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Master Geek


# 134048 12-Nov-2013 22:22
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Hi guys,

I've recently purchased a stick of G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB 240pin DDR3 SDRAM 1600 (PC3 12800).

Before I purchase a motherboard, I want to make sure I choose something that makes optimum use of this RAM. What motherboard is best bang for buck?

Then of course, I will need the best bang for buck CPU for that motherboard...

I have a full sized case/tower.

Cheers guys.

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Master Geek


  # 931775 12-Nov-2013 23:21
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I don't have a recommendation for you but I am intrigued to know your reasoning behind starting a gaming build with the acquisition of your RAM. Please post links to any online resources that led you this way.

From the little research I've recently done, I believe that the following path will lead to an optimal build:

1. Determine your budget.
2. Identify the intended usage of the system - gaming, video editing, or basic Internet, etc.
3. Select the required but non important (to you) components - for example keyboard, mouse, case, power supply, ram, etc - leaving you with a remainder budget to cover the important bits.
4. Choose between AMD or Intel and select your motherboard and Cpu, select storage (ssd if budget allows and/or Hdd)
5. For a gaming build, the Gpu is most important so selected last using the balance of budget available. Increase budget or revise previous selections so that the gpu that meets your needs can be accommodated.

There are many resources online where you can get direct assistance with your build. The ones I noticed recently include Tom's Hardware, reddit /r/buildapc, whirlpool forum, pricespy forum and NZ partpicker. I suggest that you follow a couple of recent builds on these or similar sites and figure out a logical approach to your build.

Good luck with your build.



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Master Geek


  # 931789 13-Nov-2013 02:40
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 I based my choice of RAM (and other components - video card, PSU, etc) on a build from YouTube. Unfortunately the CPU and Motherboard are discontinued items and no longer carried...

 With so much information on the internet regarding RAM compatibility, I realise I need to be careful how I choose. I haven't been able to find a build specific to my chosen RAM...I shall keep on searching.
 

Thanks for your advice. Much appreciated.

 
 
 
 


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Master Geek


  # 931794 13-Nov-2013 06:36
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I should have mentioned in my previous post that the Ram that you have acquired is one of two that is recommended the most - other is Corsair Vengeance kit. Both AMD and Intel builds use this sort, so you have no limitation on your selection of current cpu/mobo.


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Uber Geek


  # 931821 13-Nov-2013 08:17
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Pretty much any Z87 or 990FX-based board (and many other chipsets) will work fine with it. RAM is a really unusual starting point for a build, no offence, lol :)



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Master Geek


  # 933371 13-Nov-2013 17:39
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Inphinity: Pretty much any Z87 or 990FX-based board (and many other chipsets) will work fine with it. RAM is a really unusual starting point for a build, no offence, lol :)

 

 

Thanks for that. I never really planned on having the CPU/MoBo as the last components to get but after doing a huge spending spree, it turned out of all the components, it was just those two that are no longer available. A learning moment. Cheers guys.

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  # 933509 13-Nov-2013 21:04
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How much are you looking to spend? I recently upgraded to an Asus Z87-C + i5 4670K. Both running great and the CPU overclocked up to 4.3GHz extremely easily (just need to find time to fine tune it a bit further)

Did you only buy a single stick of RAM? You'll lose dual channel operation, but TBH the performance difference is fairly small... still might worth grabbing a second matching stick on at some point in the future when you want to upgrade though.



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Master Geek


  # 933543 13-Nov-2013 22:02
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Hmmm...I'm not too sure of what to spend however, I totally agree with the needing another stick so I found these decent prices for RAM and CPU at http://www.z-order.co.nz:

 

  • Intel Haswell Core i5-4430 3.0GHz 6MB $ 229.00
  • G.SKILL Ripjaws X 8GB(1X8G) Gaming DDR3 1600MHz(PC3 12800) Desktop Memory 240-Pin $ 79.00

These prices are lower than Pricespy so I'll just grab them while the RAM is at that price.

Regarding Motherboard choice:

 

  • I wont be overclocking
  • I have a full sized case
  • At some stage I will probably Xfire my Gigabyte Radeon HD7850 OC HDMI Dual-DisplayPort 2GB (and upgrade the 430W PSU)
  • I'm not running high end games
  • Something future-proof but not too expensive (high-end)

So that's where things stand at the moment...so close!

 
 
 
 




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Master Geek


  # 933859 14-Nov-2013 13:50
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CORRECTION

 

 

I just spoke to Z-order and told their website hadn't been updated yet when I got those prices...sigh

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Geek


  # 934029 14-Nov-2013 18:40
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I would personally go for a "Gigabyte GA-Z87-D3HP LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard" simply because its not as expensive as the other ATX motherboards and it performs just as well, hope this helped ;)

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Ultimate Geek


  # 934204 15-Nov-2013 09:32
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Unregistered: CORRECTION I just spoke to Z-order and told their website hadn't been updated yet when I got those prices...sigh


Doesn't a vendor have to stick with advertised prices even if there is a mistake?



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Master Geek


  # 934443 15-Nov-2013 14:06
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That's what I thought...I went to the given address, asked a gentleman if this was number 9 then was told "No, it has number 9 on it, placed there by a previous business but is actualy number 17" then when I said I was looking for a computer business to purchase some stuff, he changed his mind and said "Oh, yes this is the place, come in"...?!? So I was definitely at the number 9 as given on the website! Why would he say it wasn't number 9? Then told they had just recently moved in and didn't actually have any product onsite (wasted effort searching/traveling there). He said they currently sell from a different site in Auckland.

I wonder what would have happened if I purchased online at those lower prices?

He took my email address and will get back to me. If they can't give me the product at the prices I mentioned, I'll stay well clear of them!

A very strange experience indeed.

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  # 934479 15-Nov-2013 15:01
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Based solely on the quality of their website I'd steer well clear of them anyway. But yeah, that all sounds dodgy as.



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Master Geek


  # 936309 17-Nov-2013 21:48
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homebrand: I would personally go for a "Gigabyte GA-Z87-D3HP LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard" simply because its not as expensive as the other ATX motherboards and it performs just as well, hope this helped ;)


Would this CPU be worthwhile?

Intel Core i5 3330 Gen3 Ivy Bridge 3GHz 6MB Cache LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Processor. It's on special for $200:

http://www.playtech.co.nz/afawcs0139235/CATID=375/ID=18401/SID=774929831/productdetails.html





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  # 936313 17-Nov-2013 22:03
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You'd need an LGA 1155 mobo then and that will limit upgrade options in the future. LGA 1150 is more recent and allows you to go with a Haswell CPU now with the option to upgrade to Broadwell in the future. If Ivy Bridge is significantly cheaper though, and depending how long you upgrade cycle will be, it might still be worth considering it as Haswell isn't all that much better than Ivy Bridge.



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Master Geek


  # 936318 17-Nov-2013 22:30
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sidefx: You'd need an LGA 1155 mobo then and that will limit upgrade options in the future. LGA 1150 is more recent and allows you to go with a Haswell CPU now with the option to upgrade to Broadwell in the future. If Ivy Bridge is significantly cheaper though, and depending how long you upgrade cycle will be, it might still be worth considering it as Haswell isn't all that much better than Ivy Bridge.


Do you have any idea what is the current best bang for buck 1150 CPU?

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