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Windows 7: What Motherboard?


17 Sep 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 
What Motherboard?

I'm planing on building my own pc and i'm thinking about what hardware I should get.

I'm a complete newbiew when it come to hardare (check my spces ), so i will probably ask a lot of stupid questions.

The one ting i have no idea about is what's a good motherboard?

My requirements are that its CPU socket fits for i7-900 (socket LGA1366), that it has PCI express, DDR3 SDRAM and USB 3.0. Easy to install (in terms of components) and has great build quality.

When it comes to Hardrive support, I have no clue in what to buy. I'm thinking in getting a small SDD to put windows 7 system files on and buy HD (any recommendations would be great) to put my software and data on. I also want this motherboard to last for a fair while (is 10 years asking too much). I would like it to be compatible with any new technologies that could become mainstream in the next few years.

Are the top motherboards like ASUS Rampage worth it, or are they just rip offs?
When it comes to price, i'm willing to pay top dollers for this if the motherboard is really worth it. But I would prefer to look at some thing between $200-$300.

I'm still planing my new comp so It will be a few months before I actually buy this comp. Will there be any good new motherboard coming out with in a year?

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks

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17 Sep 2010   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I have used 3 Asus boards for builds and all have been good systems, stable and easy to build on. 2 are still running, one I took apart to put my current system in the case, all were AMD machines. I've been pleased with them though, and that was a factor in my choice for MB on my current system.
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17 Sep 2010   #3

Vista Ultimate 32 bit, Win 7 Pro 32 bit, Win 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

This is a motherboard that would fit your needs. from Novatech at £220.

Asus 1366 Rampage II Extreme 6400MT/S

http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/d...ts.html?s=Asus Rampage II Extreme&f=Asus rampage 2 extreme
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17 Sep 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wysiwyg View Post
This is a motherboard that would fit your needs. from Novatech at £220.

Asus 1366 Rampage II Extreme 6400MT/S

Computer Supplies and PC Components from Novatech Rampage II Extreme&f=Asus rampage 2 extreme
Thanks for the link.

I would to know what are the major differences between the

ASUS P6X58D Premium Motherboard

and the

ASUS Rampage II Extreme Motherboard


As far as I can tell the Rampage has ATX and ESATA. Is it the rampage worth the money?
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17 Sep 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

si8mon, I have two suggestions:

While it may not be a choice for actual e-purchase since you are in Oz, go to the Newegg website and look over the motherboards. They offer a nice Compare utility which you can use to see the differences between boards. The user reviews are also good as a reference only. Be sure to look for reviews done by users with a high Tech Level as some made by less experienced owners are colored by that lack of experience. While you are new to this, looking at the reviews by more saavy enthusiasts I think will provide more objectivity.

Next, if you'd like go over to overclock.net and either join or look at the MB forums. There is a ton of information there about the more popular boards, and quite a bit even about the less popular choices.
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17 Sep 2010   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by si8mon View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wysiwyg View Post
This is a motherboard that would fit your needs. from Novatech at £220.

Asus 1366 Rampage II Extreme 6400MT/S

Computer Supplies and PC Components from Novatech Rampage II Extreme&f=Asus rampage 2 extreme
Thanks for the link.

I would to know what are the major differences between the

ASUS P6X58D Premium Motherboard

and the

ASUS Rampage II Extreme Motherboard


As far as I can tell the Rampage has ATX and ESATA. Is it the rampage worth the money?

The Rampage is a highend enthusiast board.
The bios are quite extensive, and its designed for extreme Overclocking etc.

Is it worth it?
Only if you plan on extreme OCing, and building a very high-end machine.
Meaning Xifire / X-fire X or Tri-SLI builds + Extreme Overclocking.


If mild-moderate OCing or none at all, and a mid-higher end range machine, you can get by with cheaper.
Even for multiple GPU setups.

Its really up to you.
But if your are not doing any extreme OCing, or have no desire to get really intimate with the Bios, the Rampage is likely too much board IMHO.
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17 Sep 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tony22 View Post
si8mon, I have two suggestions:

While it may not be a choice for actual e-purchase since you are in Oz, go to the Newegg website and look over the motherboards. They offer a nice Compare utility which you can use to see the differences between boards. The user reviews are also good as a reference only. Be sure to look for reviews done by users with a high Tech Level as some made by less experienced owners are colored by that lack of experience. While you are new to this, looking at the reviews by more saavy enthusiasts I think will provide more objectivity.

Next, if you'd like go over to overclock.net and either join or look at the MB forums. There is a ton of information there about the more popular boards, and quite a bit even about the less popular choices.
Thanks, that compare feature on Newegg is really useful.

After a bit of searching i'm leaning towards the ASUS P6X58D Premium motherboard.

Edit: Wishmaster your right, I probably wouldn't use half the features on the Rampage.
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17 Sep 2010   #8

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

If you're looking for the latest technology, note that the X58 Socket 1366 boards are basically two years old. (I've had mine since January 2009.) Some have been refreshed a bit (USB3 and 6Gb SATA add-ons), but they are nearing the end of their time as leading-edge motherboards.

Intel's "Sandy Bridge" CPUs are expected to be released in Q1 or Q2 2011. That'll require a new socket, chipset, etc.

You want hardware that'll be relevant for 10 years? That seems optimistic.
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18 Sep 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Looking at these two mobos.

GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R

ASUS P6X58D-E

There basically identical but the gigabyte is a tad cheaper. If you had to pick between these two what would you pick and whats the better brand, because their both good from what I heard.
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19 Sep 2010   #10

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

These boards are very close in specs. I'm going to have you do some reading

1st individual reviews, then a comparison where both were in the mix.

Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R Review - Overclockers Club

ASUS P6X58D-E Motherboard Review - Overclockers Club

X58 In 2010: Four LGA 1366 Boards With USB 3.0 And SATA 6Gb/s : Being Well-Connected

The Gigabyte barely was Tom's choice. A Guy
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