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I'm planning on getting an i7 990x but which motherboard should I get to run it on?

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  1. dr emulator (madmax)

    dr emulator (madmax)

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    ok guys i've not had much luck with this gigabyte x58 ud7 so i'm going to rma it
    why?

    well after 2 power supplies have either died or are on their way out ,i'm convinced it has something to do with this gigabyte board

    1 reason (pretty pathetic i know but ,it makes a really weird noise through the speakers when you switch it on at the mains socket ,like a rustling sound that gets louder until it stops (i'll record it when my uncle lends m one of his mobile phones)

    the same thing happens when i switch it off :wtf: admitedly not straight away but it happens:shadedshu


    then the most annoying thing is that when i put my memory into xmp profile it makes the powersupply make a pop noise (something that hasn't happened since i put the memory back to standard speed ):mad::cry:

    it did the pop noise the other week ,after the whole machine locked up whilst browsing the net, so i reset the machine only to here the pop and got a burnt circuit smell eminating from the psu ,so i thought it had fried something and quickly switched it off at the mains :eek:

    later on i plucked up the courage to switch it back on and the pc still works ,so i put the memory back to standard

    and now the fxxxxng thing is taking upto 16 mins before the power light will come on :shadedshu

    so i'm thinking it has damaged something on my psu

    also i have a usb ccfl light that works and comes on perfectly whilst the machine is in standby , but if i plug it in with the machine running it looks like this

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    (the purple bit is where the tube isn't lit properly meaning their isn't enough power going to the 5 volt inverter)



    and as this board started the older powersupply making pop noises ,i'm convinced it blew my other corsair hx650w before i got my new ax 850 watt , (i've not rma'd it yet as we are moving house soon ,so i can't give corsair my address until we do:mad:)


    so i need some suggestions on what type of motherboard would suit a i7 990x :)

    obviously i'm not interested in jumping on the sandy bridge wagon yet ,so that's not an option:p

    so my preferences

    1 pci slot (not totally important but would be nice to use my hauppauge wintv nova-t digital tv card :)

    as many will know i'm not really interested in having more than 1 graphics card ,so i don't really need anything to fancy (i need raw cpu horse power),but ofcause it needs to be reasonably good to house the 990x processor

    "two 8 pin eps 12 volt connectors" as i've heard the 990x chip is quite power hungry

    sata 6 gb :rolleyes:

    also a pata connection as i've still got some old pata harddrives (again not super important maybe suggest a pci express version that i can boot from;))

    i'll be keeping my 5870 graphics card and my corsair Tr3x3g1600c8d memory ,so i need to be able to find out if the memory is compatible with the suggested board

    reason i say the above is because i was thinking about getting an EVGA 141-GT-E770-ER but i can't find any compatibility charts like their is with asus's motherboards

    so if anyone can point me in the right direction for that i would appreciate it


    i'm split between the EVGA 141-GT-E770-ER or the Asus Rampage III Extreme Intel X58 1366 Motherboard

    any manufacturer is welcome as long as they are reliable and the person posting advice has had some time with said board

    so i'll just leave this here and wait for your replies :D
     
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    rampage is nice but it return to what you need and features that offered, like sli or crossfire, how many usb, ram setting beside the other like warranty period and available in your area/ in stock
     
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    no don't need sli or crossfire

    usb usage

    2 gamepads
    1 webcam

    1 usb printer
    1 usb scanner
    1 usb mutimeter
    1 usb ccfl lamp

    1 block for a internal card reader


    usb3 is not neaded tbh so that's not essential (although most boards come with it now anyway :) )

    warranties ey well i had my last msi board for over 6-7 years (still works just no good for emulators :cry: )

    so ye hopefully something with a good warranty i can relie on if need be
     
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    Are you sure that the power to your house is clean? It sounds a bit strange that a motherboard can damage a PSU, i always thought it would be the other way around.
     
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    ye pretty sure my powers ok ,house was rewired not that long ago , my hx 650w only started going weird after i plugged it into this motherboard ,so that's why i suspect it's the mobo

    tbh it could be the psu but i doubt it

    seriously though i'm more interested in what you guys are recomending for a motherboard ;)
     
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    i just got the MSI z68 GD80 and really happy with it,,looks better then asus and to me offers more useful features vs gigabyte,, runing i5 2500k at 4.8ghz and just today overclocked mushkin1600 7/9/8 to 1866 9/11/10 with little voltage bump on ddr around 1.68v and 1.15v on VCCIO(I/O, QPI/VTT whatever it is called, integrated memor controller voltage),, it also has around 5 3pin fan connectors which speed could be adjusted 50% 75% 100%
     
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    1 more and you hit a thousand :)
     
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    ye msi have usually been good (as i've said somewhere here i've still got my old kt6 delta motherboard it'll probably need new capacitors soon but meh that's no biggy:) )

    anyways here's an update

    so i had my pc on last night watching madmax 2 on my digital tv :rolleyes:

    and switched it all of at about 1:55 am ,then i gets up at about 8 am and switches the plug back on at the mains ,and voila the standby light comes on almost instantaneously and it all fires up:wtf:

    grr:mad: how the molly fxxk am i going to rma this hog damned thing back if it works :banghead:

    and here's where it all kindof gets complicated

    why?

    well because we are moving things have been packed ,
    but here's where the problem lies i've lost my receipts :eek::twitch: yes you heard that right ,everything from the graphics card to the mother board has dissapeared :banghead:

    so i've got to plead with the shop to do me some new ones before i can send anything back (strangely i found the psu's receipt :rolleyes: but nothing else :twitch::cry:

    so anyways i'm still kind of waiting to hear what you guys think i should get to replace this gigabyte ud7 :D
     
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    Just throwing my .02 around as something for you to ponder; Are you sure you don't have something on the board being grounded to the case?
     
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    ye i did think of that ,but i don't think their is as it works fairly well (runs dolphin and PCSX2 well without many crashes) as i said though it did lock up when i was just web browsing and when i reset it the psu went pop and gave off a burnt circuit smell (that was when i was using xmp profile on the memory

    anyways i have a coolermaster case which was said to have earthing problems ,so i had to check all the mobo standoffs to make sure they where all correct (had to screw some of them in a few times before they where ok

    however their is a possibility i may have bent the pcb around the cpu ,when i put that damned standard cooler on ,as anyone who has installed one will know you have to put your motherboard on a hard surface and then push like hell to get those pins in:shadedshu

    but surelly if i had damaged the motherboard the whole pc wouldn't work ?

    ohwell back to asking everyones opinion on what x58 board i should get ;)
     
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    Avoid EVGA like the plague. Every mobo I ever got from them failed on me. Usually they'd fail piece by piece. First the ethernet then the usb, then death.. EVGA ftl.. I'd go ASUS I guess then with your options.
     
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    I agree with D007, with a processor of that calibre I would not chimp out on the motherboard. I would get a top of the line ASUS or Gigabyte motherboard. Preferably 1 of ASUS's ROG line or a Gigabyte UD5/UD7.
    But if it were me, and I could afford such extravagant things, I'd definitely get the Rampage 3 Extreme.
     
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    Rampage 3 Black Edition is what I would get if I were building a 990x rig. If you're spending that amount of dough might as well go all out on the board.

    ASUS Rampage III Black Edition LGA 1366 Intel X58 ...

    It's a complete monster, but if you don't need something that extreme go with an Asus board like mine. The sabertooth X58 is extremely durable and overclocks like a champion.
     
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    I mean I am just mentioning it as I hate to see you get something put it inside the same case and it go kapoot or have same problems as you are right now. It is very VERY possible for it not to to completely kill the board (just ask p_o_s_pc as living proof).
     
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    i hear what your saying ;)

    i had my stereo system plugged in and switched on this morning and yep got that same rustling sound as it charges up then puts the standby light on :wtf:

    a noise i remembered from when i had my old psu (hx650w) plugged in but thought it was because this board was different (others here with the same motherboard say they've never heard that noise :shadedshu

    so yep in a few days or so i'm going to remove the motherboard and look to see if their is anything shorting out , but as i did say i doubt very much that it's this cooler master cm 690II case

    still i'm waiting to hear what everyone thinks i should get for this 990x chip ;)

    suggestions please guys :)
     
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    If your board is gone, and you're in the market for a new $1000 CPU (meaning that you're potentially spending $1250), give Sandy Bridge a shot. Buy something like Maximus IV Extreme-Z and i7-2600K. Buy a decent SSD with the remaining money.
     
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    This. No sense in staying with x58, if you have the option to go with SB. You will get more with your cash.
     
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    ok guys i see what your saying but i hadn't planned on going with a sandy bridge until some serious time in the future

    i thought the sb had problems with the memory controler or something and they had been recalled?
    how long will it be before that happens again?
     
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    it was an issue with a sata controller, but has since been taken care of.
     
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    It was re-called due to the chipsets on the motherboards, which has been corrected with the B3 revision of chipsets.
     
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    Hi

    You may as well hold off for the Intel X79 & LGA 2011

    nb: x58 is a thing of the past

    atb

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    still guys lets say i didn't get the fancy expensive cpu (which i do :lol:) i still need to know what to replace this mobo with
     
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