Hey Guys, long time lurker, newly registered member (awesum site lol) .
I was hoping you guys might help me decide on what motherboard i should get. Now i narrowed the best two i found intriguing to the Asus Rampage III Formula and the MSI Big Bang X-Power. Which on newegg were priced the same.
Now out of those two, which is best for Overclocking with best output performance? (Or which would you go for?) .
And on a 'no money limit' basis: Overall which is the best board to buy out there to pair with the i7 980x?
Any links, ideas, hints, & advice is greatly appreciated! =)
And on a side note - yes i'll be using the i7 980x for whatever board i buy lol.
Well my budget supports it, that's not a problem. I'm setting a budget (total) for about $3,000. lol. Of course, that includes deducting $1,000 for the i7 980x. Yeah yeah, it's a waste of money - but hey i'm a picky guy lol.
Only thing is, i like over-clocking, usually for when i do benchmarks or LAN parties, but on a daily basis i don't overclock much. And for the i7 i probably won't OC farther than 4.0GHz. I'm going to be using air cooling (or maybe i should just go with phase-cooling xD) since i don't like water cooling =P.
So then if i won't do much OC, would it be wise to spend the extra $$? lol, that seems to be my dilemma now. To be or not to be OC'ed? xD
Do you plan to ever run 3 GPU's and a PhysX's card? If no... get either the ASUS Sabertooth X58 or ASUS P6X58D-E. If you do... than the Classified 3 is the logical choice!
I completely forgot about that! xDD Well i do plan on going 3-way SLi. Not exactly 3-way + PhysX. If anything 2-way + Physx is hell of alot of power for my gaming: a GTX 460 + GTS 250 for PhysX has pretty much held up all my games on the Highest settings with 30FPS+ on most. It would hit about (avg.) 28FPS on Metro 2033 using D11 with everything set on highest.
All right so then i'll put the C3 on my "Future upgrade in case of boredom - list".
Now i just noticed something about the Sabertooth x58. It has 2 x PCIe 2.0 and 1 x PCIe 1.0? What's up with that? lol