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Seeking guidance with mobo selection

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July 27, 2010 5:20:31 AM

hey, i could use some help finding a good mobo and compatible memory for an i7-960 and radeon hd 5970. 4 gigs of memory would be sufficient, as this is for gaming mostly. Thanks in advance.

*oh and overclocking would be nice but i have never attempted it... so really not necessary.
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July 27, 2010 6:35:32 AM

Why go for the i7 960? Save yourself $250 and get the i7 930 instead.

You'll need 6 GB of RAM (or 3 GB) for optimal performance with Core i7 900s.

A good motherboard is the ASUS P6X58D-E.
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July 27, 2010 2:25:39 PM

A better one is the Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R. It's slightly cheaper, but still packed with featrues.

Definitely agree on saving the cash and getting the 930. No reason to pay such a high price for a factory overclock.

And 6 GB is a must. 3 GB is a little too small and you need triple channel RAM.

If you're in the US, here's a couple of good configurations:

CPU/Mobo: i7-930 and Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R $484
RAM: Corsair XMS3 3x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $155 after rebate OR G.Skill Trident 3x2 GB 2000 mhz CAS Latency 9 $185

Check to see if you're within driving distance of a Microcenter. You can get the i7-930 for $200 there, which will save a bundle.
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July 27, 2010 3:41:36 PM

Thanks for all the responses, i had no idea that the 960 was just an overclock. nor that i needed ram in 3's. I can't thank you guys enough.
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