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LGA 1366 MOBO? Best for money?

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January 30, 2011 5:42:49 PM

looking at spending 200-250 on a LGA 1366 motherboard, but there are so many different choices im not sure what to go with. I plan to SLI 570s in the future but so far will run only one, OC the CPU, run a single monitor set-up, and want to pair it with my i7-950, but was wondering if an experienced mobo person could tell me what mobo is worth it for its price.

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a c 716 V Motherboard
January 30, 2011 7:17:01 PM

Bang for the $ either the $265 ASUS P6X58D Premium or $235 EVGA X58 FTW3 | 132-GT-E768-KR ; they all are 2-WAY x16/x16 or 3-WAY X16/x8/x8 - the PCIe_2 x16 second is shared with the PCIe_3. I own 10 $220 ASUS P6X58D-E and they're great and will SLI the 570's very well.

Side-by-Side -> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|13-131-614^13-131-614-TS,13-188-065^13-188-065-TS,13-131-641^13-131-641-TS
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January 30, 2011 9:05:48 PM

jaquith said:
Bang for the $ either the $265 ASUS P6X58D Premium or $235 EVGA X58 FTW3 | 132-GT-E768-KR ; they all are 2-WAY x16/x16 or 3-WAY X16/x8/x8 - the PCIe_2 x16 second is shared with the PCIe_3. I own 10 $220 ASUS P6X58D-E and they're great and will SLI the 570's very well.

Side-by-Side -> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|13-131-614^13-131-614-TS,13-188-065^13-188-065-TS,13-131-641^13-131-641-TS


Is the mobo fairly easy to OC cpus?
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a c 235 V Motherboard
January 30, 2011 9:59:29 PM

Yes, it will overclock nicely. Also, the ASUS SABERTOOTH X58 is a great board at it's price range. It is hard to beat for a two card setup... IMO
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January 30, 2011 10:22:31 PM

tecmo34 said:
Yes, it will overclock nicely. Also, the ASUS SABERTOOTH X58 is a great board at it's price range. It is hard to beat for a two card setup... IMO


I was actually wondering, if that asus sabertooth x58 has the cpu level-up feature as some other asus boards do, as I am very inexperienced with OCing, and the thought of clicking one button just to OC sounds more appealing
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January 30, 2011 10:23:33 PM

tecmo34 said:
Yes, it will overclock nicely. Also, the ASUS SABERTOOTH X58 is a great board at it's price range. It is hard to beat for a two card setup... IMO


I was actually wondering, if that asus sabertooth x58 has the cpu level-up feature as some other asus boards do, as I am very inexperienced with OCing, and the thought of clicking one button just to OC sounds more appealing
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January 30, 2011 10:56:55 PM

allkindsoftime said:
I was actually wondering, if that asus sabertooth x58 has the cpu level-up feature as some other asus boards do, as I am very inexperienced with OCing, and the thought of clicking one button just to OC sounds more appealing

You 'really' don't want to use Utilities to OC, and are much better off to place a post in the OC section http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/forum-29-347.html it's not that complex to OC 20-30% - the main thing is to have a good CPU Fan.

tecmo34 really promotes the Sabertooth which is fine as long as you NEVER add a third GPU. {thinking ahead} If you're starting day 1 with 2 570's in SLI I wouldn't be surprised is a few months down the line you'll want a 3rd especially when the GTX 570's become cheap. I too assume that there is some 'need' for a 570 SLI - e.g. Multiple Monitors or 2560X1600 Monitor, Crysis @ 16xAA, or it just seems like a good idea?! Keep in mind you might want a 120 Hz monitor.
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January 30, 2011 11:15:08 PM

jaquith said:
You 'really' don't want to use Utilities to OC, and are much better off to place a post in the OC section http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/forum-29-347.html it's not that complex to OC 20-30% - the main thing is to have a good CPU Fan.

tecmo34 really promotes the Sabertooth which is fine as long as you NEVER add a third GPU. {thinking ahead} If you're starting day 1 with 2 570's in SLI I wouldn't be surprised is a few months down the line you'll want a 3rd especially when the GTX 570's become cheap. I too assume that there is some 'need' for a 570 SLI - e.g. Multiple Monitors or 2560X1600 Monitor, Crysis @ 16xAA, or it just seems like a good idea?! Keep in mind you might want a 120 Hz monitor.


ah I see that clears up a lot. Just one last thing, Jacquith it seems like you build a lot of computers, what cooler do you recommend for ocing a i7950 to say 3.6-3.85? Do cheaper 30$ coolers like the coolermaster hyper 121 suffice, or would you opt for something better along the 60-70$ quality type

EDIT: About memory, have you ever tried using memory that wasnt on the QVL of the mobo? I noticed that even some TWH articles have builds in which they are using the ud3r mobo, but are using mushkin ram sticks that arent on the QVL, is it okay to go against the qvl?
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a b V Motherboard
January 30, 2011 11:27:46 PM

Hey go with an Asus saberthooth it's 200 buck and can do sli and crossfire and comes with a 5 year warranty.
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a c 716 V Motherboard
January 30, 2011 11:31:08 PM

The CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Plus is okay for 4GHz, and after that you'll need to spend double to get better results.

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February 1, 2011 11:23:44 AM

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