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New build advice please

Hi guys and gals,So I'm planning on this new build in the next week or two and wanted your advice please.  The build will be mostly for gaming and photo editing in photoshop. Case : http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.454558Mobo & CPU : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Com......

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Written on {{'2010-08-11T10:34:21-07:00' | moment:'fromNow'}}
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Hey and thanks again for the help.

I'm interested in the aftermarket heatsink you  suggested.  I think I'll go with the Dark Knight.


This one would work with my cpu, correct?

As for the ram I'm having trouble finding they type you're suggesting that's compatable with the motherboard I'm after.  I've got the supported memory list in a .pdf fromt the Asus website and I can't seem to find any.  Would you be able to help?



Thanks again,


Written on {{'2010-08-11T06:56:25-07:00' | moment:'fromNow'}}
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I'd still go with the GSkill ECO. As a general rule, always try to go with the RAM that has the lowest CAS value and the lowest voltage (CAS is more important than voltage).

Think of it this way. I'm telling you to do stuff. The closest thing I can get an analogy to is- Speed (1600 or 1333) is how fast I can talk Think of latency as the time it takes me to think about what i'm going to say to you. Voltage is kind of like the energy it takes me to think and talk to you. If I can spend less energy getting the same message out to you, that's better for me, right? The amount of stuff you can do and how fast you can do stuff are directly dependent on both of those things...however that goes slightly beyond the scope of this example.

That's roughly CAS and volts.

Additionally, if you plan on OCing really at all, I'd strongly advise you to get an aftermarket heatsink. The stock heatsink that comes with the chip is meant to cool the chip at stock settings. As soon as you play around with voltages, link speed, and other stuff, the CPU will get warmer than the heatsink can overcome and at best your computer will shut down, at worst it will fry your cpu (literally). I'd suggest the Xigmatek Dark Knight, CoolerMaster Hyper 212 or if you decide you want to go hardcore on air, the Noctua NH-D24.

Written on {{'2010-08-11T06:30:07-07:00' | moment:'fromNow'}}
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Thanks for the reply.

I do some pretty heavy editing in photoshop I think so I think I'm just gona go for the 8gb.

I'm not really planning on ocing, maybe just a little.  So would the Cas 9 memory I chose be ok? or do you really think I should go with what you suggested?



Written on {{'2010-08-10T06:55:57-07:00' | moment:'fromNow'}}
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Everything you have listed will work, so no problems there.

I know you said you'd be doing Photoshop editting. How hardcore are we talking about?

I ask because if it's just "casual" or general web design stuff, 8gb of memory is more than you need. If it's strenuous photo editing, like for publications, print, and the like, 8gb is fine.

Also, the memory you chose is CAS 9 requiring 1.65v to get there. That's a lot of latency for a lot of volts. Check out GSkill ECO ram. It's CAS 7 I believe, requiring only 1.35v, making it theoretically incredibly OC-able.

In all honesty I'd get 4gb of RAM and see if you need more (if your machine seems to be lagging with a lot of active filters or really high-rez photos seem to "glitch" (meaning box-off) when you're moving around). That's just my opinion though. Highly recommend ECO memory and GSkill in general.

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