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What motherboard for I7-930 arch. rendering workstation build?

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July 6, 2010 8:15:27 PM

Any thoughts as to what is a good motherboard to pair with the i7-930 for a cad workstation build? No need for multiple graphics cards/sli etc. Would like to overclock to stable 3.6-3.8 if possible. PC will be used for architectural rendering and cad work. thanks
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July 6, 2010 8:23:03 PM

GA x58 UD3R
Asus P6x58D-E

are the standard recommendations for x58 boards.
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July 6, 2010 8:34:02 PM

What about the ASUS P6X58D Premium ?

Its on sale today at newegg. Is the extra money worth it? Will I see any advantages over the standard board even though I will NOT be playing games on this PC?


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July 6, 2010 8:59:21 PM

It's got better heatsinks whether that is neccesary is another question though.

I think it also has more phase power and power/reset switches.

As you can see the differences are minimal.

If you do opt for a higher end mobo I prefer the ud5 it's cheaper and has a debug screen and lots of LEDs
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July 6, 2010 9:01:49 PM

Premium may be easier/made to overclock.
Also the Asus ROG Rampage II Gene if you want a smaller mobo for smaller pc case. I have this mobo with the i7-930 in my old HP MediaCenter case.
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