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Asrock x58 extreme or p6t se?

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December 22, 2009 8:16:40 PM

This would be my 3rd build but thats over a 10 yr period. Last build and current setup is p4 3.2. Basically looking to build as future proof as possible but as low priced as possible using coupons and rebates. Heres what I got so far and what I am looking at:

Have:
OCZ Vertex Series 60GB SATA II = $165
XFX Radeon HD 4890 Video Card - 1024MB DDR5 = $125
SILVERSTONE ELEMENT 750W st75ef 80 P = $61.05
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB = $31.69

Looking at:
i7-920 = 199.99
AZZA Fantom 900 = 68.59
OCZ Gold DDR3 PC1600 6GB =119.99

Then either
ASRock X58 Extreme for $159 or
ASUS p6t se for $152.59

Also need recommendations for wireless N adapter or card and keyboard and mouse for gaming but "bang for the buck"
and I could get an extra Seagate for $43 and extra 4890 for $150 but thinking 1 of each is good for now and waiting for prices to come down on video cards again.

Any recommendations on MB and why? Ram good? Would like to use my Samsung 61" 1080p as the display for this, any problems with that

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December 22, 2009 8:30:41 PM

AsRock is ASUS' low end company like how Lexus and Toyota are. Their boards are much cheaper but come with all the good specs of ASUS' higher end board. I would stay away from AsRock. The ASUS P6T SE has most of the bells and whistles of the P6T except for SLI support. If you don't need SLI support, then I'd go for the P6T SE.
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December 22, 2009 8:39:45 PM

well 2 4890 would be crossfire right? future maybe as I have one right now. Also what makes a board "support" crossfire or sli? I thought as long as it has Pci-slots and you can provide the power to multiple cards your golden. They both have 2 @16x and 1 @ 8 in regard to pci-e slots
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December 22, 2009 8:51:39 PM

reign10057 said:
well 2 4890 would be crossfire right? future maybe as I have one right now. Also what makes a board "support" crossfire or sli? I thought as long as it has Pci-slots and you can provide the power to multiple cards your golden. They both have 2 @16x and 1 @ 8 in regard to pci-e slots


No. You need a the correct board to do either SLI or Crossfire.
With the release of the X58 chipset, you can do either SLI or Crossfire
on most boards. Some boards will only support Crossfire.

Before the X58 chipset, there was the X48 chipset which only did Crossfire.
If you wanted to do SLI with Intel CPUs, you need a board with nVidia chipset like 780i or 790i

AMD is the same way. Boards that come with the AMD chipset will only do Crossfire.
If you want do SLI you need to buy a board that comes with nNvidia chipset.

To cut the cost of P55 and X58 boards, they cut out SLI support on some boards like that that P6T SE. You have to read the specs carefully to make sure it supports what you're trying to do.

Some boards come with 3 PCI-E X16 slots, but that doesn't mean they'll do tri-sli or tri-CrossfireX.

The X58 boards will do Crossfire or SLI at 16X 16X.
The P55 boards will do Crossfire or SLI at 8X 8X
AMD had different chipsets that will do 16X 16X or 8X 8X

The new EVGA Classified boards are something else. I don't even want to go into how they are able to open up so many lanes of PCI-E on those boards.
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February 2, 2010 5:10:20 PM

Hello Reign10057,

I was wondering were you are buying your components? Those prices are pretty darn good.

Thank you
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February 2, 2010 11:20:01 PM

Get the P6T SE. ASRock mobos have inferior mosfet/NB cooling system, it can fail if not well ventilated.
As for the lack of SLI support in the P6T SE... The X58 chipset has the support in it already. It's just that to get a "SLI certified" costs 5$ more for the manufacturer.
To enable SLI just flash the bios from a standard version (Not Deluxe) of the P6T and violla.
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