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Looking to upgrade my current build to an i7 rig. I recently got a 3rd monitor and a 2nd gtx260 and I see that my CPU is bottlenecking my performance.

I need an good i7 board with at least 3 PCI-E x16 slots (2 for my two GTX260s and 1 for my other 2 monitors), SLI, a good overclocker and, I prefer 6 DDR3slots but that would just be a plus.

Also need 6GB of some good RAM.

I saw the EVGA 141-BL-E757-TR and the ASUS P6T LGA 1366 boards on newegg, but I wanted some opinions on these boards and other recommendations.

Thanks
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post #2 of 8
Those are both good boards, but the thing to look at is the pcie modes. some boards do 16x 16x 1x, some do 16x 8x 8x, and some do 8x 8x 8x. Im not sure if the preformance takes too big of a hit when running in 8x but at the same time you dont want your third card running at 1x... even if its just rendering the desktop.

Also, corsair and G.skill rams are usually high quality with good timings.

Hope this helps!
 
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post #3 of 8
The only thing that will run true 3-way x16 is the Classy with the NF200. There are also latencies that counteract the benefit of the bandwidth.

The GA-EX58-UD5 and GA-EX58-Extreme both run at x16/x8/x8 and are great overclockers.

Any X58 board will be able to SLI or CrossfireX, so no need to worry about that.

This is also GREAT memory:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820226052
Very tight timings for 1600MHz.

Kind of expensive, though.
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Foxconn Bloodrage and Mushkin Enhanced Redline 6GB (2X3GB) series Ram should do great. Bloodrage definitely best price/performance mobo out there. Price of a 250 midrange i7 mobo, but the performance of a high end EVGA classified
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This month Gigabyte is releasing the new revision of their boards.

This means it'll have the PCIe mod from the factory and be able to reach BCLK of 240 and higher. This is only really significant for extreme cooling, but it keeps the resale value up. Also, it'll have 24 phase power and other really fancy stuff for greater stability and higher overclocks.
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This means it'll have the PCIe mod from the factory and be able to reach BCLK of 240 and higher. ...

Do you have a link for that info? I am curious to see if there is more juicy info about new boards.
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Do you have a link for that info? I am curious to see if there is more juicy info about new boards.
Let me go grab it. I'll edit this with the link. I believe it was over at XS. One of the Gigabyte Devs posts there.

EDIT: So the Revision 1.6 of the EX58 boards (I think the ED58-UD3R is the only one that has this) already has the mod done.

The newest version of all the boards will have A after it. For example, the P55A and EX58A. Those will have the new power phases as well as USB and SATA 3.0.

Here's a few links:

http://www.tweaktown.com/news/13369/...ard/index.html

http://www.tweaktown.com/news/13357/...wer/index.html

And here's the XS link detailing the PCIe mod:
http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/...d.php?t=225264
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