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    Default Memory for GIGABYTE GA-X58-USB3 MB

    Hi all,

    I'm working on building a new PC. Memory options seems to be my most complicated option. What's a good memory for the GA-X58-USB3 motherboard? It will have an Intel 970 CPU and nVidia GTX 570 video card.

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    Matt

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    Default Re: Memory for GIGABYTE GA-X58-USB3 MB

    Do you have a price point or budget in mind? what will you be doing with the system?

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    I'm thinking between $100-$200. I'm wanting it to play FPS and driving games well. Thanks for responding.

    Matt

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    Any on gigabytes qvl list should work fine,never had any issues with my ocz,they run fine at 1800 and 1600mhz

    Personally I wouldn't go higher than 1866mhz ram,to run 2000mhz ram will be tricky and need a lot of voltage plus extra cost,you won't see any difference if you buy 1800 or 1866mhz ram
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    Maybe that I am a little off topic. I don't want to be rude, but ...

    Why the I7-970 on the 1366 socket? The i7-2600(on 1155) is faster and more power efficient. Also, you should find Gigabyte B3 motherboards on stock by now. The price between 1366 -1155 is almost the same. The CPUs should cost the same also, you can even go for the unlocked i7-2600K within the same budget I believe.

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    Thanks Wazza and blue_sun. I've actually only bought the case and ps so far. I'm putting together my plan, but it's fluid really.

    I chose the 1366 socket mainly because I knew I would be getting an external video card and figured why get a MB with video included if I wouldn't use it. If you think it's worth looking at, i can take a look at the i7-2600 based system. I've talked to users that have multiple video cards and have heat issues. I'm only planning on getting one descent one.

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    Do not not get tricked by the less memory cache available on the i7-2600k!

    SandyBridge(2600k) is buit on a better manufacturing process(32nm) than lga-1366 i7, except the 980X. Due to this, this SB CPUs are able to achieve higher frequencies than the first core family and they're cheaper because building them on 32nm requires less die space aria than on the 45nm process. This, and the additional second architecture tweaking, translates in better power efficiency and faster CPUs. Because they're all manufactured on the 32nm process, they're also cheaper to produce than their similar lga-1366 counterparts. The second generation core architecture is just the best way to go right now.

    I7 980x is the only reason to invest in the lga-1366 right now. I don't think that Intel is going to release better CPUs for this platform. Lga-1366 is probably going to be replaced soon by another high-end platform. I7-1366 CPUs are on stock and the retailers need to sell them. The same goes for the x58 chip-set also. There is no point in buying old technology.

    2600k even challenges the high priced 980x(6 core) in some benchmarks.
    Yes, the 2600/(k) comes with an integrated Intel HD GPU, but you're not forced to use it. It is just there. It is not going to bother you in any way. But be aware, you''ll be able to use the integrated GPU only if you're going to buy an Intel HXX 1155 chip-set motherboard.

    I hope that this was useful to you. I wish you all the good luck with the future purchase!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wazza300 View Post
    Any on gigabytes qvl list should work fine,never had any issues with my ocz,they run fine at 1800 and 1600mhz

    Personally I wouldn't go higher than 1866mhz ram,to run 2000mhz ram will be tricky and need a lot of voltage plus extra cost,you won't see any difference if you buy 1800 or 1866mhz ram
    Listen to him, heh, he knows what he's talking about. I picked up 2000MHz RAM (Corsair Dominator series) and have only had success getting it working at 1866MHz or lower on my Gigabyte G1.Sniper. Trying to get max life out of my new system so I'm not about to start jacking voltages for an extra 133MHz.

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    Socket 2011 will replace socket 1366,don't write off x58 platform just yet though,you can also go down the used route,cheap x58 motherboards can be had if you look around,same for tri ram,

    If I was going down the sandybridge route personally id buy a cheap h67 mb and 2600k chip,that way you can use the integrated gpu while you save some cash for high end gpu card,and there's always a back up if your graphic card dies,I can't see much difference in ocing on the h67 compared to p67,maybe someone can correct me on this?
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    Default Re: Memory for GIGABYTE GA-X58-USB3 MB

    @EvilMunky:
    The ONLY thing that gigabyte's "Memory Support List" guarantees is memory compatibility. Most of the high-end memory products exceed JEDEC's standards. It's almost impossible to guarantee the specifications when the standardized limits are reached. No manufacturer does that(maybe for selected memory products only).

    2600 is faster and less power hungry than the 970; period. 1155 high-end mobos are even cheaper than their 1366 counterparts. x58 is an overpriced chip-set. It's purpose was the high-end market. That was at least one year ago. 1366 is old and it is about to be replaced by another high-end platform and it supports only the first generation core architecture.

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