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Which motherboard is the best one for 17 950?

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September 23, 2010 7:49:10 AM

Hello,
I am not a techie, and not very familiar with computer hardware. I am trying to get a desktop assembled(for the first time). I have an i7 - 950 processor, and I am trying to find out the best mother noard for this processor, both costwise and performance wise.

I would mostly use my machine for gaming. (I would also use it for studies, and learning programming, but i dont thaink that needs much processing power)
1) Could you please suggest some good motherboards?

2) I see that Intel has its DX58SO and WX58BP. and Asus has its Rampage series. I also see that Asus Rampage Xtreme is priced higher than Intel motherboards. Why is it so? What advantages does the Rampage Xtreme offer over intel's mother boards?

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September 23, 2010 11:03:56 AM

Here's a discussion we had on another recent thread:
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/280356-12-asrock-gi...

Intel motherboards tend to be good, solid, no frills not in the chipset motherboards. We tend to dislike them because they tend to be poor overclockers.

neo1255 said:
What advantages does the Rampage Xtreme offer over intel's mother boards?

Features and overclockability.
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September 23, 2010 4:46:53 PM

jsc said:
Here's a discussion we had on another recent thread:
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/280356-12-asrock-gi...

Intel motherboards tend to be good, solid, no frills not in the chipset motherboards. We tend to dislike them because they tend to be poor overclockers.


Features and overclockability.



jsc,

Thanks a lot. for the linke to the thread. It was useful.
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September 23, 2010 4:53:14 PM

Welcome Newcomer! :) 

It is all about Budget, what is your budget and need?

The ASUS Rampage __, has more power available to the MOBO and components e.g. CPU for extreme OC. Similarly, other expensive X58 MOBO costs vary by number of linkable GPUs/Graphic Cards {number of SLI/CF PCIe (1-4 GPUs)}, features {USB 3, SATA 3, RAID, # of SATA ports, optical sound I/O, etc}, and Power {MOSFETS/Phases/etc}.

A good all around MOBO is the $220 ASUS P6X58D-E - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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September 23, 2010 6:44:41 PM

The best X58 motherboard is the one you can afford.. All perform the same.. Just stay away from Intel original boards..
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