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January 16, 2012 4:43:11 PM

N.B:
Because I have almost zero knowledge in Motherboards and their impact on the system, I need concret arguments for any suggestion. All I know for sure are my needs and requirement:
Required:
-SSD ready
-must let me OC both my GPU and CPU
-must support DDR3 1600Mhz in 8Gb slot up to at least 16Gb (2x8)
- Enough space to crossire 3 to 4 7970 card (should'nt go over 2, unless benchmarkers can prove the worth of a 3-4way crossfired 7970 in the future)


Not required:
- 3d ready (won't use at all, ever)
- Multi screen ready (won't use at all neither, ever)
- Surround or any high end sound feature
- Raid ready


CPU: i7 2700K
GPU: AMD Radeon™ HD 7970
Memory: 16 GB DDR3 1600 MHz (2x8GB)
HD: 150Gb SDD
PSU: some good branded 1000 or 1200W
OS: Win7 64bit
Mobo: ? ? ? ?

What do you guys suggest me ?

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a c 715 V Motherboard
January 16, 2012 5:07:46 PM

If you don't need any 3d support (won't use at all, ever) then why the HD 7970??!! The built-in Intel i7-2600K (Intel HD Graphics 3000) and all Sandy Bridge CPU, offer iGPU support on the Intel Z68 chipset platform which is perfectly fine for any 2D media including DVD/BR (BluRay).

So IMO get a larger SSD, 650W PSU, i7-2600K, OC'ing HSF Thermaltake Frio, 2x4GB DDR3-1600 @ 1.50v, and something like an ASUS P8Z68-V or ASUS P8Z68-V PRO.

The i7-2700K is a total waste unless it's the SAME price as the i7-2600K.
a c 715 V Motherboard
January 16, 2012 5:11:31 PM

Q -What's the purpose of this build? i.e. what are you using it for???
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January 16, 2012 10:21:42 PM

jaquith said:
If you don't need any 3d support (won't use at all, ever) then why the HD 7970??!! The built-in Intel i7-2600K (Intel HD Graphics 3000) and all Sandy Bridge CPU, offer iGPU support on the Intel Z68 chipset platform which is perfectly fine for any 2D media including DVD/BR (BluRay).

So IMO get a larger SSD, 650W PSU, i7-2600K, OC'ing HSF Thermaltake Frio, 2x4GB DDR3-1600 @ 1.50v, and something like an ASUS P8Z68-V or ASUS P8Z68-V PRO.

The i7-2700K is a total waste unless it's the SAME price as the i7-2600K.



How can I get 60fps+ in metro 2033, bf3 etc..on Max setting with an onboard card ?
I don't think an onboard card could do that... Also, the reason why I take the 7970 is to maxx out the FPS as possible and still be in when more demanding comes up by adding another 7090 in crossfire

btw, when I say no 3D, I actually means 3dimension (glasses and all that) ... I think you knew but just to make sure there's no confusion

jaquith said:
Q -What's the purpose of this build? i.e. what are you using it for???


pure Gaming

Oh and I just added a requirement on original post:
Required
- Enough space to crossire 3 to 4 7970 card (should'nt go over 2, unless benchmarkers can prove the worth of a 3-4way crossfired 7970 in the future)
a c 715 V Motherboard
January 16, 2012 11:39:35 PM

Then this -> " 3d ready (won't use at all, ever)" is an untrue statement; gaming is all about 3D Rendering ;) 

The only LGA 1155 that comes to mind with proper 4-WAY spacing is the ASUS P8P67 WS REVOLUTION - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

However, IMO if 4-WAY CF HD 7970 is a thought then I sure won't build it off LGA 1155. I would only consider LGA 2011 and a SB-E. Further, I'd think ahead on a PSU vs tossing one out later.

Q - What's the budget?
January 17, 2012 12:19:55 AM

jaquith said:
Then this -> " 3d ready (won't use at all, ever)" is an untrue statement; gaming is all about 3D Rendering ;) 

The only LGA 1155 that comes to mind with proper 4-WAY spacing is the ASUS P8P67 WS REVOLUTION - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

However, IMO if 4-WAY CF HD 7970 is a thought then I sure won't build it off LGA 1155. I would only consider LGA 2011 and a SB-E. Further, I'd think ahead on a PSU vs tossing one out later.

Q - What's the budget?


Are you kidding me ? Here's the kind of 3d I'm talking about: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qbb4ykvUI2w..

you're right about the 4-way 7970.. If I even happen to go 4-way, I'll want to change my mobo for lga2011 anyway... Thanks, I'll modify that for a mobo that can support at least 2 Crossfired 7970. Would 3 be overkill on lga1155 ?
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