Originally Posted by Don Landis
Good education there for me! Thanks. You clarified a few things for me to consider. I had planned on going with an LGA 1366 board but if the 2600 doesn't fit that maybe I'll wait until the price drops on the 990x.
I was considering the ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA1366 board as it has two video slots and 6 memory slots. What do you think? I could get into it now for an affordable price point with an i7-960 and upgrade later to the 990x right?
Hey Don, I'll try to make this as short as possible...
Yes, you will be able to upgrade the Sabertooth from the 960 to the 990x. Looking at Asus and Kingston, which be good to verify with whoever you're working with on this, the KHX1600C9D3K6/24GX will work with either processor. Good news. I have Kingston HyperX in both my machines. Great price too.
Always, before installing your Operating System, get a copy of Memtest86+ and run it overnight after you have the system up an running. This will save you grief, a lot. Bad memory sticks are one of the leading causes of newbuild issues. Download and make an iso on a cd.
Other big thing, I prefer not to use the Marvel Controllers for HD. Sticking with the Intel Controllers for HD and Bluray will again, save you grief. If you want fast HD, Raid0 them on the Intel.
Ok, here's the tough part to decide on.
When you get your 990X, if you will be happy with 3.458 GHZ, then you'll be fine. If you want to overclock it, on this board it has to be done "manually" in the bios. Never use software overclock anyway.
If you got the Rampage III Extreme, ya another $160, that board comes with, in the bios, something called "CPU level Up". With 1 click in the bios, all of the manual settings are done for you, including speeding up your cpu and slowing down the memory. Don't worry about slowing the memory, you want your 12 threads to go as fast as possible. Since the 990X is unlocked to boot, with 1 click you have a choice of 4.00 GHZ or 4.20 GHZ.
I ran mine at 4.20 fine but due to my tendency to be a tad on the conservative side, stick at 4.00.
One other tip, watercool, especially since these programs seem to use 100% of all the cores/threads. No need to go extreme with pumps and all (as I go that route because I want to keep my gpu's cool for gaming), but to keep the cost, noise, and temps down, look at the Corsair H60 or H80. I use the H60 on my servers to keep noise down.
If you want quiet, Noctua fans.
Ok, enough, I knew I'd get carried away. Oh, and be sure to read the updated manual when building it