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ASUS Rampage II Extreme vs ASUS P6T6 WS Revolution?

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November 2, 2009 12:09:50 AM

So whats the difference and why is the rampage more expensive?

Which one would best fit my build?

Chasis: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...
$140.00

RAM:Mushkin Enhanced Redline 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 998692 - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$225.00

Optical Drive: PLEXTOR Black 8X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal BD Combo Model PX-B320SA LightScribe Support
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$125.00

GPU: SAPPHIRE 100281VXSR Radeon HD 5870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$400.00

HDD: 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...
$80.00
CPU: core i7 920 ........getting it from microcenter 15 mins from my house i never knew existed for 200.00!

Heatsink: Prolimatech Megahalem Rev. B for Intel 775 / 1156 / 1366
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/8807/cpu-pro-01/Proli...
$70.00+7.00 thermal paste+25.00120mm fan

Card reader: AFT XM-35U BLACK USB 2.0 Kiosk Card Reader (3.5" ) - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$35.00

PSU:Antec Signature SG-850 850W Continuous Power ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$210.00

Btw any recommendation on how to improve my pc?

Any and all help welcome

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November 2, 2009 8:14:23 AM

You're overspending on the RAM, get this instead
G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel Kit Desktop
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

this PSU will be fine, even for crossfired 5870s
Antec TruePower New TP-750 750W Continuous Power
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As for the mobo, why not just get the standard P6T SE or the Deluxe V2?

Finally, why the extra TIM and extra fan on that already excellent HSF?
You didn't even mention overclocking anywhere in your post?
November 2, 2009 9:20:25 AM

ASUS P6T6 WS Revolution is for Workstation more or Servers and I would not get it unless if I need to have a server. It is not intended for Desktop PC but more for server/workstation. Notice "WS" (Workstation). Maybe it could also be use as a Desktop PC (I am not so sure about this).

While ASUS ROG Rampage II Extreme is classified as "Republic of Gamers" motherboards which focus more on overclocking and gaming. Personally, for me it is more like a marketing hype by ASUS because in the past, even models like Biostar TPower I45 broke the world's overclocking record and beat ASUS ROG Maximus II Formula. Before the arrival of Nehalem system, "Formula" stands for ASUS ROG motherboard that uses DDR2 RAM while "Extreme" version uses DDR3 RAM fro ASUS ROG motherboard. But with the Core i7 X58 Nehalem motherboards, they would all use DDR3 RAM except for Core i5 P55 Nehalem motherboards which could be compatible with either DDR2 or DDR3.

Anyway, you don't really need ASUS ROG motherboards just to do gaming on PC because they are very expensive high-end/enthusiast level motherboards. ASUS P6TD Deluxe or ASUS P7P55D Premium (one of the only P55 motherboards supporting SATA 3 and USB 3.0) is enough.

http://usa.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=1H6537GW0fPVHNhO

http://usa.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=kvkzMAsYAaWQ0z8M&...

ASUS P6TD Deluxe is slightly newer than ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 and it has Xtreme Design with Xtreme Phases. Xtreme Design is ASUS's response to Gigabyte's Ultra Durable 3 and it is about using the best high quality components like all solid capacitors, etc for the motherboard.
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November 2, 2009 11:32:25 AM

He's getting a 920 so he wants a 1366 board.
November 2, 2009 1:54:03 PM

baddad said:
He's getting a 920 so he wants a 1366 board.


Yes I know but I also would like to recommend him cheaper LGA 1156 motherboard. What if the OP is still a newb/noob and risking to get an unnecessary too expensive high-end Core i7 system? Obviously, you better tell him many things. Core i7 860 and Core i7 870 are also good on Core i5 motherboard. Maybe Core i7 920 might be replace by Core i7 930 or by a much more expensive Intel Gulftown which would could cost $1500 just for the CPU upgrade and that is just bad for him. Core i5 system (LGA 1156) seem to have more cheaper CPU upgrade path than LGA 1366. LGA 1366 is more for servers than for Desktop PC, those who bought Core i7 920 are those who bought it in the early 2009 when Lynnfield Core i5 wasn't launch yet. High-end Core i7 X58 system is more like marketing hype by Intel because it should have been only for servers and not for desktop PC. Seriously, who the heck would spend $1500 for future CPU upgrade or upgrading to something very expensive like 6 Core Intel Gulftown CPU???? :o  6 Core (Hexa-Core) is very unnecessary and overkill for Desktop PCs but it could be useful for Servers. Most applications and games just began to be optimize for Quad Core but 6 Cores is way too much. Also, using triple DDR3 channels is also way too much for a Desktop PC. Anyway, at the end, it is up to him to decide. :) 

PS: Core i7 870 (Intel branded it as Core i7 870 while it should have been Core i5 brand) performs very close to Core i7 920 and also works on cheaper Core i5 motherboards so the truth is I don't really wanted to recommend him to get Core i7 920 or expensive high-end system like Core i7 + X58 and spending more money which could be unnecessary for him. Also, P55 motherboards like P7P55D Premium and GA-P55A-UD4P are the ones that officially support SATA 3 and USB 3.0 so it would be silly for him not to future proof himself more with SATA 3 and USB 3.0.

Recent Updated News: Please note that single PCIe x16 slot would be limit to only x8 mode on GA-P55A series motherboards especially when SATA 3 and USB 3.0 are enable. Well, that is one sad part about GA-P55A-UD4P. :(  But for P7P55D Premium, I'm not sure. Let's hope that they will correct this negative side effect issue due to enabling SATA 3 and USB 3.0 on these P55 motherboards.

Good Luck! :) 
November 2, 2009 7:16:15 PM

Which one would be best if i was going to be using sony Vegas 9