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May 16, 2012 3:12:17 PM

I am ready to upgrade from limited Dell desktop mobo.

Here are the features I need:

Support for latest Intel Ivy Bridge (i7-3770).
SRT support
Lots of SATA, eSATA connections
32 GB
I am not sure about this yet, but maybe 32 lanes of PCIe 3.0.
Maybe UEFI
For the future, hex-core support???

Are all of these chipset features, or are some of them found in the mobo?

Thank you!

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a b V Motherboard
May 16, 2012 3:34:51 PM

As for the chipset, it looks like you should go with Z68 or Z77. As for the particular board, I have a few questions first.

1.) Price range?
2.) How important is the 32 lanes? PCIe 3.0 x16/x16? As it currently stands cards barely max out PCIe 2.0 x16, but if this is what you want it really narrows down your options.
3.)What's "lots" of SATA connections? How many? 6Gb/s? 3Gb/s?
May 16, 2012 3:44:38 PM

(1) Unless I need 32 lanes and hex-core support, $150.

(2) I plan to have one GPU card and 1 RAID card, so I may need extra lanes for the RAID card. Not sure. Is that a chipset or mobo feature, or both?

(3) I plan to run an internal RAID with up to 6 HDD drives, + 1 SSD. the HDD drives may end being connected to RAID card.

(4) Will current mobos support IvyBridge hex-core when it comes out?

I have never installed a mobo before, so thanks for your help!
a b V Motherboard
May 16, 2012 5:07:26 PM

Here's a couple suggestions in your price range without the PCIe 3.0 x16/x16:

Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 - $149.99

ASRock Z77 Extreme4 - 129.99

I would wait for more members to weigh in before making any choices. I can personally stand by the UD3H-B3, never gave me any problems, but you would need a RAID card if you are trying to have all 6 drives in one array.