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Hey guys, it's been a long time since I last posted here.

I'm planning to upgrade my gaming rig from:

i7 920, 6GBs of RAM, GTX560ti

to

i7 3820, 8GBs of RAM for quad-channel and a GTX670

Naturally, I would need a new motherboard as well. I currently have an ASUS Rampage III Formula.

More detailed specifications of my original rig are in my signature at the bottom just for reference.

Have been using this bad boy for a good 3 years now and thought it was time to upgrade.

Right now I'm eyeing on a deal for an ASRock X79 Champion motherboard with an Intel i7 3820 for 600$ and as always, looking for some good advice before making any purchases.

One problem is that my current CPU cooler is a Noctua NH-D14 with 3x fans on it and I was going to buy the 2011 mounting bracket as well for the new motherboard but with a little research found out that there are some compatibility issues with these two since the huge heatsink once installed, resides over the first PCIEx16 slot. I Googled everywhere and didn't seem to find a particular solution... Noctua site says it IS compatible... but I'd have to use another PCIE slot for my graphic card.

Is it even possible to use another PCIE slot (ie. PCIE3) for one GTX670 graphic card for now? Is there some kind of way to configure from BIOS to setup PCIE slot arrangement (besides speed)?

I'm still open to any recommendations for any other X79 motherboards out there since money isn't that much of an issue (although I still want to save as much as I can).

Thanks a lot in advance and I hope for a lot of posts here!!!thumb.gif
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 920 D0 ASUS Rampage III Formula MSI GeForce GTX560 Ti OC D5 Corsair Dominator Pro 12800 2Gx3 x1 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Intel X25-m G2 Intel 520 series WD Black Caviar LG Blu-ray Rewriter 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Noctua NH-D14 3x fans Windows 7 Ultimate x64 23" LG IPS LED MS Sidewinder X6 
PowerCaseMouse
Cougar GX 800W 80Plus Gold CM Cosmos S MS Sidewinder X8 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 920 D0 ASUS Rampage III Formula MSI GeForce GTX560 Ti OC D5 Corsair Dominator Pro 12800 2Gx3 x1 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Intel X25-m G2 Intel 520 series WD Black Caviar LG Blu-ray Rewriter 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Noctua NH-D14 3x fans Windows 7 Ultimate x64 23" LG IPS LED MS Sidewinder X6 
PowerCaseMouse
Cougar GX 800W 80Plus Gold CM Cosmos S MS Sidewinder X8 
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