Solved Needs feedback before I start building my first computer

December 1, 2013 at 14:58:17
Specs: Windows 7
CPU- Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core
Motherboard- Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150
Memory- Crucial Ballistix 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1866
Storage- Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" SSD
Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM
Video Card- Zotac GeForce GTX 760 2GB
Case- NZXT Guardian 921 RB ATX Mid Tower
Power Supply- Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V
Optical Drive- Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer

I have about $900 to work with, I'm more wondering if everything will work together

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December 1, 2013 at 17:00:53
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Jump on that motherboard now! Before the $30 rebate deal expires:

I suggest getting 2 sticks of RAM, either 2 x 8GB or 2 X 4GB so you can run dual channel mode. Only get 1 x 8GB if it's going to be a short term thing & you plan on adding another 8GB stick to it soon.

Also, consider a case with the power supply mount at the top, it's a much better design in terms of cooling.

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December 1, 2013 at 17:06:00
There is only one thing that stands out.

You have 8Gb (1x8gn) of memory. You would do better with (2 x 4GBs)

The you will have dual channel access which will sped things up a bit. Crucial sell matched pairs specifically for this purpose.


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December 1, 2013 at 18:03:36
yeah the ram is only temporary, im going to buy more once i get a bit more money

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December 1, 2013 at 18:15:28
Buying 8Gbs now and 8Gbs later might not be tbe the best idea.

To get the best from dual channel you need matched pairs. Although you may have two sets of RAM with the same specifications there may be slight variation in their timing, while not significant on their own, can make a difference with the tight timing that is needed in dual channel mode.

With matched pairs, the individual timings will be matched exactly for maximum performance. 2 x 4 now and another 2 x 4 later would be a better plan. The motherboard will support it.


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