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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 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?
a b V Motherboard
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.

As for the GPU, I would recommend a 5770 over those you listed above.

For the RAM, yes, you'll have to get 6GB as the chipset uses triple channel RAM.

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.