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 !!
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.
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.