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Ok so the time is creeping closer and I have my eye set on a good 3930K (Ivy Bridge just doesn't look appealing to me yet). The only problem I am having is choosing a motherboard layout that fits everything I want in the best sort of way and I have a few questions.

Right now since I am upgrading mostly using the cards I have now, I need to find the best arrangement to use what I have currently.

The Cards I need to fit are...

2 Zotac 560TI OC cards (Fan in the center of the card)
1 X-Fi Titanium
1 ASUS Duel HD TV Tuner

All fitting into a Corsair 500R case. (If I had a Cooler Master 922 I would just Remote Mount the TV Tuner in the Virtical Slot tongue.gif )

Right now in my X48 board, I have my old PCI X-Fi Platinum in the top PCI Slot above the first 560Ti, then below that TI I have the TV Tuner in a PCI-E 1X Slot with the last 560Ti in the lower PCI-E 16X then some free space above the PS.

The conundrum I have is trying my best to have an extra slot below the 560TI's since the central fan mounting = crap for airflow. I really hate all the OEM's taking the Reference coolers from the rear of the card and putting it in the center which then gets what 50% blockage from the card right below it? With stock fan settings the one card that is blocked currently, gets up to 90C+ and with my custom fan setting; it stays around 81C max, but is always 6-10C hotter than the one with the unblocked fan. The TV Tuner is only 1/2 size so it would be the card to use if I have to block a card.

The other question I have is, If I go with a Rampage Formula IV (Hey might as well stay with the tried and true Formula group), Would it work fine to use the X-Fi In the top 16X slot, GPU in the 2nd, Space before the 2nd 560Ti, then TV Tuner in the bottom X16 slot (Can't put a 560Ti in the last 16X since there isn't enough room between it and the PSU.) One thing I am curious about is if performance is affected at all by having the X-Fi in one of the 16X slots, or if the GPU's would do anything to cause interference with the X-Fi or would slot placement (X-FI being lower on the slot chain) cause any issues whatsoever? I have been out of the game a bit since my last Customer build was a simple 2600K with a Sabertooth, SLI 480's and not much else as far as slots go thank God since the 480's used almost a triple slot cooler lol.

I am also looking at the P9X79 PRO Deluxe if I removed the TV tuner as I could just use the separate X16 slot above the bottom X16 slot and have my 2nd nic card. Though I still want to research both boards to see what I want in the long run. Love ROG stuff, but that Deluxe looks good too.. Damn decisions decisions..


So there is my problem. I guess if I must I can just keep the TV Tuner out of the comp. (Nice to have but not essential) and then I would have room up the wazoo. I also prefer to remain ASUS unless someone can really push me to think otherwise. The ASRock stuff I have to admit has been looking better and better as has the Gigabyte stuff but their slot placement and overall design still is awesome/ugly as hell though they do have a nice X-Fi onboard solution, but I need Optical-In which the Onboards do not support. I would have liked a board with Duel Nic's, but also not essential.

This all points toward the later time when I decide what I want to do as far as GPU upgrades go. The 560Ti's I think will last me till whatever the next Refresh is as the 680 is awesome/stupid coming from Nvidia right now. ( I know they are lying to us wink.gif )
Edited by IM0001 - 4/16/12 at 11:23am
     
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Lots of reading and searching and browsing...

I think I am just going to drop the TV tuner for now, Possibly squeeze it in but no longer care to have to find a motherboard to fit around it when I can just pick up a USB one down the line.

So I am leaning toward the P9X79 Deluxe. Still not 100% decided but it appears to push out the Formula asside from the lack of 4X16X slots.

Not like it matters a ton now but it may in the future, no matter what I do if I tried to fit the X-Fi and Tuner into the P9, I would have to populate all 3 of the 16X slots that appear to share the 40 lanes, the minute I do that even though I am only going to use one lane, it would nock it down to a 16X 8X 8X correct? Not like it will be essential to my system at present, but if I ended up with 2 PCI-E 3.0 GPU's, it would restrict things in the future Hmm..
     
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I'd get the Sabertooth X79 wink.gif
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Quote:
Originally Posted by garikfox View Post

I'd get the Sabertooth X79 wink.gif

While I love the Sabertooth, the slot layout is absolute rubbish as any use of SLI would mean one card would have blocked airflow from the X-Fi. With the Deluxe I can at least rock the X-Fi in a X16 slot all by itself and have plenty of space for the top card and nothing below the bottom card. :/

Plus there are a lot of fancy features on the Deluxe the Sabertooth doesn't have.
     
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Yeah go for the Deluxe then thumb.gif
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I really like the Asrock X79 Professional . The expansion layout is really great and akin to the X79 Rampage. Looks to be a really nice board and Asrock have been doing great lately.
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The ASRock is a very nice board as is the Gigabyte, but both offer a few less features and the slot placement actually results in less versatility in the long run as I have no need for PCI for any reason and in turn takes up organization roon. I was damn tempted to just spring for a Extreme but instead decided on the Deluxe as it has I think the most bang for the buck in this case. Paired with a nice 3930K, it should bring my CPU processing speed up to current levels once again. smile.gif

Hope to be up and running later this week. smile.gif
     
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