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October 29, 2010 3:11:51 AM

Hey guys, I want the best Asus m/b for socket 1366. Will o/c very little if any at all. Just want fastest stock setup as possible. Also same thoughts on which i7?
October 29, 2010 7:19:16 AM

i would go with the i7 950 because its not too expensive
and for the mobo i would say the sabertooth imp
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October 29, 2010 7:50:16 AM

What's your budget for the board..??
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October 29, 2010 12:19:38 PM

Emperus said:
What's your budget for the board..??


No concern with budget. Just really wasn't interested in i7 extreme series. So that puts most of their 1366 boards at $250-$350. Just want it fast without o/c,
will not play games, non planning on cooler unless needed. I like the P6X58D but dual lan seems like a waste on a home computer. The extreme i7's and Rampage boards all seem like they're for maxing out gaming. I guess the best way to describe what i'm after is, in 2-3 years what i buy now will probably be in your average everyday dell desktop, so I guess I'm buying time and technology but I do like bells and whistles. Thanks..
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October 29, 2010 4:16:12 PM

With no apparent overclocking needs, you are practically safe with any X58 motherboard you wish to purchase.. All of them, since are based on the same chipset, will give you identical performance.. You can actually purchase the cheapest motherboard available and be happy and satisfied.. A safe recommendation (assuming the fact that you may like to overclock significantly sometime down the line) would be the Asus Rampage III Formula.. If you find it overpriced somehow, the Asus P6X58D-E Premium is another excellent option..
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October 29, 2010 7:57:27 PM

Emperus said:
With no apparent overclocking needs, you are practically safe with any X58 motherboard you wish to purchase.. All of them, since are based on the same chipset, will give you identical performance.. You can actually purchase the cheapest motherboard available and be happy and satisfied.. A safe recommendation (assuming the fact that you may like to overclock significantly sometime down the line) would be the Asus Rampage III Formula.. If you find it overpriced somehow, the Asus P6X58D-E Premium is another excellent option..


Thanks emperus,
That settles the cpu & m/b questions, now to the hard drive(s)...........
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October 29, 2010 8:26:29 PM

Don't waste ur money in the Rampage, Sabertooth or P6X58D all those mobos aqre very good but for ur requirements aren't necessary.

IMO u will be fine with a Gigabyte UD3R or some MSI mobo.
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October 29, 2010 8:34:05 PM

@saint19... Sabertooth X58 is the same cost as the GA-X58A-UD3R & the better board (IMO)

@OP... I would go with Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB (& a SSD if in your plans)
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October 29, 2010 8:58:15 PM

tecmo34 said:
@saint19... Sabertooth X58 is the same cost as the GA-X58A-UD3R & the better board (IMO)

@OP... I would go with Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB (& a SSD if in your plans)


Hey, tecmo34
I've built dozens of systems over the years but have just always went with an above average WD hard drive. In fact
my last build included my first raid. It was a raid 0 with 2 black WD's, this was for a small server at work. I only did it
for the reliablity even though we do daily backups to ext. hdd. Tell me about the SSD & HDD combo and best configuration (raid or not) for these drives. Thanks
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October 29, 2010 10:22:01 PM

A SSD & Hard Drive is not setup in a RAID format typically. A SSD is used as you primary drive for your OS & main applications (programs / games). The hard drive is used for you lesser used applications and the main storage of information (basically everything you would see in your 'My Documents' folder). The SSD provides to speed/access times to improve the feel of your system (bootup, load times... etc.) while your hard drive contains the bulk of your storage. A hard drive can't match the speeds of the SSD.

As for brand, WD is still one of the best on the market, so if you feel "safer" with them do so. The reason I recommend the Samsung is for 1) price to performance & 2) it is based off of 500GB platters. Most of the WD's were 250GB platters until their SATA III model was released. You pay a higher price for the WD models for equal or less performance (VRaptors excluded on performance).
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October 30, 2010 5:06:11 AM

rcplane141 said:
Hey guys, I want the best Asus m/b for socket 1366. Will o/c very little if any at all. Just want fastest stock setup as possible. Also same thoughts on which i7?


I got the Asus Sabertooth with the i7-950. I got GSkills and by manually setting the memory parameters in the bios, my system runs at 3.2Ghz, about a 5% performance increase. I use stock cooler and have no problems.

For HD I use a Hitachi, 1Tb 7200rpm. Works just fine!

I just updated my PC about a month ago and I love it! My 1080p videos from my Canon 7D look perfect! And Lightroom 3 runs fast and smooth!!!
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October 31, 2010 12:10:20 AM

Good choice with the mobo and CPU but I think that the HD isn't the best.
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October 31, 2010 4:44:44 AM

I've used Hitachi drives for a few years, they are not the fastest, but I find them reliable and they are inexpensive! Some day I will buy an SSD when the prices come down a little more and the the drive will be a better match to the MB/CPU (Sabertooth/i7-950).
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October 31, 2010 2:20:05 PM

I agree with that, I also have 2x500GB Itachi and aren't the best but even that are very good.
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October 31, 2010 5:21:58 PM

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I got the Asus Sabertooth with the i7-950. I got GSkills and by manually setting the memory parameters in the bios, my system runs at 3.2Ghz, about a 5% performance increase. I use stock cooler and have no problems.

For HD I use a Hitachi, 1Tb 7200rpm. Works just fine!

I just updated my PC about a month ago and I love it! My 1080p videos from my Canon 7D look perfect! And Lightroom 3 runs fast and smooth!!!



which gskills?
what values did you set in bios?
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October 31, 2010 6:38:59 PM

I purchased the G.SKILL 6Gb (3x2Gb) 240-Pin DDR3 1600 Triple channel kit Model F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ from Newegg.

In the bios, I went to Ai Tweaker, arrow down to DRAM Timing Control, press enter and changed the DRAM CAS# Latency, then the Delay, then the PRE Time and finally the ACT Time.

In my case I changed to 9-9-9-24, instead of AUTO.

That made the CPU run at 3.2Ghz instead of 3.06Ghz.

Hope that helps...

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October 31, 2010 6:58:54 PM

^ Unless you ALSO changed the CPU Multiplier then that 'should not' happened; otherwise too possibly seeing TB kick-in. Start | Computer | right-click Properties to verify. TB is CPU Multiplier +1.
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October 31, 2010 7:14:11 PM

Nope, nothing else was changed, everything else is on AUTO!

When the machine is idle, it runs at 1.6Ghz but the moment a load kicks in, it goes to 3.2Ghz.



Let's see if this works...
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October 31, 2010 7:26:49 PM

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October 31, 2010 7:28:03 PM

The CPU-Z photo is in my picasa photo album, do not know how to get it to display here. Help.

Interesting, you can right click and open the image in a new window.

The multiplier shows x24 when TB kicks in.
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October 31, 2010 7:52:35 PM

i7 950 stock 3.06 GHz http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=37150
25 ~ 3.33
24 ~ 3.20
23 ~ 3.06


Okay, somehow your CPU Multiplier got notched up +1; Stock is 23 with a +2. I need to know 1. What exact MOBO, 2. What exact BIOS version.

My assumption, is either the BIOS needs an update {clearly it 'seems' to have your CPU_ID info} or you inadvertently 'tweaked' the TB in the BIOS or you are running ASUS Utility that is corrupting the BIOS.

Solutions:
1. Uninstall ANY ASUS AI Suite, part or component.
2. Clear CMOS
3. Reconfigure ONLY the RAM; don't use XMP.
Example:
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October 31, 2010 10:44:27 PM

I will check when I get home and get back to you. Thanks for the help!

Here is a photo of my bios:



I am using an ASUS Sabertooth X58 MB.

PD. Can anyone tell me how to embed my photo in Picasa so it displays correctly in he forum. Right now you have to right click on the link and it opens in a new tab or window!
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November 1, 2010 2:18:06 AM

rafacq said:
Right now you have to right click on the link and it opens in a new tab or window!


Do it.. Then take a screenshot and upload it..
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November 2, 2010 7:16:00 PM

You also might want to check the DRAM voltages. Intel spec @ 1.5 volts. Some RAM ( including what I use ) required 1.65.
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November 12, 2010 1:21:04 AM

Best answer selected by rcplane141.
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November 12, 2010 9:13:39 AM

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