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Thats an awesome choice on the MOBO, esp if you want M-ATX.

I got the same one and its Tops:rockout: Just be aware, I got mine open box as well and it didnt come with a backplate, as a matter a fact it only came with the board only.

As for the ram, Find something that does 1600@ cl7 IMO.

GL in your search.
 
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I highly recommend the Gene, it's a solid motherboard with lots of features packed into a small(er) form factor. You can't appreciate the beauty of it until you see have in your hands.
 
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actually dont mind if its not m-atx as far as i know all m-atx is just smaller compact board? says it will work in full tower atx case etc. i will be using the HAF 932 case
 
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what is your budget then?

i'm sure we can find other boards for you.
 
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actually dont mind if its not m-atx as far as i know all m-atx is just smaller compact board? says it will work in full tower atx case etc. i will be using the HAF 932 case
If you have a HAF 932 there's absolutely no reason to go mATX unless you get a very good price on a mATX board. Go ATX, it gives you a lot more options to choose from within whatever budget(s).

I would recommend against buying open box motherboards off Newegg unless you don't care for the I/O shield, particularly with the Gene because it comes with a neat little LCD poster that may or may not come with the board. They're not necessities, but they're nifty. :D
 
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something similar in price would be ideal here around $150 if possible, but im having a hard time finding a good name board for that price that is that chipset
 
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so whats the difference between the 2 asus boards?
this is a noob question...d0 stepping i know the 920 supports it how bout these boards is it a bios setting or just built into the chip set?

price wise any of the last 2 would suit the budget better but depending on the differences i could pay for the more expensive asus
 
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why not go with a decent p55 board, i5 750/i7 860?

or du you have the 920 already since you wanna get a x58 board?

it will cost you less and have around the same if not better performance
 
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C0 is the first i7 920's, they use more power and are hotter than the newer D0 wich use less power/volt and its cooler = better for overclocking,

and no bios update needed i think
 
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i have the 920 ordered, i got it at a fair price $199 from micro center. the 860 was a bit more expensive and the i5 really didnt benefit me comparing fps charts at $$ per performance gain. i could still get the i7 860 as i havent picked up the processor its $20 more tho and not as good as a O.C'er from what ive read the i7 920s are the better processor for gaming as long as u OC them.
 
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yeah well that is a good price, but the p55 have on die pci-e(correct me plz) wich makes it better for gaming.

but forget it, the good boards costs aroung 150USD +

så it will end up around the same price overall anyway.

but if i were you i would take the first asus i linked to
 
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lol ya, the 1366 and the 1156 debate goes back and forth theres a post in system builder advice that i read wich lead me to the 920 the chip is less expensive with 3 chan memory support, but the boards are a bit pricet and the 1156 is bit older with the older stepping but cheaper boards..
 
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the 1156 is the newest platform by intel, 1366 older than 1156.

but nevermind.

the 920 DO wil run 4.0-4.2 easy with a good cooler.

and most boards will take the 920 to 3.8 at least very easy, only heard the asrock boards being crappy with overclocking at those speeds, burnt sockets and s****

and besides, you will have more future with the 1366 board
 
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oh ok thanks for clearing that up for me, i only do this research when im ready to upgrade and havent upgraded in 2.5 years since my e8400.
 
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NP, the E8400 is a nice cpu still, but you will have way better performance with the 920 i can assure you:-D

and if you get a sweet deal for another 4890 then take it and put it in Crossfire, it will be like a gtx-295 or better, for half the price.

but then you might wanna upgrade that PSU of yours, dont think i can handle the load?
 
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its gonna be close, according to the psu calculator, im not sure its accurate with the 2x 4890s, but it said 520w with a 1.3vcore wich was my estimated over clock voltage? the 4 230mm case fans and the 2 samsung f3 HDD's. if all else ill hold off on the extra 4890. when prices come down ill buy a 700w psu and the 4890. the e8400 is going into my back up machine wich has the e5200.

i really like my 4890 even tho everyone keeps telling me to sell it and get the 5850, 2 4890s are the same price minus the dx11 capability. i will out perform the 5850 i believe
 
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going to re-calculate now, toms hardware read 2 4890s at full load approx 280 watts
 

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You're going to need a new PSU if you plan on running an OCed i7 and a pair of 4890s. While the OCZ StealthXStream isn't bad like some PSUs (Raidmax, Apevia, etc), it's not something I would trust to power that much hardware. Ideally, you will want something with 4 PCI-E plugs (2 per card), so I would suggest the Corsair TX750/HX750 (the HX is better in every way, but a lot more expensive)
 
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he could go with the HX650w, i build a i7 system with 2 5870s and that psu the other day and the cpu oc'ed to 3.6ghz
and no complain from the PSU

but yeah, something like a good 700w+ psu, antec, corsair, thermaltake etc....

edit, just tried the antec psu clc and it says close to 460w for the setup you described
 
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not sure how accurate the calculator is but it is saying 530 watts with crossfire 430 watts with 1 card. ya 4 pci-e plugs would be nice. altho i can run 1 pci-e plug per card and molex to pci-e connector on the 2nd slots of each card.

460w seems low for crossfire?

im using extreme power supply calculator has the most options including case fans etc
 
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yeah maybe, but the 4890 still uses less power than 2 4870s i would say,

and around 500w usage for a desktop i still a lot of power, and it will make that psu sweat if he decides to try it anyway