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.
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
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.
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.
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.