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October 24, 2010 6:12:10 AM

So im building my computer and the last thing i need is a motherboard that is suitable/stable. I plan on overclocking 3.6-4ghz. Price range $200-$300+ nego. I need ample room for 2 gpus/1 sound card. any help is appreciated! thanks!


Already aquired parts:
case Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

psu CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active

graphics msi gtx 470 twin frozr

cpu Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor

mobo-??? help :x

ram CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model

hd SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Internal Hard Drive

SSD-OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTXE60G 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

cd drive ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner

OS Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders

Extras
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long
shin etsu thermal paste

Mobo has to support
1) Dual gtx470's (msi twin forzr II) which has a decent size fan
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127513&cm_re=msi_gtx_470-_-14-127-513-_-Product
2) sound card (havn't found 1 yet)
3)cool master 212+

Mobo's ive been looking at/my choices in order:
1) ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131665
2)EVGA X58 FTW3 132-GT-E768-KR LGA 1366 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188065
3)GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128423
4)ASUS Rampage III Gene LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131658

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a b V Motherboard
October 24, 2010 7:19:27 AM

The Giga has been used often by the real staff here, and they have reported it is as solid, good value, strong performer, very willing overclocker. Hence the recommendation reported by Newegg.

The Asus is a good board for $10 less.

I don't see a need for the other boards, unless they have a feature you are keen on.

Unless I missed something, none of the boards will allow you to separate the two vid cards by a slot and still run x16-x16. So insetad of the Antec, you may want to consider a Silverstone Raven 2 case:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

for the reasons contained here:

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2010/09/30/my_quiet_gala...

You "only" have 2x470s, so maybe your desk temp will hold at under 100 :) 

Finally, I'd advise you to try the onboard sound before you grab a sound card. If your experience is like most, you will be pleasantly surprised.
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October 24, 2010 8:37:19 AM

I already have those parts (902 case). i was hoping someone has 1 of the boards/vouches 2 cards will fit leaving reasonable amount of gap or incite on a board that does. Ive also heard to stay away from the giga as it is having problems with the ram.

my computer runs very cool and my gpu's never go higher than 40c. as for the onboard sound. i tell people the same thing...which is why its undecided/havnt choosen one, in the end ill most likely use onboard.

This will be my first overclockable computer and being so is there any software on any of these mobos that make that easier?
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October 25, 2010 12:26:46 AM

the sabertooth mobo has a slot seperating. anyone else have a recommendation?
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a b V Motherboard
October 25, 2010 3:01:40 AM

But it doesn't have two, correct? Need two in between in order to leave one open. When checking, make sure the slot you THINK you can use is x16, not x8 electrical.
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October 25, 2010 3:49:08 AM

i believe it goes 16x ...slot of sound card then 16x. i dont know if its just me but i cant seem to find a board with ample room for both (2 slots seperating the 16x) i guess ill have to just watch the temps and go with 1 of the 4?
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a b V Motherboard
October 25, 2010 3:55:36 AM

I told you earlier none of the boards have that feature. Which is why I made the case recommendation.
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October 25, 2010 4:16:30 AM

do you know if all boards are still having trouble reading more than 4gb of ram?
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a b V Motherboard
October 25, 2010 4:37:02 AM

I'd have no way of knowing that they ever really had a problem, or are currently haveing problems. Those boards have been around for a while, so it would be sort of odd to have that kind of problem from Asus/Giga at this stage of the game.

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October 25, 2010 4:55:27 AM

the issues are coming from newegg/site forums so they are still currently unfixed. knowing my setup does anyone else have any suggestions?
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