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Motherboard/Memory for 2x5970 and i7-875k

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November 2, 2010 6:35:23 PM

Hello,

I'm building a PC and so far I have bought an ATI 5970, a CPU cooler (CoolerMaster v10) and I'm going to buy an i7-875k which I count on overclocking to 4ghz. Now what I'd need help for is choosing a motherboard that has these specifications:

-Crossfire compatibility with 2 16x lanes because I'm going to crossfire 2x 5970.
-p55 chipset
-supports 12gb ddr3 ram Minimum
-extremly easy to overclock i7-875k CPU with

I also would like to know what ram I should buy if im going to overclock the cpu to 4ghz (8GB RAM)

Budget for motherboard $300 max
Budget for memory: $220 max

thanks alot and correct me if im making any mistakes in my purchases.
November 2, 2010 8:06:24 PM

this ram will not fit under my coolermaster v10 :( 

thanks for the reply.
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November 2, 2010 8:16:00 PM

the motherboard only has 1 pci-e

thanks for the reply.
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November 2, 2010 8:18:36 PM

uncleyayo,

Unless you have your heart set on i7-875, the i7-950 is a better choice because it performs almost the same as the 875K, cheaper in cost, and have the newer socket 1366.

Here is the link for CPU Benchmark:
http://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html


A lot of good mobo have the 1366 socket and the x58 chipset, such as ASUS P6X58D Premium, which is within your budget.

Check out the specs here for the mobo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As for the memory. Here is a good choice.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I use this memory on my Asus board even though they are not on the Asus QVL list YET. The memory model number is new therefore it'll take them time to add it to the list, but it's very similar to TR3X6G1600C8D with lower latency. It's well within your budget, heck if you wait 'till end of Nov. I'm positive the price will drop down to $120, which will allow you to get 2 set. But be warn, some claim using 6 Dimm might not work with Intel chips. I would search more online if you're thinking of getting 2 sets. Otherwise 1 set should definitely work.

Also the cooler that you got should also be compatible with 1366 socket.

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November 2, 2010 8:41:50 PM

Hi kole, thanks for the reply.

I heard that triple channel memory will be discontinued is that true?

i really don't know what to pick the i7-950 or the i7-875k :( .

price isnt a problem (to a certain extent). I just want the very best gaming experience on a 55" LED screen.
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November 2, 2010 9:58:25 PM

uncleyayo said:
the motherboard only has 1 pci-e

thanks for the reply.

2 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (red) support single at x16 or dual at x8 mode
If you want crossfire at x16 x16! You have to go to LGA1366 X58 board with I7 9xx series CPU.
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November 3, 2010 3:45:07 PM

With two 5970's you would be better served going with the 1366 platform.
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