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April 14, 2010 3:30:05 PM

Hi, I'm building my first gaming rig :)  so I don't know which motherboard to buy, I'm looking for one that:

1) Supports the processor: Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition Hexa Core Processor

2) Supports the graphics Card: Radeon HD 5970

3) Supports this RAM: G.SKILL Trident 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Desktop Memory Model F3-16000CL9Q-8GBTD

4) Has the new 6gb Sata and USB 3.0 and 2.0

5) Has high performance, preferrably the best if you can probably tell by the requirements listed :) 

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April 14, 2010 4:30:35 PM

The I7 980X isnt really a gaming CPU there is no point in spending that money for it if you are just building a gaming rig.

But if you are looking for the best of the best to run your hardware.
ASUS P6X58D Premium
ASUS P6X58D Premium

This is one serious motherboard and will no doubt blow you away with all of its features
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April 15, 2010 11:51:26 AM

As above said the 980X is not a gaming CPU, you will see no performance increase between this and a 930. You may counter act this by saying "I want the best" however the money saved by going with a 930 could be put into buying another 5970 which would actually cause a gaming performance increase. Obviously the money could be kept instead since two 5970s is just for your ego...
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April 15, 2010 1:46:01 PM

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

1- Good CPU, but a wasted of money IMO with a i7-930 is enough.
2- Very good GPU
3- IMO is better 6GB (3x2GB) kit like this Mushkin Redline 1600 CL6, or 12GB kit.
4- P6X58D Premium or Gigabyte X58A-UD5
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April 15, 2010 6:51:55 PM

asus plans to release the rampage iii extreme.... so if you want to splurge money i'd suggest you get that :) 

but seriously... a core i7 930 with asus p6x58d, 6gb of ram(gskill or mushkin) and a single 5970 is a solid gaming rig easily capable of producing similar results... i'd suggest you not to waste money on the 980x
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