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January 31, 2011 12:26:06 PM

I need a mobo to use for gaming, I am building my own gaming rig. My budget overall is 1500euros, but i was planning on spending about 200euros for the motherboard.
What it must have:

i7 support (not sure weather 1336 or 1155 yet)
ddr3 ram support (4 slots is enough)
HD audio (at least 5.1 surround system)
PCI Express 2.0 (for now Im having 1 gfx card, may buy another one in future)
at least two Serial ATA 6.0 Gb/s
no psu my gaming equipment is all in usb, so i want at least 4 usb 2.0 ports, the more the merrier.

I really like the looks on the Intel Extreme Series but I'm not sure which one I'll get
Also liked the Sapphire X58 Pure Black but it is a little bit over my budget.
Any recommendation are wanted and accepted since I'm not a pro when it comes to motherboards.

Thanks!!

Also I forgot to mention I will not overclock (at least not in the near future) or will use a 23" or 22 or 24" full hd led monitor (but i plan on buying another one in the future)
As a cpu cooler i was thinking about the Corsair HD50 or HD70, will that be enough?

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January 31, 2011 12:36:36 PM

IMHO, 1155 would be the better choice over 1366. The ASRock P67 Extreme4 motherboard is a good choice as is the ASUS P8P67 Pro. I believe any P67 LGA1155 board will meet your specs. If overclocking, you will need a K series processor.

CPU Cooler => CM Hyper 212+ (if overclocking)
Memory => G.SKILL Ripjaws DDR3 1333
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January 31, 2011 12:44:20 PM

The budget suggests 2 SLI GPUs; the X58 current advantage is its x16/x16 over the 1155 {P67} x8/x8, BUT if you are only using a single HD monitor then the 'saturation' effect won't effect performance. Plus the GPUs will need to be GTX 5XX series to be effected at all.

Here's a good Building Chart {Draft}:
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January 31, 2011 12:46:40 PM

Thanks for the boards looking at them now!
Also thank cause i forgot to mention I will not overclock (at least not in the near future)
As a cpu cooler i was thinking about the Corsair HD50 or HD70, will that be enough?
January 31, 2011 12:47:26 PM

great chart thank you
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January 31, 2011 12:56:33 PM

If not overclocking, the stock CPU cooler will be fine. No need to spend money there.
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January 31, 2011 1:25:02 PM

majju2 said:
...will use a 23" or 22 or 24" full hd led monitor (but i plan on buying another one in the future)
As a cpu cooler i was thinking about the Corsair HD50 or HD70, will that be enough?

If you plan to use Multiple monitors, as I do, then the P67 build is not your best option. Remember, the P67 is the 'Consumer' level replacement of the prior P55. Resolutions 5760 (5900+ w/bezeling) X 1600 resolutions will be impeded with x8/x8 - guaranteed. In Gaming you want either 1 monitor or 3 monitors and not 2. In addition you'll probably want to look at 120 Hz 'gaming' monitors vs 60 Hz 'standard' monitors; if you have 2 monitors the bezel is right in the line of sight - bad idea.

So, you are left with two choices: 1. Wait until the 'X68' LGA 2011 SB 6 & 8 core (September - October appx), 2. Build X58 now. For Gaming neither the Sandy Bridge e.g. 2600K nor i7 9XX will be a bottleneck - the bottleneck is the inferior 1155 {P67} architecture limitations. Even the added NF200 bridge won't solve the problem in a 2-WAY SLI/CF.
January 31, 2011 3:21:35 PM

jaquith said:
If you plan to use Multiple monitors, as I do, then the P67 build is not your best option. Remember, the P67 is the 'Consumer' level replacement of the prior P55. Resolutions 5760 (5900+ w/bezeling) X 1600 resolutions will be impeded with x8/x8 - guaranteed. In Gaming you want either 1 monitor or 3 monitors and not 2. In addition you'll probably want to look at 120 Hz 'gaming' monitors vs 60 Hz 'standard' monitors; if you have 2 monitors the bezel is right in the line of sight - bad idea.

So, you are left with two choices: 1. Wait until the 'X68' LGA 2011 SB 6 & 8 core (September - October appx), 2. Build X58 now. For Gaming neither the Sandy Bridge e.g. 2600K nor i7 9XX will be a bottleneck - the bottleneck is the inferior 1155 {P67} architecture limitations. Even the added NF200 bridge won't solve the problem in a 2-WAY SLI/CF.


Dont think I will be getting a third monitor, I will be using the secondary monitor when dealing with multiple windows (example when working, msn, programming and other stuff if you know what I mean)
About the monitor being 120Hz, I would prefer it 120Hz but since its 3D capable they are still pretty expensive which will go over my budget. I was opting for an LED full HD 23", unless you know of a not so priced one..
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January 31, 2011 3:43:52 PM

Nope, the 120Hz aren't cheap and it's not all about 3D. You mentioned 2-WAY which in many Games is going to yield >60 FPS, so having say 100+ FPS GPU is going to be cut down to 60 FPS {60 Hz}. It's not that you can 'see' >30 FPS, but you eye can see the motion blur between frames; same idea of having a 120Hz TV. Two monitors serves no purpose in Games, but 60Hz is indeed fine for Work. I use 2 myself on my business PC, and some of my employees prefer 3 for Work.

I just stated the info for you to 'think' about, and so you can prioritize item in your purchasing.
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January 31, 2011 5:16:42 PM

The problem will be 'fixed' by March/April...this affects ALL SB MOBOs.

If going the X58 route the ASUS P6X58D-E is very solid, I own 10 with 0 issues after 7 months. For Gaming I prefer the EVGA, and per the list the EVGA X58 | FTW3 132-GT-E768-KR and the warranty can be extended up to 5 or 10 years http://www.evga.com/support/warranty/

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
February 9, 2011 7:17:55 PM

I was going to buy the Asus Sabertooth TUF X58
what do you think?
February 9, 2011 7:31:13 PM

Asus Sabertooth TUF X58 @ €209 Or ASUS P6T SE @ €205
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