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September 6, 2010 6:23:36 AM

I love hardcore gaming,

For my new build I have decided on a

I7 930 and a GTX 460. I am still working on what motherboard is best.

My considerations are the amount of RAM I can put in and how many Graphics cards I can fit in (These are the most important features for gaming right?)

September 6, 2010 6:31:41 AM

ggsxt said:
I love hardcore gaming,

For my new build I have decided on a

I7 930 and a GTX 460. I am still working on what motherboard is best.

My considerations are the amount of RAM I can put in and how many Graphics cards I can fit in (These are the most important features for gaming right?)


Well, solely the graphics rely on the graphical component you install then it's the cpu and finally the speed of the ram to conrtibute overall data collection.
The Rampage series are exceptional, MSI Eclipse or EVGA Classified are in the same category but it's only a matter of personal preference. They will all fit a minimum of 3 video cards.
Everything is based on your budget. You want a high performing motherboard, you will have to dish out around 400 bucks or more.
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September 6, 2010 6:51:25 AM

Are there any sales or deals for motherboards going on this weekend?
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September 6, 2010 7:22:33 AM

^ Well you can get a very good X58 mobo for ~$200-$300, but you should know that you can go only 2-way SLI with the GTX 460s as they have only single SLI connector onboard...
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September 6, 2010 8:01:56 AM

gkay09 said:
^ Well you can get a very good X58 mobo for ~$200-$300, but you should know that you can go only 2-way SLI with the GTX 460s as they have only single SLI connector onboard...



Ya I heard about that.

It seems like such a good buy according to the reviews though. Is there another Nvidia GPU that is similar in price/features that does more than single SLI?

Also, is there a motherboard that supports I7 that can have just 2 460's? I might just want to save some money on the motherboard.
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September 6, 2010 8:05:44 AM

/me scratches head

You state loving HC gaming and i slot in a GTX 460 in my $5xx-6xx gaming configs so if i were u i'd hit a HD 5870 in there at the very least @@ The most important features of a gaming rig is to get as good frames your $$ can squeeze in
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September 6, 2010 8:14:14 AM

batuchka said:
/me scratches head

You state loving HC gaming and i slot in a GTX 460 in my $5xx-6xx gaming configs so if i were u i'd hit a HD 5870 in there at the very least @@ The most important features of a gaming rig is to get as good frames your $$ can squeeze in




zzzzzzz ^ ATI fanboi.
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September 6, 2010 8:22:19 AM

You call that an ATI fanboy? batuchka is correct. Since you're a hardcore gamer, why is suggesting HD5870 wrong if you've got the money to blow?
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September 6, 2010 8:42:37 AM

^^ I doubt he is...

The high-end Nvidia cards are not a good value proposition, so the obvious choice would be the HD 5870 or the 5850s as they offer nearly as good performance, and better value...
But the Nvidia GTX 470s are good options if you want to go high-end...
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September 6, 2010 9:00:21 AM

gkay09 said:
^^ I doubt he is...

The high-end Nvidia cards are not a good value proposition, so the obvious choice would be the HD 5870 or the 5850s as they offer nearly as good performance, and better value...
But the Nvidia GTX 470s are good options if you want to go high-end...



I heard Nvidia is better for gaming in the reviews I have read and benchmarks on youtube ect.
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September 7, 2010 3:37:40 AM

^ I would rather spend that money on 2x GTX 460s for now and enjoy the performance and when I feel the the need for more graphics power, upgrade to newer cards then...and the newer cards seem to be very promising...
http://www.geek.com/articles/games/leaked-radeon-hd-687...
And also in the Nvidia camp, they would launch the faster chips based on the GF104 then which will certainly offer as good or better performance consuming less power and will give out less heat...
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