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Choosing a X58 mobo

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.

Thanks.
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  1. ASUS P6T SE - $249 ($229 after $20 rebate).
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131386

    I'm not sure if Asrock is still having issues or not, but this board is better anyway.
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    I suggest the Gigabyte EX58-US3R for $174 AR.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128375&cm_re=gigabyte_x58-_-13-128-375-_-Product

    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-motherboard,2368.html

    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."
  3. 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.
  4. 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=N82E16814102829
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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=000101&pid=274

    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
  8. 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=14-102-829&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&SelectedRating=-1&PurchaseMark=&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&Page=1&Keywords=c521

    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.
  9. I posted what I did to my C521 in this thread:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/250684-28-upgrading-dell-dimesion-e521-question

    Basically maxed out my machine and I couldn't be happier. Have not had problems with heat or power.
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