So, I'm considering building my first computer, and I'm so far leaning towards the Asus Sabertooth. However, I'd like to know what you guys suggest for an ATX tower (Cooler Master Scout) with a 1366 LGA socket, preferably tri-channel memory, SATA connections, and can handle the AMD Radeon 6870 GPU.
What are your preferences of motherboard and suggestions for what I'm looking for?
Don't get the ASUS Sabertooth. If I could go back in time to change something about this computer, I would change the motherboard/processor combination. Personally, this motherboard has sort of been a pain in the ass, and has actually pushed me away from getting ASUS hardware in the future.
For a gaming grade machine, I should have gone EVGA or MSI off the bat, but stupid me decided to go with what he thought was comfortable.
Thank you for the suggestions!
I looked at the EVGA first, and even though ti says it will work with AMD on other sites, I'm not so sure. The reason that I would prefer to avoid nVidia at the moment is because I bought a computer with a defective line of chips from nVidia (GeForce 8400M). The chip finally died on me, and I was never notified of the settlement in the lawsuit claim. This is more than likely Dell's fault, but it still makes me a little leery of their parts, and I'm aware of how stupid that sounds. Maybe in the future I'll got for another nVidia, I'm just not feeling trusting enough with them yet.
I did like MSI's Big Bang XPower, it's a little more than I need, but every review states STABILITY. And it's within my budget range for a mobo, has everything that I was looking for. So currently this will be on my list, with ASUS removed.
I'm still open to suggestions on motherboards, or even any other part. I've been maintaining my own systems' hardware for years, but building one's an adventure, and I'd like to make sure that I get the right components for it to function when it's put together! :)
Oh I see, you were going for AMD, didn't see that. I'd either go Gigabyte or MSI then. This is all preference, how you feel you're going to use the motherboard (the BIOS for ASUS products aren't bad, but they can get a little confusing, and I've had some instability with mine, that might just be this specific board).
You could try and get the sabertooth, and if you have issues RMA it within the first month, and get the MSI motherboard instead.
7th December 2003
Tripple-channel memory is only supported by a few Intel CPUs, if I remember correctly. Those are expensive CPUs as well and don't seem to correspond with your choice of a medium range graphics card.
Depending on what you want to do with that PC you could also buy a cheaper AMD CPU and motherboard and invest the saved money into some useful extras (such as better cooling to reduce noise). If you want a powerful gaming-rig the Intel Core I5 series seems to be popular right now.
As for motherboard brands, MSI and Asus are both good choices in my opinion. It is always better to read a few reviews of whichever board you want to buy though to make sure that it really won't have problems with your other hardware such as RAM.
Hrm, I was trying to make a rig that would support the latest and greatest so I wouldn't need to replace the parts for a long while. Expansion being my main thought here.
Apart from what I've already mentioned, I was going to put an Intel i7-9xx (either 930 or 960, leaning towards 930 right now), I feel comfortable with Intel, I'm taking babysteps with AMD. Processors tend to be more expensive than GPU (duh), and the i7-930 seems to fit the MSI motherboard I like so far.
Although after reading this, it's nice to have these things brought to my attention, it seems that the dual-channel may be better, even if the triple looks shiny, maybe I could go with the i5-760 processor since its frequency is similar if not the same as the i7-930? Sure, it's far above the GPU I would like, but at least when I switch the GPU eventually (My gaming needs aren't monstrous, but I appreciate great functionality) the GPU will be less of a costly trade out than the processor :) I'm going to have to hunt for some choices of dual channel motherboard :P So far MSI's choices still appear to be the most attractive.
Just get one of the 2nd gen intel processors if you really want to run the latest and greatest with max potential FPS/quality.
There's no point in getting an i5-7xx or i7-9xx, if they cost as much as the i5-2xxx and i7-2xxx.
i5-2500k is currently $210. i7-2600k is currently $310.
Triple channel memory isn't really necessary. Many times I wish I had wish I waited that extra month to get the i7-2600k instead of the i7-950 I have now (albeit, I got this for pretty cheap).
2x4GB of Dominator, or any really good brand memory is going to be enough, in a dual channel setup. Anything more than that is pretty much overkill.
I understand, just finished up my new list if you'd like to give me any helpful criticism
tower: Cooler Master Scout PSU: a 750W mystery, a friend ordered it for an original idea, still can be utilized CPU: i5-760 Mobo: Biostar Tpower i55 LGA 1156 RAM: 2X4 (still unsure of brand) Graphics: AMD 6870 Hard Drive: WD 3.5" 750Gb 3Gb/s Optical: Samsung Blu-Ray Combo WiFi: Zonet ZEW2590 Running Windows 7 Ultimate
Again, this is what I'm thinking so far based on reviews, cost, and what features they have. And I really appreciate all of the help you guys have given me and topics you've made me actually think about researching.
Dont get an 1156 rig, its pointless now. Either wait for bulldozer or get a sandy bridge rig.
Will Sandy Bridge accommodate the processor I am looking at? (n00b question, I know :P)