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Kyle 2.0

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I'm looking at getting a new mobo, processor and heat sync for the rig.

MSI P55-GD65 LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail


Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail


and for cooling...

CORSAIR Cooling Hydro Series CWCH50-1 120mm High Performance CPU Cooler - Retail


I haven't really paid attention to the latest in computer technology in a while. I'm not crazy about going to liquid cooling because of the price, but all the reviews of Corsair's H50 are giving it two thumbs up. Anyone know a better non-liquid heatsync that will do a good job? I don't really plan on doing too much hardcore overclocking.

second question. I currently have a 550 watt power supply. Is that enough or do I need to upgrade? I am currently running an EVGA GeForce 8800 GTS. Upgrade coming soon.

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yeah, I've currently got 4 gigs of DDR2. I'm looking at a few different sets of DDR3 on Newegg right now. I'm looking at waiting until my next paycheck to upgrade the memory. Will the motherboard function using DDR2 or am I going to have to purchase DDR3 to get everything working?

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I was reading this while browsing the boards and had to register.

The I7-920 is not a socket 1156 chip. It's a socket 1366 chip. Intel has released two different consumer line sockets. One for medium end, the other for high end. 1366 being highend, and the 1156 being medium end.

You will need dual channel DDR3 for any mother board supporting socket 1156(P55 chipset right now), and triple channel DDR3 for any board supporting 1366 (X58 chipset atm).

If you want to go with a P55 socket 1156 board, I recommend getting the I5-750 chip or the I7-860 chip.

If you want to go with an X58 socket 1366 board, pick up the CPU you have listed above, the I7-920.

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