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December 14, 2009 5:22:36 PM

#1) I am ordering this PC on December 28, 2009 from newegg.com! :) 

#2) I want to use newegg.com only please :) 

#3) I won't be bothering with overclocking etc...I am not that knowledgeable and I don't trust myself to mess around with all that stuff.

#4) Budget for a motherboard is ~$215 (maybe ~220 if you must).

#6) I have put a lot of time into picking the other parts, but if you can find a better graphics card or other parts for the same price as mine that is fine to suggest! I really have been decided on everything except a motherboard--that is what I need help on!

You will see a motherboard in this setup...You can ignore that or you can recommend it if that is what you feel is best for my budget! Please, help me find the best LGA 1366 intel motherboard for $215-220 (obviously it can be less as long as its the best for my budget). Thank you! I want this PC to last me for a few years! (click to zoom)

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December 14, 2009 5:46:22 PM

For the price, that ASRock motherboard is a good choice. Why the dual-channel memory kit instead of a triple-channel kit?
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December 14, 2009 5:58:18 PM

You need triple channel memory for the 1366...and that's going to be at least $50 more.

What's the resolution on that monitor? If it's not obscene, you should consider getting an HD 5770 for $20 less. It won't slow down too much, and it'd be more future proof, but its entirely up to you.

Other than the memory, it's a good build.
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December 14, 2009 6:17:53 PM

The monitor is 1920x1200 resolution...As far as RAM, is it MANDATORY to have triple channel? Or are you just recommending it? I chose 2 x 2gb because they are giving a good deal on that right now and it all revolves around my budget... Isn't 4GB DDR3 1600 enough for now? More importantly, is it compatible? I hope you aren't saying it is mandatory for me to get 3 x 2gb! :|
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December 14, 2009 6:29:41 PM

Not mandatory, but highly, highly, HIGHLY recommended. You're really handicapping the performance of the RAM if you don't. The way the multi-channel works (as far as I understand it. Can someone verify?) involves using the bandwith for all the sticks collectively or individually. If it's collective, the RAM can move much faster. If you force it to do it individually, then it's a lot slower. It'll work, but it will drag.
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December 14, 2009 8:12:47 PM

I picked a cheaper case that still has 3 fans. 1 in front, 1 in back, 1 on side. That should be pretty good for a cool case. It was cheaper, so I was able to get a triple channel memory kit.

I chose to go with this triple memory kit...OCZ XMP Ready Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

So now I have...

Intel Core i7-920
OCZ 6GB (3x2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) SDRAM (as mentioned above)
750 Watt Corsair Power
Sapphire ATI HD 5770 (Juniper XT)
1 TB Seagate Barracuda 7200 RPM Hard drive
COOLERMASTER Case (as mentioned above)
Sony DVDRW Drive (24x)
Samsung 24" LCD (1920x1200)

Budget for motherboard is now $200 (give or take a couple dollars).. Should I stick with an ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366 or can I get something better for ~200 USD? I want the best I can get for that budget! :) 
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December 14, 2009 8:40:40 PM

The ASRock x58 extreme has such good reviews its hard to not recommend it.
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December 14, 2009 8:52:47 PM

I have...

Intel Core i7-920
OCZ 6GB (3x2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) SDRAM (as mentioned above)
750 Watt Corsair Power
Sapphire ATI HD 5770 (Juniper XT)
1 TB Seagate Barracuda 7200 RPM Hard drive
COOLERMASTER Case (as mentioned above)
Sony DVDRW Drive (24x)
Samsung 24" LCD (1920x1200)

Which one of these is the best? (If you pick the EVGA as #1, please tell me what your next pick would be after that.)

ASRock X58 Extreme: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS P6T SE: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

EVGA 121-BL-E756-TR: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (This one is slightly over my budget though!)
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December 14, 2009 9:09:17 PM

yuck stick to ASUS or Gigabyte motherboards

you have 3 memory channels - USE THEM, or get a 1156 based i7 rig for cheaper seriously
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December 14, 2009 9:38:17 PM

apache, I am confused about your post...All of those motherboards are triple channel...I have triple channel RAM (6GB: 3x2GB OCZ RAM)..

Anyone please give me your input on those motherboards...Unfortunately prices are changing by the hour on newegg.com for some reason. My computer setup just got 10 dollars more expensive :( 

ASRock X58 Extreme: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813157163

GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813128375

ASUS P6T SE: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813131386

Foxconn FlamingBlade: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813186171

EVGA 121-BL-E756-TR: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813188051 (This one is slightly over my budget though!)

Which one of those is the best? (If you pick the EVGA as #1, please tell me what your next pick would be after that.)
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December 14, 2009 10:02:06 PM

Awesome, thanks for that link..checking it out right now. I know you said you think the ASRock is the best choice for that budget...I hope some others chime in..

Not that I don't appreciate your view (I definitely do), but I want to hear some various opinions about this...Either way I will refer to that link for now..BTW, right now I have that ASRock in my cart--and the budget is met. $1495 after shipping/tax..almost perfect.

I still hope some others can chime in on the best LGA 1366Motherboard for $200 or less.
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December 14, 2009 10:33:25 PM

Its not really my view. The ASRock p55 and x58 supercomputer motherboards didnt fare so well, but...

http://www.pcshoptalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=24911&...
http://www.rwlabs.com/article.php?cat=&id=200&pagenumbe...
http://www.mato78.com/artikkelit/emolevyt/9121-asrock-x...
http://www.anandtech.com/mb/showdoc.aspx?i=3593&p=3
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/mainboards/display/asr...

... buy recommendations for the x58 extreme are fairly consistent.

I dont own one and I have never owned and ASRock motherboard. This is the first ASRock motherboard I would consider and only because so many experts found it to be a solid board and a great value.


A few people here have bought one and like it. Maybe we can get them to post a testimonial.
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December 14, 2009 10:43:24 PM

Is this Corsair 3x2GB memory: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

..Compatible with the ASRock X58 Extreme? ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... )...I don't see it in the Memory chart on the ASRock X58 site.. I am sure they don't have every compatible one..but I want to make sure.


Also, anyone else please let me know what you think the best motherboard for $200 USD or less is! (LGA 1366) ...newegg.com only please :) 

ps-dnd thanks for continuing to come back and help me out, i really appreciate it!!

As of now I have...

Intel Core i7-920
CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
750 Watt Corsair Power
Sapphire ATI HD 5770 (Juniper XT)
1 TB Seagate Barracuda 7200 RPM Hard drive
COOLERMASTER Case (as mentioned above)
Sony DVDRW Drive (24x)
Samsung 24" LCD (1920x1200)
ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard

Grand Total: $1,488.94
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December 14, 2009 10:54:52 PM

As long as its DDR3 and the voltage is 1.65V or less it will work. Cas7 is a bit faster than Cas 8 or Cas 9 (what you linked is Cas 8). DDR3-1600 is a bit faster than DDR3-1333. Its only a few percent either way so its not a huge deal. If you are going for extreme overclocking then lower Cas, higher speed and lower voltage gives you more timing options.
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December 14, 2009 10:56:49 PM

I am a newb, so no I will just be putting it together, turning it on, and installing windows from there..no overclocking/messing around with that stuff...lol :) 
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December 15, 2009 3:23:33 PM

Is there any 2x2GB DDR3 1600 PC12800 RAM (for the ASRock X58 Extreme motherboard-LGA 1366) I can get where I won't have to mess around in the BIOS and it will run at the speed it is supposed to?
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December 15, 2009 4:14:01 PM

No because DDR3-1600 normally is overclocked memory. If you don't make adjustments, they should run at 1333 MHz which is fine.
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December 15, 2009 6:17:07 PM

Okay thanks! I have decided on everything! I am super excited to order this!!

Here is what I ended up with (and I may be back to ask for help on adjusting that RAM later on..maybe other settings too)...Anyway, here is what I got:

-Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA
-COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
-Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
-SAMSUNG T240HD Rose-Black 24" 5ms HDMI Widescreen HDTV Monitor
-SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100283VXL Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
-CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power
-CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
-ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
-Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor

Grand Total (after shipping/tax): $1,412.29

If anyone has any suggestions or items that they feel I can improve on please add input! As of right now, I have put a lot of time into deciding on these products. I want this PC to last me quite a long time as a future graphic designer (currently a graphic and multimedia design student). My budget was originally $1500, however now I want to stay as close to $1400 as possible. I made an exception for the 12 dollars because of the amazing deals I picked up. Thanks for all the help/suggestions! :) 
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December 15, 2009 6:40:55 PM

Out of curiosity, why did you select an X58 motherboard and the i7-920 instead of a P55 motherboard like the MSI P55-GD80 and the i7-860?
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December 15, 2009 6:48:05 PM

I heard that the 920 is better for graphic and mutlimedia designers. In addition to that, the LGA 1366 socket motherboard can be kept in a few years when/if I choose to upgrade my CPU. Thoughts?
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December 15, 2009 6:49:25 PM

The P55 has been having problems with the Foxconn connectors. The P55A has fixed that.

As for the i7-860, it is inferior in every way to the i7-920. It uses the 1156 socket like the i5, but it's slower and more expensive. The only thing it has that the i5 doesn't is hyperthreading, but it doesn't have the turbo mode.
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December 15, 2009 6:51:34 PM

@trancetunes: That is true. The hyperthreading is the difference. As for keeping the 1355 socket, no one really knows. Intel claims that new CPUs will be released for both, but after the first set of i9s for the 1333 and i3s for the 1156, they'll probably ditch both and move on.

If you really want a board that you can dump a new CPU into in a couple of years, you should be looking at AMD, if you don't mind paying less and having lower performance...
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December 15, 2009 7:16:17 PM

thanks for confirming my thoughts on the 920 madadmiral (in terms of the design field)

as far as AMD..nah :p  i really want my intel processor :)  either way this set up should last me a few years...if anything i might add 2 more sticks in RAM if i really need it...im not a gamer though or anything so i think the 4gb, ati 5770, and 920 processor should be doing me more than enough :D  feel free to give more insight :) 
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December 15, 2009 7:20:37 PM

MadAdmiral said:
As for the i7-860, it is inferior in every way to the i7-920.
Thats not technically true. The higher initial clock and more aggressive turbo boost let the 860 outperform a 920. The more you overclock, the less of a difference.
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December 15, 2009 7:31:20 PM

dndhatcher, i'm not sure if you are saying that in order to assist me OR just in general as a comment to madadmiral, but dont forget i will not be messing around with overclocking etc..i am a newb and i do not really trust myself to do that after spending 1400+ :p  that being said, the 920 will be better for me.. either way i appreciate the continued advice/input, dnd! :) 
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-Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA
-COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
-Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
-SAMSUNG T240HD Rose-Black 24" 5ms HDMI Widescreen HDTV Monitor
-SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100283VXL Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
-CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power
-CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
-ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
-Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor

Grand Total (after shipping/tax): $1,412.29

anyone/everyone feel free to continue giving me your thoughts! although i am very happy with this setup, i am still willing to see if anyone has any other opinions on the best LGA 1366 motherboard for 200 dollars or less.
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January 18, 2010 3:41:57 PM

trancetunes said:

-Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA
-COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
-Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
-SAMSUNG T240HD Rose-Black 24" 5ms HDMI Widescreen HDTV Monitor
-SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100283VXL Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
-CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power
-CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
-ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
-Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor


Hi trancetunes,

I have XFX Radeon 5770 video card. I want to buy ASRock X58 Extreme. But in the Asrock support (link) page i didn't see Radeon 5770 listed as supported product.
How did your build go?
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February 13, 2010 1:23:43 AM

Im looking to build a similar system. How did build go?
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February 21, 2010 8:36:37 PM

kerni said:
Hi trancetunes,

I have XFX Radeon 5770 video card. I want to buy ASRock X58 Extreme. But in the Asrock support (link) page i didn't see Radeon 5770 listed as supported product.
How did your build go?



Kerni, the Radeon 5000 Video cards werent out yet when the X58 Extreme came out, thats why the 5770 is not listed. It should work no problem.
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April 24, 2010 4:35:06 PM

:bounce:  :ouch: 
GhislainG said:
Out of curiosity, why did you select an X58 motherboard and the i7-920 instead of a P55 motherboard like the MSI P55-GD80 and the i7-860?

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May 20, 2010 2:40:00 PM

Hello everyone, sorry I got back here months after you asked questions.

The build went great :)  I have everything running perfectly fine. I have also started to overclock the CPU and RAM. BTW OCZ gave me a lot of trouble. I had to keep exchanging my RAM via RMA because they kept sending me bad sticks!! HOWEVER, they did so for free every single time! In fact, after it happened I told them I want a free upgrade and THEY DID IT. I have a better model RAM now.

My setup:

Intel Core i7-920 OC'd at 3507 MHz

ASRock X58 Extreme

OCZ3P1600LV6GK RAM - DDR3 1600 OC'd to DDR3 2004 w/ 11-11-11-20 timing

ATI HD 5770

1TB HITACHI HD
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