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August 9, 2009 8:27:59 PM

My motherboard died after 3+ years of use, at the time I wasn't into media encoding and gaming, but now I am - Heavily.

I'm thinking I need Quad Core architecture but I'm unsure. I'm also thinking I need Extreme Edition (since I'm an Intel fanboy).

GPU card can be upgraded since I'm looking at a completely revamp, but that's for later. Right now I desperately need advice on mobo and cpu. So specifically, being a Gigabyte fan, what mobo supports your suggestion for a Quad Core CPU?
August 9, 2009 8:45:07 PM

get an i7 920, an Asus P6T(or SE if you don't plan on going SLI, or a Gigabyte UD4P if you really want the gigabyte mobo) and 6GB of ram.

and a Prolimatech Megahalem with two high CFM fans and an extra bracket couldn't hurt either, and that should get you to 4.6GHz with that 920.
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August 9, 2009 9:00:46 PM

I agree with helloworld_98. Go i7 but don't bother with the Extreme Edition - a 920 D0 stepping will clock up to 4GHz with a good cooler and you can also take the QPI up to match the EEs as well.

If you're doing media-heavy stuff then go NVIDIA for the GPU as a lot of media tools are CUDA-enabled.

I'm using an Asus P6T Deluxe v2 mobo but the Gigabyte UD5 is nice too - both have 2 true PCI-Ex16 slots so you can get 2-way SLI running at full whack. Plus going with socket 1366 gives you a good upgrade path next year with the 6-core i9s.

Also memory timings have shown to be more advantageous for media than faster RAM so grab 12GB of 1600MHz RAM at CAS7 and you should be flying.
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August 9, 2009 9:19:26 PM

i agree... get the i7 920 the Extreme edition isnt worth it
August 9, 2009 10:31:46 PM

Everyone that replied - Thank you for your advice and input.

LePhuronn said:
I agree with helloworld_98. Go i7 but don't bother with the Extreme Edition - a 920 D0 stepping will clock up to 4GHz with a good cooler and you can also take the QPI up to match the EEs as well.

If you're doing media-heavy stuff then go NVIDIA for the GPU as a lot of media tools are CUDA-enabled.

I'm using an Asus P6T Deluxe v2 mobo but the Gigabyte UD5 is nice too - both have 2 true PCI-Ex16 slots so you can get 2-way SLI running at full whack. Plus going with socket 1366 gives you a good upgrade path next year with the 6-core i9s.

Also memory timings have shown to be more advantageous for media than faster RAM so grab 12GB of 1600MHz RAM at CAS7 and you should be flying.


So based on the consensus combined with my independent research, here's what I'm going with at this point:
  • i7 920
  • EX58-UD5

    LePhuronn, or anyone that wishes to add anything, the particular board I'm going with specifies:
  • Support for DDR3 tri-channel 2100+/1333/1066/800 MHz memory modules
    taken from:
    Specs

    But would a 1600MHz set of sticks be compatible? I always thought not -- if the specs don't match it, I don't acquire it... even though numerically I'd assume it does since it covers the range 1333 to 2100+.

    Much appreciated.
    August 10, 2009 2:45:59 AM

    anything above 1333 is ussually supported with an overclock, which you said you will be doing, so if you do get a set of 1600 ram, then it will more than likely clock itself to 1333 at first, but you can either use an XMP value, or do the clocking yourself through the bios
    August 10, 2009 3:17:51 AM

    daft said:
    anything above 1333 is ussually supported with an overclock, which you said you will be doing, so if you do get a set of 1600 ram, then it will more than likely clock itself to 1333 at first, but you can either use an XMP value, or do the clocking yourself through the bios


    Awesome! Thank you all.
    August 10, 2009 4:29:46 PM

    sure thing
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    June 14, 2010 5:09:02 PM

    CaptainMorgan said:
    My motherboard died after 3+ years of use, at the time I wasn't into media encoding and gaming, but now I am - Heavily.

    I'm thinking I need Quad Core architecture but I'm unsure. I'm also thinking I need Extreme Edition (since I'm an Intel fanboy).

    GPU card can be upgraded since I'm looking at a completely revamp, but that's for later. Right now I desperately need advice on mobo and cpu. So specifically, being a Gigabyte fan, what mobo supports your suggestion for a Quad Core CPU?



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    June 14, 2010 6:04:32 PM

    Sorry man but all you did was waste your time with this long post. this is a OLD thread. The user who posted before drug it up from the depths of the beyond. I think he is a necrophiliac.!!!!!

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    June 14, 2010 7:48:50 PM

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