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October 14, 2009 6:21:45 PM

What is the very best gaming mobo out on the market today?

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October 14, 2009 7:53:43 PM

my advice go for the ASUS P6T Deluxe V2... I have it... overclocked my i7 to 4.01GHz.
it's my first build and my first overclocking. It was really easy.

look for some high-end Gigabyte mobo... many say they also have good quality boards.

I recommend nothing else.
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October 14, 2009 8:44:29 PM

There is no such thing as the best gaming mobo....

It all depends on how much you are willing to spend and if you will use one or more GPU's...
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October 14, 2009 9:07:18 PM

well i have between $250-$300 budget for a mobo. i would like the choice of being able to add a 2nd gpu if desired.
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October 14, 2009 9:09:06 PM

Well if you have 250-300$ to spend on a mobo then how much do you have for the CPU and RAM?
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October 14, 2009 9:18:36 PM

let me 1st start off by telling you that I got about $1500 for the entire system. so what do you recommend?
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October 14, 2009 9:56:19 PM

Case : Antec 1200 or Haf 932
CPU : i7 920
MB : P6T Deluxe V2
CPU Cooler : Zigmatek Dark Knight
Ram : 6GB CORSAIR DOMINATOR 1600
Video Card : ATI 5870
Hard Drive : 2x Western Digital Caviar Black 640 ot 1TB depending on how much storage you need or you can get an SSD but that will cost you an arm and a leg....
PSU : Corsair 750TX
CD/DVD Drive : Sony Optiarc

Not even 1,400$ after rebates.....

I can come up with a better list in detail once I get home from work =)


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October 14, 2009 10:01:47 PM

OvrClkr said:
Case : Antec 1200 or Haf 932
CPU : i7 920
MB : P6T Deluxe V2
CPU Cooler : Zigmatek Dark Knight
Ram : 6GB CORSAIR DOMINATOR 1600
Video Card : ATI 5870
Hard Drive : 2x Western Digital Caviar Black 640 ot 1TB depending on how much storage you need or you can get an SSD but that will cost you an arm and a leg....
PSU : Corsair 750TX
CD/DVD Drive : Sony Optiarc

Not even 1,400$ after rebates.....

I can come up with a better list in detail once I get home from work =)

Thank you so much I really appreciate the help.
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October 15, 2009 12:58:37 AM

Here is a closer look, hope this helps =)


Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or

COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i7 920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XIGMATEK Intel Core i7 compatible Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or

ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8 G - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX HD-587A-ZNF9 Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PLEXTOR Black
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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October 15, 2009 1:50:11 AM

OvrClkr said:
Here is a closer look, hope this helps =)


Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or

COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i7 920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XIGMATEK Intel Core i7 compatible Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or

ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8 G - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX HD-587A-ZNF9 Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PLEXTOR Black
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

What about the mobo? I thought you said that everything would cost under $1400. I added it up and it came to almost $1700. I dont want to sound ungreatfull for your help, because I do appreciate it, but I got a strict budget that I gotta go by. No more than $1600 even.
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October 15, 2009 4:47:03 AM

Edited above, I added everything up and it is around 1,550.00$ before rebates/discounts . I only added one samsung F3 drive.... You can always change a part or two for something cheaper. I am giving you an idea of what you can buy with that budget....

For example you can go with a 5850, smaller drive, go with the Haf instead of the 1200 etc.....
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October 15, 2009 5:49:12 AM

OvrClkr, sounds like some great recommendations.

Gotta be some combo deals in there too to get a bit more discounts.

I had no idea Plextor was still in business. I used to sell their stuff I believe in the late 80s. They held some early patents in CD drives.
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October 15, 2009 7:59:19 AM

If you're running against your budget cap, you can save a considerable amount of money ($320) without losing much if any performance by using these parts:

CPU: Intel Core i5-750 $200
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: Gigabyte P55M-UD2 $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2GB DDR3 1333 Latency 7 $89
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For a little bit more, you can use an 860 instead of the 750. These are especially effective vs the 920 if you are not an overclocker, as you can see here:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/intel-core-i5,2410....

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/core-i5-lynnfield,2...
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October 15, 2009 8:32:09 AM

In the system directly above, you're swapping the Intel i7 CPU for the i5. And moving to a motherboard that runs dual-channel memory from a triple. And getting 4GBs of RAM rather than 6GBs.

And you'll be able to get an OS with the savings too!
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October 15, 2009 2:24:43 PM

Mongox said:
OvrClkr, sounds like some great recommendations.

Gotta be some combo deals in there too to get a bit more discounts.

I had no idea Plextor was still in business. I used to sell their stuff I believe in the late 80s. They held some early patents in CD drives.


Yea, I was kinda in a hurry yesterday and basically came up with a list so the OP can get an idea of what he can buy, the i5 and P55 mobo would be a great choice as well, I just wanted him to get the full x16 on both slots just in case he was going to CF in the future....




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October 15, 2009 5:06:32 PM

I would like a case that offers upgradability as well as great airflow since i cant afford a water cooling system right now. So the i5 is bout the same as an i7? I'm not trying to be a complete idiot, I'm just trying to get all my facts straight. Thank you all for the help.
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October 15, 2009 6:29:26 PM

Both the cases mentioned are beasts, with fantastic air-flow and are very large. Larger than I might recommend myself. I believe one has 3 fans and the other 4 fans. Either offers more expandibility than you could ever use.

I don't know anything about water cooling, but unless you plan to learn and do a lot more with extreme Overclocking, I woudn't worry about it. These cases provide top-of-the-line cooling combined with the good CPU coolers. Plenty for any typical OC. And likely would be fine with water coolers too.

The Intel i5 is a lower-end alternative to the i7 family. All i7's are quad-core, as are some i5's, but the i5's also include some dual-core models. Regardless, both lines are fast and capable. Generally, you can compare the GHz of a type of CPU within a family as the higher the MHz, the faster the processing speed. Once you change the # of cores or the family, you can't really compare. That is, using imaginary models... an i5 2-core at 2.8GHz will be faster than an i5 2-core at 2.6GHz. But you compare a i5 4-core @ 2.8GHz to an i7 4-core @ 2.6GHz, the faster cpu isn't so clear. I am not an Intel CPU user or expert.
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October 16, 2009 6:34:46 AM

rjbrunker said:
So the i5 is bout the same as an i7? I'm not trying to be a complete idiot, I'm just trying to get all my facts straight. Thank you all for the help.
If you aren't going to overclock, the i5 750 and i7 860 are going to perform very close to the i7 920 in gaming and in many other applications because their more aggrressive turbo feature will automatically OC them. All are quad cores, btw.

If you are an overclocker, or running SLI/Crossfire at resolutions *higher* that 1920 x1200 you can extract a more performance out of the 920 in gaming, and even more in certain other applications.

That's what you should see proven in the reviews linked for you.
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