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Which is the best Motherboard for SLI, i7 2600k and Video Editing ?

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October 3, 2011 5:37:30 AM

Hi everyone,

I'm building a new system for Heavy Video Editing and came up with a possible build i'll be getting pretty soon,
however i still have doubts concerning which is the best and correct motherboard.

I primarily need a motherboard that is:

- Compatible with the system im building (specs below)
- Allows SLI
- Has Firewire
- HDMI
- (or anything else such a board might require for better video rendering performance... right voltage, dual or tri-channel, OC...etc ?)

Secondly (not necessarily, but if possible):

- USB 3.0
- Sata 6 GBs
- Future Proof


System Specs i'll be probably getting:

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
EVGA 015-P3-1580-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
CORSAIR Professional Series HX1050 1050W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model
Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU
Corsair Special Edition White Graphite Series 600T Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case


Also, If anyone would like to come up with better suggestions on the build id also appreciate.

Thank you very much in advance.

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October 3, 2011 6:30:18 AM

Find a motherboard with a Z68, the socket to fit and as much room as you can get between the video cards.

Your list will already eliminate some boards and bring others into consideration.

Double check your Board choice for memory voltage example... 1.5v or 1.65 v or whatever.

Double check your board to ensure your Dimms are all together. Some boards make life miserable by splitting dimms on both sides or around your CPU forcing you to set a CPU cooler against itself.

Double check your board for a proper 8 pin plug near the CPU.

Double check... you follow your list on down part by part.

If your choice board passes then that is the board for you.

Two things.

Get a fat spinner hard drive to store stuff. 3 tera 7200 RPM comes to mind. Your SSD's or any SSD is not considered reliable IMHO. They are getting more reliable.. but I use my strictly for gaming.

Also you state video editing.

Double check to verify that you can use your GPU's in LUCID or some other program related to Nvidia for encoding video. My cards can actually capture it's own video no Fraps needed. (I have not tried it yet... a few moments of BF3 beta uncompressed will fill gigs and gigs of disk space.)

Keep going.
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