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Extreme Gaming Rig - which mobo for Intel Core i7-930?

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May 21, 2010 12:11:14 AM

Hi guys,

I've been gaming on alienware laptops for the last few years now. I've decided recently to build my first desktop, so i'm pretty new at the majority of this. As in, with laptops essentially i would just look for the best spec laptop for gaming - looking at Graphics card, CPU and ram mostly. Whereas actually building a desktop, there are more components to consider obviously and one needs to know what component is compatible with what, can this motherboard take on these graphics card in sli etc etc. Anyway, so excuse me if i ask to many questions.

So i'm thinking of building an extreme gaming PC. I'll be using i7 930 CPU. My next stage is motherboard.

I have researched abit and come up with a few motherboards. Noticed the x58 chipsets are probably my best option here. I will be OC-ing the cpu to around 4 Ghz. Here are the choices of Mobo's:

1> ASUS P6X58D-E http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or

ASUS P6X58D Premium http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

My initial pick was the 58D-E then i read on and found out about the premium. So what's the difference between the 2, is one more worth getting than the other?

2> EVGA E760 CLASSIFIED http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

3> ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

4> ASUS Rampage II Extreme http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

So which would you guys recommend? Keep in mind i will be overclocking the cpu to about 4 ghz and will leave it at that for when its being used for gaming, which is usually for many hours as the house is full of gamers. Anyway, all help and assistance is appreciated. First time is very tough i tell you that :) 

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May 21, 2010 3:58:05 AM

Hi newcomer and welcome to the Tom's hardware forum.

1- ASUS P6X58D Premium: Very good and solid mobo, but a little expensive and old.
2- EVGA E760 Classified: Extreme mobo, but with a high price and only support SLI, that isn't good if u bear in mind that the best GPUs are ATI.
3- ASUS P6T Deluxe V2: Very solid mobo, with good features but in the same way that the P6X58D Premium is a little old, expensive and don't support USB 3.0 and SATA III
4- ASUS Rampage II Extreme: Very solid mobo, with very good features and reviews BUT expensive too. Why do u will spend $360 in a mobo, when with only $230 u can get a very similar performance.

I think that u can see what mobo I choose. The P6X58D-E is a very solid mobo, with the same features that the P6X58D Premium but with a less price.
May 21, 2010 10:40:46 AM

Thanks for breaking it down with an explanation for each one. Also, i probably should have updated but with the Rampage II, recently the newer Rampage III has been released:

ASUS Rampage III Extreme
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

what are your thoughts on that one?

Thanks for the help
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May 21, 2010 10:57:00 AM

In my opinion, the ASUS RAMPAGE III Extreme is the new queen of the mobos. When it comes to overclocking it is supreme. The added USB 3.0 and SATAIII controllers deliver extremely good performance as they have been properly implemented and get the bandwidth to work with that they deserve.
Though expensive you'll have everything that you would wish.
If you can afford the price, I highly recommend it.

Here you have a qualified review:

http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews/cpu_mainboard/asus_r...

Final note: I'm waiting for the GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD9. We will see how it performs.

On the other hand, the ASUS P6X58-E is a great option if you don´t need the best of the best. It performs really well.
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May 21, 2010 1:21:00 PM

Semtex said:
Thanks for breaking it down with an explanation for each one. Also, i probably should have updated but with the Rampage II, recently the newer Rampage III has been released:

ASUS Rampage III Extreme
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

what are your thoughts on that one?

Thanks for the help


That is the queen mobo for x58, but with a i7-930 isn't a very solid combination. If u are thinking in go with that mobo, u need a better CPU like the i7-975 or i7-980x, like zipzoomflyhigl says, for an extreme rig with an extreme mobo u need an extreme CPU.
May 21, 2010 2:34:38 PM

Thanks, you guys have been very helpful in narrowing things down. I did some calculations and decided im going for the Rampage III and switching to i7-980X
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May 21, 2010 2:47:12 PM

^Very nice build, be sure that u have a good GPU for avoid bottlenecks, something like a 5870 or 5970 for ATI or GTX480 for nVidia.
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