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Good, but cheap motherboard for i7-930?

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May 13, 2010 5:19:08 AM

Originally, I was planning on getting a i5-750 CPU from amazon.com for $199.99. Then I heard that Microcenter has the i7-930 for $199.99 if you can buy it at one of their stores. I live very far away from Microcenter, but have a buddy that doesn't live to far from it, and I can probably get him to buy me one, and the next time he's in town, drop it off for me. The thing is, I started looking at motherboards for the i7-930, and they seem to be dramatically more expensive than the motherboards I was looking at for the i5-750.

Is this a big downside with going with a i7-930? You get increased power, but have to go with a much more pricey motherboard? Or maybe the motherboard that I happened to be looking at for the i7-930 just happened to be really pricey, but they aren't all like that. Normally, I always think that I'm going to have to spend about $100 on a motherboard, but the one I was looking at was over twice that amount!

This is for a budget (relatively) gaming PC build. I'm likely to either get a HD 4850, 4870 or 4890 1 gig video card with this. The ram would be 4 gigs, but I've been hearing something about triple memory channel with the i7-930's, so maybe I would need 6 gigs?

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May 13, 2010 6:59:03 AM

Welcome to the forum. Yes, the X58 motherboards are quite a bit more. What are you using the new build for? If it's just for gaming then you'd likely be just as happy with the i5. Here's a nice one, unfortunately for a good quality latest generation one, it's quite a bit.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As for the GPU, I would recommend a 5770 over those you listed above.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For the RAM, yes, you'll have to get 6GB as the chipset uses triple channel RAM.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Finally, if you want help with your whole build, there's a form over in the Homebuilt Forum that I've linked in my signature that you could fill out as well.
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