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    Default Re: Building New System Featuring GA-P55A-UD3

    looks ok to me,why the 768mb gtx and not the 1gb model? you can adjust all the ram speeds and voltages in the bios so you will be fine

    have you looked at the samsung f3 1tb drives? cheaper than the wd but sata2
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    Quote Originally Posted by wazza300 View Post
    looks ok to me,why the 768mb gtx and not the 1gb model? you can adjust all the ram speeds and voltages in the bios so you will be fine

    have you looked at the samsung f3 1tb drives? cheaper than the wd but sata2
    The video card was on sale and about $70.00 less that the 1GB. Was the best option when I had the money.

    I'm a creature of habbit, I've used WD drives for years. So I stuck with it. The reviews look good for the Samsung drive, <del>so I'll give it a shot.</del>
    The drive is SATA 3.0, and the WD is a 6.0 drive.

    Should I think about purchasing an after market fan? I know this chip can be OC'd to meet the i7 Extreme processor (although I have no ambition to do that) If so, recommendation?
    Last edited by mrjinca; 12-02-2010 at 10:18 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrjinca View Post
    Thanks for the feedback. I am still confused about what choice to make. My biggest problem I have is I come from the ASUS world. I've used ASUS motherboards for years, I can't even remember the last time I have used another motherboard. So I am quite nervous in making this choice.

    I know I want the following:

    Good support for SATA 3
    Good support for USB 3
    Good use of memory speed

    Here is what I have settled on:
    GA-P55A-UD3
    Intel Core i5 760
    Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0
    Mushkin Enhanced Redline 4GB DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
    Cooler Master Case
    OCZ 500 Watt Modular PSU
    My Video Card

    So my question is is the GA-P55-UD3 a good choice. I have about $200-$300 budget to spend on a motherboard. So I know I have some latitude.

    I typically use a headset, and wireless LAN. Since I don't have a convenient place to put my u-verse gateway.

    My budget is $800 total for the rig. I would like to be able to fit in a wide screen flat panel with that (which could be a stretch).

    I did come across this motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD4P

    <del>I noted in the Spec's that this motherboard explicitly says it supports DDR3 1600, and the board I listed above doesn't. Any thoughts on this?</DEL>
    Motherboard manual on Gigabytes website says it supports 1600. However, it says that voltage is 1.5v. The memory I selected is 1.65v, will this work? Can I adjust voltage on this motherboard?

    If I could go DDR3 2200, is there any specific reason why I shouldn't?

    with taxes and shipping as of today: $674.94

    (PS - I already have a DVDRW I'm using (SATA).

    Feedback, Suggestions, Comments? Greatly Appreciated!
    Any/all of the P55 models you can use 1066-2500+ memory, the 1600 you mention is just a "Standard" not what is needed or what will only work.

    You can get any memory you want, as long as you've read it works fine with the board you are looking at. Same applies with voltages, the 1.5V is just a standard meaning the board takes 1.5V DDR3 which is the JEDEC Standard for DDR3.

    Memory speed depends on what CPU you get, but yes you can use 2000-2200 with most any 1156 CPU, above that and you will have to pick out a Lynnfield CPU

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    the samsung is just as quick as the wd,i had read/write figures of 150mb on an empty drive,its upto you if you waant the wd then go for it,you should be able to clock to 3.2ghz intel extreme speeds with the stock intel cooler,i know i could with my chip without high temps so i would use stock cooler for now
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    Default Re: Building New System Featuring GA-P55A-UD3

    Thanks for your continued feedback. I have made some changes to my build, they are:

    Mushkin Enhanced Blackline DDR3 1600 CAS:7

    I have been wavering on my case selection. This is my biggest headache at the moment.

    Lastly,
    What are the modifications I will need to make to the motherboard BIOS to have my CPU and Memory running properly. I might as well get this information now so I don't have to scramble to get it as I am putting the machine together.

    Thanks again.

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    you just have to adjust the bclk and the (spd) system memory multiplier to alter the ram speed,auto will be fine though untill you want to overclock ect

    do you have ebuyer in the u.s? heres a good quality budget case Casecom 6788 Black Mid Tower Case with Full Black.. | Ebuyer.com it only comes with one fan though so you would need to buy two extra fans

    and heres a decent mid price case,good specs but it up to you Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel &#47; Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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    Grab the plain UD4 if Ultra TMP isn't needed, it'll save you ~20.

    DRAM voltage goes up to insane figures, I beleive 2V+ so you're fine.

    Apart from there being very little benefit of running RAM much higher than DDR-1600 there is the question of can you actually get it running at that speed. With an i5 760 you're limited to a max RAM multi of 10, meaning you'll need a 220 Bclk to hit DDR-2200, which is pushing it some.

    Your component list is generally top notch. Personally I'd go for a regular SATA 3G HDD as 6G makes next to no difference when it comes to mechanical drives, and you could save a significant amount. Consider the Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB which is just as fast and will give you an extra 20 bucks to spend on your monitor.

    Edit: Stick with the 690 Advance, you made the right choice. It's relatively quiet and adding a fan to the side pannel will keep your 460 extremely cool indeed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Psycho101 View Post
    Grab the plain UD4 if Ultra TMP isn't needed, it'll save you ~20.

    DRAM voltage goes up to insane figures, I beleive 2V+ so you're fine.

    Apart from there being very little benefit of running RAM much higher than DDR-1600 there is the question of can you actually get it running at that speed. With an i5 760 you're limited to a max RAM multi of 10, meaning you'll need a 220 Bclk to hit DDR-2200, which is pushing it some.

    Your component list is generally top notch. Personally I'd go for a regular SATA 3G HDD as 6G makes next to no difference when it comes to mechanical drives, and you could save a significant amount. Consider the Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB which is just as fast and will give you an extra 20 bucks to spend on your monitor.

    Edit: Stick with the 690 Advance, you made the right choice. It's relatively quiet and adding a fan to the side pannel will keep your 460 extremely cool indeed.
    Hey thanks for your feedback. I think you're right about the 690 Advance. I love Cooler Master cases. So I'm gonna stick with them again.

    I was doing some reading about the USB3 / SATA3 usage on the motherboard I selected. If I understand this correctly, if I use the two together or either USB3 or SATA3 with Turbo enabled the GPU will take a hit because the PCIE bus is halved. I may sound ignorant here, but that is how I understand it. So I am rethinking the whole USB3 / SATA 3 perspective.

    You are the 2nd person to recommend the Samsung Spinpoint, so I think I'll give it a shot.

    I'll look at the plain UD4. I think I really like the Mushkin memory I selected @ 1600.

    Lastly, I have upgraded my PSU to 700Watts as recommended by eVGA.

    Thanks for helping me out.
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    Default Re: Building New System Featuring GA-P55A-UD3

    Yes, if you use full speed (turbo) SATA6G/USB3 then that knocks the GPU down to 8 lanes. However 8 lanes is enough (and more) for a single GPU card. If you were considering a 5970 or a GTX 295 then you'd have issues as they're multi GPU cards and while they don't "need 16x PCIe 2.0 lanes, they definitely need more than 8.

    Worth noting if you decide to buy another 460 for SLI in the future is that as soon as you add the second GPU, Turbo mode is disabled and locked out, so that both GPU's can have 8 lanes each, which is again, plenty.

    Your GPU should be plenty powerful enough for a LCD with a native res of 1920x1080 ("1080p") but will struggle any higher. this is fine though as you can go up to around 24" at that res. Shop wisely when it comes to monitors, the whole LCD type choice (TN, xVA and IPS) as it really does effect the quality of your "computer time". Basically anything with a response time under ~8ms is a TN, anything that doesn't say what type it is is usually a TN etc. TN colours are "Dithered" meaning that although it says 16 million colours it's more like a few hundred thousand blended together. xVA (PVA being common) are known for nice ink like blacks and decent viewing angles and finally IPS are the cream of the crop sporting true 16 million colours and with incredible colour accuracy and viewing angles.

    Here's a great article published in the last issue of my favorite magazine: Monitor masterclass | PC Format Hopefully it will help.
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