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Topic: Configuration Feedback
Posted: 13 Aug 2012 at 11:05pm
I was wondering if this is a good build for mainly gaming
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|Quote Reply Posted: 14 Aug 2012 at 11:43am|
Welcome to forum Tunnelrat789
Really like your rig alot solid job :).
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|Quote Reply Posted: 14 Aug 2012 at 3:34pm|
Very impressive build, I approve!
My only recommendation at this point would be to consider a different wireless card. The D-LINK DWA-556 Xtreme N specifications do look promising, however we have received some reports that the drivers for Windows 7 do not work 100%. That's not to discredit the quality of the wireless card; it is great for those who claim to have no issues, so I suppose it's an isolated issue. Regardless, the Linksys WMP600N card has received, not only positive reviews by our customers, but also many others who have purchased the card online. It's a PCI wireless card, so the motherboard you selected will accept it without issue.
Another issue, that I just noticed, is with the RAM kit you selected. It's recommended that you use a RAM kit that operative at a rated voltage of 1.5v, with the Sandy Bridge processors. We've sold, used, and tested RAM kits a 1.65v without issue, but some individuals prefer to stick by manufacturer recommendations, despite our or other end-user's experience.
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|Quote Reply Posted: 17 Aug 2012 at 6:02pm|
Welcome to the AVADirect Forums! Impressive build indeed!
I did notice that you went with a non-K Intel CPU. I would assume overclocking is not one of your priorities. At the same time, I'm noticing a Z77 chip board which does allow overclocking. It would be pity to have the components that support overclocking but not get a overclockable CPU. My suggestion would be to go with the K variant CPU if your budget allows for it.
I agree with Joe, while not necessary, it's a good idea to stick with 1.5v RAM rated at 1600MHz. The reason for this is that Intel officially supports their CPUs when using memory that runs at 1.5v and 1600mhz. If you go beyond this range (which you can), they will not provide support for the CPU.
For our customers who like serious overclocking, this is not an issue. They will usually preffer faster memory and higher voltages. However if you're trying to stay as close as possible to the specs, it's best to stick with what the manufacturers recommend. The performance will not be reduced.
Finally, I'm not sure if you're aware of this but there are quite a few boards our there that come with WLAN chips already installed that come with antennas for signal boosts. This may be a cleaner way to add wireless functionality to your system without adding extra cards to your slot. Less cards generally means better airflow, and also your video card gets more room to breath.
Most of the integrated WLAN chips will support 802.11N if that's what you're going after. Some are removable while others are hard-soldered into the board. I prefer the ones that come with antennas, because there are a few that don't and their signal strength is not that great indoors and/or outdoors.
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