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Which Motherboard for my needs?

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
My next buy Im thinking will be the motherboard, I personally dont care about any part (including if its AMD or Intel based) except that I want it to have at least 16 gigs of ddr3 ram (Im a huge multitasker), at least 2 x16 PCI-e slots for CrossFireX or SLI, and I dont want to spend anymore then around $200 (Im fine with cheaper of course).

Its going in my CM Sniper case so I want it to be ATX and the board must have several USB 3 on back and several Sata 6gbps.


Like I said Im a huge multitasker, I will also be playing a lot of older games (baldurs gate 1 and 2, Fall out 2, etc) and also some high end games (Guild wars, The Witcher, Elder Scrolls 3 (the one with remastered graphics) and Elder Scrolls 4). I also will be watching a LOT of 1080 movies/music videos
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 2500k GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 Radeon HD 6850 8gig G.Skill Ripjaws 1600 DDR3 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
3.16 TB of HDD space. SSD(s) soon Windows 7 Ultimate x64 32" viore Ultra X3 1000w 
Case
CM Storm Sniper 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 2500k GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 Radeon HD 6850 8gig G.Skill Ripjaws 1600 DDR3 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
3.16 TB of HDD space. SSD(s) soon Windows 7 Ultimate x64 32" viore Ultra X3 1000w 
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CM Storm Sniper 
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post #2 of 12
Thread Starter 
Nvm, I believe this is the wrong section. Sorry

EDIT: I cant find a forum that isnt for general motherboard discussion, just Intel or AMD based sooo, where do I post this?
Edited by Velvetdreams21 - 2/6/11 at 10:34pm
First build
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 2500k GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 Radeon HD 6850 8gig G.Skill Ripjaws 1600 DDR3 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
3.16 TB of HDD space. SSD(s) soon Windows 7 Ultimate x64 32" viore Ultra X3 1000w 
Case
CM Storm Sniper 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 2500k GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 Radeon HD 6850 8gig G.Skill Ripjaws 1600 DDR3 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
3.16 TB of HDD space. SSD(s) soon Windows 7 Ultimate x64 32" viore Ultra X3 1000w 
Case
CM Storm Sniper 
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post #3 of 12
well here is ok i guess, but before you chose a motherboard you need to chose what cpu you will use.
post #4 of 12
Buy a CPU with the MOBO secondary, not the other way around. Other than that, I can't do much for ya sonny. Good luck to ya.
Eva Red v1
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz ASUS P8Z77-M PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z77  2 x - NVIDIA - GeForce GTX 460 1GB G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Seagate Barracuda 1TB and WD Caviar 1TB Windows 7 - 64 bit SAMSUNG 27 Inch Razer Anansi gaming 
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CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W Corsair 800D Cyborg RAT 7 
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Eva Red v1
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Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz ASUS P8Z77-M PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z77  2 x - NVIDIA - GeForce GTX 460 1GB G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Seagate Barracuda 1TB and WD Caviar 1TB Windows 7 - 64 bit SAMSUNG 27 Inch Razer Anansi gaming 
PowerCaseMouse
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W Corsair 800D Cyborg RAT 7 
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post #5 of 12
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Ok, well using the list i posted above which cpu should i go for? Ive been hearing intel is a lot faster, reliable, and just all around better than amd. I was also told (i think of eggxpert.com) that a six core is a waste right now and x4 would be much better especially for gaming.

I guess my main question is, given my guidelines above, what should i mainly be looking for?
First build
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 2500k GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 Radeon HD 6850 8gig G.Skill Ripjaws 1600 DDR3 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
3.16 TB of HDD space. SSD(s) soon Windows 7 Ultimate x64 32" viore Ultra X3 1000w 
Case
CM Storm Sniper 
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First build
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 2500k GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 Radeon HD 6850 8gig G.Skill Ripjaws 1600 DDR3 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
3.16 TB of HDD space. SSD(s) soon Windows 7 Ultimate x64 32" viore Ultra X3 1000w 
Case
CM Storm Sniper 
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Reply
post #6 of 12
Thread Starter 
Bump
First build
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 2500k GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 Radeon HD 6850 8gig G.Skill Ripjaws 1600 DDR3 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
3.16 TB of HDD space. SSD(s) soon Windows 7 Ultimate x64 32" viore Ultra X3 1000w 
Case
CM Storm Sniper 
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First build
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 2500k GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 Radeon HD 6850 8gig G.Skill Ripjaws 1600 DDR3 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
3.16 TB of HDD space. SSD(s) soon Windows 7 Ultimate x64 32" viore Ultra X3 1000w 
Case
CM Storm Sniper 
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Reply
post #7 of 12
Thread Starter 
Double bump
First build
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 2500k GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 Radeon HD 6850 8gig G.Skill Ripjaws 1600 DDR3 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
3.16 TB of HDD space. SSD(s) soon Windows 7 Ultimate x64 32" viore Ultra X3 1000w 
Case
CM Storm Sniper 
  hide details  
Reply
First build
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 2500k GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 Radeon HD 6850 8gig G.Skill Ripjaws 1600 DDR3 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
3.16 TB of HDD space. SSD(s) soon Windows 7 Ultimate x64 32" viore Ultra X3 1000w 
Case
CM Storm Sniper 
  hide details  
Reply
post #8 of 12
Thread Starter 
Triple bump
First build
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 2500k GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 Radeon HD 6850 8gig G.Skill Ripjaws 1600 DDR3 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
3.16 TB of HDD space. SSD(s) soon Windows 7 Ultimate x64 32" viore Ultra X3 1000w 
Case
CM Storm Sniper 
  hide details  
Reply
First build
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 2500k GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 Radeon HD 6850 8gig G.Skill Ripjaws 1600 DDR3 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
3.16 TB of HDD space. SSD(s) soon Windows 7 Ultimate x64 32" viore Ultra X3 1000w 
Case
CM Storm Sniper 
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post #9 of 12
AMD Phenom II 965 - $159.99
ASUS M4A89TD Pro - $174.99

3.4 ghz cpu paired with an awsome ocin mobo should get some nice results. it has 16gb ram and a speed of 1600mhz. also it has the best ocing chip - 890FX.
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AMD Phenom II X4 965 ASRock 970 Extreme3  MSI Radeon HD 7770 1GB Crucial Ballistix 8GB (4GB x 2) 1333 DDR3 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Seagate Barracuda 500GB  WD Blue 1TB ASUS 24x Hyper 212 EVO 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Microsoft Windows 10 64-Bit Acer AL1917W 1400x900 Logitech M275 EVGA 850w B2 
CaseMouseAudioAudio
Thermaltake V3 Black Edition Logitech M275 ATH-M50x Headphones Scarlett Focusrite 2i4 Audio Interface 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II X4 965 ASRock 970 Extreme3  MSI Radeon HD 7770 1GB Crucial Ballistix 8GB (4GB x 2) 1333 DDR3 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Seagate Barracuda 500GB  WD Blue 1TB ASUS 24x Hyper 212 EVO 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Microsoft Windows 10 64-Bit Acer AL1917W 1400x900 Logitech M275 EVGA 850w B2 
CaseMouseAudioAudio
Thermaltake V3 Black Edition Logitech M275 ATH-M50x Headphones Scarlett Focusrite 2i4 Audio Interface 
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post #10 of 12
looking at ur sig just wondering are you running 64 bit windows?
My PC
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II X4 965 ASRock 970 Extreme3  MSI Radeon HD 7770 1GB Crucial Ballistix 8GB (4GB x 2) 1333 DDR3 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Seagate Barracuda 500GB  WD Blue 1TB ASUS 24x Hyper 212 EVO 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Microsoft Windows 10 64-Bit Acer AL1917W 1400x900 Logitech M275 EVGA 850w B2 
CaseMouseAudioAudio
Thermaltake V3 Black Edition Logitech M275 ATH-M50x Headphones Scarlett Focusrite 2i4 Audio Interface 
Audio
Mackie CR3 Monitors 
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My PC
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II X4 965 ASRock 970 Extreme3  MSI Radeon HD 7770 1GB Crucial Ballistix 8GB (4GB x 2) 1333 DDR3 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Seagate Barracuda 500GB  WD Blue 1TB ASUS 24x Hyper 212 EVO 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Microsoft Windows 10 64-Bit Acer AL1917W 1400x900 Logitech M275 EVGA 850w B2 
CaseMouseAudioAudio
Thermaltake V3 Black Edition Logitech M275 ATH-M50x Headphones Scarlett Focusrite 2i4 Audio Interface 
Audio
Mackie CR3 Monitors 
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