Hi, usually I tend to research & discover these things on my own but am not able to this time around and am in need of a platform update.
What I DO know: I will be going with an 1155 mobo.
What I DON'T know: Which chipset will be optimal for a non-overclocked, SLi rig supporting full 16x/16x, is future proof, and will tend to the needs of a minimalist performance user and gamer??
Background: I have been using an LGA775 rig since 2006 with a dual core processor which has worked flawlessly for my me but is now beginning to show its age.
*Also, if someone can clarify what the chipset initials stand for I'd GREATLY appreciate it (H, P, Z, Q, etc..) Thank you for your time, patience, and knowledge in advanced!
you dont need 16x16x if you can get 1155 with pcie 3.0 if you can get one with 2 of them at 8x it is equivalent of 16x at gen 2 not to mention cards dont cap out the 8x gen 2 generally speaking unless your spending mega bucks on gpu's and then if your gonna do that you would waste your money on sock 2011 just to make a statement even though its not faster gaming
ASUS P8Z77-V PRO/THUNDERBOLT LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX
Wi-Fi GO! Smart Digi+, Thunderbolt Certified
The Asus P8Z77-V Pro is one of the rare premium motherboards that gives us little to complain about. The feature-set is stacked, naturally, with SLI/CrossFireX support, four video outputs, eight SATA ports (eSATA via an included breakout panel), two USB 3.0 controllers with internal headers, an Atheros based wireless NIC, and an Intel powered gigabit ethernet adapter. Like Asus' series 6 line, the UEFI options are expansive but the fan control capabilities have been vastly improved.
Review @ http://www.silentpcreview.com/article1262-page1.html
Wow thanks so much for all the recommendations from everyone, that seriously helped clear up alot of things! I have a much better idea of what to get now. I am going to do some final research on all those mobos/cpus and see which ones i like best. One final thing - will I be able to run hybrid graphics with my ivy chip?
I only ask because my current setup ( x2 9800GTX+) produces soooo much heat and power at all times!! In the winter I dont even need to turn on my heater.. Anyway i was interested in running hybrid graphics to save energy and reduce heat when not gaming. Thanks!
I almost got a headache reading that first thread... but the review was very informative. Looks like I'll be sticking to a single graphics card and Ill give the MVP a whirl. Thanks for the extra info, i'll have to read into it in detail when I have more time.