Suggest a good motherboard for my G.Skill Ripjaws

By DrekSilver
Apr 25, 2011
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  1. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,514   +856

    As a culprit, I would look toward the Electric company's power substation. That's the only place to attribute such a catastrophic voltage increase. Insufficient voltage would be more likely to be the side effect of too small feeders.("Brown outs", localized to your particular home). Maybe "The Queen's Power and Light" got hit with lightning themselves.
  2. Leeky

    Leeky TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +98

    The impression I get from them is my house is the only one with issues... Well mine was certainly the only one with a huge digger ripping up my pavement to replace what they called a faulty cable.

    To be honest I don't pretend to understand any of what they've said, and you could well be right - but I'd have thought a substation issue would show itself with other properties, and mines the only one being worked on.

    Looking back we should have realised sooner really, we've been having bulbs (energy ones) failing left right and centre, and even had one explode. Donna's (my gf) PC's motherboard on her Dell has failed as well - that was left plugged into the surge protector and when turned on a week after being last used it won't even POST, just get nothing full stop and the fans stop after a couple of seconds. I just assumed the faulty bulbs were due to being all replaced at exactly the same time, from the same production run, so didn't think much of it.

    I take it by too small feeders your referring to the wiring running from said sub-station to my house?
  3. DrekSilver

    DrekSilver Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 33

  4. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,514   +856

    Personally, I would buy this tower; http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119160 It's newer, it's got USB 3.0 and the blackout interior, which has become the first thing I look for in a new case.

    I've even considered taking my Antec 900 machine apart, and gunning the interior black myself.

    The video card you've picked will play almost all games on reasonable medium to high settings, into a single monitor @ 1680 X 1050 or possibly 1920 X 1080.

    If you go all berserk, and/or obsessive, the board I told you buy, will allow you to install a second one of these cards, so you can't go too far of the reservation with you video card choice.
  5. DrekSilver

    DrekSilver Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 33

  6. Leeky

    Leeky TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +98

    Why the 850w PSU? Are you planning running two HD6850s?
  7. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,514   +856

    There are several steps in reducing voltage from a primary generation station, which could be producing electricity at 250,000 volts or more, until it hit's the customer's front door. In my locale, the power substation coverts the extreme high voltage down to about 10 kilo volts, then local transformers (quad by quad) or "block by block" in colony speak?)), step it down to our 110 volt house current. We have 220 VAC also, but you have to wire across two "hots" (at 110 each) to utilize it. You undoubtedly have a very similar delivery paradigm.

    The idea that insufficient supply raises voltage runs empirically opposed to what I understand about electrical theory. Smaller wires drop voltage because they inherently have higher electrical resistance. If you have mechanisms and phenomena involved that are causing voltage increases, you have in fact, lost me....:confused:

    With all that said, the responsibility for absolute control of voltage and frequency of the delivered power, resides with the electrical substation. In my archaic "hood", the houses used to have only 2 fuses. When more and more electrical devices appeared more and more fuses blew. So, everybody needed to get on board with "100 A", (ampere) house power, with more individual fuses and breakers being added inside the homes. Oddly, the only redeeming value my God forsaken location has to offer, is very consistent reliable electricity, and a great immunity to flooding!
  8. DrekSilver

    DrekSilver Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 33

    I...don't know what that means. I want a good PSU, that's why I got a high end one. Oh god, is there something wrong with it as well?
  9. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,514   +856

    He means that the system you have picked, would easily fun on perhaps a quality 500 watt PSU.

    The extra power wouldn't really be needed unless you were going to install two of the cards you are intending to purchase.

    With that said, there are two schools of thought; save money and only buy the supply wattage you really need ATM, or just spend at the outset and be ready if you ever do decide to go with a "Crossfire" setup.

    It doesn't hurt anything whatsoever, to have the larger supply installed at the jump, it's solely a question of initial investment and actual need.
  10. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,349   +122

    It's just that you would have saved $120 CAD...no not really anything that won't work.
  11. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,514   +856

    I mentioned the savings aspect, I simply didn't quantify it.
     
  12. DrekSilver

    DrekSilver Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 33

    So I can always upgrade with two video cards should I buy the power system I have now? Well that's good, because in the future I might just do that. So if everything I have is good that I guess i'm ready to order. Not pulling the trigger yet, so if there's anything that should be changed, say now :p
  13. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,514   +856

    Re-post your list, with the updated selections. That would be the best way to check.
  14. DrekSilver

    DrekSilver Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 33

  15. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,514   +856

    Looks like a great system to me! (But somewhat over budget).

    If I were going to buy those exact same items, I'd sub out the Toshiba optical drive for this Sony; http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118039

    I don't care for Toshiba drives. But granted, it is a personal thing. Others report success with them.
  16. DrekSilver

    DrekSilver Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 33

    The Sony one is slightly cheaper and your advice has been good so far so done and done, Toshiba Opti was subbed out.
  17. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,349   +122

    Again, I would still use a much cheaper power supply.
  18. Leeky

    Leeky TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +98

    I would as well, as the HX850 is serious overkill for anything other than a dual GPU system, especially with the HD6850.

    A 600ish watt PSU will be more than enough, so I highly recommend the one I recommended in my first reply to this thread. You'll also save about $100 that your needlessly spending.
  19. DrekSilver

    DrekSilver Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 33

    Could you link me a good example of one, because I don't know which is reliable and good quality?
  20. Leeky

    Leeky TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +98

    The one I linked in my first post is excellent - I even linked a review for it from a very respected PSU tester.

    To save you hunting, its this post.

    The SeaSonic S12II 620 Bronze 620W PSU is perfect for your system, has potential to allow for you to overclock safely, and costs approx $100 less than the HX850 Corsair unit.

    It isn't a modular design (e.g. you can't remove cables your not using like the HX850) but given the price, its well worth considering.
  21. DrekSilver

    DrekSilver Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 33

    And if I were to purchase two video cards instead of one, it would have the power to run the system just as well as the HX850 in that situation?
  22. Leeky

    Leeky TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +98

    No, you'd need 750w minimum to run two GPUs if you want some space to breathe, but you need to decide whether you plan to do that or not really. If you don't your effectively wasting (in my humble opinion) $100 when the Seasonic is actually just as good, but lower capacity.

    A good 750W PSU will be more than enough to power you're proposed system with dual GPU's, and leave a little room to spare for overclocking as well.
  23. DrekSilver

    DrekSilver Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 33

    Well in the future I probably will decide to purchase a second GPU for the extra system power, so it would be good to have the HX850 PSU if I decide to do that. And me buying it may give incentive to do so.

    Besides, the whole system at the moment is only costing about $1,200 which is cheaper (and much better) than most high end computers you can buy at your local Future Shop anyway.
  24. ComputerFreezee

    ComputerFreezee Newcomer, in training

    sorry I dont want to confuse you but you can buy a lower psu than 850watt corsair psu. you can calculate your power need here: thermaltake.outervision.com

    I suggest you ASUS P8P67 PRO mainboard which tested with intel i5-2500 and gskill ripjaws and become editors choice @ donanimhaber (most famous hardware website in Turkey):
  25. Leeky

    Leeky TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +98

    If the OP wishes to add an additional GPU in the future, or have the option available its sensible to have at least 750w, though dependant on the GPU this can be lower and higher.

    The calculator might say different, but you never want a 600w PSU running at 550W when under stress, that would be dangerous in anything but short term. Once you factor in aging of components, and variations in their power outputs, its always wise to consider something more powerful than required, if only to have those extra reserves there as it ages.


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