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Recommend me a good ATX MB to go with i7 950

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  1. dank1983man420

    dank1983man420

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    I'll be picking up an i7 tomorrow, but do not have a good idea of the MB I want to pair with it. I'm just looking for suggestions from current i7 owners on good MB's that support the following:

    Rest of the system to go with it:​
    PSU: Coolermaster 1000W PSU (hsve already)
    GPU: 2 x GTX460 1 GB GPU's (on way)
    RAM: 6 GB of RAM to start, 12 when done ( need to research after MB decision)
    CPU: I7 950
    CPU HEATSINK: Haven't decided on air or water yet
    CASE: Using the HAF932 and putting old build into a new HTPC case
    HDD: 1 60 GB SSD and 2 750GB 7200.12 in RAID 0 ( already have)

    All of the little things like the DVD drive and wireless stuff are all taken care of.


    OTHER INFO​
    I am looking to spend no more than $250 hopefully. I need at least 2 PCI-E 16 slots ,but prefer 3 or more for folding reasons.
    USB 3.0 and SATA 6 GB preferred
    Yes, I will do some mild OC'ing on it
    Need ATX sised MB
    integrated gpu and sound not important at all
     
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  3. Kantastic

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    Gigabyte has pretty much dominated the X58 platform, so I would recommend any of their boards. Asus has a couple of good ones, like their ASUS P6X58D-E, which looks like it would fit your needs perfectly.
     
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    I would recommend either a Gigabyte Motherboard or may be a cheaper EVGA Motherboard like this one:
    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MB-026-EA&groupid=701&catid=5&subcat=1692

    There again you could go for a UD5 which is cheaper and older than the EVGA Motherboard I brought up, but looks to be better built in my opinion:
    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MB-236-GI&groupid=701&catid=5&subcat=1692

    As for RAM I would go for this as... well I using it and it is probably as good as it gets with using 1600MHz RAM:
    http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Memory/DDR3+Tri-Channel+-+PC3-12800/Mushkin+6GB+%283x2GB%29+DDR3+PC3-12800+6-8-6-24+Ridgeback+-+998826+?productId=41788
     
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    I am seriously eyeballing that gigabyte. Going to search prices online for it:rockout:

    I Saw this MSI at the egg. It almost sounds too good to be true. I am kind of skeptical on it. If it did work, i'd be putting 6 gtx460's on it though for foldinghttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130289&cm_re=big_bang-_-13-130-289-_-Product There is actually a refurb for 230 shipped too.

    That MSI and gigabyte are the only 2 MB's I can find that meet what I need (except the MSI doesn't have a pci slot).
     
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    If you wanna go cheap, I have an Asrock X58 Extreme, with U3S6. Definitively the cheapest way to go if you want USB3/SATAIII and all your minimum requirements
     
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    If you actually want the best from Asrock it would have to be the Extreme6 which is fully equiped with SATA III and USB 3 ports and thanks to it's True 333 chip the motherboard itself does not suffer the current bottlenecks from running the 3 main controllers like other motherboards do at this point; the best part about it is that despite having these great features, not to mention the well layed out 3-way SLI graphics cards slots, it is still a cheap motherboard and in the UK it only costs £182 where the Gigabyte UD7 motherboard costs £270.

    Here is a link to see the motherboard:
    http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=X58%20Extreme6
     
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    The one bad thing I've heard about the motherboard is that its graphics cards slots are so close together that they cause air flow problems between two graphics cards; if you are using a single graphics card like a 480 or 580 it would be a good set up (if not it would be perfect), but not with two cards I'm afraid, however, if it wasn't for that one fault it would be a perfectly built motherboard.
     
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    Definitively the best buy :p

    I have that board (ev 1 though IIRC)

    1 negative- it takes out all the challenging in doing 4~4.2 Ghz OCs, as you can do that in 1 boot LOL
     

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