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Been trying to debate over the two board for WAY to long now and always get thrown back and forth. I am pretty sure I want to stick with evga for board b/c the lifetime warranty and awesome CS/ RMA process. But I just can't find a $130 worth of upgrades in the Classy version. With this new build I was planning on going with the evga gtx 470 w/ the better cooling But with the money I'd save not going with the classy (which is what i priced my new rig with) I could move up to a GTX 480. But it seems the 480s have a lot of overheating issues... weird?

What makes it even harder is the Rampage III extreme is cheaper than the classy and that board appears to be a juggernaut. But, having to deal with ASUS in the past, I do not want to go near an ASUS board. I have heard that the ROG line is different, but not enough to be convinced otherwise. That and 3 yr warranty on a mobo I want 5 years out of isn't promising.

I plan on semi-water cooling with an H50 and overclocking to around a stable 4ghz. Do a lot of gaming but most concerned with photoshop/ photo editing performance.
    
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The classified is designed purely for overclocking. If you're not going to try to squeeze every mhz possible out of the cpu, your money is better spent on a gpu upgrade. Same thing applies to the RIIIE; any board will take you to 4ghz, but if you're a benchmarking fanatic or addicted to overclocking, then spend the extra for a Classy or RIIIE.
     
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The classified is designed purely for overclocking. If you're not going to try to squeeze every mhz possible out of the cpu, your money is better spent on a gpu upgrade. Same thing applies to the RIIIE; any board will take you to 4ghz, but if you're a benchmarking fanatic or addicted to overclocking, then spend the extra for a Classy or RIIIE.
And that is why I was considering it. I am already enthralled with all the cooling/ techniques to get the fastest speed. I could see myself becoming an overclocking/ benchmarking fanatic. I mean, I am like that with my car
    
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I have to say yes, since i went from a e758 to a e760. i was able to drop my voltage of my cpu from 1.35 to 1.32 with the same 4.2 overclock.
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The classified is designed purely for overclocking. If you're not going to try to squeeze every mhz possible out of the cpu, your money is better spent on a gpu upgrade. Same thing applies to the RIIIE; any board will take you to 4ghz, but if you're a benchmarking fanatic or addicted to overclocking, then spend the extra for a Classy or RIIIE.
Exactly.

Also, the other difference is that you'll get full x16 PCI-E lanes with a space in between if you have a multi-gpu setup; the E758 runs at x16 for the first slot, x16/x16 when the first two PCIE slots are populated but x16/x8/x8 or x16/x8 if you're using 3-way SLI or want to space out your GPU's by putting them in the first and third PCI-E slot.

Now granted, benchmarks have been done and show no performance loss for the current generation of cards (including the Radeon 5000 series and GTX 400 series) when running a GPU at only x8, but it's always nice to have a full x16 on every other PCI-E slot in a multi-gpu setup for graphics cards down the road, or for dual-GPU cards like the 5970, which will be bottlenecked at only x8. I've tested my 470's running at x16/x16, and x16/x8, and saw no performance losses at all. But i'd prefer to run both at x16 without having to sacrifice the space in between the cards which causes the top card to run 10 degrees celsius higher.

But by that time, you'll have another mobo most likely, so yeah...go for the Classy if you can justify your love for OC'ing with another $130 + if having full x16 speed for spaced out PCI-E lanes is important to you.
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So going with a classy instead of a gtx 480 would be better if i am willing to play with oc's? Sucks that is one or the other. Luckily their is the evga step up program so if i can get $100 w/ in 90 days I could always move up. That and maybe by than they will have less heat issues :-(
    
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Also gonna wait to see if the Rampage iii go open box on new egg again. Would jump on that, than. Also waiting for intel big deal (I qualify) to make sure it is a 1366 cpu oppose to the 1156 (unlocked). We are all hoping it is a i7-980 for ~$250. Possible, they gave away the old c2d extremes at that price when they were in the $1k range
    
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And that is why I was considering it. I am already enthralled with all the cooling/ techniques to get the fastest speed. I could see myself becoming an overclocking/ benchmarking fanatic. I mean, I am like that with my car
Heh, I know what you mean

Anyways, I was in the same boat as you when I was buying my first x58 rig (the one in my sig). I assumed I was going to get a regular 920 and run 4ghz on air for gaming, so I decided to save some money by buying a Bloodrage motherboard (decent overclocker, great price).
But the gods smiled upon me and newegg sent me an amazing 920. Needless to say I was instantly hooked on overclocking and quickly spent another $700 for a Classified and water cooling, in order to do my cpu justice.

Another thing to consider is 5870s are starting to sell for $400 or less now, so for an extra $50 you could upgrade from a 470 to a 5870. If you don't need an nvidia card for Folding or video rendering, ATi's 5870 and 5850 hold the crown in the performance for your dollar catagory.
     
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My opinion would be to keep it. My E758 can get my i7 to 4.5ghz HT disabled @ 1.399Vcore in bios. There really is no need to upgrade unless you must have the highest overclock you can. I feel this is a solid board and the money would be better spent on a gtx480.
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Well. sorry EVGA guys... Really wanted the classy but tiger direct had the rampage iii for CHEAP LINK So went with that. Still going with evga for my gpu, though. SWEET

Now only if they'd fix the 480's heat problems...
    
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