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Hey guys,

This is stinky ... I have actually been at this forum for a while, since Dec 2009 in fact only that I changed my account name. As you can see I have given myself the title "mobo master" and now I would like to live up to that title by helping out my fellow OCN'ers so then they can frag their opponents in games, fold some proteins or even work on their work station!!!

Throughout this guide I will go through the dominant Intel chipsets as of now, the LGA1366, and the LGA115. And yes, I will add in the new chipsets available for Ivy after it is released... For each socket I will go through what I believe to be the best "budget", "mid-range" and "high end/enthusiast" boards.

Please stay tuned and I hope you enjoy my guide!
Edited by stinky - 5/26/11 at 9:53pm
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OK, we all know that the LGA1366 socket is a dead man walking at the moment, but it was and still is a very popular socket. Even after the release of Sandy Bridge, it was still a lot of enthusiast's first choice, clearly winning out when it came to folding or extreme CPU intensive tasks which utilized the 6-core CPU's which were available to the socket. Nevertheless, here we go!

Budget: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R ~$200

We all know that $200 shouldn't really be considered a budget board, however this was LGA1366, the enthusiasts choice. This board was really one of the only to make users think "why the hell would I need to spend any more money on a mobo". It gave us SATA3, USB3, 4x PCI-Ex16, and support for 3-Way SLI and CrossFireX to boot! This truly was the best bang for the buck board!

Mid-Range: Asus P6X58-E WS ~$300

Classified as a workstation motherboard and weighing in at around $300, this was one hell of a board by Asus. Of course while ideally being for workstations it also gave gamers and hardcore folders alike the edge with its true 3-Way SLI (3x full x16 bandwith) enabling users to get the most out of their high end GPU's! Again shipped with SATA3 and USB3 and even Dual Intel LAN, making it even more enticing. Unfortunately, the board does not support CrossFireX which really creams my corn... However, that is what you trade off for the raw power of the NF200 chip.

High End/Enthusiast: EVGA Classified SR-2 ~$580

I know, I know, it isn't an X58 board, but it is better- I mean it beats all of its competitors to a pulp! It was probably the only board I have ever known that made me go holy $*** the first time I saw it . Supporting Dual Xeon's, 4-Way SLI and CrossFireX, Dual Gigabit LAN and a whopping 48GB of RAM, this was the perfect base for any system whose aim was to leave you a hobo. This was the board of 2010, no questions asked... It sure as hell beats out the gimmicky Rampage III Black Edition or G1-Assassin and does it even on it own proprietary format which is really homo. However it does give you the excuse to buy an awesome Mountain Mods case or do some SERIOUS modding !!!
Edited by stinky - 5/26/11 at 9:51pm
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If you have ever looked down at my sig rig, you would have noticed that even I have jumped on the Sandy Bridge bandwagon. Moving from the AM3 socket, it showed improvements in all my areas of computing, those being both video encoding and gaming. Unfortunately, by buying the i5-2300, it really limits my overclocking potential. However, the "K" models have produced some of the highest conventional overclocks that we have seen to date. This factor combined with the 2nd generation i3/i5/i7 core makes this socket a cheaper and faster alternative to the lga1366 socket when it comes to gaming, and almost all cpu intensive tasks (excluding folding and applications which take advantage of 12 or more threads). Whilst this socket has many, many supporters, it will soon be taken down by LGA2011...

Budget: Gigabyte GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 ~$125

For a while I was looking for a nice mATX board for a LAN party rig, and I came across this. I didn't buy it unfortunately, however I was amazed after looking at the specs and then the price! I mean this thing has 3x PCI-E 2.0 x16 slots, which is simply amazing for an mATX board. For example, weven on some of the high end mATX boards such as the Asus Maximus III Gene were we unable to see such an abundance of GPU slots! The other factor which really makes this board amazing for its $125 price tag is the fact that it contains the Z68 chipset. While I personally have no use for it, the Z68 chipset has a multitude of cool features, the main ones being that of an overclockable integrated GPU and SSD caching. In the end, this is one hell of a deal!

Mid-Range: Asus P8P67 Pro ~$180

Anandtech described this $160-$190 range the sweet spot when it came to the P67 boards, and I would have to agree with them. While the P8P67 Pro faced its fair share of competitors, it stuck out for me mainly due to its multitude of features and robust overclocking options. There isn't much to say, Asus delivered a great product here that gave the users from a high end board, but at a mid-range price. You can't get much better than that, can you folks!

High End/Enthusiast: Asus P8P67 WS Revolution ~$260

For me, for a motherboard to be classified as an enthusiast board, it must be able to run 2-Way SLI/CFX at full x16 bandwidths. Luckily, with the NF200 chipset on this baby we can do exactly that. There are several other features that I love about this board, including Dual Intel LAN and its ability to support Quad-Fire and 4-Way SLI! Overall this is a killer board and in my opinions it beats out all of the other NF200 boards in both features and price. So c'mon and give it up and follow the REVOLUTION!!!
Edited by stinky - 5/28/11 at 7:55pm
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Edited by stinky - 5/26/11 at 9:52pm
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Nice effort you've started!
    
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Nice

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i5 2500K 4.3Ghz @~1.344 V ASUS P8Z68 V PRO Sapphire HD5870 2GB Eyefinity 6 G.Skill Sniper 1866 Mhz 9-10-9-28@1T 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Samsung F3 1TB, Maxtor 500GB, SG 1.5 TB LG Lightscribe Windows 7 64bit Samsung 2333HD (TN Panel) 
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generic wireless keyboard from Logitech Antec TruePower New 650 watts NZXT Gamma dell optical 
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simple 
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sorry I was gone on a school trip... which was so damn gay!!! I will get the rest finished asap
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Complete so far, as LGA2011 has yet to be released...
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