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Can't decide on a mobo or mem PLZ help !

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December 18, 2010 9:09:27 PM

So I cant decide which mobo to get for my new build. Its between,

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
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ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131665

On The gigabyte, is there enough space in between pci-e lanes to do SLI ?


Do you guys recommend any other kind of board ?

This is what I have decided on so far.


LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289 $20

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181 This is going to be the 1tb version, just sold out right now using it for price $65

EVGA 01G-P3-1370-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130570 $200

CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-750HX 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139010 $135

G.SKILL PI 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL6T-6GBPI http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231352 $160

Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608018 $85

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
AND
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.546483.11-129-021 $190

Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950
AND
GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.570201 $480

Now Im trying to keep this thing under $1500. Hopefully this will be accomplished when sandy bridge comes out and lowers prices for me :) . Like I said though I cant decide between the two motherboards. Also Is that RAM any good or can someone recommend me something else.

Going to be ordering mid January so I got plenty of time to get some advice and responses and hopefully figure things out. Any help/advice is greatly appricated.

Thanks,

Steve

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a b V Motherboard
December 18, 2010 9:25:24 PM

Of the two.

I'd probably go for the gigabyte board, Yes there's enough space. They have very similar features and both offer you dual x16 SLI configs, but the Gigabyte has a bit nicer layout (may be rather subjective) and room for expansion. The only downside is you aren't getting the full 5yr warranty the ASUS seems to be offering.

As for RAM, that RAM is very good as is. Clocks aren't super high, but at CL6 there's no way to complain. It will give very good speed.
December 18, 2010 9:45:42 PM

now is it better to have lower cas latency or higher thats one thing I have always been confused on.
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a c 216 V Motherboard
December 18, 2010 9:46:58 PM

I like the sabretooth, for the 5 year warranty. Either will be good.
Are you near a microcenter where you can walk in and buy a 950 for $200 or so?
For ram, you want supported ram. It shoukd be on the motherboard's QVL supported ram list. Or, it should appear as a supported part on the ram vendor's configurator. If there ever should be an issue, you want at least one vendor on your side.

Since you are waiting for January, be prepared to change your mind. Sandy bridge 2500K will be a winner for gamers. An early 2400 engineering sample performed close to a 980X. http://www.anandtech.com/show/3871/the-sandy-bridge-pre...

And, do not expect the 950 prices to drop; they are in different markets.
a c 194 V Motherboard
December 19, 2010 4:19:56 AM

stevex033 said:
now is it better to have lower cas latency or higher thats one thing I have always been confused on.



Lower cas is faster as the numbers are just time in nanoseconds.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CAS_latency
a b V Motherboard
December 19, 2010 2:35:02 PM

I would go with the Asus board. I have read to many things about the GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R . Look at the feed backs on the boards on new egg. 22 percent gave one egg on the Gigabyte board maybe it was a bad batch I don't know. 5 year warranty is nice with Asus.
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