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    Default Focus build around, X58a-ud5, my first build.

    Hello all,

    I am looking into this motherboard, the rev 2.0 model. I have some concerns or questions, if I may ask, I need answered before I purchase it. Thanks for looking into the post, and thanks for the help. :)

    Computer setup:
    x58a-ud5 rev 2
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    XIGMATEK Dark Knight
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    GTX 460 x2 SLI
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    ssd and two 6gb/s storage drives
    cd/dvd/blueray

    With that said, Ill state the purpose for the computer:
    Music production, gaming, some minor graphic art/work and drafting, watching movies, surfing web, and basically serves as a home entertainment computer.

    placed on this for a while,

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    for 250.00 new egg price...
    CORSAIR DOMINATOR-GT 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000)
    Desktop Memory Model CMT6GX3M3A2000c8

    Will this work at 2000 stock memory speed with the x58a-ud5 with out any problems?

    Is the performance difference worth the extra 60$? (over Dominator 1600 c8)

    Is there a performance difference from 1600 to 2000 gt?

    What h2o options are available for the said memory?

    Am I looking in the right place for the right memory? (corsair dominator/gt)?

    I plan on using a Corsair obsidian 700 case, my gf picked it out. I plan to liquid cool as much as possible, one day as a hobby and art.

    What liquid cooling is available for the specific motherboard x58a-ud5 2.0.
    can I h2o the other chips (north bridge, south bridge?) on the mobo if I have 2 or even 3 way sli? what if they are all h2o'd? will I have more room to squeeze tubing in?

    I know the ud7 has the h2o pipe, but Im fond of the ud5 and I want to use aftermarket h2o cooling anyway, I like cnc billet stuff.

    Ive found some but was hoping for more resources/retailers for the usa if any. Id like to h2o the gtx 460s as well.

    This is more than a workstation, its a learning experience for me and the family. We appreciate the help and value your thoughts. thanks for the help. :)
    Last edited by Ibstillaweiner; 10-02-2010 at 08:10 AM.

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    Default Re: Focus build around, X58a-ud5, my first build.

    2000mhz ram wont run at that speed without huge qpi/vtt voltages and will put alot of heat through the nb,its just not worth it imo,i would try and get 1800 or maybe 1866mhz ram but its up to you at the end of the day,
    as for watercolling check out the ek mb watercooling blocks,these cool both the nb/sb and mosfets,you can buy full ek gpu waterblocks too for your gpu's

    P.S. this mb block is for my model mb,idk if they do one for rev2 of the ud5 ex58a you will need to email them and ask,if they dont then you will have to wait as they will release one im sure

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    Default Re: Focus build around, X58a-ud5, my first build.

    They look very nice. However they dont as of now, make a wb for the specific mobo I desire. Koolance however makes the water blocks for the ud5. I have decided on the memory modules to be regular dominator c7 1600 ram. Also going with an i7 930. thanks for your help mate :)

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    If you're over clocking then personally I'd go for a 920. After having the privlage to play with both the 930 and 920, the two samples of each the 930's that I got my stickey little paws on just didn't want to over clock as much as the 920's both did. one topped out at 3.98GHz and the other at just over 4.1GHz. Both 920's we tested (a friend's dad took a trip to Illinois, and ordered some stuff off newegg) hit in excess of 4.2GHz. This was on water with an Apogee XT block and a Black Ice SR-1 280 (dual 140mm fan) double thickness rad, powered by a Liang DDC pump. Heat produced was around the same at ~4GHz, but then the 930'as started getting real hot, like 85c+ hot. The best 920 managed 4.43GHz with 1.4v and a load temp of around 77c in a rather warm room.

    Are you planning on going WC on the 460's too? Remember that the only full coverage blocks available are for reference design boards which restrict your choice of card brand. I know EVGA External Exhaust models are reference models. If you consider another brand make sure to check what PCB it uses. Proximity also should not be an issue if you use right angle barbs.
    200MHz RAM shouldn't really be too much trouble. I can't see it needing more than 1.4V VTT as long as the CPU's IMC isn't very poor. I'm running 2060 on a relatively low spec i5 without issue. Get the right RAM and you won't have to compromise on CAS latency either.
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    News | EkWaterBlocks 460 gainward wb's out november,2000mhz isnt impossible but pretty tricky with tri channel
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    Default Re: Focus build around, X58a-ud5, my first build.

    i5 can do 2000Mhz easy, it's the 2x ram/uncore that causes issues with 920-975 CPU's, it will require a heavy amount of QPI/Vtt and is not very ideal for daily use.

    It can be done though for sure, it just requires more voltages, sometimes a lot more than people want to use so they end up being unhappy with their purchase.

    So I agree with Wazza, you would probably be better of with slower sticks, a good set of 1600Mhz is all you need (And they would be capable of 2000Mhz as well in most instances)

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