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Which motherboard should I get?

This question has probably been asked a thousand times before in a slightly different way every time, but I need some recommendations. I'll list the parts that I already have, and I want to know what you all think is the best motherboard for this build.

Tower: Antec 300
Power supply: Rosewill 80 Plus Bronze 1000w
CPU: Intel Core i7-940 (will probably overclock. Also, will probably upgrade to hexacore when a mid-range CPU comes out)
Graphics card: Nvidia Geforce GTX285 (not doing multiple video cards. will upgrade to a high-end DX11 card eventually)
RAM: 6 or 8 GB DDR3
Sound card: Sound Blaster X-fi Fatal1ty
Monitor: 27" Hanns-G

All of these other parts are already purchased except for the RAM, so the options are pretty final. Based on what you see here, what's a good choice to buy for a motherboard?
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  1. Maziar said:


    Fair enough, but my question is, why should I spend $300 on a motherboard when I can spend $170? Why shouldn't I get this ASRock?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157163

    I know I need an LGA1366 board with enough slots for the RAM and two PCI-E slots, but other than that, what really makes the difference between a $170 ASRock and a $360 Rampage II Extreme?
  2. Best answer
    That's a good choice too but the ASUS one has a better cooling and OC's better
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/cheap-x58-motherboard,2368-18.html
    http://www.anandtech.com/show/2796/3
    IMO ASUS P6X58D Premium is a great choice between ASUS X58 extreme and the ASUS Rampage Formula II
  3. Maziar said:
    That's a good choice too but the ASUS one has a better cooling and OC's better
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/cheap-x58-motherboard,2368-18.html
    http://www.anandtech.com/show/2796/3
    IMO ASUS P6X58D Premium is a great choice between ASUS X58 extreme and the ASUS Rampage Formula II


    Thanks, those articles explained it well. Basically the ASRock will do everything the same, just that I might want to go with the more expensive ones to get more overclocking out of my processor. Cool. I'll leave the question open for a while, but if nothing else comes up, I'll give you the best answer.
  4. Yes,like i said they(ASUS P6X58D as an example) are better for OC'ng and have better cooling
  5. we call them ASSrock at my work - quality/compatibility/features are just rubbish compared to a decent ASUS or Gigabyte motherboard - never cheap out on the motherboard!

    You might want to also check out the LGA1156 platform - works out most likely cheaper and same field of performance etc.
  6. Check the number of bad reviews on the Asrock vs the ASUS board, almost three times as many 1 and 2 rated reviews on the Asrock board vs the ASUS.
  7. apache_lives said:
    we call them ASSrock at my work - quality/compatibility/features are just rubbish compared to a decent ASUS or Gigabyte motherboard - never cheap out on the motherboard!

    You might want to also check out the LGA1156 platform - works out most likely cheaper and same field of performance etc.

    The OP already has the other components,so i don't think switching to 1156 is an option
  8. Best answer selected by FreyjasChosen.
  9. Maziar said:


    Just to let you know, I'm a fan of EVGA (I had a huge problem with the Rampage Extreme from ASUS in the past) but I went with your recommendation and got it for $289 at Newegg. Thanks.
  10. Good luck,hope you enjoy it :)
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