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I want to upgrade from 775, I got an ABIT AB9 and a Q6600. My videocard is a GTX570 and I want to keep it up with my VGA. I know nothing about the new motherboards so I would like some suggestions, best for the GTX 570. Maybe 3 or 4 boards for me to check some reviews and tests. Priority would be low operating temps, will be using it for general stuff, gaming, CAD, audio recording... Also will be needing a processor for it so I welcome any help.

Thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 10
On my sig rig I use an Asus P8P67-Pro coupled with an 2500k. It works quite well. If you are going to be doing CAD work I would suggest the 2600k (has hyperthreading). Also if you plan on upgrading to an SSD at some point I would consider the P8Z68-Pro coupled with the 2600k.
If your upgrade plans are not immediate I would wait a bit longer for the Ivy Bridge boards and processors or Bulldozer to come out. But as your current system is Intel based Ivy Bridge or the Sandy Bridge Series would suit you well. Sandy Bridge is relatively low temp and the processors overclock very well on air. At stock speeds they run quite cool.
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Do you have a budget for CPU+board+mem?
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post #4 of 10
Asus P67 Pro or Asrock p67 extreme 4 or the Z68 variants Asus Z68 Pro or Asrock Z687 extreme 4. these are the best performance and features for their price, plus they can SLI/Crossfire and are great overclockers.
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post #5 of 10
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Do you have a budget for CPU+board+mem?
About 600Euros +- 50Euros
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With that you can buy a 2600K+8GB RAM + a very nice P67 or Z68 mobo.

Asus P8Z68-V PRO

GA-Z68XP-UD5

I would buy a Z68 based board if you plan on upgrading in the future to a SSD based storage.
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I would save a little bit on cpu and features and get a SSD for OS NOW (and not just as cache):
asus p8p67 pro or asrock p67 extreme4
2500k
g.skill ripjaws X ddr3-1600 (2x2GB)
ocz vertex 3 120gb

You should be under 650€ and the improvement of the OS on SSD is as much as upgrading the cpu in the way that you will FEEL the system much faster.
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Im a bit confused here. Do these motherboards have PCIexpress 2.0 video slot? I cant see anywhere being specified that the slot is 2.0, is this because they all are and no need to add the 2.0 (PCIe x16 2.0)?
I feel SSDs are a little too expensive for the moment, but yeah why not have a ready for it mobo when i want one.
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Quote:
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Im a bit confused here. Do these motherboards have PCIexpress 2.0 video slot? I cant see anywhere being specified that the slot is 2.0, is this because they all are and no need to add the 2.0 (PCIe x16 2.0)?
Yes, all sandy bridge chipsets have pcie 2.0.

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I feel SSDs are a little too expensive for the moment, but yeah why not have a ready for it mobo when i want one.
I mean to use it for the OS, NOT as cache, which z68 allows, but it gives really too small benefit, and there is a huge difference as having your OS there. Once u try, you will never go back to mechanical discs.

If it fits your budget, the vertex3 is the best that there is now and 120gb gives you space to install one or two games for which it will improves the load times. If not and are on tight budget, the 60GB Agility3 can fit perfectly your needs.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Telstar View Post
If it fits your budget, the vertex3 is the best that there is now and 120gb gives you space to install one or two games for which it will improves the load times. If not and are on tight budget, the 60GB Agility3 can fit perfectly your needs.
PS: there are some serious issues of the new sandforce-based SSDs. I would go with intel this round, or wait for a (real) fix.
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