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Building a New PC


Oct 28, 2010
Kelowna BC
This is my first post. I am building a new PC based on Intel LGA1156 processor. I want to get the maximum overclock out of it, so have ordered a EVGA P55 Classified 200 motherboard and G.SKILL F3-17600CL7D-4GBPIS memory. I have a Coolermaster HAF X case, and a Antec 850 watt Signature Series power supply. I plan on building a water cooled 360 mm radiator setup which I will dedicate to just the CPU.

I had planned on ordering an Intel Xeon X3440 processor, as they overclock well, and are about $100 less, but was advised by G.Skill technician that "the Xeon only allows a 10X memory multi, so your memory will only go as high as your BCLK. If you want DDR3-2400+, then you surely need the 12X memory multiplier for BCLK 200 x 12. The Xeon can not do BCLK 240 x 10."

So at this point, I am trying to decide between an i7-860 or an i7-870 processor. Pricing where I am is very similar (max $10 difference), and both come with a 12x memory multi , so it comes down to whichever one overclocks better. Any suggestions?