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I'm planning on upgrading to Windows 7 from XP. Along with that, I'm going to upgrade the mobo, memory, boot drive, and processor as well as replace a finicky power supply. I'm keeping the case, sound card, storage drives, and graphics card. I gotta start with a good motherboard......

I searched around the forum and looked at the builds at top, but still a bit confused.

I'm pretty sure I want a socket 1366 board because i want to use a i7-950 processor.
I'm keeping my Antec case (don't know type, holds ATX board, large case, lots of fans)
I'm keeping my Radeon HD 5870 graphics card
I'm keeping my 2 Velociraptor hard drives for storage
I'm keeping my SoundBlaster XFI Extreme music card

I'll probably be getting a OCZ Vertex 2 SSD of some sort for a boot drive for Windows 7 64bit.
I might play with overclocking at some point down the road but not now.
I might play with RAID in the future but not now.
I doubt I will ever SLI or Xfire the video cards, although I do like to game once in a while when a new title comes out.

That's all the information I have for you go to on. I will likely keep this mobo for 3 years or so, so I don't mind paying extra for a good quality board that will last and some amount of "future proofing" in it. I want a board that is compatible with the stuff I'm keeping above as well.

I've been reading the internet a bit and some reviews. I was looking at the following boards:

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
This is supposedly a Tom's Hardware best buy, but the newegg.com reviews didn't look too promising. About a 1/3 of the reviews gave it 3 eggs or less, and there seemed to be some reliability issues?



ASUS Rampage III Formula LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131666
This is the best rated board on newegg.com, but it is almost $300. It's also "best of the best" on Maximum PC. I don't necessarily mind paying that much for a quality board that I will likely keep for a few years, but there were many cheaper boards and I don't know if I'm getting ripped off by the $300 price tag.

There were a couple of other boards on newegg.com that had comments like, "Customer Choice Award Winner" and such, but I want to get a good quality board without getting ripped off.

Thanks for your opinions...........
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  1. It sounds the Rampage is overkill for your needs. You'd be paying for 3 way SLI and DDR3-2200. If you have no plans to SLI or Crossfire, why not save some money and go for an 1156 board like with a i7-870? If you are dead set on the i7-950, I would go with the more modest Asus Sabertooth.
  2. Out of the two, definitely the the Asus board.
  3. djsprinkle said:
    It sounds the Rampage is overkill for your needs. You'd be paying for 3 way SLI and DDR3-2200. If you have no plans to SLI or Crossfire, why not save some money and go for an 1156 board like with a i7-870? If you are dead set on the i7-950, I would go with the more modest Asus Sabertooth.


    I was thinking that a socket 1366 board would be better for "future proofing" as I will keep this motherboard for a few years. I figure I will update the processor before I update the board and the 1366 would have future faster CPU's. Is that incorrect logic? This is only my 2nd build and I am no expert.

    Thanks form pointing out the $100 cheaper Sabertooth. It seems like a better board for my needs value-wise. I was reading on the newegg.com reviews that there seem to be many DOA Sabertooth boards or Sabertooth boards that are having problems recognizing all available memory. Is that something I should be concerned about with this particular board?
  4. Just get the memory which is mentioned in the Qualified Vendor list and you should be ok!
  5. With both the HD 5870 and RAID 0 + the other misc components the ASUS P6X58D-E or ASUS P6X58D Premium.

    NEVER GA-X58A-UD3R -> http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/276715-30-x58a-ud3r-raid-bsod-disk-boot-failure
  6. jaquith said:
    With both the HD 5870 and RAID 0 + the other misc components the ASUS P6X58D-E or ASUS P6X58D Premium.

    NEVER GA-X58A-UD3R -> http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/276715-30-x58a-ud3r-raid-bsod-disk-boot-failure


    OK, thanks for confirming my suspicions. That seemed like a lot of failures. I'm sure a certain % of every type of component fails, but I wasn't sure if it was just a bunch of angry people posting making it look like there were disproportionate failures. I'll check out those 2 boards you mention. thanks!
  7. hell_storm2004 said:
    Just get the memory which is mentioned in the Qualified Vendor list and you should be ok!


    When you mean the "qualified vendor list" do you mean make sure I get the correct compatible memory for the motherboard? Or is there a list somewhere that ranks memory that I should consult? I'm open to suggestions for memory as well if you all have any. I was going to post over in the memory forum after I figured out a motherboard but I'll take suggestions now too :)

    Thanks!
  8. Google GA-X58A-UD3R +RAID +BSOD

    For my office pseudo Workstation I use the ASUS P6X58D-E {SSD, RAID 1 HDD, i7 930, TR3X6G1600C8D, H50, 1/8 with CF HD 5770}. My Gaming rig is EVGA but too is expensive. I've had zero issues with the ASUS P6X58D-E running 4.1 GHz, they all run 3.5+GHz all day.
  9. jaquith said:
    Google GA-X58A-UD3R +RAID +BSOD

    For my office pseudo Workstation I use the ASUS P6X58D-E {SSD, RAID 1 HDD, i7 930, TR3X6G1600C8D, H50, 1/8 with CF HD 5770}. My Gaming rig is EVGA but too is expensive. I've had zero issues with the ASUS P6X58D-E running 4.1 GHz, they all run 3.5+GHz all day.


    Wow! Thanks for that info. I can cross that board off of my list. That's why this is a great forum.
  10. jaquith said:
    Google GA-X58A-UD3R +RAID +BSOD

    For my office pseudo Workstation I use the ASUS P6X58D-E {SSD, RAID 1 HDD, i7 930, TR3X6G1600C8D, H50, 1/8 with CF HD 5770}. My Gaming rig is EVGA but too is expensive. I've had zero issues with the ASUS P6X58D-E running 4.1 GHz, they all run 3.5+GHz all day.


    After your suggestion, it looks like I'm going to go with the P6x58D-E. I was going to go over to the memory section and ask some questions, but I see that you are over there a bit too answering questions, so I was wondering if you could advise me:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145220&Tpk=Tr3x6g1333c9

    I was looking at getting that memory for the board. I have a BB gift card to burn up, and I think that was the best memory I could find over there at BB that was compatible. Considering my rig, is that good memory to use with your suggested board? It took me a while, but I figured out what a Qualified Vendor List was and it appears this linked memory above is on that list.

    Also, do I have to install DDR3 memory three at a time? Should I be looking to use DDR1600 memory instead because it is faster?
  11. The RAM you want are the Corsair Dominator TR3X6G1600C8D (3x2GB) 1600, and with a $30 price drop in the past 3 days a steal.

    TR3X6G1600C8D http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145224

    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

  12. jaquith said:
    The RAM you want are the Corsair Dominator TR3X6G1600C8D (3x2GB) 1600, and with a $30 price drop in the past 3 days a steal.



    OK, I'll add that memory to the shopping cart, thanks again!

    All I need is a new power supply and I'll be ready to go. I'd love to stay around $100 or so. Suggestions considering my rig above? I have a large Antec case.
  13. Best answer
    Corsair 750W {OC + 1 HD 5870 + 3 SSD/HDD} $90 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006
    Corsair 1000W {OC + 2 HD 5870 + 3 SSD/HDD} $220 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139007

    PSU configuration - http://www.corsair.com/psufinder/default.aspx

    Use Corsair's - Reliable {Japanese Capacitors, 1 Rail (better), Fault+Power protection}
  14. jaquith said:
    Corsair 750W {OC + 1 HD 5870 + 3 SSD/HDD} $90 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006
    Corsair 1000W {OC + 2 HD 5870 + 3 SSD/HDD} $220 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139007

    PSU configuration - http://www.corsair.com/psufinder/default.aspx

    Use Corsair's - Reliable {Japanese Capacitors, 1 Rail (better), Fault+Power protection}


    Thanks!

    Now will you come over and build it for me? :)

    I owe you an adult beverage of some sort if we ever cross paths at the bar!
  15. Thanks & Good Luck on your Build!
  16. Best answer selected by ualdriver.
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