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    Question Building New System Featuring GA-P55A-UD3

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    New user here. Thank you in advanced for your help in answering my questions.

    So, due to my weak budget I am trying to build a new PC with very limited resources. No matter what I get it will be a big upgrade from what I have.

    I am looking at the GA-P55A-UD3. I plan to buy the Intel Core i5-661 Clarkdale 3.33GHz 4MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 87W Dual-Core Desktop Processor. The motherboard manual says it supports DDR3 2200/1333/1066/800. For the processor I am choosing with this motherboard, what is the most appropriate memory speed to choose? Is there a tweak I need to apply in the bios to run at the recommended speed?

    Lastly I am looking to buy a Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive. Anyone know if this drive will cause a problem with this motherboard?

    Thanks again.

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

    What's up man, not much going on here :)

    If you buy memory any faster than 1066 or 1333 then yes you may need to make a few BIOS changes to get the ram running at rated speeds.

    I'd suggest a 1600Mhz kit rated at 1.65V, that would be ideal, and yes you will still need to make a few changes to run it at the rated speeds but it's easy to do and we can help.

    That drive should be fine to use, I know two of them in RAID on the Marvell ports can cause issues but a single one is fine.

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    do you want to do gaming? or is it just for web browsing ect? the reason i ask is that the p55 mb wont support the igpu on that processor,for that you would need an h55/h57 mb,if your planning on installing a seperate graphics card then it will be fine but if you want to use the built in graphics inside the chip then that mb wont support it,just making sure so you dont make a mistake
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    Default Re: Building New System Featuring GA-P55A-UD3

    Quote Originally Posted by wazza300 View Post
    do you want to do gaming? or is it just for web browsing ect? the reason i ask is that the p55 mb wont support the igpu on that processor,for that you would need an h55/h57 mb,if your planning on installing a seperate graphics card then it will be fine but if you want to use the built in graphics inside the chip then that mb wont support it,just making sure so you dont make a mistake
    I'm going to use it for both. I have an EVGA GTX 460 video card that I will use. I didn't realize this was an igpu. I also didn't realize it was dual core. So I would like a quad core i5 processor for around $200. Any suggestions? I'm even open to suggestions for a processor / mobo combo. Budget for the two combined in about $450.

    Thanks again.

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    stick with that mb if you want the p55 one and go for an i7 750 or an i7 760 cpu
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    Default Re: Building New System Featuring GA-P55A-UD3

    Quote Originally Posted by wazza300 View Post
    stick with that mb if you want the p55 one and go for an i7 750 or an i7 760 cpu
    Do you mean the i5 750/760? What is special about the p55? What are the alternatives? What are the differences?

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    yh i5 750/760,you want a p55 rather than the h55 because it wont have onboard display ports which you wont need with a graphics card,
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    Xfx Pro 750w silver rated Psu 80+
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    Default Re: Building New System Featuring GA-P55A-UD3

    GB does not have a H55/H57 board that supports 6GB/s SATA, ASUS has one but it is more expensive than the p55A-UD3.
    The i5-760 will cost about the same as the i5-661 and with 4 real cores would be better for multi-threaded applications.

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

    have you seen any ram too? you want 4gb of dual channel ddr3
    Gigabyte z77x UP4-TH F11c Modded Bios
    Intel i7 3770k 24/7@4.8ghz 1.38v Turbo llc +0.165v dvid multithreading enabled
    Samsung Green(MV-3V4G3D/US) 8GB @2133mhz 9-10-10-21-1t 1.55v
    Thermalright Silver Arrow Cpu Cooler
    1xSamsung 840 pro 256 Gb SSD windows 8.1 pro 64bit
    1xSamsung f4 HD204UI 2tb hard drive Storage
    Powercolor 7970 3gb V3 @1150mhz core/1700mhz mem,1.150v Accelero aftermarket air cooler 55c max
    Razer Lycosa Keyboard
    Logitech X-530 5.1 Speakers
    Lite-On iHAS124-19 24x Sata DVDRW
    K-World Hybrid DVB-T 210SE Digital T.V Card
    L.G E2260V L.E.D 1920x1080 Monitor
    Xfx Pro 750w silver rated Psu 80+
    Fractal Arc Midi Case

    http://i38.tinypic.com/14myvfa.jpg x58 ud5 <=3.8ghz + 4.2ghz Overclock Template!!
    http://www.youtube.com/user/warren304#p/u Visit Me On Youtube

    Lots Of Gaming Videos With X58 Ud5 System And Gpu On My Youtube Channel!!
    Just Uploaded New Battlefield 4 Video!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

    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!
    Last edited by mrjinca; 12-02-2010 at 08:39 AM. Reason: More questions...

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