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December 8, 2010 2:24:43 AM

I need to find a mobo for an 17-950 build. I have looked at the asus rampage which has excellent reviews over all. But would rather not spend the price tag for it... That might not be possible I know seeing as the cpu it self doesnt have many mobo options. Should I wait until sandy bridges and see if there are price drops or if I should build off of that? Also are there any good options for matx mobos for i7-950 besides the rampage ?

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December 8, 2010 1:52:11 PM

ATX = Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R (Rev2) is (in my opinion) the best Budget choice, closely followed by the Asus Sabertooth TUF X58. Both are a Great Choice. Both around £150.

mATX = only 1 contender = Asus Rampage III GENE !! around £180.

Sticking a Core-i7 into anything less would be Sacrilege!
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December 8, 2010 3:30:03 PM

haha, alright then. Well I guess I am gonna have to fork out the cash for a nicer board. Are there any big differences between the Asus Rampage III gene micro one and regular one? Besides size of course.
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December 8, 2010 4:11:39 PM

^+1 I agree with the ASUS P6X58D-E ; I have several with no problems.

Never, the Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R regardless of the version. Horrible MOBO for SSD and or RAID with known & confirmed problems.
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December 8, 2010 6:08:00 PM

Yes,there are some great choices but best motherboard for your $$$ is the EVGA 141-GT E770 A1 or if you want to spend less go with MSI X58A GD45. I have only had problems with ASUS boards but other seem to like them.They have nice features.That is a MUST when choosing a motherboard.Make sure it fits your price range,and also look at the specifications.The Gigabyte boards are O.K. I own the X58A UD9 but some of them have issues also and the support is so-so.
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December 8, 2010 6:12:17 PM

preolt said:
haha, alright then. Well I guess I am gonna have to fork out the cash for a nicer board. Are there any big differences between the Asus Rampage III gene micro one and regular one? Besides size of course.

The Micro has less SATA 3gb/second and less graphic card slots(no biggie)Both are decent boards
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December 8, 2010 6:33:33 PM

seanny said:
... I own the X58A UD9 but some of them have issues also and the support is so-so.

For gaming I like the EVGA, I build off then all of the time and recommend them all of the time they're more expensive.

What really caught my eye is your reference on the UD9; I'd really like to know what problems? I've know they're picky on RAM, but I rarely see them have substantiated problems.

More MOBOs side-by-side - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|13-131-642^13-131-642-TS,13-131-666^13-131-666-TS,13-131-614^13-131-614-TS,13-188-065^13-188-065-TS,13-131-641^13-131-641-TS The R3E is more suited for a 6-core i7 980X or i7 970.
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December 9, 2010 1:18:02 PM

The differences that 'I' care about are the Phase power and the NB cooling offered in the EVGA X58 FTW3 132-GT-E768-KR, and the KR has a 3-year warranty vs 2-year warranty in the -TR http://www.evga.com/support/warranty/
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December 9, 2010 4:27:34 PM

Ok thanks alot I will need to think about it a little more but this all has helped alot. I jsut wish that EVGA made a mATX version of the X58. Though its not a huge deal. Right now I am leaning towards getting either the rampage from Asus or the X58 from EVGA both are a little more than I wanted to spend on a mobo but hopefully they will last me for quite some time.
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December 9, 2010 8:24:42 PM

Oh ok, they cut out the usb 3.0 and sata 6gb/s on this one. The rampage keeps those features. Also both offer sli, is sli on a micro board a wise choice? I mean heat wise and space wise does it all fit together alright.
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December 9, 2010 8:57:47 PM

I don't like mATX MOBOs period.
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December 9, 2010 9:08:17 PM

So when you build a lanbox you just chop a regular 12 inch long one down 3 inches ? jk of course. Idk im in between I want to do a smaller case build thatI can move around decently without sacrificing performance. I know they say you cant have your cake and eat it too. Or some thing like that.. any how thats what I am shooting for.
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December 9, 2010 9:45:36 PM

jaquith said:
For gaming I like the EVGA, I build off then all of the time and recommend them all of the time they're more expensive.

What really caught my eye is your reference on the UD9; I'd really like to know what problems? I've know they're picky on RAM, but I rarely see them have substantiated problems.

More MOBOs side-by-side - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|13-131-642^13-131-642-TS,13-131-666^13-131-666-TS,13-131-614^13-131-614-TS,13-188-065^13-188-065-TS,13-131-641^13-131-641-TS The R3E is more suited for a 6-core i7 980X or i7 970.

Only had issues with the ASUS products.The UD9 is great(Gigabyte)I have had it since May and Love it.Some of the other boards have issues.Alot of the UD9's are arriving DOA.More so than a lot of other boards.Mine arrived fine.It was $700 but in the end it was the features that got me to buy it,not to mention it does look very nice.Overclocks well,runs stable,BIOS was not a hassle.
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December 9, 2010 9:49:15 PM

preolt said:
Hmm so I am gonna need to put out 200 bucks basically in order to get a quality board that will not bottle neck my cpu?

Also what is the difference between this mobo from EVGA and the one you posted?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That is a great board IMO.Lot of features,nice for for overclocking & headroom for up grades.Definately worth the money.
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December 9, 2010 9:53:31 PM

preolt said:
So when you build a lanbox you just chop a regular 12 inch long one down 3 inches ? jk of course. Idk im in between I want to do a smaller case build thatI can move around decently without sacrificing performance. I know they say you cant have your cake and eat it too. Or some thing like that.. any how thats what I am shooting for.

Depending on your price range and what the principal use is,you can build a great rig for relatively cheap.When I say "relatively"I mean for a budget build you want to skimp on components that you can upgrade down the line,something that is not a necessity now.
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December 10, 2010 12:19:58 AM

This is my current build as of now.

CPU-Intel i7-950
Mobo- Unsure but leaning toward the rampage or evga
GPU- evga GTX 470 (currently on sale might wait for ati's new models to see if these drop in price or if they drop because of the 570 series but I prefer nvidia)
RAM- just 6GB triple channel from corsair (dominator series i believe)

The rest of the components dont matter much. I know the value of a good psu etc but the ones I listed I figure are the core of the system. My budget is to try to stay under 1000 $ and since I have found a super cheap i7 that appears to be possible. I am just worried about the mobo. I wasnt planning on spending more than 200 for it but if thats what it takes to get performance and a system that wont be outdated in a year then ill probably fork out the extra cash.
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December 10, 2010 2:31:34 AM

Then the ASUS P6X58D-E with Corsair Dominator TR3X6G1600C8D - I would stick with nVidia {EVGA or ASUS GPUs}.
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December 10, 2010 7:58:20 PM

preolt said:
This is my current build as of now.

CPU-Intel i7-950
Mobo- Unsure but leaning toward the rampage or evga
GPU- evga GTX 470 (currently on sale might wait for ati's new models to see if these drop in price or if they drop because of the 570 series but I prefer nvidia)
RAM- just 6GB triple channel from corsair (dominator series i believe)

The rest of the components dont matter much. I know the value of a good psu etc but the ones I listed I figure are the core of the system. My budget is to try to stay under 1000 $ and since I have found a super cheap i7 that appears to be possible. I am just worried about the mobo. I wasnt planning on spending more than 200 for it but if thats what it takes to get performance and a system that wont be outdated in a year then ill probably fork out the extra cash.

Take a look at this <>http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <><><><>also+++http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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