Which motherboard is best for 16gb ocz and INTEL Core i7 920, 2.66GHz

Hello everyone,

I need to have 16gb ram in my system. (I am using after effects), and as I see in the markets, ocz has the best price for 16gb. (OCZ OCZ2G80016GQ 16GB 800MHz PC2-6400 Gold Quad DDR2 Kit). and I also plan to buy a new cpu, and as I see in the benchmark tests, INTEL Core i7 920, 2.66GHz has very good price/performans ratio. and I will use windows 7-64bit

But I couldn't decide which motherboard would be the best for this system. can you suggest anything please?

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  1. I'm confused - 16GB is not a number that easily lends itself to triple-channel RAM used in X58 chipsets, nor can you run DDR2 on the X58 chipset - DDR3 only. Would it make more sense to have 12GB (6 x 2GB) or even 18GB (6 x 3GB), or if you're really spending, 24GB (6 x 4GB).

    I'd check out the boards like the Asus P6X58D or something similar by Gigabyte - that has 6Gbs SATA and USB 3.0.
  2. ^ +1
  3. I made a search on what you have said, and I see you save me from a lot of troubles :) thanks a lot for your warning.

    ok I can buy 12gb ram (6X2gb). I find "Corsair HX3X12G1600C9 XMS3 12 GB PC3-12800 1600Mhz 240-pin Triple Channel Core i7 DDR3 Memory Kit". I think it is one of what you are saying.

    and for motherboard, Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD6 has 6gbs sata, usb 3.0, supports ddr3 1600mhz memory. http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Products/Motherboard/Products_Spec.aspx?ClassValue=Motherboard&ProductID=3234&ProductName=GA-P55A-UD6

    what you think? (by the way, for graphic card, if I can save money, I want to buy a nvidia quadro fx. if not a nvidia gtx.)

    really huge thanks for your prior message :)
  4. That motherboard isn't compatible with an i7-920 CPU (wrong socket).
  5. Honestly i think this is probably the best board for you, and the cheapest board with SATA III and USB 3.0

  6. hisarustu,

    an i7 920 is a socket 1366 (x58) motherboard. the x55 motherboards are socket 1156. Make sure if you are building that you order all compatable parts. where is gets confusing is that intel makes an i7 860 CPU that is 1156 socket and uses 2-channel ram which will be in pairs (2, 4, 8gb) and a i7 920 which is 1366 which is triple channel ram (3, 6, 12) socket...both are i7 CPU's
  7. and before you order any parts post the proposed build here and you'll get good input
  8. On a system like that, I'd move up and use this as a base. Note also that some MoBos don't take well to having all their slots filled and you may have to rated timings.


    Note you can use 3 x 4GB modules to get 24 GB of RAM but it's very expensive.

    Look at these for two sets of 3 x 2GB DDR3-1600 for overclocking ability
  9. +1 to JackNaylorPE another good board, i prefer ASUS myself, i offered you the low cost board, but if you have the money, or can afford to spend that much money on it then i would do so otherwise my recommendation is also a good board.
  10. Thanks all of the informations & suggestions,

    I am not happy my last asus motherboard, that's why I want to change it with gigabyte. I checked the link "GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58" and, it seems fine for me. but another questions comes with these time which is it do not support 1600mhz memory. it writes "Support for DDR3 2200/1333/1066/800 MHz memory modules" http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Products/Motherboard/Products_Spec.aspx?ClassValue=Motherboard&ProductID=3305&ProductName=GA-X58A-UD3R

    so I couldn't buy 1600mhz and probably I should buy 1333mhz or 1066mhz. So can the system be like this?

    Motherboard: "GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58"

    proccessor: intel Core i7-920 2.66GHz

    Video Card: GIGABYTE GV-N285UD-1GH GeForce GTX 285 1GB 512-bit GDDR3

    Memory: Corsair 12GB (6 x 2 GB) PC3-10600 1333MHz 240-Pin DDR3 Core i7 Triple Channel Memory Kit

    What do you think?

    thanks a lot..
  11. The motherboard should support 1600Mhz if it supports 2200Mhz, however either way 1333Mhz and 1600Mhz ram is a 1-2FPS difference.

    I would recommend against that video card, its a generation old and doesnt support DX11, i would recommend a Radeon HD5850

    Or a Radeon HD 5870

    both of those cards are comparable great cards and they both are more powerful than the GTX 285


    if you just can't stand ATI and love NVIDIA then wait till march 26th and check out the GTX 480 and the GTX 470 which are rumored to be much better i've even found a ~benchmark.




    are you planning to ever crossfire or sli?

    Other than that it all looks good :)
  12. Thanks a lot but I can not buy radeon simply because adobe cs5 (especially after effects and premier) will work integrated with nvidia cuda technology. and they say the cheapest one to do that is nvidia GTX 285. and the recommended one is Quadro FX4800 which is about 1500$ :)

    you can watch it here http://tv.adobe.com/watch/davtechtable/sneak-peek-at-the-new-adobe-mercury-playback-engine-technology/ (in the bottom comments, the same guy says, Geforce GTX 285, Quadro FX3800, Quadro CX, Quadro FX4800, Quadro FX5800 have pased the test)

    and I don't need to use sli, because of the same reason. for CS5, he say: "We are not planning to SLI or Tesla when we first ship. These are very tempting technologies but we need to insure that we are tuning the best possible performance for cards mentioned above. Once we get tune these cards we can start to look at other possibilities. The Fermi (future nvidia platform that was announced) cards are due in 2010 and we care planning to support some of those cards." (you can also find this comment in the above link.

    gtx480 looks lovely, but I can not afford it :( this is the same reason why I do not buy quadro cards.

    But what I did not understand is your comment: "either way 1333Mhz and 1600Mhz ram is a 1-2FPS difference" what did you mean with that? The 12gb 1333mhz Corsair ram is ok with the gigabyte motherboard, isn't it?
  13. yes it will work fine with the motherboard, what i ment is the difference in performance between 1600Mhz and 1333Mhz RAM is about 1 to 2 frames per second, its really not enough to worry about for most people.

    Hopefully the GTX 285 will lower in price when the 480 and 470 comes out, if you are set on the 285.
  14. Ok then, I think I find my pc :)

    Thank you all of you.. you really saved me from big problems :)
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