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September 14, 2009 9:43:34 AM

Hey guys,

I don't know if it is better to post here rather than the motherboard sub forum.

I am caught up in building this rig of mine. I am thinking of getting the i7 920 now instead of the i7 1156 build. Which motherboard should I get that is cheap, very overclockable up to 4.0ghz, has sli capabilty, and stable.

There are so many choices out there. What do I pick? I need to know real soon.

Does anyone know of some good ram choices other than the ocz platinum? Instead, does anyone have other ram recommendations that are good for the i7 920? price wise

Thanks in advance everyone
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September 14, 2009 9:49:01 AM

Wow! That is alot of questions :)  Well maybe you could give a run down of what your wanting to build and what your budget is. This will help us to better serve you, while trying to keep the budget under control.

* What resolution will you be gaming/playing under?
* What is your budget?
* What aftermarket CPU HSF were you going to be using?
* What Case/PSU were you wanting to use?
* How much RAM are you going to be running?
* Are you worried about how loud/quiet the system is?

All of these factors we will need to know, so we can help you with getting the best setup for what you want to do.
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September 14, 2009 11:02:08 AM

If you are not brand specific, then my choice would be -
ASRock X58 Extreme
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Review -
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/cheap-x58-motherboa...

Other mobo choices -
ASUS Rampage Gene -
http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-RAM2-GE

UD4P
http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-EX58U4P

As for RAM, check out Mushkin and Corsair memories with CAS 7...they are about $5 more than the Platinum at newegg and are better in terms of quality...
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September 14, 2009 3:22:42 PM

lunyone said:
Wow! That is alot of questions :)  Well maybe you could give a run down of what your wanting to build and what your budget is. This will help us to better serve you, while trying to keep the budget under control.

* What resolution will you be gaming/playing under?
* What is your budget?
* What aftermarket CPU HSF were you going to be using?
* What Case/PSU were you wanting to use?
* How much RAM are you going to be running?
* Are you worried about how loud/quiet the system is?

All of these factors we will need to know, so we can help you with getting the best setup for what you want to do.



I will be playing at 1900 resolution

my budget is around 1000-1200

Dark knight for cpu cooler?

cooler master 932 haf for the case

6gb ram for the moment.

no preference in how loud it is.
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September 14, 2009 3:24:12 PM

gkay09 said:
If you are not brand specific, then my choice would be -
ASRock X58 Extreme
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Review -
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/cheap-x58-motherboa...

Other mobo choices -
ASUS Rampage Gene -
http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-RAM2-GE

UD4P
http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-EX58U4P

As for RAM, check out Mushkin and Corsair memories with CAS 7...they are about $5 more than the Platinum at newegg and are better in terms of quality...


Is is worth paying under 200 for a mobo?
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September 14, 2009 3:42:30 PM

I just want to make sure it is able to overclock high enough and it does not get hot.
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September 14, 2009 4:04:00 PM

Go with the Asus Rampage II GENE, which will give you the best shot at 4GHz. Remember it is a Micro-ATX, so would recommend droping down to the Cooler Master HAF 922.

RAM: Patriot 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model PVT36G1333LLK - Retail (CAS 7) or OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK - Retail (CAS 8)
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September 14, 2009 4:12:03 PM

crap. I already opened my 932 haf case.
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September 14, 2009 4:13:42 PM

elo820 said:
crap. I already opened my 932 haf case.

Not a problem... it will work in the HAF 932... You'll just have a lot of room open at the bottom of the case!! :D 
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September 14, 2009 4:19:08 PM

do you have any other recommendations and why?
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September 14, 2009 4:29:25 PM

What is the rest of your build... GPU, HDD... etc., so we can see if anything needs adjusting to meet your 1920x1080+ gaming resolution.

Another very good CPU is .. Cogage TRUE Spirit CPU Cooler (Socket LGA 1366), which completes with the Thermaltake "TRUE", which is considered one of the best HSF on the market for 1/2 the price. The Xigmatek Dark Knight S1283V you have listed is a very good one, as well.
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September 14, 2009 4:34:01 PM

Yeah, sorry for being so vauge.

My gpu is going to be a gtx 275 and down the line I want to sli.

Hdd will probably be WD caviar black and maybe down the line get an ssd.

psu is 750, that is good enough for now and later cards yeah?

That HSF looks interesting. I'll have to check that one out. Thanks for the responses so far!

If you have to, just recommend anything that is good really.
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September 14, 2009 4:39:35 PM

well boy i have also upgraded my system now i suggest you to use these components

Mobo Intel Desktop Board DX58SO 200-230€ (overclock able by disabeling watchdog to 3,7-3,8Ghz without probs, SLI,CROSSFIRE, EXtra cooler for northbridge better oc)
Cpu: i7 920 240€ (why overclocking you dont need these 20sec diff in most progs betwen 975 and 920 enaugh for few years)
Cooler Thermalright 120 Ultra for best oc^^60€
ddr3 1333 32bit: Intel Core i7 Ed. XMP Ready Triple Ch. 3072.0 MB DDR3 DIMM 55€
ddr3 1333 64bit: Intel Core i7 Ed. XMP Ready Triple Ch. 6144.0 MB DDR3 DIMM 111€
PSU Corsair HX750W cable managment 4x 6/8 PciE (SLi , Crossfire) 140€
raid harddisk 73GBfor windows for high performance 80€
1TB 7200U 70€
Dvddrive 24x 30€
blu ray if you want 2x sony nec i(is fine but not the best^^) 80€
Case soprano is good enaugh ca 80€
Graphic : 2x GTX 260 2(the new model) 149€ each so ca 300€( but i would wait till end of october or november because then the new dx11 graphic cards are comming out^^

total ca:
32bit: ca.1285€
32bit+bd ca. 1365€
64bit ca.1341€
64bit+bd ca.1421€

and that would be a nice pc you want prob 200€ above what you want.^^
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September 14, 2009 4:40:28 PM

i see you have a psu so the things you have just make a -^^

greets laluma22
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September 14, 2009 5:10:25 PM

Good rec, anymore?
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a b V Motherboard
September 14, 2009 5:27:22 PM

tecmo34 said:
Not a problem... it will work in the HAF 932... You'll just have a lot of room open at the bottom of the case!! :D 


hell, this would give you a lot of room to integrate water cooling in the future sometime
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September 14, 2009 5:31:54 PM

that is true! But for now Im doing air cause I'm moving around a lot from school and home.
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September 14, 2009 6:14:15 PM

i would have some more rec ive tested 3 options and for me the best one is what i wrote beside that i have 2x 9800GX2 KO evga^^

so just pm me for more questions or write here^^

greets laluma22
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September 14, 2009 6:51:53 PM

hey guys, I'm also scared about my psu. Do you guys really think 750 watts is good enough for oc i7, dual gtx 275 (maybe overclock), 2-3 hd. anything else i need to provide to know which psu?
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September 14, 2009 6:57:37 PM

ehm yeah so i think that 750 watt is enaugh for oc 920 but like i said you should not and you do not need to oc the cpu is the best and good enaugh without oc but you should get on the settings i send you at least at 3,5 Ghz and it is even faster than the 975 etreme^^
a gtx 275 cis idle 177 and under load 250 so both cards will be 400 aprox
after oc you cpu you will have still 10%-20% nonused i got that from other forum in tomshardware^^

hope i could help

greets laluma22
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September 14, 2009 7:23:23 PM

750 is enough even with the new gfx coming out and maybe cross/sli those? Motherboards are so confusing still. I still have not finished my research on this. I want to settle on one that is cool and has overclock abilty.
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September 14, 2009 7:36:40 PM

you maean mibi like i said the intel dx58so extreme edition is cool and overclock ability
i also do own it quite easy to oc just disable watchdog and do hat you want
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September 14, 2009 7:36:50 PM

cool and oc ability
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September 15, 2009 3:53:14 AM

I am liking the last suggestion for the mobo. What do you guys think about the asus rock extreme? I see that on reviews that it gets hot? I plan to overclock but not above 4.0 ghz

I am loving the suggestions so far!
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September 15, 2009 5:27:00 AM

For a dual card setup, I wouldn't suggest that EVGA board... It only does x16x8x4x8 with its 4 slots...
Even when only 2 are populated, it does x16x8 and not x16x16 like other boards...

And that ASRock board is a very good feature board...If you will not use more than 6GB of RAM, then you can consider the UD3R...

But my general suggestion would for such a high-end config would be not to skimp on the mobo...
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September 15, 2009 5:33:48 AM

That was insightful. I was just reading/watching a review on the evga board. I wouldn't have known. Thanks Gkay09. What should I get then at this time?
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a b V Motherboard
September 15, 2009 6:58:58 AM

First off decide that amount that you are willing to spend...

For about $210, this is one of the best boards you can get...
ASUS Rampage II Gene
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product...

Even the UD4P is a very good option...
And you would not have any VRM heat issues with these boards...

But if you are not willing to spend more than $200, then the ASRock and Gigabyte UD3R are the best you can get...
But the UD3R has only 4 RAM slots...It will only run Tri-Channel only when 3 slots are populated...and if you populate all the 4 slots, then you would loose Tri-Channel config...
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September 15, 2009 7:12:04 AM

hmm ok. What would you recommend maybe under 250?
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a b V Motherboard
September 15, 2009 9:55:11 AM

Gigabyte UD4P, ASUS Rampage Gene, ASUS P6T
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a b V Motherboard
September 15, 2009 10:17:30 AM

Dell SB has Asus P6T Intel X58 Socket 1366 Core i7 Motherboard for $260 - 25% off Coupon TTQVM1JF2PMT08 = $195 with free shipping. - Slickdeals.net
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September 15, 2009 10:43:38 AM

WOW... Great Deal!!! It is a hard one to pass up!! :D 
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September 15, 2009 2:09:20 PM

yeah so maybe if you dont minde i will say something so asus are NOT good boards
cause there do not build like intel wants them to do they put a lof of extras and normal thinks like they want it there is a list of components wich intel wants them to use so probably a lot of the asus mobo go to repair (it must not be yours if you buy) but if you do not want a intel board i tols you it is under top4 on benchmark thats because i bought it^^ then you should take a gigabyte cause they have a oc ability and are building their systems like intel wants them^^

greets laluma22
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September 15, 2009 3:31:58 PM

Yeah, I saw that deal on dell, but it expired =/.

Tecmo34, what evga board do you have?

Laluma22, the gigabyte ud4p is sold out at newegg.
I have to buy it tonight hopefully.
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September 15, 2009 3:45:28 PM

yeah but that one is not sold out
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
this is the board i have and i am just at this moment while writing to you overclocking the i7 920 on stock i have now reached 3,21Ghz on stock with voltage set at 1,125 at 74C--> it is just 5 degree ower the intel non oc load limit it is 68,9C and just look at it i am here with stock cooling on 3,21 with a better one maybe you can get much faster
^^

it has maybe just 4 dimms but 3x2GBddr3 is enaugh for the next years there are prob no games you are going to need 6GB only if you want to watch 2 blu rays f-hd on 2 2-52" fhd lcd and play 2games a same time^^

greets laluma22
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September 15, 2009 4:51:50 PM

laluma22 said:
yeah so maybe if you dont minde i will say something so asus are NOT good boards cause there do not build like intel wants them to do they put a lof of extras and normal thinks like they want it there is a list of components wich intel wants them to use so probably a lot of the asus mobo go to repair (it must not be yours if you buy)

laluma22... you have to be the first person that I've seen on Tom's say ASUS boards are not good... They are considered to be one of the two best MOBO, along with Gigabyte in the market place, followed EVGA and MSI. Intel in the "enthusiast world" is not concerned top of the line and don't see recommended very often.

I'm not saying they are bad boards but would not be mine or many other's first choice of recommendations. It does look like your board is serving you well, which is a + for you.
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September 15, 2009 6:44:09 PM

yeah maybe you do think so but i have worked for a pc resseler and thats what i got asus is not puting some extras from them and doing what they want.

so its true that intel is not so popular in the world of entusiast but and true that gigabyte is also good, with evga boards also the most world recoords of benchmark is beeing reached but in the case of intel socket 1366 the intel dx58so is a overclocking friendly board intel maybe did not build so much things on it but they gave a fan for northbridge etc. and i just got a 3,1 Ghz on low voltage on it with stock fan but you can still search on benchmarkts intel dx58so was when i bought it on top4 just in front the evga...

and thanks for complient tecmo34 i also wanted to buy a evga for my socket cause it was the best on benchmarkt but i did not cause i have 2 evga craphic cards which i had to change already twice because of overheeting...

greets laluma22
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September 16, 2009 3:50:37 AM

^ @laluma22 actually the main drawback of intel boards is the BIOS...Quality wise, there is no doubt they are one of the best out there...But when it comes to overclocking and extra features, they still lag behind.
Intel is too conservative with the BIOS options that it provides to the users...that is the reason why it is still not being suggested for people who want to overclock and just want to try overclocking...But I would have to agree that they have taken a big step forward with that DX58SO boards...but a lot more has to be done...
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September 16, 2009 12:16:39 PM

ok guys i had 3 intel boards till now and the first one 6<yeas ago was definitly not oc able 000 :p  and the second the intel d975xbx2 what i have now in my 3rd pc is also not so good with oc but it have worked i needed a few hours to figre ut what to do replacing jumper disableing some features but it worked on stock from 2,66 to 3,3Ghz on inte core 2 duo e6750. today i own 2 intel dx58so both with intel i7 920 oc on 3,4Ghz on stock so this time intel cared abut bios and made it really easy to oc just disable watchdog and have fun(also multiplayer is enabled you can change from 13 to 20)(mhz from 133 to 240 this enables on some really good cooling systems a oc to 5,25 with turboboost)so really guys this time i really think and i am sure that like intel says they want and are going to build more oc optons and performance on new boards also they said that in 2-3 years they want to make graphic cards wich will be better than nvidea and ati.

so i think that for now they are going on a really good way to do so.
For me i am a completly Nvidea fan(had 2times probs with overheating on evga 9800GX2 ko) but who cares everything is fine guaranty is there and change for new graphic card is less than 1 week.

greets laluma22

ps: for me intel is the best
but for performance i would set everything on evga high performance boards^^
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September 16, 2009 7:20:11 PM

Whats the difference between the 250+ evga boards? the TR and the A1
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September 16, 2009 7:59:35 PM

Here is the comparsion from EVGA's website... http://www.evga.com/products/compareM.asp

The only difference I see listed is "NVIDIA SLI Technology" is listed in the specification.
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