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Best motherboard for socket 1366

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December 1, 2011 9:45:29 PM

Hi everyone.

Last year on boxing day I had decided to make brand new computer and thanks to help and suggestions from everyone at Tom's everything went smoothly and I'm on it and its great.

During the boxing day special the store I was purchasing the parts from had the Intel i950 Retail box Part BX80601950 which can be seen here at

The price was too good as they slashed it to $269.99 when it was going for at the time about $330 to $350.

Because the price was so good I decided to pick up 2 of them and place 1 in storage to build another computer at a later date.

My plans at the time were to build my first pc. If everything worked out and went smoothly with the motherboard and parts I selected that I would use the 2nd CPU I picked up and build another computer.

Here is what I built:

CASE - Cooler Master HAF X Full Tower Gaming Case
HEATSINK - Cooler Master Hyper 212 Pluse 4 Heat Pipes
CPU - Intel i950 QUAD CORE
HDD - 2x Wester Digital Caviar Black 1000 GB (1 TB) - Currently in RAID 0 setup
Graphics Card - EVGA GeForce GTX 460 768 MB (768-P3-1360-TR)
PSU - Corsair HX Series CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX EPS12V Power Supply
MOBO - Asus P6X58D-E Socket 1366
RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series DDR3 1600MHz PC3-12800 6GB (3x2GB) Tripple Channel Kit (F3-12800CL8T-6GBRM)
OS - Windows 7 Professional 64-bit OEM

The computer was intended to be used mainly for gaming and family use.

Now to the main part of the story. Work and combination of family put me behind making the second computer but now that I have the time I want to build the 2nd computer using the spare i950 I picked up.

I would like to ask the knowledgable people here at Tom's what motherboard would be a good choice if I am to make a gaming pc. Should I get the same mobo I have now for the 2nd computer or is there something better?

Things that might help

Raid setup - Yes (I may consider a RAID 0 setup but with HDD prices going up I may just get 1 single HDD only)
Overclock - Yes (Not needed but would be nice if I decide to)
SLI/Crossfire - Yes (Not needed but would be nice to have )

Any help as always in advance is most appreciated.
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December 2, 2011 6:03:26 AM

chrisbek said:
Thanks for the response. Why would you choose this board?

Anyone else have any other suggestions?

Extremely good overclocker, but the price range is well under the ROG boards.

5 Year Warranty as well, just a solid product @ an even better price point.

I would not say its "The Best", but you would need to spend a significant more for that ranking, that could be used to buy/upgrade different areas.
December 5, 2011 8:53:18 PM

Looking for a few other opinions out there as well if anyone else can help
a c 1097 V Motherboard
December 5, 2011 9:17:48 PM

chrisbek said:
Thanks for the response. Why would you choose this board?

Anyone else have any other suggestions?

A good board for the price! It supports all the features you list.