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March 26, 2012 1:43:24 AM

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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March 26, 2012 2:27:38 AM

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
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March 26, 2012 11:39:10 AM

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.
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March 26, 2012 12:34:14 PM

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?
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March 26, 2012 12:54:47 PM

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?Submi...
March 26, 2012 9:32:25 PM

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?Submi...
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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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March 26, 2012 9:38:26 PM
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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...
March 26, 2012 9:47:31 PM

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..
March 26, 2012 9:49:08 PM

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...

What's the raid + 1 hdd do? Sorry if stupid question lol
March 26, 2012 9:50:38 PM

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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?
March 26, 2012 10:09:42 PM

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?
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March 26, 2012 10:22:15 PM

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.
March 26, 2012 10:25:49 PM

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
March 26, 2012 11:36:59 PM

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_L...
32GB - (all DIMM slots) http://i1013.photobucket.com/albums/af254/Jaquith/David...

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?
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March 26, 2012 11:55:25 PM

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.
April 3, 2012 12:05:30 AM

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