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What Motherboard to purchase??? Sandy Bridge Setup

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April 21, 2011 3:19:43 AM



Keep in mind I have a Revo SSD PCI 4x.
I am already aware of the forum below
http://www.ocztechnologyforum.com/forum ... otherboard

Budget is essentially unlimited. Although I am not wanting to spend more than roughly $600 on cpu/mobo/ram
And honestly. do I need all the bell's and whistles of the higher end MOBO's? Some things like the UEFI, sata 6gb and usb3.0 i will need

I have already purchased and/or moved everything from my old computer.

Stuff from my old comp:
XFX 5770
creative soundblaster extremegamer fatal1ty sound card
cd/dvd burner
extra hd's

New stuff already purchased:
Mybook 2tb external HD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Revodrive OCZ SDD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PC Power & Cooling
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
2x 1tb Samsung HD's for RAID 0
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU (not yet purchased)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM (undetermined please feel free to leave suggestions)

So now it comes down to the RAM/MOBO
April 21, 2011 4:50:52 AM

First one question, are you planning on having multiple GPU's? From the rest of your post I assume you are only going to use one. In that case a simple but solid mobo like this will meet your requirements (it has only 1 PCIe 16x slot though). Its got UEFI, usb 3.0, 6gb sata, and the P67 chipset for overclocking.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you are planning on running SLI/CF you will probably want a different board with more than one 16x slot
a b B Homebuilt system
April 21, 2011 5:09:35 AM

Confused about the budget unlimited but not more than $600 thing :) 

Top End:

WS Revolution w/ i7-2600k and 2 x 4GB DDR3-1600 CAS 7 ($720)

$260 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$315 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$145 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mid Range:

Asus P8P67 pro w/ i5-2500k and 2 x 4GB DDR3-1600 CAS 9 ($475)

$395 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
$75 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Low Budget:

Asrock p67 pro w/ i5-2500k and 2 x 2GB DDR3-1600 CAS 9 ($395)

$130 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$225 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$40 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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a b B Homebuilt system
April 21, 2011 4:16:31 PM

JackNaylorPE - Excellent choices.
Might consider
@$150. Very slight better Timing (Never Notice the diff. Voltage is 1.60 vs 1.65. What I use.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

@$120. CL 8 @ 1.5 V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Might want to wait 2-> 4 weeks. Hopefully the Z68 chipset will be out.
@ around $400 for Gigaybte UD7 (top of their line) on the expensive side. Hopefully a UD4, or 5 will also be out at a lower price.
Recent thread:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/forum2.php?config=tom...
April 23, 2011 1:23:16 AM

Thank you for the suggestions.
I am giving this old computer to my girlfriend in a trade agreement. she gets the old computer, I get window tints and my car buffed and detailed. She gives the car guy a few massages.

I am leaning toward the asus p8p67 evo comparing to the asrock extreme 6.

thoughts that may sway me. other than it looks wayyy better.
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