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Hello :-)

 

Looks pretty good! The system should be working flawlessly using Tonymacx guide. Be aware of the CPU cooler with the Lian Li case you selected. Certain coolers are too tall for it. The Intel stock cooler of course fits, but is pretty noisy. Make sure the MB has the latest BIOS installed.

The Lian Li case is a beauty in itself! Enjoy your system!

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Hello :-)

 

Looks pretty good! The system should be working flawlessly using Tonymacx guide. Be aware of the CPU cooler with the Lian Li case you selected. Certain coolers are too tall for it. The Intel stock cooler of course fits, but is pretty noisy. Make sure the MB has the latest BIOS installed.

The Lian Li case is a beauty in itself! Enjoy your system!

 

You think the graphics card is OK? I saw that note about the CPU cooler. I found a few that will fit according to the reviews on NewEgg.

 

I have been readying TonyMacX guide and built the system according to his specs. Thanks!

 

In regards to the BIOS update, do I have to do that before the OS is installed, and if so, how can I do that?

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My CPU-Cooler is a ZALMAN 9500 with added cage for 1156 sockets, works pretty well.

 

You can do the bios-update anytime, i have no problem with it doing it with a running system. The 300 GB WD Raptor is sweet, today i would eventually go with a 80 GB INTEL SSD instead (only system and apps)..

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My CPU-Cooler is a ZALMAN 9500 with added cage for 1156 sockets, works pretty well.

 

You can do the bios-update anytime, i have no problem with it doing it with a running system. The 300 GB WD Raptor is sweet, today i would eventually go with a 80 GB INTEL SSD instead (only system and apps)..

 

Thanks. Your system in your sig is almost exactly what i want. I was considering getting a 1TB drive for storage or using my DNS-323 NAS for storage.

 

So maybe the SSD is a good option then? Was just concerned about compatibility with hackintosh stuff.

 

Just to let you know, I have the same mobo, cpu, and RAM that you suggested, and you RAM will be downclocked to 1333MHz, you just have to set this in the bios with you baseclock.

 

baseclock, is that a setting? Something under the mem timings?

 

Sorry, I don't have the parts yet.

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baseclock, is that a setting? Something under the mem timings?

Your memory timing have nothing to do with memory speed. The board that you are going to be getting only supports 800/1066/1333/2200 MHz out of the box. I have the same RAM that you have and I learned this the hard way. To get to a speed of 1.6GHz, you'll have to increase the baseclock, and then decrease the multiplier of the CPU. This keeps the CPU at around 2.66GHz. Both the CPU and RAM refer to the baseclock, and then use their specific multipiers to get to the frequency they need. Now, if you are planning to not overclock, I'd suggest the same ram, but running at 1.333GHz, with tighter timings(Something like 7-8-7-24, versus 9-9-9-24). This will help you get the same performance from your RAM, with a lower frequency. Timings are how many cycles the memory waits to access the data. The shorter timings you have the more the RAM processes. This is why if you have tighter timings, you do not need the fastest RAM.

 

Note, you will have to set the timings in the BIOS most likely. Now, this is very easy, and you don't have to fool with the CPU or memory clocks to do it. It has it's own page for it.

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Your memory timing have nothing to do with memory speed. The board that you are going to be getting only supports 800/1066/1333/2200 MHz out of the box. I have the same RAM that you have and I learned this the hard way. To get to a speed of 1.6GHz, you'll have to increase the baseclock, and then decrease the multiplier of the CPU. This keeps the CPU at around 2.66GHz. Both the CPU and RAM refer to the baseclock, and then use their specific multipiers to get to the frequency they need. Now, if you are planning to not overclock, I'd suggest the same ram, but running at 1.333GHz, with tighter timings(Something like 7-8-7-24, versus 9-9-9-24). This will help you get the same performance from your RAM, with a lower frequency. Timings are how many cycles the memory waits to access the data. The shorter timings you have the more the RAM processes. This is why if you have tighter timings, you do not need the fastest RAM.

 

Note, you will have to set the timings in the BIOS most likely. Now, this is very easy, and you don't have to fool with the CPU or memory clocks to do it. It has it's own page for it.

 

Ahh, I remember now, my early 2000 days of OC'ing are coming back. There is the same sticks of mem with 7 timings for $9 more. Should I just get that and then don't worry about the tinkering?

 

Also, I think I am going with the SSD (if I can find one). I changed the case and powersupply and saved $100.

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