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Motherboard/Memory Recommendations

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April 19, 2010 7:17:20 AM

Hi guys,

Need a motherboard and memory recommendation.

Let me begin by telling you what other hardware i have, so you'll know what type of motherboard/memory to suggest.

Currently, I have the following:

Intel Quad Core i7 930 (note: i7 runs on 1366 socket. so motherboard will have to match this)
* i got this for 199.99 only at microcenter's store pick up :D 

MSI R5770 Hawk Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

the motherboard i'm looking for is around 170-230 dollars range. must be 1366 socket of course to run the i7. have 6 memory slots. sata/usb of course. crossfirex or crossfirex/sli... and of course, as many other features as possible. but with good reputation, customer review... and low temp.

now i know some motherboards support 800/1066/1333 ddr3ram standards... while some support 1066/1333/1600.... while others have 1600(oc) or even 2200 (oc)...

i do not want to Overclock anything in my system. and i would love to be able to run the best 3x(2gigs ram) = 6gigs of ram (to fully utilize the triple channels)

so i would love to have a motherboard that can do 1600 memory without overclocking, or is 1333 enough?

the reason why i put so much emphasis on memory is because i will be using the computer to do 3d renders... which mostly utilizes the system's cpu and memory. but i'm wondering whether to go for 1600 or 1333.

and since the motherboard and memory go hand in hand... i'm a bit puzzled as to what to get for the both of them. lol

in addition, simply looking at the ram being sold on newegg is enough to make me go dizzy... some 1333 costs more than 1666 (i guess because of its lower 'timing' such as 8-8-8-24.

anyway... if anyone could clarify whether i should go for the 1600 memory or the 1333.. and recommend a good motherboard and 3x(2gigs) memory set that would go perfectly with my existing hardware, i would greatly appreciate it !! :) 

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April 19, 2010 11:18:48 AM

Honestly, the difference between 1333MHz and 1600MHz is very small, although 1600MHz kits are a lot more common.

Here's a G.Skill Ripjaws 6GB DDR3 1600MHz CL8 kits for $179.99:

As for a LGA 1366 motherboard, I recommend the ASRock X58 Extreme 3 or the Gigabyte X58A-UD3R. Both have three way CrossFireX/SLI support, SATA III and USB 3.0 support, and six memory slots as well. The ASRock board also has eSATA 3 which you may like as well, and I'm supposing you'd want all of these features because of high speed data transfer.

Here's the link to the ASRock board:

Here's the link to the Gigabyte board:

In terms of reliability, Gigabyte is probably more well known and trusted than ASRock, although so far ASRock doesn't seem to be doing to bad either.

Both are good, but I'd personally go for the the Gigabyte board as it offers more PCI-e slots, and supports Quad CrossFireX/SLI if you use single slot cards or two dual GPU cards.

Just note that the 16x PCI-e lanes for the third graphics card (dual slot) are on the end of the motherboard, which means that you'd need a case with eight or more expansion slots, like the Raven RV02 if you want to use three dual slot graphics cards.
April 19, 2010 2:05:28 PM

it only supports the following: DDR3 2200/1333/1066/800
not 1666 :(  i doubt i would need 2200 ram sticks. more interested in the 1666

what about asus boards? or msi?

can someone perhaps give me more recommendations?