I have a 790i with a q6700, needless to say the system is starting to show its age even with some heavy-duty overclocking.
I plan over the next month or so to build a new 1156 OR 1366 system... which is where all the geniuses on the forums come in
So far the boards I'm looking at are the MSI P55 GD65 with an i5 750 (~$150 for the board $200 for i5)
The MSI X58 Pro-E with an i7 920 (~$190 for board ~$280 for i7)
The Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD3R with an i7 920
ASUS Rampage II GENE with i7 920 (~$210 for board)
Recertified: EVGA 132-BL-E758-RX with i7 920 (~$220 for board)
I had originally decided to just build a P55 system cause they seem to be comparable to the X58s, but after seeing that some X58 boards aren't that much more expensive and the clearer upgrade path for 1366, maybe X58 is the better way to go?
I'm mostly a gamer so the extra PCIe lanes might help. (yes i know the difference between x16 and x8 doesn't make that much of a difference now, but it might for Fermi)
If anyone has any suggestions or firsthand experience with a good board that would be really helpful, any board somewhere around $200 is a possibility. (Good RAM kits and CPU coolers would be nice too)
I was just in a situation similar to yours actually. I was running a Q6600 on a MSI 975X and Radeon 3870s in CrossFireX.
Just yesterday I built my new rig with an MSI Eclipse running the i7 920 and a Radeon 5870.
I can't find the link to my original post ~2 weeks back where I had a small discussion on whether to go LGA1156 or LGA1366.
Seeing as how you game, I suggest going with the X58 chipset will be better in the future. Us gamers will want to upgrade sooner or later and the socket is definitely better for that. All the high-end chips in the future i9 etc will be on the 1366 socket. The full 2 x16 lanes will also help with bandwidth although an article I read (having problems finding the link) showed that at PCI-E 2.0, x16 and x8 have a difference of less than 5% for most games in general. However we don't know what the future holds which is why I forked out for an expensive motherboard. My MSI 975X lasted me a good four years with 1 major upgrade of CPU and GPUs.
I would highly recommend the following motherboard the Asus P6T. It packs alot of features, has all the important things, has decent heat and power consumption and it's decently priced. It's supposedly considered a mainstream motherboard but I think it can fight with the lower-end of the enthusiast level motherboards which are easily 1.5x - 2x the price.
The total stands at $606.97 which is really decent considering that these 3 parts would put your PC performance very high up in the ratings. What's left is your graphics card which is your preference. I know my 5870 really burnt a hole in my pocket but I took it because of it's low idle wattage. I use my rig for everything surfing/movies/games so I needed a good system that had low idle power draw. If you just use yours for gaming then it's not so important.
I really hope this helps you! I enjoyed answering as well. =)
I've recently been looking at the gigabyte ud3r with usb 3.0 and sata III, it's just over $200 and has everything i need. A little concerned because it only has a six phase regulator, but i won't be overclocking to the stars so w/e
thanks for the HSF suggestion and let's hope Fermi is worth the wait (the specs are unbelievable...)
Six phase regulator is actually good enough! Just need to check if they are high quality. Like my MSI Eclipse has 6 phase voltage regulator which are all the solid type so you know it's good quality stuff. The high-end boards also come with Dynamic Overclocking Technology (DOT) which is easy overclocking. Just press and button and voila! They reset if things get too hot etc as well. It got a i7-860 to go from 2.8GHz to 3.5GHz stable at the computer shop I buy from apparently.
With regards to the MSI boards I have never had any problems with the high-end boards throughout the entire series. Not quite sure about the low-end boards. Never really had experience with them.
End of the day it's up to you exactly when you want to jump onto the bandwagon. If it's not urgent for you, I suppose you can wait for Fermi but you do know the prices will still be in that bracket. The sad thing about computer parts is the prices are always constant, it's just which parts are in which bracket. I.e. $1k CPU vs $400 CPU vs $200 CPU. Graphics are the same as well.
I compared the 212+ and the scythe mugen, from an artcile on tom's actually, and i'm going to go with the scythe because it is only a little more expensive and the cooling was top notch.
The reason i'm excited for fermi is that one fermi card should be enough for ANY game at any level of detail, if of course they deliver on all their promises. Also, it will make ATI drop their prices a little so it's a win-win.
I should be ordering the board and proc in the next couple weeks after I pick out some memory, have some in mind just looking for best price.
Thanks again guys
Edit: As a side note, does anyone know if the ud3r is 2 16x links or 16x 8x 8x? It has 4 PCIe slots, but gigabyte doesn't specify and i can't find it online. (my suspicion is 2 full 16 or 4 8x slots.
I'm not sure if Fermi would make AMD/ATI drop their prices. If Fermi comes out too expensive nothing might happen on the ATI side. Hopefully we get another case of the 3870 thing again. The 3870s were cheap and good forcing nVidia to drop prices. This time it'll be the other way around.
Anyway CaptainBib, if you're not getting it anytime soon (like the coming week) then just chill out for a while and check back in again once you're sure you're gonna get it. Things change very fast.