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Recommend me a new Mobo (LGA 1366)

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May 10, 2010 10:54:22 PM

Hey guys,

I think my motherboard is taking a dump on me so I'm desperately in need of a new one (USA). Specs:

Mobo: ASUS P6T SE
GPU: HD 4890
CPU: i7 920
SSD (for OS + games): OCZ Summit 120GB
HDD (storage): Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB
Sound Card: ASUS Xonar DX 7.1
RAM: G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB Tri-Channel) 240-Pin DDR3 DDR3 1600
PSU: CORSAIR 850W

I don't really have a price limit/preference, I just want something stable that works. I've been trying to stay away from Asus (******* hate that company now after what this mobo has put me through). I currently have these boards in mind, but feel free to make any suggestions.

EVGA E758-TR
ASRock X58 Extreme
Foxconn FlamingBlade

(NOTE: I do need at least one PATA/IDE port, my optical drive uses it). Thanks!

a b V Motherboard
May 10, 2010 11:07:10 PM

Since you are replacing essentially, lets try and make it an upgrade on a few terms.. Take a look at the Gigabyte X58A-UD3R.. It brings features such as USB 3.0 and SATA 6GB/s connectors at a very decent price..
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May 10, 2010 11:20:17 PM

Unless I'm mistaken, I don't think that would work with my current RAM, would it? The memory standard on that board says:

DDR3 2200/1333/1066/800

My RAM is DDR3 1600. I thought the board's memory standard had to be the same as the RAM? If I'm wrong let me know... I'm retarded with hardware. :ange: 
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May 11, 2010 12:05:02 AM

Alright, thanks a lot man. It looks like a very solid board, but I'm still confused.

For future reference, do I need to pay attention to the "Memory Standard" field when looking at mobo/RAM compatibility? If the mobo supports DDR3 1600, than why doesn't it include DDR3 1600 in the list?

I'm not trying to troll you - I'm honestly *** with hardware. Is there an article or something I can read that explains this for me? Thanks!
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a b V Motherboard
May 11, 2010 9:08:13 PM

In most cases, it is not important.. If the board is said to work with DDR3 (or whichever) then it'll work with any DDR3 regardless of the speed, latency or manufacturer..
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a c 295 V Motherboard
May 11, 2010 9:21:55 PM

^Not totally true.
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a b V Motherboard
May 11, 2010 9:37:39 PM

saint19 said:
^Not totally true.


So only i wrote in most cases..
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a c 295 V Motherboard
May 11, 2010 9:52:52 PM

Yeah, and the UD3R is out of that most cases.
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May 11, 2010 10:13:15 PM

The ASRock X58 Extreme is definitely the way to go. Great price, great quality.
Unless you want SATA 3.0, it will meet all your needs.
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May 12, 2010 1:59:02 AM

Probably ordering the EVGA tonight. The GB's (UD3R series) seem to have bad placement with the expansion slots. Not a problem that I want to encounter in the future.

Any last minute objections/recommendations anybody?
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