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November 22, 2009 4:28:13 AM

I initially wanted to pick an ASrock X58 Extreme as a budget motherboard for my i7 build but I heard that it has problems with memory (Not running Triple Channel Kit properly as well as a slew of other bugs) is this still the case? If it is what other Mobo would you recommend in the price range of 200-275 CAD (or simply as a suggestion over the ASrock).

Preferable link to newegg.ca.

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November 22, 2009 2:32:04 PM

I suggest the Gigabyte EX58-US3R for $174 AR.

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

Here is the THG review comparing the ASrock X58 Extreme, ASUS P6T SE, and the Gigabyte board, along with several others.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/cheap-x58-motherboa...

In the conclusion it states "Anyone more interested in performance leadership than top overclocking might instead choose the Gigabyte X58-UD3R, its higher-spec eight-phase voltage regulator and two ounce copper PCB providing cooler VRM operation rather than an overclocking crown. Equally priced to the X58 Pro-E but with slightly less room for memory and expansion cards, its lower operating temperatures might make it a more reliable choice in high-stress environments."

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November 22, 2009 4:17:00 PM

It's hard to go wrong with Gigabyte as well. The main differences between the boards rockyjohn and I listed, is the Asus has a 3rd PCIe x16 slot, and 1 more RAM slot.
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November 22, 2009 5:16:18 PM

Thanks you very much to both of you. The P6T SE lacks SLI and I do not think 24Gb of RAM will be needed until I get my future PC. The P6T V2, though it has SLI, is 340$ so I will therefore opt for Gigabyte's GA-EX58-UD3R (16Gb max) at 210$.

I have an other questions, is this the best Low Profile GPU that would run on 280 Watt PSU:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
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November 22, 2009 5:19:46 PM

It doesn't support SLI, but it does support crossfire. And you are asking about an ATI video card. If you go that route, SLI isn't a big deal.
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November 22, 2009 5:22:28 PM

Sorry, I didn't fully explain. That card I'm asking about is for my current Dell Dimension C521, so I can play some games until I get myself my new PC. This PC will go to my brother afterwards and I wouldn't want him to be unable play anything because the GPU is intergrated.
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November 22, 2009 6:00:51 PM

The manufacturer of the card you linked above - the 4670 - states the minimum system requirement of the card is 400w.

http://www.sapphiretech.com/presentation/product/?psn=0...

You might run your system through on the power calculator to see if there might be more room. The lite version is free but I strongly suggest paying the few dollars for a subscription to the Pro model that gives the amps on each circuit and compare that with what should be on a label on the PSU.

http://www.extreme.outervision.com/psucalculator.jsp
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November 22, 2009 9:24:23 PM

Well I check and I got 230. Also I did a search in the Newegg reviews and found 3 person with a C521 and all of them said it worked well without any additonal PSU:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ProductReview.aspx?Item=14...

but one is Bottlenecking and the other has a more powerfull CPU. So I will simply pass on this and keep my money for my new PC.

Thanks you very much to rockyjohn and aford10.
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