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Ok, so I am planning on a new Sandy Bridge build. Here is that I've got as of now:
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/Pu...umber=13174152

I'm still quite unsure about which motherboard I should pick. I would like to keep it at about $150-160. I currently have the Biostar TP67XE picked out, and I had previously chosen the Gigabyte UD3P and the Asus P8P67. But I didn't notice that the PCI-E slots for those ran at x16 and x4, rather than x8 and x8. So I was looking at the Biostar TP67XE. But I was wondering if there was a better choice for the same price (or for not much more money). I have read that the Biostar runs old BIOS rather than newer UEFI. Is UEFI much better, and worth making it a point to try and get a board that uses it?
Or, are the new EVGA boards coming out soon and should I look at those instead? How soon do they come out?

I will start off running a single 6850 but I expect to throw another one in there eventually, as the hardware will surely start to show its age as newer games come out. And having the PCI-E slots run in x8 and x8 would be best, right?

Thanks for any help

P.S. Still open to suggestions for other parts too, if you have any, though the motherboard is the only one I'm not too confident about.
Edited by TriplePlay - 1/19/11 at 5:41pm
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EVGA mobo.
The EVGA's will support Crossfire as well, correct? I figure they just don't advertise it because it's advertising SLI (considering EVGA sells Nvidia cards).

Also, any idea if there will even be a board near my price range, or if they will all be $200+? Or are they only making one board? Also, when will it come out? I'm searching now, just figured I'd ask in case someone had an answer before I found it.

[EDIT] I've seen people confirming that all P67 boards should support crossfire, like I expected. I found that there's at least two boards coming out, a "standard" and the Classified version. Have they not announced a release date yet? Or prices?
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Evgas site says that the P67 SLI (Will support XFire) is $199.99. They will probably have moer that the SLI and classsified. Also The ASUS Pro mobo is great.
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Evgas site says that the P67 SLI (Will support XFire) is $199.99. They will probably have moer that the SLI and classsified. Also The ASUS Pro mobo is great.
Tempting, but I was hoping to not spend quite that much. I was looking at the Asus Pro too, as its PCI-E slots run 16x and 8x rather than 8x and 8x. I think I might pass on the EVGA boards, $200 is more than I'd like to spend, and I don't think that it will offer much more to me than the Asus.
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Yeah. Then if the evga is too much I would get the ASUS pro
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asus p8p67 pro
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Yeah. Then if the evga is too much I would get the ASUS pro
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asus p8p67 pro
Maybe I'll just splurge for the Asus then... sigh. And I got the price of this thing almost down to $800 too, after taking into account how much cheaper getting the CPU at Microcenter would be! But then I went ahead and decided I'll spend $20 more for a step up in PSU, and now this... sigh. What an expensive hobby!

Still accepting any input though, even if it's not regarding the motherboard.

I also still need to pick out a heatsink. Any thoughts on which would be best for Sandy Bridge? I heard they don't need a terribly beastly heatsink, so I guess I'd rather not spend $70+ on one.
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Noctua NH-U9B is a nice cooler. Only 60$.
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Noctua NH-U9B is a nice cooler. Only 60$.
What about the 212+? I've heard that since Sandy Bridge is so cool, that the 212+ works quite well on it, and only runs about $30.
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