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So I took everyones advice and waited for sandy bridge. Was kind of waiting to get some more customer reviews on diffrent mobos people are using for gaming / media but the reviews have been far and few. Since I am a complete nooby with this stuff and at this point anxious as can be to order my pc please help me pick a mobo!

This pc will be my media center in my living room and my gaming machine! Here are the boards I have been trying to make a choice between!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813135282
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128465

Here is the rest of the system specs. As you see I am going for a "Murderd out" Style and look as I would like it to look well since it will be displayed in my media center.

(case) COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Black Edition
(psu) CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-850HX 850W
(cpu) Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge
(cpu cooler) COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus + extra fan
(memory) Patriot Viper Xtreme Series, Division 2 Edition 8GB (2 x 4GB)
(gpu) EVGA GTX 580 (Fermi) Black Ops Edition
(ssd) Intel X25-M SSD 120GB SATA II
(hd) Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB
(blue ray burner) LG WH10LS30 10X Blu-ray Burner
(os) Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
(monitor) Lg 55inch 1080p 120hz lcd hdtv
(surround sound) dennon 6 speaker surround

I have seriously been trying to learn as much as I can but after awhile start getting lost in so much of the technical aspects that my mind turns to jello and I just start getting ... brain dead lol. Any advice would be fantastic on what mobo to choose and why! Also if you think I should change something else to fit the mobo better please do correct me!!! I do plan to run SLI down the road when gtx 580's drop and games demand a bit more and will upgrade psu you at that time as well.

You guys are seriously life savers and have been the biggest help while trying to go about all this (as its my first build) Thank you so much for the never ending lessons and heads up!!!!!! Looks like I will be glad you all told me to wait for sandy bridge =)
Edited by jamesschmidt82 - 1/23/11 at 4:23am
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Go with whatever feature-set/price fits.
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I'm selling my HAF932. Way too noisy. Esp. for a media center machine.

If your Denon is a receiver and can accept SPDIF (digital optical) then go with the Biostar mobo. Best value P67 mobo IMHO and it has SPDIF out.
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Thanks for the info
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I'm selling my HAF932. Way too noisy. Esp. for a media center machine.

If your Denon is a receiver and can accept SPDIF (digital optical) then go with the Biostar mobo. Best value P67 mobo IMHO and it has SPDIF out.
I also worried about that but constantly see the "big fans are so much more quiet because they have to spin less" reviews lol. I really wanted an obsidian D converted to full air using the quitest fans I could find but its just way to much money for me lol. Again thanks guys a ton and especially thank you for that toms hardware report!!!!!!

So would you trust running the ECS board? Or should I just stick with a more reputable manufacturer?
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I also worried about that but constantly see the "big fans are so much more quiet because they have to spin less" reviews lol. I really wanted an obsidian D converted to full air using the quitest fans I could find but its just way to much money for me lol. Again thanks guys a ton and especially thank you for that toms hardware report!!!!!!

So would you trust running the ECS board? Or should I just stick with a more reputable manufacturer?
I would get the gigabyte, nf200 is worth it over the hydra. Not to mention more phases and everything else on the gigabyte for not that much more cash.

Nothing wrong with getting something like a UD4 if you wanna save some cash / 8x by 8x doesn't lose much FPS, but if you want 100% nf200 is where it is at.
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I almost went with this case, lots of sound dampening: http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=53...actal%20Design

I ended up with the silverstone RV02-B. I like the design and it's really quiet. Corsair also has a smaller version of the 800D, I think it's called the 600T or some such. The RV02-B isn't much more (if at all) than the HAF932, and it's all murdered out too. :-)

I haven't seen a single piece of info on the ECS board yet, I'm *really* happy with my BioStar TP67XE board, I paid $140 at microcenter so I think it's the best price/value board out there.
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I haven't seen a single piece of info on the ECS board yet, I'm *really* happy with my BioStar TP67XE board, I paid $140 at microcenter so I think it's the best price/value board out there.
The ECS and Jetway were at the bottom of the TH P67 mobo roundup.

Link: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...idge,2837.html

I'd avoid both boards. ECS is notorious for bad quality/high RMA rate.
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so the gigabyte ud7 has a nf200 chip? also is it extended atx or standard atx?
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so the gigabyte ud7 has a nf200 chip? also is it extended atx or standard atx?
Yes it has the nf200 chip and looks to be standard atx.
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