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What do you think of this cpu mobo combo

Personal thoughts on both products and do they make a good fit together?


Motherboard link-EVGA X58 FTW3

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188065&cm_re=evga_1366-_-13-188-065-_-Product

cpu link-i7-960

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115224&cm_re=i7_960-_-19-115-224-_-Product


I do not want another p67 or 2500k setup so please stick to the question I am asking.

I have never owned an evga mobo but there video cards IMO are the best and i love there Rma and customer support. I know nothing about these i7's all i know is that for 300$ it looks like myt best choice.
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  1. can i use an xeon cpu in this
  2. Quote:
    which Xeon cpu?



    i know nothing about xeons you tell me what is a good ones and if it will work.
  3. I cant seem to find a list of the cpus that are supported by that mobo
  4. Best answer
    X58 Series Motherboard (LGA 1366)
    Gulftown
    Core i7 990X - 3.46 GHz **
    Core i7 980X - 3.33 GHz **
    Bloomfield
    Core i7 975 - 3.33 GHz
    Core i7 965 - 3.20 GHz
    Core i7 960 - 3.20 GHz
    Core i7 950 - 3.06 GHz
    Core i7 940 - 2.93 GHz
    Core i7 930 - 2.80 GHz
    Core i7 920 - 2.66 GHz
    Xeon W3580 - 3.33 GHz
    Xeon W3570 - 3.20 GHz
    Xeon W3540 - 2.93 GHz
    Xeon W3530 - 2.80 GHz
    Xeon W3520 - 2.66 GHz
    Gainestown
    Xeon W5590 - 3.33 GHz
    Xeon W5580 - 3.20 GHz
    Xeon L5530 - 2.40 GHz
    Xeon E5507 - 2.27 GHz
    Xeon E5503 - 2.00 GHz
    Nehalem
    Xeon X5550 - 2.66 GHz
    Xeon L5520 - 2.26 GHz
    Xeon L5506 - 2.13 GHz
    Xeon E5540 - 2.53 GHz
    Xeon E5530 - 2.40 GHz
    Xeon E5520 - 2.26 GHz
    Xeon E5506 - 2.13 GHz
    Xeon E5504 - 2.00 GHz
    Westmere
    Xeon X5680 - 3.33 GHz
    Xeon X5677 - 3.46 GHz
    Xeon X5670 - 2.93 GHz
    Xeon X5667 - 3.06 GHz
    Xeon X5660 - 2.80 GHz
    Xeon X5650 - 2.66 GHz
    Xeon L5640 - 2.27 GHz
    Xeon L5630 - 2.13 GHz
    Xeon E5649 - 2.53 GHz
    Xeon E5645 - 2.40 GHz
    Xeon E5640 - 2.67 GHz
    Xeon E5630 - 2.53 GHz
    Xeon E5620 - 2.40 GHz
    Xeon E5607 - 2.27 GHz
    Xeon E5606 - 2.13 GHz
    Xeon E5603 - 1.60 GHz
    ** Latest BIOS update is necessary to run
    From evga site
  5. In this case is a xeon better for gaming or a 950/960? i dont know much about any of this stuff and i need to be able to compress files faster since i get paid 5$ a hour 16 hours a day to do this lol ez money for not haveing to do much. but the faster i can do it the more i will make god i love the local college.
  6. Quote:
    Because of the P67 issue? Thats why he's downgrading? :lol:

    He won't reply to me because he already knows i think he's a moron



    Lol, you can think what you want yes, i dont want to deal with being jacked around by asus and newegg anymore this goes alot deeper then just the recall issue, i dont have to tell you my life story if you dont want to help me on the thread with what i asked then please dont post.

    Sick of you 1155 fanatics shoving this down my throat.
  7. I dont care what anyone says a cpu is only as good as what you use it for. for decoding and running photoshop and compression files which is what i do now that 2500k didnt do that well for gaming yes. I think the i7 or quad core server cpus are going to do better for what i need now gaming is not my main thing anymore.
  8. This is how i look at it first of the recall sucked but that didn't stop me from wanting a good replacement it was asus calling me telling me that there will not be replacements till April or so that was ok then they told me not to talk to new egg new egg called saying they could ship out my product from new egg around 1 week from now so i would have a replacement, then asus called and said they will not warranty my new mobo unless i get it thought there rma program, new egg told me this was wrong and now because of a issue like this they are not going to help me so i said screw this sent the board and cpu back to newegg for a credit refund and i need to buy new stuff i refuse to go 1155 because of this call this reason stupid or not i am going to buy slower 1366 technology at least this stuff is proven solid i am so sick of having to reinstall windows and take all of this stuff apart so much the silver-stone raven rv01 case is a nightmare to do this in I'm sick of it i want something that works and for me the 2500k was overkill i play games once in awhile and i have a gtx 580 and i could care less about wasting my time overclocking there is my reason i am not going to go over this with you again.
  9. Ok just to cut this short so that the arguing ends.
    My suggestion is that you get the 950 and over clock it to at least 4ghz.
    Get a really good cpu cooler Hper212+ should work.
    You should be able to do what you want to do fine.
    Go with some good 1600 memory at least 12 gigs for what you want to do.
    Any thing above 1600 really is just good for numbers.
    That cpu memory combo should let you do your job and game.
    You can always add another 580 down the line if you want and you should be set for quite a while.
    Of course there is always something new on the horizon like the 2011 chipsets but as you want to build now go with the 950.
    If you can justify it and want the added cores You could always look at the 980 if you want.
    So in the end your mother board choice 950 cpu and 12 gig mem should run well.
  10. galeener said:
    Ok just to cut this short so that the arguing ends.
    My suggestion is that you get the 950 and over clock it to at least 4ghz.
    Get a really good cpu cooler Hper212+ should work.
    You should be able to do what you want to do fine.
    Go with some good 1600 memory at least 12 gigs for what you want to do.
    Any thing above 1600 really is just good for numbers.
    That cpu memory combo should let you do your job and game.
    You can always add another 580 down the line if you want and you should be set for quite a while.
    Of course there is always something new on the horizon like the 2011 chipsets but as you want to build now go with the 950.
    If you can justify it and want the added cores You could always look at the 980 if you want.
    So in the end your mother board choice 950 cpu and 12 gig mem should run well.



    Thanks man really, here is the question i dont understand for some odd reason my dad insits i get that mobo adn the 960 so with that setup what ram would you get i dont get how triple channel works.
  11. Ok well if its only $20.00 more and it maks your dad happy its no big deal you can use the same board and memory and still hit 4ghz.
    Triple channel is just like dual channel except 1 more channel in there.
    To take advantage of it you would need at least 3 memory boards.
    It is faster than single channel because it utilizes the memory faster.
    If you went with 3 4gig mem modules it would be faster than if you went to 6 2gig memory modules and use a little less power. Also if you populate all 6 memory slots it some times will set your memory command rate to 2T instead of 1T.
    Unless your just benching you really will not notice much of a difference.
    But as X58 is set up for triple why not utilize it.
    For more indepth explanation of triple and dual channel mem just google as it would take a whole page to do a defined
    explanation and comparisome.
  12. so can i fill all 6x ram slots and it will still run triple channel or do i need odd numbers----so according to new egg to take advantage of trip channel i need to have only 3 sticks? in every other slot??
  13. yes if you run all 6 slots its triple channel. If you run 3 the mother board book will tell you which color mem slots to run 3 in for triple
  14. I think if i remember right you can also set up dual channel on the evga also and the mother board book will explain which slots to use for what you want.
  15. Yes those would work fine however they are rather tall and you would need to make sure your cpu cooler will clear them.
  16. I have a h50 or v10 i can use one or the other lol. No matter what people say i like the v10 lol. i just want this build to be solid.
  17. Evga is a really good company and if you have evga only questions the evga forums are really helpful also.
  18. The v10 would probably offer better cooling than the H50. Ialso think but you will have to look at the dimensions the v10 helps cool the memory also so may offer the clearance you need.
  19. evga QVL is so short for the x58 mobos i dont see any of this ram on there
  20. Well its speced at the 1.5v as intel states for x58 so I think it should be ok.These are listed most have the same specs as what you posted.
    Corsair CM3X1G1600C8D4 1GB
    Corsair TR3X3G1600C8D (3x1GB)
    Corsair TR3X6G1600C8D 2GB
    Elixir M2F1G64CB88A4N-DG 1GB
    Elixir M2F2G64CB8HA4N-DG 2GB
    G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-2GBNQ 1GB
    G.SKILL F3-12800CL7D-4GBPI 2GB
    G.SKILL F3-12800CL9S-4GBRL 4GB
    G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL 8GB
    G.SKILL F3-12800CL9T-12GBRL 12GB
    G.SKILL F3-12800CL9Q-16GBRL 16GB
    G.SKILL F3-12800CL9T2-24GBRL 24GB
    G.SKILL F3-12800CL7D-8GBTDD 8GB
    G.SKILL F3-12800CL7T-12GBTDD 12GB
    G.SKILL F3-12800CL7Q-16GBTDD 16GB
    G.SKILL F3-12800CL7T2-24GBTDD 24GB
    Kingston KHX1600C9D3K3/6GX 1GB
    Kingston KHX1600C8D3K3/6GX 2GB
    Kingston KHX12800D3LLK3/3GX 1GB
    Kingston KHX13000D3LLK2/2GX 1GB
    OCZ OCZ3X1600LV6GK 2GB
    OCZ OCZ3P1600LV6GK 2GB
    OCZ OCZ3G1600LV6GK 2GB
    OCZ OCZ3G1600LV6GK (3x2GB)
    Patriot PVT36G1600ELK (3x2GB)
    PQI MFADR401PA0102 2GB
    SUPER TALENT WB160UX6G8 2GB
    SUPER TALENT WB160UX6G9
  21. New build list
    what I do have will be underlined what I dont have will not

    Computer case- Silverstone raven RV01<---I have this

    Link- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163135&Tpk=raven%20rv01

    CPU Coolers-H50 and or Coolermaster V10<---I have this

    Links-
    1. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181010&cm_re=h50-_-35-181-010-_-Product

    2. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103056&cm_re=v10-_-35-103-056-_-Product

    CPU- Intel Core I7-960

    Link- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115224&cm_re=i7_960-_-19-115-224-_-Product

    MotherBoard- evga x58 ftw3

    Link- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188065&cm_re=evga_1366-_-13-188-065-_-Product

    Memory- Corsair

    Link- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233146&Tpk=CORSAIR%20Vengeance%2012GB%20%283%20x%204GB%29%20240-Pin%20DDR3%20SDRA

    Cd Drives-Asus dvd rom<---I have this


    Link- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204&cm_re=asus_dvd_burner-_-27-135-204-_-Product

    Power Supply-Kingwin 850 Lazar<---I have this


    Link- http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5222602&CatId=2534

    GPU- Nvidia Evga Gtx 580 Superclocked with backplate<---I have this


    Link- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130590&Tpk=evga%20gtx%20580%20superclocked

    Please let me know if you think this will all work perfectly together, also if you would try to figure out if this ram will fit under the Coolermaster v10 please let me know, **note the v10 will fit on the motherboard even though evga has a big heatsink i know this much**
  22. http://cmstudio.coolermaster.com/video_play.php?lang=en&cid=1&vid=34
    Small video showing the cooler instalation. It also has the height specs on the site too. Looks like 48.3mm from the cooler base to the part that goes above the memory.
  23. That thing is huge Only thing I can say is that if it doesn't fit over the ram or in the case you could always use your h50. I mean the h50 isnt bad per say its just not much better than air cooling but it does have a smaller footprint above the cpu.
  24. galeener said:
    That thing is huge Only thing I can say is that if it doesn't fit over the ram or in the case you could always use your h50. I mean the h50 isnt bad per say its just not much better than air cooling but it does have a smaller footprint above the cpu.



    yeah before i apply TIM ill set the v10 on there because i paid 120 $ for the bad arse i wana use it . Other then that doesnt look like there will be any bottleneck does there?
  25. Nope looks good to me.
    The other thing to remember using 1600 mem you will have to set it um manually in bios as the intel spec will probably default it to 1066.
    Several guides on how to set up memory around.
  26. Quote:
    click on my specs


    what specs?
  27. Quote:
    EX58 EVGA CLASSIFIED 760
    ^that's the mobo I'm using with my Xeon


    oh and i am going back with a 2500k after all lol, but im not building it.
  28. Quote:
    ^good decision


    i have alot of questions i need answered instead of me flooding toms with to many threads is it ok to pm you some questions?
  29. Best answer selected by cia24.
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