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Hi,

I am looking to purchase a new motherboard to replace my current P4P800SE AGP motherboard. I have narrowed the choices down to these:

Asus Rampage Extreme
Asus Maximus Extreme
eVGA 790i SLI Ultra
Asus Striker II extreme
Asus P5E3 Premium

The CPU will be a 45nm Yorkfield QX9650 which I wish to overclock to a QX9770 and no more. I also wish there to be no problems with stability when the overclock does occur.
post #2 of 20
Personally I'd chose Gigabyte GA-X48T-DQ6 mainly 'cuz I'm Gigabyte's fan but I think the X48 chipset is great for quad CPUs.
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Good idea , this means I will have to cross-out maximus extreme off my list. I'd still appreciate more opinions/comments.
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You'll have to go DDR3 for the 790i, I believe. Quite costly and marginal gains.
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From what I have read "780i"s has a multitude of problems. I do not know if they were fixed or not in the 790i Ultra-SLI and if it does come down to this kind of a decision I wouldn't be able to decide between eVGA 790i SLI or Striker II extreme. I understand that these motherboards are all very expensive but from the exhaustive research I have done there is minimal differences (according to benchmarks). This new rig I am building is designed for more than just extreme/hard-core gaming it is also designed for other tasks such as CAD , Sound and Video Recording/Editing and other CPU/VGA intensive tasks and I don't see the need for a QX9770 when I can overclock QX9650 to QX9770 and be able to save over $500 in that process.
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One thing to also consider is some of those boards come with built-in liquid cooling designs. Something you might want to think about if you want to just use a heatsink.
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Thats a point that has always haunted me. No I will not embrace water/liquid cooling on my dream rig , I just don't want to take the risk.
post #8 of 20
get a P5E and upgrade it to a rampage... i am going to buy DDr2 1200 ram before i will buy DDr3

I would also like to say i have a P5E and a Q6600 at 3.0ghz@ 1.21v
    
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post #9 of 20
I would side with the DDR2 boards due to the massive costs of DDR 3.

Look at the "Asus x38 P5E thread" that board, plus the Maximus Formula seems to be very good with quads.

Also, what is the point at stopping at QX9770 levels? your buying an Extreme to do barely any overclocking, thats no fun, and a waste of money. Just overclock as high as you can (or feel comfortable going).

4.0 ghz should be perfectly doable on a good board with that chip.

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Thats a point that has always haunted me. No I will not embrace water/liquid cooling on my dream rig , I just don't want to take the risk.


Lol, don't worry, there is very little chance. Though I would avoid using the built in Asus chipset block.
    
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If you want a X48 mobo you should at least consider the DFI LT X48-T2R... Amazing board with a plethora of tweaks and options, Volterra 8 Phase digital PWM, I believe DFI and perhaps Gigabyte are the last 2 mobo makers that have their boards solely made in Taiwan(IMHO Chinese made mobos' quality/control are suspect) and finally I have it and love it! I can't wait to get a better CPU + HSF to really push this mobo to it's max!

Here's the DFI X48-T2R thread if you have any questions.

*Side note* Asus boards are simply too gimmicky for my liking, I try and stay clear of them, and I've also had bad experience with Abit's RMA system(It's actually gotten worse in recent history). Which (IMHO)really leaves you with three viable options 1)DFI 2) gigabyte 3)Foxconn.
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