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Memory Compatibility & General Build Questions


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josh8587

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I'm just about to pull the trigger on ordering parts for my first build ever. Could someone with more experience take a look at these parts and let me know what you think about compatibility and reliability?

Specific question: This motherboard says is supports the following memory: 3000(O.C.)/2933(O.C.)/2800(O.C.)/2666(O.C.)/2600(O.C.)/2500(O.C.)/2400(O.C.)/2200(O.C.)/2133(O.C.)/2000(O.C.)/1866(O.C.)/1800(O.C.)/1600/1333

Does this mean I could purchase RAM listed at 1866 (PC3 15000) or would I have to overclock a 1600 stick? Right now I have some 1600 sticks listed, but if I could upgrade to a faster speed I will. Let me know if you would.

This rig will be used for gaming mostly. I went with an i7 for longevity since I realize that most games don't utilize hyper-threading as of now.

Case:
Rosewill THOR V2 Gaming ATX Full Tower Computer Case

PSU:
CORSAIR HX Series HX750 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready

Motherboard:
ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

CPU:
Intel Core i7-4771 Haswell 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1150 84W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4600 BX80646I74771

Memory:
(See question above)
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C8 X2

Storage Drives:
Western Digital WD Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Video Card:
EVGA 04G-P4-3776-KR GeForce GTX 770 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support FTW 4GB Dual w/ EVGA ACX Cooler Video Card

Edited by josh8587, 17 January 2014 - 12:47 PM.

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phillpower2

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Nice build :thumbsup:

If your budget will allow it some alternative Ram that is compatible with your MB, see here

What the OC means is that you will have to change the MB settings yourself to run Ram that is any faster than 1600MHz, believe it or not this is something that many people need to do to get 1600MHz Ram to run in their MB as the board does not auto-detect the faster Ram and clocks it at 1333MHz.
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