Help Me Pick Out A Mobo For This Build

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: March 23
BUDGET RANGE: $1,500-1,800 (After Rebates)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Photoshop, General (Internet, Office, etc.) Use

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers/headset, OS, optical

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com, Microcenter.com, Frys.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel/ATI

OVERCLOCKING: Yes
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Planned (in the future)

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I have already purchased the CPU, as they were running out of stock nearby and I feared they wouldn't be re-ordering the 920 because it's being "replaced" with the 930, so that's not up for debate.

CASE: CM Storm Sniper $129.99
MOBO: ???
CPU: Core i7 920 $216.49
CPU Cooler: Prolimatech Megahalem $64.99
HDD: Seagate 7200.12 1TB $89.99
GPU: ASUS 5850 $309.99
RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 6GB DDR3 1600 7-8-7-20 $174.99
PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750HX $139.99 (After MIR)
Monitor: ASUS VK266H $289.99 (After MIR)

Price Without Mobo: $1416 + shipping

How well would these parts work together? Also, as far as motherboards go- I want to have the ability to run 2 graphics cards in the future, both at x16. USB 3.0 and SATA III really aren't important to me but I'd like to find a mobo that will allow me to run 12 gigs of ram with the Megahalem cooler, as well as the two graphics cards for SLI/Crossfire at or around the $200 pricepoint. Here's the few mobos I found that should work (please comment and make recommendations for me):

GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R $209.99
ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366 $159.99
ASUS P6T SE LGA 1366 $204.99

Thanks guys!
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  1. No for 100$ less he wants a 920....

    Or maybe even 50$.... If the purpose is gaming...
  2. Alvin Smith said:


    "ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I have already purchased the CPU, as they were running out of stock nearby and I feared they wouldn't be re-ordering the 920 because it's being "replaced" with the 930, so that's not up for debate. "


    I will take a 920 for $200 any day of the week. The 930 is newer and marginally, slightly better (they're more even when you overclock)- but not worth an extra $30, $50, or $100 to get (whatever the price differences are at your vendor). I agree that if it were a $10 difference like it is on Newegg, the 930 would be the obvious choice. The fact of the matter is that I have the processor sitting on my desk, all boxed and pretty, so to say "You should have gone with the 930 because it's replacing the 920!" is a pretty moot point.
  3. Rehnquist- said:
    "ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I have already purchased the CPU, as they were running out of stock nearby and I feared they wouldn't be re-ordering the 920 because it's being "replaced" with the 930, so that's not up for debate. "


    I will take a 920 for $200 any day of the week. The 930 is newer and marginally, slightly better (they're more even when you overclock)- but not worth an extra $30, $50, or $100 to get (whatever the price differences are at your vendor). I agree that if it were a $10 difference like it is on Newegg, the 930 would be the obvious choice. The fact of the matter is that I have the processor sitting on my desk, all boxed and pretty, so to say "You should have gone with the 930 because it's replacing the 920!" is a pretty moot point.


    +1. the board Alvin picked is good btw. Anyways, I know this is like 200$ out of budget, but isn't this thing awesome?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131390&cm_re=x58-_-13-131-390-_-Product
  4. builderbobftw said:
    +1. the board Alvin picked is good btw.


    Assuming I won't use USB 3.0 or SATA III, or that I will use Crossfire which will disable both, how does that Gigabyte board compare to the ASRock? If I could save $50 by omitting a feature I won't use, I'm all for it :D
  5. Either one is OK. I would get the Gigabyte...
  6. The Asus P6T but I'd get the V2 version.

    My son has the Megahalems in an Antec 1200 Case and a Asus Rampage II Extreme and can confirm the fit...as long as you don't use the Dominator RAM coolers you should be fine.

    You might consider this combo if ya want to step up to a full tower case .... PSU matches the HX for electrical performance and has an extra 100 watts of headroom but CP-850 is extremely quiet...cases are close in overall size

    Sniper = 22.30" x 10.00" x 21.70"
    1200 = 20.20" x 8.40" x 22.90"

    $ 244 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.345233

    Few other suggestions for your HS .... TIM, twin PWN fans and PWM fan splitter cable.

    http://www.frozencpu.com/products/7038/thr-41/Innovation_Cooling_Diamond_7_Carat_Thermal_Compound_-_15_Grams.html?id=BZWnrfIC
    http://www.frozencpu.com/products/10026/fan-639/Scythe_Slip_Stream_120mm_x_25mm_PWM_Fan_-_SY1225SL12LM-P.html?tl=g36c365s936
    http://www.frozencpu.com/products/8418/cab-150/FrozenCPU_PMW_Y_Splitter_Cable.html
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