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July 12, 2012 2:27:18 AM

I build a lot of computers and now it's time to start building the best gaming rig yet. I need single processor, preferably Intel i7 extreme. I like the Intel DX79SI, DX79SR, and DX79TO, the Asus Rampage IVs, and the EVGA X79 Classified but none support i7 extreme (Or do they?), they are also becoming outdated. Are there any based off the DX79s? What do you recommend? I don't want a Sabertooth unless it's really the best. Any with more than 64GB of RAM? Any better chipsets?
I will overclock, I need 4 way SLI (is there a difference in quad sli, because Nvidia says the 690s are quad), size doesn't matter as long as it is not bigger than HPTX or smaller than mATX. Color doesn't matter but if two are equal I want the red/silver/black one.
I'm looking at:
Intel DX79SI
Intel DX79SR
Intel DX79TO
ASRock Fatal1ty Champion
ASRock Fatal1ty Pro
ASRock Extreme 4M
EVGA X79 Classified
EVGA X79 FTW
EVGA X79 SLI
Asus Rampage IV Extreme
Asus Rampage IV Formula
Gigabyte GA-X79-UD7

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July 12, 2012 4:50:39 AM

the rampage and the evga support the i7 extreme ,id recommend the asrock tho the new asrock extreme 7 is a beast
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July 12, 2012 5:07:36 AM

The extreme 7 wont work I need 4way sli. I have 2 gtx 690s.
Sorry, I should add those details.
What about the Fatal1ty champ, pro, and extreme 4M.
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July 12, 2012 5:16:23 AM

Deathbytac0 said:
The extreme 7 wont work I need 4way sli. I have 2 gtx 690s.


Why wouldn't it? I know that it says 3-Way SLI/CF, but if you're only using 2 cards, it has two slots that run at x16, plus an extra that you won't even use that runs at x8, so that's plenty. It's not like each card magically uses more than 16 PCIe lanes. Theoretically, you should be able to run 3 690's on it. I know that 690's are technically SLI, but it's 2 GPU's combined into a single card, so unless I'm missing something, I don't see how it wouldn't work.

And here seems to be the answer. From Nvidia's SLI System Requirements page.

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NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 295, GeForce GTX 590, and GeForce GTX 690 cards do not require an SLI motherboard and work on all compatible motherboards.


That would seem to suggest that you don't need a Quad SLI capable motherboard either. Just SLI capable, in general, for 2 690's.
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July 12, 2012 6:07:24 AM

Asus Rampage if you want the very best IMO that's it otherwise the asrock extreme 7 will do
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July 12, 2012 6:10:03 AM

Really? GTX 690s have 2 GPUs. If it's compatible then that's absolutely awesome (although I might get better performance with 4 Zotac GeForce GTX 670s liquid cooled =) ).
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July 12, 2012 6:15:04 AM

Deathbytac0 said:
Really? GTX 690s have 2 GPUs. If it's compatible then that's absolutely awesome (although I might get better performance with 4 Zotac GeForce GTX 670s liquid cooled =) ).


It's compatible with SLI 690's, BUT you WOULD have to get a Quad SLI capable mobo for 4 670's, obviously. I think SLI 690's is more than enough, though, lol.
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July 12, 2012 7:41:12 AM

4 Watercooled 670's would perform better :p 
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