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I7-3960x mobo pairing

Hi I was wondering if anyone had any ideas to which mobo I should get for my i7-3960x, is the asus rampage IV X79 a good choice for it? Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
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  1. the Rampage 4 is a fantastic board, but it is pricey if you don't need all of the features there are many other excellent choices for LGA2011
  2. First, the R4E is an excellent X79 MOBO so sure get one; remember it's an EATX so be careful choosing a case. If you haven't purchased the CPU, I'd recommend the i7-3930K and use the cost savings for something else i.e. larger SSD. The performance difference doesn't justify it's price.

    I have both an i7-980X ($1K) and i7-3930K ($600), and if there was anything but a sight cache or all 8-cores on differences then duh the i7-3960X would be a no brainer. However, that's not the case and the 40% price difference isn't worth it.
  3. jaquith said:
    First, the R4E is an excellent X79 MOBO so sure get one; remember it's an EATX so be careful choosing a case. If you haven't purchased the CPU, I'd recommend the i7-3930K and use the cost savings for something else i.e. larger SSD. The performance difference doesn't justify it's price.

    I have both an i7-980X ($1K) and i7-3930K ($600), and if there was anything but a sight cache or all 8-cores on differences then duh the i7-3960X would be a no brainer. However, that's not the case and the 40% price difference isn't worth it.

    I have the cooler master haf x case its pretty big do u know if that will fit the R4E? Ya I kinda rushed into this build so I already bought the i7-3960x, what ssd would u recommend I get?
  4. Yes, the HAF X supports EATX so you're good there, but if you plan on using the Hot-Swap bays then IMO don't get the HAF X. As far as SSD's I like 180GB~256GB sizes, or larger, and either Intel 520's or Samsung 830's, and others Corsair GT and Crucial M4 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100011693%2050001455&IsNodeId=1&bop=And&CompareItemList=636%7C20-167-086%5E20-167-086-TS%2C20-167-115%5E20-167-115-TS%2C20-147-164%5E20-147-164-TS%2C20-233-208%5E20-233-208-TS%2C20-148-449%5E20-148-449-TS
  5. jaquith said:
    Yes, the HAF X supports EATX so you're good there, but if you plan on using the Hot-Swap bays then IMO don't get the HAF X. As far as SSD's I like 180GB~256GB sizes, or larger, and either Intel 520's or Samsung 830's, and others Corsair GT and Crucial M4 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100011693%2050001455&IsNodeId=1&bop=And&CompareItemList=636%7C20-167-086%5E20-167-086-TS%2C20-167-115%5E20-167-115-TS%2C20-147-164%5E20-147-164-TS%2C20-233-208%5E20-233-208-TS%2C20-148-449%5E20-148-449-TS
    so
    Should I get a ssd for the os and boot off that and then like a 1tb harddrive to put my games and other stuff on ?
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    That's what I do and have done for years, and to make things seamless I change the Default locations for the Documents, Music, Photos, etc to a separate HDD; in my case I really like SSD + RAID 1 HDD with back-ups on an external HDD, NAS or Windows Home Server.

    SSD (OS + Apps + Working Data) and HDD (Data + Storage).

    /edit - when installing the OS, do it right and read this -> http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/303873-30-wont-resume-sleep-booted-raid#t2068879
  7. Im running the asus ws with 6 pcie ssd caching and other nice features it oc s very well im at 4.8 and ive clocked up to 5005 mhz but i would definatly go asus..
  8. jaquith said:
    That's what I do and have done for years, and to make things seamless I change the Default locations for the Documents, Music, Photos, etc to a separate HDD; in my case I really like SSD + RAID 1 HDD with back-ups on an external HDD, NAS or Windows Home Server.

    SSD (OS + Apps + Working Data) and HDD (Data + Storage).

    /edit - when installing the OS, do it right and read this -> http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/303873-30-wont-resume-sleep-booted-raid#t2068879

    What's the raid + 1 hdd do? Sorry if stupid question lol
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    robustus64 said:
    Im running the asus ws with 6 pcie ssd caching and other nice features it oc s very well im at 4.8 and ive clocked up to 5005 mhz but i would definatly go asus..

    Is that the asus p9x79 ws mobo your talking about?
  10. If they mobo has 8 memory slots will 16gb of ddr3 be good enough or will 32gb be the better choice for faster gaming performance or will it not make a differance?
  11. There no difference the >16GB and gaming. I have 32GB for RAM Disk and RAM Cache.

    My non-gaming though it can X79 - http://valid.canardpc.com/show_oc.php?id=2261309

    Do not exceed (2) Voltages ever: 1. vCore >1.45v (+ moderate to low LLC), 2. VCCSA or VTT > 1.20v. A vCore >1.5v and/or VCCSA/VTT >1.35v will permanently and forevermore degrade your SB-E regardless of cooling.
  12. jaquith said:
    There no difference the >16GB and gaming. I have 32GB for RAM Disk and RAM Cache.

    My non-gaming though it can X79 - http://valid.canardpc.com/show_oc.php?id=2261309

    Do not exceed (2) Voltages ever: 1. vCore >1.45v (+ moderate to low LLC), 2. VCCSA or VTT > 1.20v. A vCore >1.5v and/or VCCSA/VTT >1.35v will permanently and forevermore degrade your SB-E regardless of cooling.

    So I should just stick with 16gb then
  13. Not saying that, it's your call. But from a Gaming standpoint alone it won't do you any good. However, things like 'looks', for more functional items like RAM Disk or SSD RAM Cache then sure.

    16GB - http://i1013.photobucket.com/albums/af254/Jaquith/Jaq_LGA2011.jpg
    32GB - (all DIMM slots) http://i1013.photobucket.com/albums/af254/Jaquith/Davids-Computer-Office.jpg
  14. jaquith said:
    Not saying that, it's your call. But from a Gaming standpoint alone it won't do you any good. However, things like 'looks', for more functional items like RAM Disk or SSD RAM Cache then sure.

    16GB - http://i1013.photobucket.com/albums/af254/Jaquith/Jaq_LGA2011.jpg
    32GB - (all DIMM slots) http://i1013.photobucket.com/albums/af254/Jaquith/Davids-Computer-Office.jpg

    So I should be good with just 16gb for game playing? What ddr3 are you using? Also is that the r4e board you were talking about?
  15. If you click on 'More Information' a few of my PCs are listed and with part numbers. If you want to install your game on a RAM Drive then that would help but it's a PITA to do. I know 100% (today) >16GB does zip for gaming. As long as any FREE RAM is listed in the Resource Monitor then nothing is being hampered.

    I have a Sabertooth X79 and the gold Vengeance 1.35v kits.
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