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post #1 of 9
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Hi everyone. I am planning to build a new computer and I have an intel i950 socket 1366 CPU.

I am looking at some boards for sale at my local computer shop and I have no idea what boards to choose.

I am hoping someone can give list me 3 to 5 good boards to think about from this site here:

http://www.canadacomputers.com/index.php?cPath=26_342&sort=0&brand=0&price=2&location=0




Below is what I intend to do with the system. Any help is really really appreciated in advance.


This is what I intend to do with they system:

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:

This is what I would like to do on this system

High End Graphic PC Gaming
Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, Access, Excel
Regular Email (Example: google, yahoo, etc)
Downloading/Uploading Streaming Video
Music Player
Computer Programming (Visual Basic, C++, Java, Perl, HTML/XHTML)
Games to be played on System: Counterstrike 1.5, Counterstrike Source, Bad Company 2 & 3, Diablo 3, Any high graphic end first person shooter game that comes out later in future. Would like to make certain that this system will be able to play any future games.
Would like Raid capability.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: CPU, Monitor, keyboard, mouse, speaker, Operating System (Win 98, XP, Windows 7, Fedora), HAFX computer case


PARTS REQUIRED:

Motherboard
Graphics Card
Memory
Hard Drive
Power Supply
Heat Sink
DVD/CD Burner

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: www.canadacomputers.com (prefer to buy only locally as I know the people at the store)

PARTS PREFERENCES: N/A

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes (Not needed but good in the future)

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Using a SyncMaster 931w with 2000:1 Dynamic contrast. Using windows XP Pro with the following settings at 1152 x 864 (will be upgrading the monitor sometime soon)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:

Computer needs to be able to do multi-tasking with multiple windows open without freezing or clogging.
Ablility to ALT TAB out quickly launch or access programs
Computer Fans Need to be quiet (Friend has a computer and sounds like a vacuum cleaner/airplane combo when turned on - don't need this)
Low to moderate power consumption if possible
Something that will suit my needs and will continue on in future for quite sometime
post #2 of 9
In all honesty, you'd be better off selling the i7 950 and getting an i5 2500k. You could probably sell the 950 for $150 and get a better machine because of it.

Either way, have a look at the Gigabyte UD5 or the P6X58D range biggrin.gif

Also, windows XP won't allow you to utilise all your memory.

Comps
post #3 of 9
Had a P6X58D-Premium and loved it.
post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by compuman145 View Post

In all honesty, you'd be better off selling the i7 950 and getting an i5 2500k. You could probably sell the 950 for $150 and get a better machine because of it.
Either way, have a look at the Gigabyte UD5 or the P6X58D range biggrin.gif
Also, windows XP won't allow you to utilise all your memory.
Comps

I could sell it but I really got alot of things to do and I would rather put it to good use.

I bought 2x i950 on boxing day last year. The price was too good to pass off $269.99 (Original retail price was about $330 to $350). I was planning to build 1 system and if everything went well to build the 2nd system at a later date. Family, work and other things put me off from building the 2nd system.


My current build is as follows:

CPU - i950 intel socket 1366
MOBO - ASUS P6X58D-E Socket 1366
CASE - HAF X COOLER MASTER
HEATSINK - COOLER MASTER HYPER 212
HDD - 2x Western Digital Caviar Black (Currently in Raid 0)
GRAPHICS CARD - EVGA GeForce GTX 460 768 MB
PSU - CORSAIR HX SERIES CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX EPS12V Power Supply
RAM - GSKILL RIP JAWS SERIES DDR3 1600 MHz PC3-12800 6GB (3x2GB) Tripple Channel
DVD/CD - SONY SATA DVD/CD writer

I haven't overclocked anything yet and I love the system as its fast and stable.

Right now I really want to use the 2nd CPU and make another computer.

I am honestly looking for opinions on 3 to 4 mobos to choose from here: http://www.canadacomputers.com/index.php?cPath=26_342&sort=0&brand=0&price=2&location=0

One person suggested the Asus SABERTOOTH X58 Socket 1366 to me but again I'm not sure myself. In terms of money I am not really concerned anything from a $350.00 or less is good for me. But

I am thinking maybe just getting the ASUS P6X58D-E Socket 1366 but I want to hear what people have to say.

Anyone have can point me out 3 or 4 good boards to consider that would be great from the website I listed here: http://www.canadacomputers.com/index.php?cPath=26_342&sort=0&brand=0&price=2&location=0
post #5 of 9
You really can't go wrong with either the Sabertooth or the P6X58D-E, just depends what one you like the looks of better...spending so much more (350 over 200)on the mobo is a waste when you can put that extra 150 towards a better GPU or something.
post #6 of 9
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Originally Posted by Sean Webster View Post

You really can't go wrong with either the Sabertooth or the P6X58D-E, just depends what one you like the looks of better...spending so much more (350 over 200)on the mobo is a waste when you can put that extra 150 towards a better GPU or something.

Looks don't matter to me. I honestly want to pick the best board that offers the best performance.

Again I am hoping someone can give list me 3 to 4 good boards to consider from the local computer shop I go to here: http://www.canadacomputers.com/index.php?cPath=26_342&sort=0&brand=0&price=2&location=0
post #7 of 9
Just go with the sabertooth, you clearly need to be told what to do rather than us just giving you the benifits etc of the boards, so just go out, buy the sabertooth and you'll be fine.

Comps
post #8 of 9
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Originally Posted by chrisbek View Post

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sean Webster View Post

You really can't go wrong with either the Sabertooth or the P6X58D-E, just depends what one you like the looks of better...spending so much more (350 over 200)on the mobo is a waste when you can put that extra 150 towards a better GPU or something.

Looks don't matter to me. I honestly want to pick the best board that offers the best performance.

Again I am hoping someone can give list me 3 to 4 good boards to consider from the local computer shop I go to here: http://www.canadacomputers.com/index.php?cPath=26_342&sort=0&brand=0&price=2&location=0

All the mobos will give you the same O.C. basically. Either of the two I listed will do fine.

If you really feel like wasting money on a straight up overclocking board get the gigabyte X58A OC, but since it isn't there get the Asus Rampage III or Gigabyte assassin.

Though they will basically give you the same performance as the other cheaper boards....
post #9 of 9
what did you finally settle for?
i too am looking for a good 1366 socket mb.
i found asus ROG extreme III black edition or extreme to be the most preferred
asus sabertooth is also considered fine
do let me know your system build
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