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October 21, 2010 2:22:20 AM

I am building a new gaming rig and having trouble deciding on a motherboard, I would appreciate some suggestions.

I will not be running anything more than dual SLI, will do a little overclocking but otherwise nothing out of the ordinary. The planned processor is i7-950.

On a side note, suggestions for RAM would be great, how much will I need approx?

Thanks

Edit: I am budgeting up to $300 though hoping to spend less
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October 21, 2010 2:30:51 AM

I like EVGA for gaming, actually it is the only MOBO I use currently for any Gaming rig. I don't know your budget?

MOBO:
EVGA E758-A1 3-Way SLI - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ALL EVGA side-by-side - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|13-188-069^13-188-069-TS,13-188-059^13-188-059-TS,13-188-065^13-188-065-TS,13-188-039^13-188-039-TS

RAM:
For most OC the TR3X6G1600C8D is almost unbeatable. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The {CMT}6GX3M3A2000C8 is a step backwards from the CMG; the newer Corsairs as with ANY 1800+ MHz RAM are touch and go and problematic. Unless you are looking to build all water then stick with the rock solid Corsair {TR3X6G1600C8D}. For 2000 MHz I would recommend the Kingston HyperX H2O.

Tested - http://www.corsair.com/configurator/product_results.asp...

Comparison Module #1: Mushkin Redline 996805 6-8-6-24 1600MHz
Comparison Module #2: G.Skill Pi Series 7-8-7-24 1600MHz
Comparison Module #3: Mushkin 998687 8-9-8-24 1866MHz
Comparison Module #4: Corsair Dominator TR3X6G1600C8D 8-8-8-24 1600MHz
Comparison Module #5: Kingston HyperX T1 9-9-9-27 1600MHz
Comparison Module #6: Mushkin Blackline 998677B 7-7-7-20 1333MHz
Comparison Module #7: Patriot Viper II Sector 7 9-9-9-27 1800MHz

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October 21, 2010 2:36:37 AM

I edited to add budget.

So how much RAM do I need? I see that 24 gigs is the max on a lot of mobos but that seems like overkill for my needs.
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October 21, 2010 2:52:41 AM

Hexa Channel 6X4GB is great if you have CRAZY Photoshop CS5 files or Video Edit - for a living. Also, keep in mind Tri Channel is the most efficient, so "IF" you really need more then start with 3X4GB Tri Channel 'matched' set.

CORSAIR DOMINATOR 12GB (3 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Model CMP12GX3M3A1600C9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Otherwise, the 3X2GB is fine for Windows 7 x64, and if you game you don't want 20 open Apps running in the background.
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October 21, 2010 5:34:05 AM

I'll probably just stick with 3x2GB for now then, unless any games in the near future are likely to require more. Is this EVGA MB going to be better than the ASUS Rampage or P6X58D? Is it actually the number of PCI express slots that influence the price like I've been reading?
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October 21, 2010 7:02:09 AM

Here are all of the MOBO's that I would consider - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|13-131-614^13-131-614-TS,13-188-065^13-188-065-TS,13-188-039^13-188-039-TS,13-131-641^13-131-641-TS,13-131-666^13-131-666-TS

Keep in mind, the EVGA E758-A1 3-Way SLI ($259 doesn't have SATA3/USB3), but will perform better than the just about any MOBO in the list and has a Lifetime Warranty.

Regarding the ASUS P6X58D-E, it is a solid MOBO and I use them in my office as pseudo Workstations, it will game & OC well but nothing like the EVGA's. The Rampage III Formula is also very good, but I've seen it a little touchy with OC {> 4.2GHz} and SLI.

There isn't a board on the list that's 'bad' or 'wrong.' Just a thought, while I appreciate the Swiss Army knife approach - I tend to think of a race car with tons of gizmo's & gadgets...
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October 22, 2010 4:28:52 AM

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October 25, 2012 5:40:11 PM

justin544 said:
I edited to add budget.

So how much RAM do I need? I see that 24 gigs is the max on a lot of mobos but that seems like overkill for my needs.


Justin, not sure if you are aware, but to use more than 16gig of ram you need to use Windows 7 Ultimate, Professional or Enterprise 64bit.
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