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July 24, 2012 10:05:36 PM

Hello,

I am looking for a motherboard that fits my needs. I'm having a hard time finding one. Some of you might think what im doing is overkill, thats no big deal, i get that. If you have other feedback based on performace or loss there of with a system/motherboard like this, i would like to hear it though.

I would prefer ASUS, mostly because i have always used them and i think they have great OC tools. Plus there is more just a comfort zone with them that i have. That being said, i would be open to any suggestions outside of ASUS if thats my only options.

To start I was looking at this motherboard

ASUS Crosshair V Formula AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Gaming Motherboard with 3-Way SLI/CrossFireX Support and UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Here is the hardware that i want to support:

AMD FX-8150 Zambezi 3.6GHz Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor FD8150FRGUBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2 series RVD3X2-FHPX4-240G PCI-E 240GB PCI-Express 2.0 x4 MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=20-227-...

VisionTek Bigfoot Killer 2100 Gaming Network Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

3x HD 7970's w/ water cooler on them.

Ok, so my questions:
Can all of these items fit on this motherboard at the same time?
- it has 3xpcie x16 (apparently with 3 video cards one of them will be x8?)
- it has one pcie 2.0 x4 slot... does that OCZ drive fit in this one? (it looks like a normal PCIe card, but I cant find a mother board with a x4 pcie slot only that has that same pin setup on it... help please)

If i can fit them all, am i losing a lot of performace with 3 of these video cards? Should i just go with 2 of them since one of them will be x8?

Final goal, PCIe 2.0 SSD hard drive, 32GB ram, (2 or 3) water cooled 7970's and the bigfoot network card.... Can i do it?

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July 24, 2012 10:12:35 PM

For gaming you would be better of with an Intel build just because of CPU performance! In general the Killer network card is not worth the expense.
The board will support all three cards.
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July 25, 2012 1:22:23 AM

I have heard that... but for some reason everytime i add a 6 core intel processor/motherboard combo to my builds i get about another 1k on top of the cost already... What processor would you recommend that would be comparable for gaming to the 8150?
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July 25, 2012 1:23:28 AM

rolli59 said:
The board will support all three cards.


I know all 3 cards would fit, but I have been told it will cover up the other PCIe slots... is this not true?
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July 25, 2012 1:30:29 AM

Intel I5 2300 will beat the FX in gaming although it is only a quad core! On the slots you have extra space(slots inbetween the PCIe slots so 3x dual slot cards will fit but you will have no more usable slots. For gaming look at LGA1155 and an I5 2500K or 3570K!
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July 25, 2012 3:01:29 AM

I have my FX8120 overclocked to 4.0 ghz. on an ASUS Sabertooth 990fx motherboard.with a Hyper 212 evo cooler.

Sabertooth is a sweet board.
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July 25, 2012 4:06:52 AM

rolli59 said:
Intel I5 2300 will beat the FX in gaming although it is only a quad core! On the slots you have extra space(slots inbetween the PCIe slots so 3x dual slot cards will fit but you will have no more usable slots. For gaming look at LGA1155 and an I5 2500K or 3570K!


So what i need is a motherboard with 3 PCEx16 slots filled and still leave two more PCIe slots accessible.. is that possible?

on a side question... for that PCIe hard drive i posted... it says PCIe2.0 x4 (the connector looks like a normal PCIe connector (not a x16 like the video cards)) Do i need to make sure i look for a special slot for it on the motherboard that isnt the PCIe 2.0 x1 slot?
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