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March 23, 2010 2:42:39 AM

Hey,
I'm in the process of building my first PC. I have most of the components picked out, but I'm lost when it comes to motherboards. Here's what I'm looking at:MSI X58 Pro-E
What I want is a mobo thats compatible with all of my components, reliable, and still relevant in the future when i want to upgrade. Right now i can only afford one video card, but will add a second within a year, add more ram, and upgrade the CPU when there is a price drop on the high end i7 series (or maybe i9 series). Is this the right motherboard? Any suggestions on a different one?
Here is what I'm looking at for the build:
CD DRIVE (2x):SONY Optiarc
HDD: Western Digital 1TB SATA
Video Card:XFX Radeon HD 5770
Sound Card:Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi Xtreme Gamer
Power Supply: KINGWIN Mach 1 700W
Memory:G.Skill 6GB
CPU:Intel i7-930

This is my first build, so I want a OC friendly mobo. The board i picked out seems like its a bit overkill for what I'm setting up currently, but will it be good for when I start upgrading? I don't want to have to re-buy another one. I'm looking to spend under $200 if you can think of a better option.

Oh, I know this is the wrong board for build questions, but if you see something wrong with the components i picked out, feel free to comment...

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March 23, 2010 3:58:58 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This hard drive is faster for the same price.
Not sure if you like sounds cards, but motherboards all have integrated sound that sounds just fine.
Regardless of whether you drop the sound card, I would upgrade to this ram:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Not really sure about your PSU, someone else may know more about it but this is definitely a good PSU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Here are some motherboard options:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Gigabyte has good quality products and this one has sata 6 and usb 3 for future compatibility.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The ASRock board is a great value and it won the low-cost x58 motherboard competition here. (Link- http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/cheap-x58-motherboa... )
What is your budget?
If this is a gaming build, a much better video card (ATI 5870/5850) should be in the build.
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March 23, 2010 7:23:07 PM

Thanks, the Gigabyte board sounds like a better solution. The ASRock board looks nice, but there were alot of DOA reviews for it. I want to build a mid-high end computer for gaming and multimedia, but i cant really afford to get a better video card yet. I was probably going to get another 5770 and run Crossfire, or a top end card when they come down in price a bit. How big is the difference between DDR3 1333 and DDR3 1600? I was planning on overclocking the system a bit anyways.
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March 23, 2010 8:08:40 PM

The Gigabyte don't support USB 3.0 when you have Crossfire enable, so, If I were you I will go for another mobo, maybe ASUS.
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