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So I've been trying to purchase a Crosshair IV/V here used but the deals seem to keep falling through, so I figured I would ask you experts for help in finding a motherboard that would fit my needs.

I have a 955 BE already, with a 460, 8gb of Gskill sniper, two SATA HDD's, and a 750W Antec PSU otw.
Short term I would like to have is two SLI 460's, 16gb+ of RAM, the ability to add in a SSD, card reader (<- these are surprisingly hard to pick out), and a sata DVD-RW
Long term I would like to get into overclocking, since I'm already here and all you know?, so I would need a board that can support all the gadgets and gizmos I'm sure to need for that undertaking

The better half has told me I have a maximum budget of about $165 for the board, but if I can keep it under $125 she (meaning I) would be happier.

So, my dear guru's, help me please?
post #2 of 29
Not the latest tech but the ASUS M4A79T-Deluxe has let me do wonderful things with the 955BE and it can be had used for 125.00. Very strong in overclocking,some say it was THE AM3 OC board when it first came out.

Don't go for a newer chipset board that has less to offer in the cpu power regulation department.
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Don't go for a newer chipset board that has less to offer in the cpu power regulation department.
What do you mean?
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I recommend these boards:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128514

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131754


*note, they are all solid boards. Supports SLI and Crossfire, so you won't be stuck when you choose to change different GPUs in the future.

The ASUS M4A79T-Deluxe that PCCstudent recommend does not support SLI, unless you're willing to do the SLI hack.

Hope this helps.
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Very helpful Raise, thank you. I think the Gigabyte would be the better option of those two since it has 2 x16 slots, other than that they are nearly identical huh?
The color is pretty cool to, although I will wish my RAM had something other than black heatsinks if I go with that one
post #6 of 29
Lol we have the same system, just different GPU: 2GB HD 6950
I'd get the Gigabyte board, I BELIEVE they have better cooling, or this one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157262 (I'd have gotten it if it's the same price in CAD *sigh*)
ps: I heard u can charge your iPhone quicker on the giga board best selling feature right there /sarcasm
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m4N98td-evo ..good phase-power..good vrm heatsinks..supports SLI or 1 ati card (it's the biggest,best nvidia chipset) $130 @ the egg
 
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Amusingly enough, I just RMA'd that ASRock board. It died on me after a week. Which is why I'm soliciting advice on here, since I essentially got a second chance to make an educated purchase

I honestly considered going Radeon for the very first time ever with this build but I had no idea what I was doing, have always owned GeForce's, so I just went with what I knew.
post #9 of 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by PCCstudent View Post
Don't go for a newer chipset board that has less to offer in the cpu power regulation department.
um....no.

Improvements in driver, and transistor technology have occurred, todays top end boards are far better than the M479T

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m4N98td-evo ..good phase-power..good vrm heatsinks..supports SLI or 1 ati card (it's the biggest,best nvidia chipset) $130 @ the egg
Except is suffers from massive vdroop, and like most nvidia chipsets, overclocks poorly.

If you want to get into overclocking, i highly suggest you go with AMD chipset based boards. There is no reason to even consider nvidia chipsets anymore now that AMD chipsets support SLI

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Originally Posted by Death Jester View Post
Amusingly enough, I just RMA'd that ASRock board. It died on me after a week. Which is why I'm soliciting advice on here, since I essentially got a second chance to make an educated purchase

I honestly considered going Radeon for the very first time ever with this build but I had no idea what I was doing, have always owned GeForce's, so I just went with what I knew.
I would recoomend the ASrock 990FX Ext4, or the Gigabyte UD3.
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post #10 of 29
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How is the customer support for Gigabyte and Asus? I've used ASRock, besides the fact they are all Asian and sorta hard to understand the gentleman I spoke to was very helpful with troubleshooting.
I own an old Asus board but never had to use their support.
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