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    How will this i7 system fare?

    Well, I'm planning on putting together an i7 system pretty soon, and I just had a few questions as to the technical side of things. Here are the components that I'm getting;

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    As for a PSU, I was wondering if a 620W would cover it? I'm planning on eventually getting another 4850 and CrossFiring them together, so would it still be able to run the OCed 920 and 2 4850s?

    And about the RAM, would I be able to run the OCed 920 on 1333MHz or would I have to go for 1600?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: How will this i7 system fare?

    well i'm running a Q6600 @ 3.6GHz and 2x 4850 1GBs on a HX620W and it's running fine.
    even if i stress the GFX cards and CPU it doesn't make the PSU that warm.
    so your PSU worries will be fine at 620W

    as for the RAM.
    the 1600MHz RAM will be better and easier to overclock, but will also be a lot more expensive. :\

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    Re: How will this i7 system fare?

    Sounds very well thought out it would be nice to wait for things to get a bit cheaper but it's certainly going to be a bit of a rocket.

    The HIS ICE-Q HD4850 is very nice if you can get a good price.

    620W will be ample, especially if it's the corsair

    Not sure on the Ram tbh.

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    Re: How will this i7 system fare?

    So at least that's the PSU out of the way . The 1600MHz will be a better performance wise, but I'm just wondering at the moment if the DDR3 RAM @ 1333MHz will be able to cope with the system.

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    Re: How will this i7 system fare?

    Quote Originally Posted by S1R View Post
    So at least that's the PSU out of the way . The 1600MHz will be a better performance wise, but I'm just wondering at the moment if the DDR3 RAM @ 1333MHz will be able to cope with the system.
    Save money on the case if you need more expensive stuff There are cheaper and probably less dusty alternatives.

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    Re: How will this i7 system fare?

    I've heard of the woes of there being no dust filters in the 932. This is still just a draught though, anything can be changed, and if it comes to it the case may just have to go. It's either that or the Antec 1200, so far. Not a huge change is price, but every little helps

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    Re: How will this i7 system fare?

    what about a P182?
    or a Stacker 831?

    the RAM.. i'd save as much as possible on the case and get some decent RAM.
    brand and speed.

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    Re: How will this i7 system fare?

    Well from what I can see so far, for an OCZ 6GB 1333MHz kit @ 7-7-7-20 it's about £240, and the OCZ 1600MHz kit @ 8-8-8-24 is about £260. Higher frequencies on one, and lower latencies on the other. Which one would be more beneficial for this system?
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    Re: How will this i7 system fare?

    Quote Originally Posted by S1R View Post
    Well from what I can see so far, for an OCZ 6GB 1333MHz kit @ 7-7-7-20 it's about £240, and the OCZ 1600MHz kit @ 8-8-8-24 is about £260. Higher frequencies on one, and lower latencies on the other. Which one would be more beneficial for this system?
    the 1600MHz kit will be faster. the latencies don't make all that much difference tbh.

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    Re: How will this i7 system fare?

    Quote Originally Posted by matty-hodgson View Post
    the 1600MHz kit will be faster. the latencies don't make all that much difference tbh.
    Does that hold for i7? Genuine question.. I'm lagging lol

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    Re: How will this i7 system fare?

    Quote Originally Posted by staffsMike View Post
    Does that hold for i7? Genuine question.. I'm lagging lol
    yeah.. didn't think of that actually..
    the latencies might make a difference with i7 tbh.

    try and find some reviews and ask some questions on some forums?

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    Re: How will this i7 system fare?

    well with i7 and the integrated memory controller you basically just have a more advanced AM2 architecture (oi... im being simple... i know its alot different )..

    so the effect of memory timings on AM2 would be around the same as the effect on i7 i would have thought...
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    Re: How will this i7 system fare?

    Quote Originally Posted by TAKTAK View Post
    well with i7 and the integrated memory controller you basically just have a more advanced AM2 architecture (oi... im being simple... i know its alot different )..

    so the effect of memory timings on AM2 would be around the same as the effect on i7 i would have thought...
    Well that is what sparked my question but I have no idea lol

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    Re: How will this i7 system fare?

    It's more like AM2 - latencies are probably more important than speed. But above all there is a limit on the volts you can give the memory controller on i7 and memory itself on X58, so I'd recommend not going for higher speed stuff as that's more likely to require more volts. Go low volt/speed and tight latencies.

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    Re: How will this i7 system fare?

    all the new tri-channel stuff is tested on 1.65v, even the higher rated RAM, so I don't think that will be an issue.

    Plus from my understanding you''ll need the higher frequencies to overclock higher, with the baseclock going in multiples of 6 and 8 or something. This could all be complete bollocks, i'm gonna have to research more lol.

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    Re: How will this i7 system fare?

    Well, they ran some benchmarks on techgage as to what the best memory would be for i7, and against 1333 @ 7-7-7-20 the 1600MHz @ 8-8-8-24 still pretty much took it in every category, and in some, by quite a bit as well.

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