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post #11 of 26
You're welcome! I'd like to inform you that the E3G3 board does support ISRT as seen here. Just scroll down to the 3rd last feature. I am a bit disappointed that it doesn't have USB 3.0 front headers, but the E4G3 is about $60 more expensive. So it's a workaround on front 3.0, or 60 bucks thumb.gif
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Yeah, I did some more research and I see that basically the Front USB 3.0 headers on the board itself are basically the only thing I wouldn't have, but I CAN see myself getting a USB 3.0 external drive in the near future, as well as other 3.0 components as the next few years bring more and more 3.0 hardware, so 2 3.0 ports might be adequate for only another year or so. Which makes the extra 60 a bit more worth it, as I do need to ensure about 3 years of use out of the machine. (And actually, it'll be six, because my fiancee ends up taking my builds when I am done with them, adding a few upgrades of his own, and getting yet another 3 years out of them.) So.... yeah... maybe I'll go for the E4G3. It is still cheaper than the asus board. I've always heard basically the same level of reviews about each company's products, and am fairly certain the quality between the two boards is pretty close, but I've always been an Asus fanboy in the past, and have always bought asus boards. However, the slightly inflated premium price they come with has me considering the alternatives.
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post #13 of 26
I can do with the 2 3.0 ports. So it's a matter of taste really.
Glad I could be of help!
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post #14 of 26
Well I don't notice a difference in terms of cache/ more cores and HT in games. So far in SKyrim/BF3 this 2500k/z68 FTW outperforms my w3680+x58 classified (6 core 12 thread, 12MB l3 cache) in terms of fps and overall smoothness.
post #15 of 26
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Thanks for weighing in, Shogun. I have been reading, comparing, researching, reviewing, and repeating for days. My eyes are bloodshot. That may or may not be due to the reading, ha. I think my most favored setup right now is the Asus P8Z68-Pro/Gen3, a 2500k ofc, 8gb (4x2 - something sexy on the QVL), the Samsung 830 64GB SSD and a 2 TB Caviar Green in ISRT, 2 Samsung 830 128GB SSD's in Raid0 as my games drive, the EVGA GeForce GTX 580 Classified ULTRA 3GB, and the Corsair H100 and Corsair 600T Case. If I go with the Antec 902V3 Case, I'll use the Antec Kuhler 920, but I'm leaning toward the former as the H100 has better cooling ability, and the Corsair case has mounts ready. I'm considering a minor case mod so I can keep the 200mm top case fan for the pull side of a push/pull config on the H100. I'm +repping those of you who comment. I really appreciate the help with working out these ideas!

Edit: My main concern is whether I will be able to do BOTH ISRT and the RAID0. The chipset appears to only support Raid on 2 of the 4 6GB SATA3 ports. If my research (read last night at about 2am) has not led me astray, I think ISRT relies on a specially managed RAID0 configuration. I haven't yet read the ISRT installation instructions for any of the boards, but that's on my to-do list, which will of course tell me if I am going to be unable to do both of these functions. My hope - and I fear it isn't going to work - is to be able to put my RAID0 SSD's on the 2 6gb ports that support raid, and then put the caviar green and 64gb SSD on the other 2 6gb ports in ISRT. If ISRT does indeed use a RAID0 setup, then I may be stuck choosing one or the other. Fingers crossed. IF anyone knows, do hollah. smile.gif
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post #16 of 26
Check out the EVGA Mother Boards if you want a good looking board that performs - Asus makes good stuff but their boards are Fugly IMO.
post #17 of 26
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Aw, you think so? I've always liked the look of my asus boards. The EVGA boards also look very good though, I will admit. Still, I'm more concerned about OC performance, and in my research I seem to find a lot of support for Asus as the go-to boards for OC'ing. I suppose no one here is recommending boards that suck for OC, though, eh? >.< Would you have a model recommendation for my setup? Bear in mind I want to basically do a v.fast raid0 at a minimum.
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post #18 of 26
Alright I've been away from my computer for a few days but I found this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pxJ6JECQuQ ) video while I was researching h100 for myself and honestly I think this may be the way I'm going to mount it. It also looks like it may increase cooling to the video card which is an added bonus although you may loose a few degrees on the cpu but it's basically getting fresh air from the front fan. Something to consider.
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post #19 of 26
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It's an interesting idea but I don't think it'll work with the 580 classified ultra card that will be going in. What do you think about the idea of putting the 200mm on the side mesh panel as the exhaust, and mounting the H100 on top with 4 fans in push/pull-intake? Rear fan would intake, front fan would intake. Coolest possible air hitting the H100 and with 4 fans in push/pull, the best possible airflow over the rad. I haven't yet seen the mesh or anything in person... so I'm not sure how extensive the case mod would have to be to make it work, but it isn't designed for it, which just seems like a waste of an obvious opportunity to me, but perhaps I am missing something.
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post #20 of 26
The side panel can mount 4 120mm fans if I remember correctly so mounting the 200 mm may be iffy although it is mesh so you could probably put a screw through it and a nut on the inside and it would work but I havn't tried so I cannot confirm. Other than that what you posted above seams like a good idea. Just keep in mind the top mesh doesn't have a dust filter so if you use it as an intake you will be blowing dust into your case. (although you could easily attach some screen / filter material to the inside to make it act as a filter)
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