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Looking for a new socket 1366 mobo

Discussion in 'Motherboards & Memory' started by Trudint, Mar 27, 2010.

  1. Trudint New Member

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    I'm looking to but a new socket 1366 mobo and have $350 to spend. I have looked at the Rampage 2 Extreme and the EVGA 141-BL-E757-TR. I will be using this new build for gaming. Do you guys recommend any different boards?

    Thanks!
     
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    What kind of overclocking do you do (mild to extreme) and how many PCI-E slots do you need?
     
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    I've never done any overclocking before but i'm want to start :)

    as far as PCI-E slots, i only need enough to do SLI if i choose to do so.
     
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    Cool. Do you want to spend all of your money on a motherboard? Something like a Gigabyte UD4 or Asus P6T (SLi version) for around $180 will do everything you need and then some. :toast:
     
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    You can have it all with the proven Evga X58 SLI LE mb. I have three of them atm in various builds with the 920's...two of them running at 4.5GHz. ;) Those boards have an excellent bios and top notch support.
     
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    ...and they are drop dead sexy looking. :)
     
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    That would be the one. All your parts will do well...what are you planning for cpu cooling?
     
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    i'm wanting to go water cooled but i'm not sure what kind of water cooling system to go with.

    also, what would you recommend for RAM?
     
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    I've owned 11 different 1366 boards, including that EVGA board, and all of the Gigabyte lineup. Although Erocker is correct about the "sexiness" factor, I would have to say that I'd chose a Gigabyte UD4 or UD5 over the EVGA. Higher BCLK and just better build quality. Not to mention a better bios, IMHO.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128422

    What is your budget for the ram?
     
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    i'm wanting to spend around $200 to $250 on RAM if its possible to do so and still get good RAM.
     
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    When my GTX Corsair's were in rma last year I ordered these to tide me over... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227424

    They don't look like much, but overclock well and I have been unable to kill a stick yet. I even split these up and use them in dual channel mb's.
     
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    In all honesty, I would'nt get too hung up on ram for the gaming aspect. Any good name brand will do you right in this application. :) I would concentrate more on good cpu cooling.
     
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    what about a water cooling system? should i water cool both the CPU and GPU or just the CPU?
     
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    For myself, I just can't justify the expense of water cooling video cards, especially when the newest generation of cards just blows games out of the water bone stock.
     
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    I have not used one, but there is a section in this forum dedicated to people using that unit. I would give those guys a shout for expected results. :)
     
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    The ROG "Rampage III" Extreme will be out soon..... thats what i am waiting for
     

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