Suggest a good motherboard for my G.Skill Ripjaws

By DrekSilver
Apr 25, 2011
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  1. I have selected this Memory and this Motherboard for a new computer i'm building:


    However the G.SKILL Ripjaws are intended for the Intel P67 motherboard, so I was wondering if someone could suggest me different RAM sticks or a different motherboard, and for reference here is the video card I plan to get:

    Feel free to suggest me a different video card as well, if you think the one I picked out isn't good enough. Please note that I don't plan to spend over $200 dollars on one specific item.
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    I use this 16GB memory on my T5 XE from Biostar. Why are you going with AMD? I'm running an Intel i5 CPU
  3. DrekSilver

    DrekSilver TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 32

  4. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,702   +1,886

  5. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    This is my CPU:
    Intel i5 CPU

    My video card is in my "specs"... and yes, it is customary to pick the motherboard/CPU first and then the memory
  6. DrekSilver

    DrekSilver TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 32

  7. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,702   +1,886

    This came up in another thread recently. The Corsair "builder's series", such as you've chosen" are probably not the best they offer. People have been complaining about reduction in quality of their smaller 400 Watt PSUs also. "Allegedly" Corsair's "HX" series is still very good.

    PSUs are a item that is frequently on sale. So, it might be a good idea to have several in mind to choose from, and wait for the best deal.

    In example, I probably wouldn't buy the Corsair you have linked, and absolutely not at its everyday asking price.

    The rest of the items you've picked are fairly high performance. You may have to bite the bullet and pay more than you have budgeted to get a PSU commensurate in performance with the rest of the system.
  8. DrekSilver

    DrekSilver TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 32

  9. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,481   +44

    That's a good choice, and leaves you a little room
  10. DrekSilver

    DrekSilver TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 32

    Well thanks for all the help guys, I think i'm finally ready to order all the parts :)
  11. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,702   +1,886

  12. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    I built a system for a friend recently and I used this HAF series case... I liked it. I still lean toward ANTEC's 300 series though. My power supply is a Corsair 650 watt. And I see DrekSilver went Intel. Sweet!
  13. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,702   +1,886

    I have an Antec 900, which is the smallest I'd want to recommend for maximum gaming. The 300 series are nice cases indeed also, but here I always suggest waiting for the sale on the "Illusion" model. If you can grab it for 55 to 60 bucks it becomes a great buy. If you have to buy fans for the 300 standard, the value factor drops a great deal.

    The best buy, (when at sale, mine cost $75.00) is the 900, but only the original model. That top fan moves a bunch of air, and very quietly. Really, the whole case does.

    I have a CM Storm "Scout" also. It's the same size as my 900, but (IMHO) the 900 moves a lot more air, and it's also bigger inside than the Scout.That said, the Scout does have the black out interior and a handle working for it.

    I know about the 900's great airflow, since I have 2 cats, and they have 2 litter boxes. The air inlets on the 900 turn a dusty clay gray, a lot quicker that the Scout's

    If a person was going with multiple or oversize video cards, I'd lean toward the recommending the Antec 900.

    With that out of the way, any of the Cooler Masters being considered in this build are full towers, and are notorious for good air flow.

    Full tower for full tower though, it would be a good idea to drag the Antec 1200 into the mix. I know that they're sort of yesterday's news, but that's a really great case as well.
  14. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    My Antec 300 has 4 120mm fans. 2 blue LED in the front, 1 in the top, and 1 in the back. Dust collects on the front fan grills, but a quick pass with a vacuum cleaner once a month cleans well. My Intel i5 never reaches 30C... I don't use a stock CPU cooler though
  15. DrekSilver

    DrekSilver TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 32

  16. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,702   +1,886

    YO...........! Hold UP.........!

    That CPU won't work it the motherboard you picked....! It's a different. socket!

    Moving to the Sandy Bridge quad CPU is a solid if not stellar idea! However, you're going to have to adjust your choice of motherboard, or break out the old ball peen.

    Here you need to select one of these socket 1155 boards 600093976&IsNodeId=1&name=LGA 1155

    Your former CPU choice was intended for socket 1156 boards.

    Yeah I know, the one silly less connecting pin, makes such a big difference.
  17. DrekSilver

    DrekSilver TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 32

    And I can still use the same RAM?
  18. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,702   +1,886

    First, look through the list of mobo's I provided. See if you can find one with approximately the same features as the 1156 board you first considered.

    You original choice has two(2) PCI-e x 16 lanes. This is for twin graphics cards, either "Crossfire" (AMD) or "SLI" (Nvidia cards). If you are indeed going to use multiple video cards, either now or in the future, then that needs to be factored into your decision....NOW

    Once you've finalized the choice of board, we can solve the memory issue, (same or different), in just a couple of posts.
  19. DrekSilver

    DrekSilver TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 32

  20. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,702   +1,886

    OK. The 90 dollar board is Matx form factor and allows you to use the CPU onboard video. (You can stuff a video card in later).

    The 130 dollar board is ATX (larger) form factor but must be used with an add in Video card. It has more expansion slots.

    I absolutely think I'd spring for the more expensive board, it doesn't lock you out of "Crossfire" in the future.

    You never did answer me, "are you near a "Microcenter" store? They're linked above. Sometimes you can beat Newegg's prices on certain items by going there.
  21. DrekSilver

    DrekSilver TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 32

    I'm in Canada so unfortunately no, I don't have any Microcenters near my house. Also, I know next to nothing about building computers, my picks are based on suggestions from people in this community on a different thread I posted a long time ago. If you can link me what you (someone who knows what he's doing) think is a good case and a good motherboard, i'll agree with you. Because I don't really know what else to look for.

    That being said, which of these two motherboards is better? I can look for "mid-tower cases" (I don't know the difference) on newegg and try to find the ones you suggested.
  22. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +116

    Correct. :)

    As far as I am aware:

    Corsair CX/TX series have changed manufacturer, and have suffered with a reduction in general quality and reliability.

    Corsair AX/HX series are still made by the same manufacturer as previously used, and therefore the quality and reliability are still very good.

    I'd much prefer this Seasonic PSU instead, at the same price. have an excellent review on it here as well.
  23. DrekSilver

    DrekSilver TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 32

    So where we're at right now is that I need to pick between these two motherboards:

    And after that I can choose new RAM sticks based on that because these:

    Won't work with my new motherboard, but this is definetely the CPU I should get:

    And everything else I got which is in a previous post is OK? OK. So which of those two motherboards is better? I have no idea.
  24. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,702   +1,886

    OK, I'll make this easy. Buy this board: It doesn't close the door on Crossfire later and it won't look funny in a full tower case. Hey aesthetics are part of the whole here, are they not?

    Since this is a P67 board, the original memory you chose would work fine. At this point, you are back where you started with the memory issue, having chosen P67.

    I personally don't know if 16 GB is really all that necessary. But what the hay, it would give you a talking point about your machine.

    If you want to take a look at the PSU that "Leeky" suggested, that wouldn't be a bad idea.

    Leeky had a recent catastrophic failure with a Corsair HX PSU. (I think that's correct)? While this may be an isolated incident, it does give one pause to wonder if Corsair's build quality has suffered product wide

    I do think the CPU you've settled on is your best possible choice at the moment! (Intel 2500K)
  25. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +116

    I agree with CPU, and with the RAM - 16GB is double what you need really, but if you have the money you might as well grab it while the price is low I guess.

    Yeah, it turned into a fireball, wiping out everything except my new 2TB Samsung Spinpoint F4. I thought the LG Blue ray survived, but a mate that borrowed it is reporting its lack of reading discs.

    The catastrophic failure was caused by faulty electrics in my house unfortunately. We've had specialists here the last couple of days, and they've done some major re-laying of cabling from the road to our house, and replaced the main electric panel and such.

    I had the PSU inspected by a specialist at my previous employers (Builds and maintains PSU's for aerospace manufacturing equipment) and they said it suffered a considerable increase in voltage (e.g. a maaaaasive power surge). From what they have said its doubtful even the best PSU could survive it, or isolate against it in regards to other components in the computer.

    So the Corsair HX750 was most likely absolutely fine - Put it this way... I would have another one tomorrow now I feel I know the full extent of what happened. I'll be going for a Seasonic next time, namely this PSU, the X-750 version, as I can get it for the same money in the UK, and the wiring suits my future plans better than Corsairs.

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