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i7 930, which motherboard and memory to get?

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January 25, 2010 7:36:28 PM

I'm debating about getting the GA-x58a-UD3R ($210) or the GA-x58a-UD5 ($297), seems like the big difference is in the power phase instead of 8 I would get 12, and the power/reset/clr cmos button would be gone. Is the power phase going to make a big difference with overclocking to 4ghz? I could probably live with out the clr cmos button but I was looking forward to that. If the extra $80 is necessary to get a higher and more stable oc then it is worth it, but the power/reset/clr cmos button alone is not.

The mobos Im considering...
GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD5 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $297
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $210
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The memory Ive been looking at is (a couple are unavailable at newegg but can be found elsewhere):
OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) for $207
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OCZ Gold 6gb (3x2gb) for $149
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OCZ XMP Ready Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) $230
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Corsair Dominator 6GB PC12800 1600MHz $199 @ Tiger Direct
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Usage: gaming (crysis, fallout3, mass effect, others), video encoding, internet, photo editing and viewing.
Not required parts: Current hardware is listed below.
Preferred sites: newegg, tiger direct, and local microcenter, etc
Overclocking: yes I plan to overclock, (likely 3.6-3.8ghz) but won't be going above 4ghz unless the system and voltage handle it easily.
Resolution: 1680 x 1050
Budget: Based on my current hardware list my budget is about $700-750 (i7 930~$240, GA-x58-UD5~$290, OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB)~$207). USB3, 6 slots for memory, sata3, 12+2+2 power phase, Power/reset/Clr CMOS buttons, voltage control, and easy BIOS. I probably won't upgrade cpu again for 4-5 years unless future cpus stick to the 1366 socket, which would be great.


here is what I currently have.
Cooler Master HAF932
Corsair tx650w
Thermalright 120extreme rev c
WD black 1tb
EVGA 896-P3-1262-AR GeForce GTX 260
Western Digital 160gb
Freeagent external 320gb
plus 2 optical drives


This was posted before, but unfortunately I didn't get any replies :(  . Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks.

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January 28, 2010 3:15:41 PM

MOBO:
I would go with this motherboard... ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail, since USB 3.0 / SATA 6Gb/s isn't required at this time. If you want those, I would go with the ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail, which to me has the better board layout.

RAM:
I would go with one of these RAMs, if the OCZ Platinum's aren't in stock... G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) or CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
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January 28, 2010 3:21:23 PM

What's your current CPU, what do you plan on using this system for?
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January 28, 2010 3:39:05 PM

Tecmo34 thanks for your recommendations. I will read up on those ASUS boards and the memory, you would pick the platinum as your 1st choice then? The USB and SATA 3 versions are on my list because I doubt I will get a new mobo for another 4-5 years, so I thought getting it now would be best rather than buying a PCI with it later on and taking up a spot that could support a 2nd video card.


Banthracis, I plan on buying the i7 930 when it arrives in late February. Sorry I didn't mention that in the body of the post I just left it in the title alone.
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April 26, 2010 1:04:56 AM

I too am looking to upgrade. Presently driving and xblade case, Gigabyte P35-DS3L, 4 GB's of DDR2-SDRAM PC2-6400 (399 MHz) - [DDR2-800], Intel Core2 Duo CPU E6850 @ 3.00GHz, GeForce 8500 GT. My MoBo supports Quad Cores so i was just going to swap in a Q9650.

What do you think of the idea?
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September 23, 2011 2:28:09 AM

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