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November 6, 2010 2:08:55 AM

Hi Hardware Heads,

I'd like to ask for some suggestions for a new mobo (prefer ASUS) + memory.

I have a few components already for a new system.
Intel Core i7 980X cpu, 2 x Sapphire Radeon 6870 gpus, Creative Xi-Fi Titanium Fatality
Champion sound card, Noctura NH-D14 cpu cooler, Coolermaster Silent Pro Gold M1000W psu.

I'd like to have a dual boot Microsoft Windows Server 2008/Windows 7 64-bit Ultimate for the OS's.
Basic duties of this PC will include rendering tasks for a home office engineering/industrial
drawing/CAD type app and occasionally as a backup for our old Xeon intranet server as well as
running MS Excel 2010 continuously... logging real-time data and then Starcraft and Fallout games.

I really like the ASUS Sabertooth X58 but I'm concerned about Ethernet throughput ~710Mbps iirc.
We have to encrypt our 60-120GB disk image backups daily to a vaulted network storage unit.
Very efficient power use and a guarateed service life of 4-5 years are desirable...

If you guys could suggest alternate mobo's and memory (that fits with the cpu cooler) I'd love
to read your suggestions. Budget is mobo+memory(min 4GB) <= USD$800.

Many thanks, Nick.

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a b B Homebuilt system
November 6, 2010 2:57:26 AM

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Hi Hardware Heads,
that is epic!

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I have a few components already for a new system.
Intel Core i7 980X cpu, 2 x Sapphire Radeon 6870 gpus, Creative Xi-Fi Titanium Fatality
Champion sound card, Noctura NH-D14 cpu cooler, Coolermaster Silent Pro Gold M1000W psu.
Do you need the sound card? most onboard soundcards are as good as, if not better, then after market. Also, can you guys wait for 69xx to come out?



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If you guys could suggest alternate mobo's and memory (that fits with the cpu cooler) I'd love
to read your suggestions. Budget is mobo+memory(min 4GB) <= USD$800.

RAM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... get two.... if you are going to rendering and stuff, the extra RAM is nice..... (I changed it from my Normal, G.skill, to reflect larger budget, here is the normal, if you want to look at this too, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ) MOBO, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ASUS X58

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Many thanks, Nick.
you're welcome ^^
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November 6, 2010 3:59:36 AM

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Do you need the sound card? most onboard soundcards are as good as, if not better, then after market. Also, can you guys wait for 69xx to come out?

Actually any reasonable sound card would be okay but I do need a discrete audio option in case of a driver issue/OS update conflict
I would need to quickly change the hardware and try another card.
All the hardware I listed is actually already in our inventory so it's the cheapest option to use it up as much as possible.
I kinda need to get this built ASAP... 69xx's look great but it isn't to be.. *sniff*

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RAM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231352 get two.... if you are going to rendering and stuff, the extra RAM is nice..... (I changed it from my Normal, G.skill, to reflect larger budget, here is the normal, if you want to look at this too, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231335 ) MOBO, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813131403 ASUS X58

Both really good suggestions. That ASUS P6TD Deluxe seems to suit a PCIe2.0 3-slot config (at x16/x16/x1) better than the Sabertooth X58.
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November 6, 2010 4:25:16 AM

Actually, I don't have the review on me, but another forumer found a review that says X4 is barely a bottleneck, X1 is though...

Good luck =D
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November 12, 2010 11:36:28 PM

Best answer selected by nmeeth.
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