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Mr. Pedantic

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#1 10 years ago

I'm still looking at possible configurations for the PC I'm going to get in Feb/March, and one of the things I've been confused over is the motherboard. Looking through the prices for different motherboards, from different manufacturers, there's a huge range from $470 (NZD) for the cheapest Gigabyte board to $1000-ish for the most expensive ones. So...exactly what is the difference between these boards? I want to be able to overclock the i7 by as much as reasonably possible, will the more expensive boards be able to do this better than the cheaper ones? And which are simply better value for money?

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DarkKrucifix7

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#2 10 years ago

It usually depends on the brand and the options added to the board itself. Which boards are you looking at?




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#3 10 years ago

When I build my i7 system these are one the boards I plan to get

Newegg.com - EVGA 132-BL-E758-A1 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

Newegg.com - ASUS P6T Deluxe LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

Both are highly reviewed, support both SLI and Crossfire.

Both hover around $500 NZD


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#4 10 years ago
It usually depends on the brand and the options added to the board itself. Which boards are you looking at?

The Gigabyte GA-EX58-DS4 (NZ$470), the MSI X58 Eclipse, (NZ$854), the Asustek P6T Deluxe (NZ$669.38), plus a few others I can't remember right now. I'm looking mainly at overclock ability in comparison to price, as far as my usage for features would be concerned, I think they all have more than enough USB ports and such than I need.

Another concern I have is whether they support quad-SLI (none of the specs and reviews made it clear to me whether they did or not, and I don't know whether if they just support 2- or 3-card SLI it means they support 4-way) since I plan to buy a GTX 295 (cheaper in new zealand than GTX260 SLI and mostly better performance), and a possibility in the future would be to add another card to increase graphics performance. It's not as major as the price and overclocking ability, but its still something to consider.

And Stalker, for your information the EVGA board sells in new zealand for closer to 800. But the ASUS looks about right.




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#5 10 years ago

Quad SLI only uses two cards, so if it has two PCI-E x16 slots it should work


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#6 10 years ago

I would say go for the Asus board. From my experience Asus boards will clock like crazy. If you're willing to spend some cash I would say get a DFI board though. Stay away from MSI and Gigabyte makes some decent stuff.




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#7 10 years ago

DFI only has one X58 board right now

Newegg.com - DFI LP UT X58-T3eH8 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

Newegg users have had their share of trouble with it, not sure if its wide spread


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kow_ciller

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#8 10 years ago

Newegg users are usually retarded. Most of the time they would go into a bios on a board like that and screw with one of the memory settings then say the board doesn't work because its a POS when in reality they get a board too advanced for them and they just want to blame it on something else.




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#9 10 years ago

I seriously suggest you get atleast 10 Sata ports, or 8 standard and 2 or 4 "Special" sata ports (Like the fail "GSATA" gigabyte do) You can never have enough sata ports, Currently, if MSY who did the warrenty for my EX38-DS4 didn't stuff up and give me a new board accidently (I never told em they upgraded me :D) I would have to run a PCI Sata board to have enough sata ports, I run 8 sata devices, and would like to upgrade further, but can't without spending shit loads on getting a PCI Sata raid board.

I'd personally get the Gigabyte, and not just because its cheap as pie, but because I trust the name and I'm a bit biased towards Gigabyte, I've seen and had more issues with Asus, MSI and nVidia boards, but thats just my personal experience*Waits for people to argue with my experience and bad luck*

Kow, If majority of newegg users say something is shit, it usually is, besides you can tell the BS posts from the non BS posts and can tell if someone is just retarded




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#10 10 years ago
Sgt. D. Pilla;4766854I run 8 sata devices, and would like to upgrade further, but can't without spending shit loads on getting a PCI Sata raid board.

The solution to this particular issue is called: 'Buy some bigger hard drives to replace your tiddly little 250GB ones.' ;)