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[Motherboards] Need advice on choosing motherboard

Hi. I have a Xeon W3520, a HD 6850 graphic card and 4GB PC3-10700 RAM. I'd like to find a budget Motherboard and a suitable Power Supply for gaming. Thank you in advance :p
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  1. The following Tier1 motherboards support a Xeon W3520 with Stepping D0 in their BIOS:

    ASUS
    P6T WS Professional
    P6T6 WS Revolution
    P6T7 WS SuperComputer

    GIGABYTE
    G1.Assassin (rev. 1.0)
    G1.Sniper (rev. 1.0)
    G1.Guerrilla (rev. 1.0)
    GA-X58A-OC (rev. 1.0)
    GA-X58A-UD9 (rev. 1.0)
    GA-X58-USB3 (rev. 1.0)
    GA-X58A-UD7 (rev. 2.0)
    GA-X58A-UD7 (rev. 1.0)
    GA-X58A-UD5 (rev. 2.0)
    GA-X58A-UD5 (rev. 1.0)
    GA-X58A-UD3R (rev. 2.0)
    GA-X58A-UD3R (rev. 1.0)
    GA-EX58-EXTREME (rev. 1.0)
    GA-EX58-UD5 (rev. 1.0)
    GA-EX58-UD4P (rev. 1.0)
    GA-EX58-UD4 (rev. 1.0)
    GA-EX58-DS4 (rev. 1.0)
    GA-EX58-UD3R (rev. 1.0)
    GA-EX58-UD3R-SLI (rev. 1.0)
    GA-EX58-UD3R (rev. 1.6)
    GA-EX58-UD3R (rev. 1.7)

    MSI
    X58A-GD45
    X58A-GD65
    Big Bang-XPower
    X58 Pro-E USB3
    X58 Pro-E
    X58M
    Eclipse Plus
    X58 Platinum SLI
    X58 Platinum
    Eclipse SLI

    I have no idea what country you reside in so some of these may not be available where you live.

    You need a reputable name brand power supply unit that is 450 Watts or greater with a combined +12 Volt current rating of 24 Amps or greater. Select from brands like Antec, Corsair, Enermax, Seasonic and XFX.

    What is your budget for these two items? It will help narrow down the possible choices.
  2. Excellent response ko888!
  3. Thank you, ko888 for the response. I wanted to take advantage of the price drop on Xeon w3520. However, the motherboards turn out to be really expensive for that model.

    I guess it makes more sense to buy an i3-2100 (or X4 955 BE) with a cheap motherboard and PS like these:
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157241&cm_re=lga_1155_motherboard-_-13-157-241-_-Product
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371033

    My budget is... "as cheap as possible but still maintains stability and efficiency". I only play games though and I don't overclock either. My ideal resolution is 1600x900 with max out detail and maybe a little AA/AF.

    What is your recommendation? Thanks. I'm from Canada btw :)
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    FreedayFF said:
    Thank you, ko888 for the response. I wanted to take advantage of the price drop on Xeon w3520. However, the motherboards turn out to be really expensive for that model.

    I guess it makes more sense to buy an i3-2100 (or X4 955 BE) with a cheap motherboard and PS like these:
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157241&cm_re=lga_1155_motherboard-_-13-157-241-_-Product
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371033

    My budget is... "as cheap as possible but still maintains stability and efficiency". I only play games though and I don't overclock either. My ideal resolution is 1600x900 with max out detail and maybe a little AA/AF.

    What is your recommendation? Thanks. I'm from Canada btw :)

    I'm also in Canada.

    What about a bundle deal like this (it's only available until Wednesday, June 1, 2011)?

    NCIX Bundle Deal Intel Core i3 2100 Dual Core Processor & MSI H61M-P21 DDR3 Motherboard for $159.99 CAD

    http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=60593&vpn=2100%20%26%20H61M-P21&manufacture=Bundle%20Deals&promoid=1322
  5. Nice deal. How about a Power Supply?
  6. Best answer selected by FreedayFF.
  7. FreedayFF said:
    Nice deal. How about a Power Supply?

    Antec Earthwatts Green 500W Power Supply ATX12V V2.0 Active PFC 80PLUS Bronze 80MM Fan for $64.99 CAD ( After Mail In Rebate: $44.99 CAD )
    This power supply requires a separate computer power cord ( Don't forget! Add a power cord for this OEM power supply for just $1.79 CAD. )

    http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=47698&vpn=EA500D-Green&manufacture=Antec&promoid=1322

    All of these deals are in The NCIX Dad’s n’ Grad’s SUPER SALE – Great gifts for both until June 1st!
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