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Best motherboards for an i7 930

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July 23, 2010 2:33:59 AM

Im going to try a basic overclock, ( 3 GHz with stock cooling) while i get a better psu and cooling system, my favorite right now is the Evga ftw3, any suggestions below $270? or should i go for the ftw3...

i need my pc mainly for 3ds max animations rendering and of course, to play Crysis 2. my gpu is a 9800gtx+ and im going sli as soon as i can afford it (i hope soon).

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July 23, 2010 3:14:33 AM

I have two different Gigabyte boards that have run well, a UD3R http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... listing at $209.99 and a UD5 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... listing at $289.99. Both have allowed me to take my 920 CPUs to 4.0ghz, so either should make it easy to get your 930 CPU up to as high a clock as you want. I do run Noctua D14 coolers on my 920 chips. If you stay with stock cooling and a goal of 3ghz, I don't see a great need to get anything more expensive than a UD3R board. It will run SLI with ease, having two 16 lane slots.

For more information on the UD3R, take a look at Toms article on it:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/x58-usb-3.0-sata-6-... and

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/x58-usb-3.0-sata-6-...

Of course, if you just like the EVGA FTW3 board, it should be a good one as well, though you could save nearly $60 with the UD3r board and use that money toward a SLI setup.
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July 31, 2010 10:14:28 PM

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