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don256us

Uber Folding Senior
Joined
Jul 17, 2003
I'm finally putting my Intel core I7-920 to rest. It's on its 3rd MB and still running strong but the current X58 MB lost two PCIe x16 slots and I'm just not happy with that.

I bought a Core I7 3960x from the classies here and a MSI X79 MB from fleabay. I had 32 GB of DDR3 1600 from two or more years ago still factory sealed so I opened those up.

The final build should look something like this:

Core I7=3960x
Cooler Master 212 Hyper Evo
MSI X79A-GD65 (8D)
AMD 7990
Seasonic 1050
16 GB Ripjaw DDR3 1600
16 GB Hyper X DDR3 1600
2x Samsung 830 240 GB SSD in RAID 0
2 x DVD burners

All in my Full tower Fractal Design case.
 

EarthDog

Gulper Nozzle Co-Owner
Joined
Dec 15, 2008
Location
Buckeyes!
Newer than your old PC, but still plenty of improvement...just a bit dated. I would have went X99 at least.

Be careful on mixing and matching that ram...

Should be a beast! Enjoy! :)
 
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don256us

don256us

Uber Folding Senior
Joined
Jul 17, 2003
I had a cost limit that I wanted to maintain. Going with the X79 allowed me to use RAM that I already had. Since I game moderately and do a lot of Folding, my main emphasis is GPU not CPU or RAM.

I too have a concern about the RAM issue but I'm hoping that the fact that they have the same timings and the fact that X79 is 4-channel, that I'll be fine. If not, I'll be down to 16 GB of RAM which is plenty. My current rig has 24 GB and I haven't run virtual RAM for years. My usage of RAM while gaming, folding, email and web has never gone above half usage.
 

EarthDog

Gulper Nozzle Co-Owner
Joined
Dec 15, 2008
Location
Buckeyes!
They have the same primary timings... lord knows the secondary/tertiary...but if it works, it works! :)
 
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don256us

don256us

Uber Folding Senior
Joined
Jul 17, 2003
Here is all that I have right now. Many of the parts are in my current rig.

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