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  • 50% (5)
    Asus Rampage Extreme III
  • 50% (5)
    Asus P9x79
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post #1 of 19
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Hi, im new around here and I just wanted some advice.
Im building a gaming PC and was wondering which motherboard is better

1. Asus Rampage Extreme III
or
2. Asus P9x79

I was thinking about putting a i7-920 in the Extreme and a i7-3820 in the P9.

The Extreme seems more top of the line but older and doesn't support 2nd gen i7's while the p9x79 does, any feedback would be much appreciated.

Also, if you guys know of any other good motherboard include them in the response.

Thanks!
post #2 of 19
I'd definitely go with the X79 board, just because it's a newer platform with all the new technologies & features
Yes the Rampage is an Extreme ROG board, but it's an older platform, it has a crappy marvell SATA 3 controller - if I recall correctly, PCIE 2.0, not so good USB 3.0 also fewer ports (USB 3 was still new back then) ......etc.

Also the architecture of newer CPUs on X79 is far more efficient & you have support for more RAM - up to 64GB.
Edited by MReda - 9/4/12 at 8:54am
post #3 of 19
go for the x79. It is new and is the replacement for the old 1366 stuff. If you can go for the new platform you are current instead of instantly outdated and slow.

also remember you need a K series chip if you want to overclock, so I would highly suggest getting a K series chip instead of the locked down chip.

go for the 3930k chip if you can stretch your budget that much.
post #4 of 19
If gaming is what you intend on doing most with this build I would suggest the i5 3570k chip with the Maximus V Formula. If you are in need of the hyper threading that the i7 offers get the 3770k. You could save a little scratch and go with a different Asus Z77 board but I am not one to be talking people out of really nice boards. (See my sig rig). If you have your heart set on the enthussiast line of processors using the X79 chip then go for the 3820 with Rampage IV Formula. The X79 is a fantastic way to go...it costs ALOT of money not just in the MB and CPU but all the rest of the stuff that goes with it to take advantage of that power plus the extra juice at the wall. Z77 with a 3570k or 3770k is ALOT cheaper all the way around. They both get outstanding OCs and will meet your needs for a couple of years if not more.

What else are you planning to buy to complete this build?

Es
Edited by Sporadic E - 9/4/12 at 9:04am
 
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post #5 of 19
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Originally Posted by thrasherht View Post

go for the x79. It is new and is the replacement for the old 1366 stuff. If you can go for the new platform you are current instead of instantly outdated and slow.
also remember you need a K series chip if you want to overclock, so I would highly suggest getting a K series chip instead of the locked down chip.
go for the 3930k chip if you can stretch your budget that much.

The 3820 is only semi locked. OCing is done a little differently using the BLCK and the mult to achieve good OCs. 3820s can get good OCs over 4.5GHz. I have mine at 4.6GHz.
 
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post #6 of 19
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The 3820 is only semi locked. OCing is done a little differently using the BLCK and the mult to achieve good OCs. 3820s can get good OCs over 4.5GHz. I have mine at 4.6GHz.

is it the same as the 1155 chips? where you can only bump up your blck a small amount before ruining stuff?
post #7 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by thrasherht View Post

is it the same as the 1155 chips? where you can only bump up your blck a small amount before ruining stuff?

On 1155 chips the cpu's noted with a "k" at the end are multiplier unlocked such as the 2500K 2600K 3570K etc
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post #8 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by thrasherht View Post

is it the same as the 1155 chips? where you can only bump up your blck a small amount before ruining stuff?

Kind of. The X79 boards handle it better. You will be speeding up your PCI lanes and what not that will cause issue if you go to far. The mult goes to 43 so even with a small 105 BLCK you can get 4.6GHz which is pretty good OC. You can also change the CPU divider to work with 125 BLCK so your board will have stable PCI lanes and normal memory speeds. With 125 BLCK and a divder of 125 you can get your OC pretty high but it takes a little more tweaking.
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Originally Posted by Chewy View Post

On 1155 chips the cpu's noted with a "k" at the end are multiplier unlocked such as the 2500K 2600K 3570K etc

He was referring to the non k chips that have a locked mult but you can tweek the BLCK to get a small OC, go to far and you risk loosing some parts.

Es
Edited by Sporadic E - 9/4/12 at 11:43am
 
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post #9 of 19
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Edited by halloweengoblin - 9/4/12 at 11:38pm
post #10 of 19
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sporadic E View Post

What else are you planning to buy to complete this build?
Es

So far I have a Coolermaster CM 690 II Mid case.

I'm thinking Radeon HD 6970 for graphics, Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1600 MHz, and a 750 W power supply. This was from my original plan with the Extreme III.

I'm not that familiar with overclocking so for starters I just want a good gaming PC without having to overclock, but I might want the option later on when I learn these things.
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