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What mobo would you recommend for Intel Core i7-3930K?

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February 19, 2012 10:32:17 AM

I have a few questions
I am thinking about upgrading, I already have the following components


16 GB Corsair Vengeance 1600 MHz -
gainward gtx 580 1.5gb
900W PSU
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus Cooler

Old components that will be replaced,
ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3
AMD Phenom II X4 Quad 955 Core 3.2GHz Processor 4 x


All i need now is to find a mobo for the CPU, What do you think i should get? Im not mad for overclocking and the 16 GB of RAM will be fine for what i do so what should i get?




A off topic question - what should i do with the old parts? can i sell them? here is what i have from previous updates.
GeForce GTX 260
Corsair 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 Memory
Corsair 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR3 Memory
when upgrade is done i will of course have these items
ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3
AMD Phenom II X4 Quad 955 Core 3.2GHz Processor 4 x

There must be something i can do with all this?
a c 716 V Motherboard
February 19, 2012 11:11:02 AM

For starters if you're keeping the CM 212+ then you'll need the LGA 2011 adapter -> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Pretty much any X79 ASUS has been proven to be the best choice to date, and after that it depends on 'How many GTX 580's' are in the playbook. On one side of the equation you have the Sabertooth X79 with it's 2-WAY SLI support + PhysX (GeForce GTX 260) and 5-year warranty and for +$110 you can get the ASUS's flagship the Rampage IV Extreme.

side-by-side -> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...

As far as the older stuff, IMO I'd keep it in and intact working PC -- the uses: HTPC, Media/Back-up Server, etc.
February 19, 2012 11:32:41 AM

jaquith said:
For starters if you're keeping the CM 212+ then you'll need the LGA 2011 adapter -> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Pretty much any X79 ASUS has been proven to be the best choice to date, and after that it depends on 'How many GTX 580's' are in the playbook. On one side of the equation you have the Sabertooth X79 with it's 2-WAY SLI support + PhysX (GeForce GTX 260) and 5-year warranty and for +$110 you can get the ASUS's flagship the Rampage IV Extreme.

side-by-side -> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...

As far as the older stuff, IMO I'd keep it in and intact working PC -- the uses: HTPC, Media/Back-up Server, etc.



So does this look ok?

gainward gtx 580 1.5gb
900W PSU
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus Cooler
ASUS Sabertooth X79 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel® Core™ i7-3930K Processor
(12M Cache, 3.20 GHz)
16 GB Corsair Vengeance 1600 MHz -
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a c 716 V Motherboard
February 19, 2012 12:10:30 PM

Yep looks good. You mentioned you already purchased the RAM; if you have or can exchange for CMZ16GX3M4X1600C9G they look good with the VRM gold heat sinks, or black would look good as well; looks are important. :) 

To add a little more cooling, I'd push/pull.

Important Tip - have a flash drive ready on USB 2.0 port with the unzipped 'Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology enterprise Driver'; required for RAID. I added my RAID after the fact and today it looks like I'm re-installing everything -> http://www.overclockers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=700... Yeah even once in while I get stumped, but it's typically a unresolvable problem with hardware/software.

I had otherwise good luck, I'm adding another kit of RAM (in the mail) and still playing with higher OC's -> http://valid.canardpc.com/show_oc.php?id=2255246
February 19, 2012 12:43:46 PM

jaquith said:
Yep looks good. You mentioned you already purchased the RAM; if you have or can exchange for CMZ16GX3M4X1600C9G they look good with the VRM gold heat sinks, or black would look good as well; looks are important. :) 

To add a little more cooling, I'd push/pull.

Important Tip - have a flash drive ready on USB 2.0 port with the unzipped 'Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology enterprise Driver'; required for RAID. I added my RAID after the fact and today it looks like I'm re-installing everything -> http://www.overclockers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=700... Yeah even once in while I get stumped, but it's typically a unresolvable problem with hardware/software.

I had otherwise good luck, I'm adding another kit of RAM (in the mail) and still playing with higher OC's -> http://valid.canardpc.com/show_oc.php?id=2255246



Im going to sell the GeForce GTX 260 on ebay along with sony vegas pro 8 and some other stuff so i might use that money to buy a good SSD

im running kingston ssd 129GB - write speed 200MB/s

it seems slow but i think a ssd with write speed of 500MB/s would speed it up, would it get 7.9 on the win index rating? if not what would?
a c 716 V Motherboard
February 19, 2012 1:54:14 PM

It's not about peak R/W speeds, it's ALL about 4KB Random R/W and R/W IOPS. Nice article -> http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/sata-6gbps-performa...

I have an older Kingston 120GB, Corsair GT 180GB and Crucial RealSSD C300 256GB except for some extreme use (database, copying, game loads, etc) you will NOT notice the difference unless you're a Borg.

First, WEI = Sucks and is 100% Worthless!

Not all 500MB/s R/W will render a WEI 7.9; Kingston 120GB = 6.8 vs Corsair GT 180GB = 7.9 both on Windows 7 Pro x64. You won't see a WEI of 7.9 on the i7-3930K even OC to 4.8 GHz it's 7.8.
January 3, 2013 1:37:52 AM

16 GB is kind of an overkill.8 or 12 is fine...but you already bought it...
January 3, 2013 2:18:20 AM

If you do not plan on overclocking it why would you be spending the extra money on the CPU with he unlocked interger. For a Mobo Gigabyte and ASUS have always been the better boards
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