building a PC. I will be using it to play GW2 (obviously) and to surf the web. My budget is $1500 tops (this is after taxes, rebates and the like are applied). So I'm currently looking at this rig from PCPartPicker: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/8iX7

Check out the RAM, it's 1866 Mhz, and the 3570k only supports memory up to 1600 Mhz. Should I just get the corsair vengeance low profile 1600 mhz, or should I keep this?

So can you guys just give me feedback and advice on the build? Any advice is appreciated!

Edited by capiki, 16 May 2012 - 08:55 PM.

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#2 typographie


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Posted 16 May 2012 - 09:25 PM

If you're going off of Intel's spec sheets, you'd notice that they say Sandy Bridge i7's only "support" 1333 MHz RAM, which is obviously not strictly true either. RAM rated for 1866 MHz will downclock to 1600 with no problems if needed, but with overclocks I'm sure Ivy Bridge would happily allow RAM to run at 1866 MHz.

That said, even if you get it running at that speed, there's very little performance benefit to it in games and you certainly shouldn't pay extra for it. An ordinary G.skill Ripjaws or Corsair DDR3-1600 2x4GB kit is perfect.

I think OCZ builds decent PSU's but if not someone who knows better than I do will probably catch it. Other than that, I have no concerns about the rest of your build, provided it meets your needs and you are happy with the price. All very solid choices.
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#3 Elder III

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 02:09 AM

That OCZ is a pretty good model, not the best, but if you can get it for under $50 after Rebate it's ok. If you have to spend $70 then you would be far better off with this OCZ model... more power, better build quality, and enough connectors for Crossfire down the road.


Edited by Elder III, 17 May 2012 - 02:09 AM.

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