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March 19, 2012 1:37:22 AM

./sigh I'll see if I can explain this. I am having trouble find a motherboard that will suit my needs

About a year and half ago I bought a Dell Studio XPS 8100. Before I did any modifications and even while I was buying the computer itself, I knew I would have to replace the video card because frankly the one that came with it sucked. With that in mind I went out and bought a new video card (MSI ATI Radeon hd 6850: http://tinyurl.com/3cm8zkw ). When I bought the new card, I also replaced the power supply because I did research and found out that the new card would need more power to run ( http://tinyurl.com/3vesck5 ).

I am looking at replacing the chassis itself with http://tinyurl.com/4v5zlq , the heat-sink which I'm pretty sure I don't have one period with http://tinyurl.com/2f7x9ra and the motherboard.

With that said now my conundrum, I want to crossfire the Radeon 6850 with another 6850 which I know I can do. The problem is as I'm sure anyone of you know is that the stock Studio 8100 motherboard does not have another PCIe x16 slot for me do that. I guess I should also mention that my processor is the Intel i7 870 processor with a LGA 1156 socket.

My goal is take everything in the case I have now and put into the new case and on a new motherboard, which I'm pretty sure I can do or nearly do. (If anyone sees a problem with this plan let me know, cause well if I cant then I'm screwed with upgrading :p ).

Now I've looked all over the net to find a motherboard that is crossfire ready, has two pcie x16 slots, is ATX, is new, and has the 1156 socket on it. I have found a few by Biostar ( http://tinyurl.com/84kpjx6 ) and one by Asus ( http://tinyurl.com/yht8g2q ). The problem with those is that they had relatively bad reviews attached to them.

I know there are other boards out there with the 1156 socket I just cant find any of them for sell on the net. So my question is this are there any other boards for sell new out there that are not the boards I listed above? and if not what of the boards above would one recommend for someone like me that is pretty much building their own computer for the first time. I do not want perfection I would rather buy a good product on the first try than run into a hassle.

Here's my current stats again:
Processor: Intel i7 870
Video Card: ATI Radeon HD 6850 made by MSI
Memory: 4 x 2gb DDR3 PC3-10600
Primary Hard Drive: Intel 120 gb SSD
Secondary Hard Drive: Stock 1 tb Hard Drive

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a b V Motherboard
March 19, 2012 2:08:01 AM

I am idly curious why you would buy a dell, which are overpriced(with bad components) to start, with plans to immediately tear it apart and replace everything? things happen, I know but..... LOL

anyway not sure your country but biostar looks to be the way to go.
www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?bop=And&Submit=...

Also since you are replacing the motherboard the OEM license on the dell would be no longer valid, and let's face it its not a dell anymore. you would have to buy a new copy of windows.
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a b V Motherboard
March 19, 2012 2:28:46 AM

And this just popped in my head but by the time you buy another 6850, motherboard, windows, etc you could probably just buy a 7870 and avoid all that hassle, crossfire/microstuttering, probably get the same performance, and sell your 6850. You might even be able to get a 7950 with selling the 6850.
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a b V Motherboard
March 19, 2012 3:14:01 AM

bonesda25 said:
./sigh I'll see if I can explain this. I am having trouble find a motherboard that will suit my needs

About a year and half ago I bought a Dell Studio XPS 8100. Before I did any modifications and even while I was buying the computer itself, I knew I would have to replace the video card because frankly the one that came with it sucked. With that in mind I went out and bought a new video card (MSI ATI Radeon hd 6850: http://tinyurl.com/3cm8zkw ). When I bought the new card, I also replaced the power supply because I did research and found out that the new card would need more power to run ( http://tinyurl.com/3vesck5 ).

I am looking at replacing the chassis itself with http://tinyurl.com/4v5zlq , the heat-sink which I'm pretty sure I don't have one period with http://tinyurl.com/2f7x9ra and the motherboard.

With that said now my conundrum, I want to crossfire the Radeon 6850 with another 6850 which I know I can do. The problem is as I'm sure anyone of you know is that the stock Studio 8100 motherboard does not have another PCIe x16 slot for me do that. I guess I should also mention that my processor is the Intel i7 870 processor with a LGA 1156 socket.

My goal is take everything in the case I have now and put into the new case and on a new motherboard, which I'm pretty sure I can do or nearly do. (If anyone sees a problem with this plan let me know, cause well if I cant then I'm screwed with upgrading :p ).

Now I've looked all over the net to find a motherboard that is crossfire ready, has two pcie x16 slots, is ATX, is new, and has the 1156 socket on it. I have found a few by Biostar ( http://tinyurl.com/84kpjx6 ) and one by Asus ( http://tinyurl.com/yht8g2q ). The problem with those is that they had relatively bad reviews attached to them.

I know there are other boards out there with the 1156 socket I just cant find any of them for sell on the net. So my question is this are there any other boards for sell new out there that are not the boards I listed above? and if not what of the boards above would one recommend for someone like me that is pretty much building their own computer for the first time. I do not want perfection I would rather buy a good product on the first try than run into a hassle.

Here's my current stats again:
Processor: Intel i7 870
Video Card: ATI Radeon HD 6850 made by MSI
Memory: 4 x 2gb DDR3 PC3-10600
Primary Hard Drive: Intel 120 gb SSD
Secondary Hard Drive: Stock 1 tb Hard Drive




http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Here is what I saw in Newegg:
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March 19, 2012 11:42:39 AM

I ended up with a Dell against my wishes, and I didn't have much choice. I all ready know about the windows, I have a new copy of Windows 7 all ready installed.

I do not really want to do the 7950 idea because wouldn't that bottleneck the cpu? If I go two 6850's, that shouldn't. I thought the rule of thumb was spend about the same on the gpu that you spend on your cpu. I can get two 6850s right now for about 300 dollars and a i7 870 for about 300 dollars. Keep in mind those are not really numbers I'm just guessing from what I've seen recently.

I was hesitant to buy Biostar because of things I've read about their other products. Are they reputable enough for a first time motherboard buyer?
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a b V Motherboard
March 19, 2012 12:10:49 PM

bonesda25 said:
I ended up with a Dell against my wishes, and I didn't have much choice. I all ready know about the windows, I have a new copy of Windows 7 all ready installed.

I do not really want to do the 7950 idea because wouldn't that bottleneck the cpu? If I go two 6850's, that shouldn't. I thought the rule of thumb was spend about the same on the gpu that you spend on your cpu. I can get two 6850s right now for about 300 dollars and a i7 870 for about 300 dollars. Keep in mind those are not really numbers I'm just guessing from what I've seen recently.

I was hesitant to buy Biostar because of things I've read about their other products. Are they reputable enough for a first time motherboard buyer?



In my experienced I can say yes Biostar is my motherboard Biostar TZ68A+RCH, very reliable doesn't give me any problems, easy to overclock(4.7 GHZ) and blazing fast with i5 2500K with 16 GB G-Skill Ripjaws X series, My boot drive is a Samsung 830 series 128 GB, my boot time dramatically increases from 1 min 15 sec to just 12 sec. right now. Upgraded my GPU with Asus direct CU HD 7770 1120 mhz core clock.
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