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April 18, 2010 3:05:08 PM

here's a little bit about the components of the system i will be getting so you'll have a good idea when recommending:

intel quad core i7 932

cooler master haf 932 case

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI R5770 Hawk Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card*******need to check
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and for the ram i would love to get the best of course... that would be 1600 right? without overclocking.... the initial board i wanted to get below only supports up to 1333.. which is why i'm now rethinking my decision.

want a motherboard that supports crossfireX or crossfirex/sli both, and also i7 1366.

I was initially going to buy this board:

MSI X58 Pro-E LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
3-Way SLI, CFX ready, EZOC + True Blu-ray audio
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

but now i'm thinking about this asus one since it supports 1600ram

ASUS P6X58D-E LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

would you take this asus board over the msi? i couldn't find any reviews on newegg on this board though. :( 

or are there any other board that you guys think are even better? and within the same price range.

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April 18, 2010 3:18:24 PM

For the money, I take a a look at the Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R. It has all the features and is reasonably priced.
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April 18, 2010 6:52:24 PM

Asus generally makes better boards, and that ASUS looks pretty good.
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April 18, 2010 7:34:58 PM

how come all the boards, even this asus says PCI 2.0 express
but the graphic card i picked out... which isn't even that great says PCI 2.1 express

will they even work together? how come all these boards say pci 2.0 instead of pci 2.1? what's the difference between them? should i find a motherboard that has pci 2.1?

anyone know if that asus motherboard suggested above has good reviews?

lastly, how about usb3? some motherboards have usb3 support... this generally is for external hd usage? and usb3 has faster transfer rate than usb2?
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