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[New System Build] Core i7 setup.. What motherboard?

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April 11, 2010 6:07:32 AM

Now I've spent 2-3 hours looking at the best parts possible to go with and have always preferred Asus and EVGA for motherboards.

These are the three picks I've had and some of the things I've looked for is an SLI setup of x16x16 so when I do eventually SLI I have the most performance possible. The other thing I've looked at is a board that had a good history of overclocking and supports 6GB of DDR3 1600.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - EVGA E758-TR 3-Way SLI (x16/x16/x8)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - Asus P6TD Deluxe (x16/x16/x1)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - EVGA E758-A1 3-Way SLI (x16/x16/x8)

I'd appreciate it if I could get some links to the better memory that is out there besides the Corsair Dominator 3x 2GB setup that most people run.
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April 11, 2010 6:45:29 AM

A good 6GB DDR3 kit PC3-12800 1600MHz w/heatspreader and RAM cooler - the G.Skill PI Series 6GB with 7-8-7-24 timings.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Otherwise go for the G.Skill Ripjaws 6GB DDR3 2000MHz kit.

As for the motherboard, why not go for the ASUS P6X58D Premium which has SATA III and USB 3.0, and the PCI-e 16x lanes are configured as 16x/8x/8x.

Otherwise, all motherboards would be suitable for two way CrossFireX and SLI. I'd personally pick the EVGA E758-A1 board - it is exactly the same as the first EVGA motherboard, except it has lifetime warranty if you register within 30 days, which is well worth the extra price.
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April 11, 2010 8:23:46 PM

Lmeow said:
A good 6GB DDR3 kit PC3-12800 1600MHz w/heatspreader and RAM cooler - the G.Skill PI Series 6GB with 7-8-7-24 timings.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Otherwise go for the G.Skill Ripjaws 6GB DDR3 2000MHz kit.

As for the motherboard, why not go for the ASUS P6X58D Premium which has SATA III and USB 3.0, and the PCI-e 16x lanes are configured as 16x/8x/8x.

Otherwise, all motherboards would be suitable for two way CrossFireX and SLI. I'd personally pick the EVGA E758-A1 board - it is exactly the same as the first EVGA motherboard, except it has lifetime warranty if you register within 30 days, which is well worth the extra price.
I was pointed towards the same G.Skill 6GB ram that you linked and I know that memory compatibility list doesn't show all the type of rams tested but I was cautious about it not working and if it does then there's no problem.

Another thing that I really like is the lifetime warranty and I didn't know if it had one or not like my last board did but where is a link to show that if I register within the first 30 days it'll be lifetime?
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April 12, 2010 12:23:15 AM

Hi newcomer and welcome to the Tom's hardware forum.

I agree with Lmeow, why no go with the ASUS P6X58D Premium, is a very good mobo and support until 24GB at 1600 or 2000 with OC. Also comes with SATA III (6Gb/s) and USB 3.0. Support 3-Way SLI and Quad-GPU CrossFireX at x16/x8/x8 with three GPUs, x16/x16 with two GPUs or single x16 with a single GPU.

For RAM, a very good 6GB (3x2GB) kit, are this Mushkin Redline 1600 CL6
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