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June 19, 2010 5:32:23 AM

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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June 19, 2010 6:34:19 AM



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=N82E168...

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?
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June 19, 2010 7:05:01 AM

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-motherboa...
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
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June 19, 2010 7:16:56 AM

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-motherboa...
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.
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a c 135 V Motherboard
June 19, 2010 9:45:39 AM

Yes,like i said they(ASUS P6X58D as an example) are better for OC'ng and have better cooling
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June 19, 2010 3:09:31 PM

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.
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June 19, 2010 3:14:04 PM

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.
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June 19, 2010 4:15:58 PM

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
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June 19, 2010 9:56:25 PM

Best answer selected by FreyjasChosen.
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June 24, 2010 6:49:07 AM

Good luck,hope you enjoy it :) 
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