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post #1 of 24
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Hey guys

I'm new the forum and wanted to ask a question about what mobo would be best pick. I've already got most parts just need to replace the motherboard, CPU and CPU Cooler (Noctua NH-D14 i was thinking of) My current build looks like this:

- Case: CM HAF X
- CPU: Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 @ 3.00GHz
- Motherboard: ASUS Striker II NSE
- GPU: EVGA GTX 570 Superclocked
- Memory: Corsair Vengeance 2x4GB DDR3-1600MHz, 9-9-9-24 timings
- SSD: OCZ OCZSSD2-2VTXE60G (want to get a second one later on dont have enough space on C: its my boot device (so im gonna raid0 the OS not sure if thats smart but i do know ill have enough space then (i had a WD Raptor before this one wich was 150GB i always had about 50-80GB left so should be enough)
- HDD: 2 x WD Caviar Black 1TB SATA3 in RAID0 for games and other stuff
- Sound Card: ASUS Xonar Essence STX (PCI-E 1x)
- Additional PCI-E cards: Sound card that comes with the mobo (PCI-E 1x)(when i get new mobo i'd preffer enough PCI-e slots or onboard sound for my speakers) PCI-E 1x Capture Card.

That should be everything that connects to the mobo (my DVD and Blue Ray are SATA but i think that was pretty obvious)

I was planning to go for a sandy bridge but im not sure if thats a smart upgrade (i'm not a hardcore overclocker or something but im a big fan of gaming (who aint these days ) i do want to start a little with overclocking though

Most games i play:
- Crysis 2
- Metro 2033
- World of Warcraft (doenst seem to run at 60FPS even on medium settings :S)
- League of Legends
- Anno 1404
- GTA IV en EFLC
- Darkspore (beta soon full version)
- Dawn of War 2
- The Witcher (lately addicted to that again but it runs crap somehow )
and i want to be prepared for Portal 2 and The Witcher 2

Yup pretty big list, My plan was to get a i5-2500k because i7-2600k delivers nearly same performance in games the only diffrence is that the i7-2600k has better performance with music/movie editing wich i do very little (sometimes its fun to do but i dont do it all day just sometimes) I love my current RoG mobo works great so i would love to go for ASUS MAXIMUS IV EXTREME but dont want to spend to much (want to stay bellow or around 500 euros (that means both mobo and cpu have to stay arround that price (not a mobo and cpu of both 500 wich totals 1000 ) (i'm dutch so yeah euros )

I could also wait for 2011 or bulldozer but not sure if thats smart

So hope this is enough information, what would be best pick for motherboard (that also means what CPU but i'm used to intel so i preffer intel thats why i posted it here)

Thanks in Advance,
Yours Faithfully,
DieRespwnGameOn

PS: sorry for my spelling i typed this quickly and if something is wrong (like i posted it in the wrong area or something then i'm sorry )
post #2 of 24
There are so many choices for 2nd gen i7 chips as far as motherboards are concerned. Many will swear by asus while gigabyte also has a huge following. Just go to newegg and type p67, find a board that's in your price range and then start doing research on it. You'll find that many people will own the board and will be able to tell you how well it does on overclocking, heat, etc. In the end if you're not going to be doing any heavy overclocking then you could go with an entry level board from either asus or gigabyte and be fine.
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Well, there are a few good options. I don't know the European prices, but if you go SB, you're probably going to look into the following motherboard options (which are more or less the bang for buck leaders):

ASUS P8P67 Pro

Gigabyte P67A-UD4 (P67-UD3P if you don't need SLI)

ASROCK Extreme 6 (if I could go back in time, this would be my choice, best feature set for the price)

MSI has a nice option as well, I can't recall the name.

However, your current system should easily run those games you've mentioned. You should look into overclocking. My old E8500 @ 4.0 and a 4890 can max WoW out on Medium, save in crowded cities at prime time when lots of players are around.
Edited by Axon14 - 4/9/11 at 6:04am
    
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i would go with this? ASUS Sabertooth, Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield. but its your money.
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Originally Posted by Blue6228 View Post
There are so many choices for 2nd gen i7 chips as far as motherboards are concerned. Many will swear by asus while gigabyte also has a huge following. Just go to newegg and type p67, find a board that's in your price range and then start doing research on it. You'll find that many people will own the board and will be able to tell you how well it does on overclocking, heat, etc. In the end if you're not going to be doing any heavy overclocking then you could go with an entry level board from either asus or gigabyte and be fine.
Go with what he is saying? Asus, has been there for me in the past. as mobo are consed. i do not no about, gigabyte; are to out there for me.
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Yeah i've done research and Maximus IV seems the most awesome and good looking one and best rated but it seems bit overkill for what i want so... still looking and i dont hear much good about asrock so i tdont think i want asrock unless you can you can convince me i prefer ASUS the most i love the brand then after that MSI so... but weird why mine doenst run well then? and i want to replace it anyways my mobo and CPU dont want to try to overclock my current one it does get pretty hot when i overclock and cant get it overclocked properly and cant find any good guides (unless you know one)
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Yeah i've done research and Maximus IV seems the most awesome and good looking one and best rated but it seems bit overkill for what i want so... still looking and i dont hear much good about asrock so i tdont think i want asrock unless you can you can convince me i prefer ASUS the most i love the brand then after that MSI so... but weird why mine doenst run well then? and i want to replace it anyways my mobo and CPU dont want to try to overclock my current one it does get pretty hot when i overclock and cant get it overclocked properly and cant find any good guides (unless you know one)
Everyone has their preferences. I despise MSI, think ASUS is average, and love GB + ASROCK (ASROCK being ASUS' bargain brand spin off, by the way). Choose what you like. ASRock Extreme 4 clearly has the best feature set for the price, but the ASUS offerings are popular and well regarded, so it's hard to go wrong, really.

Personally, I would not go Max 4. Too pricey. You don't need it unless you like to post numbers on overclocking leaderboards. Awesome looking board, however.

I can't say why your current system is giving you problems. That CPU is still very powerful, as is your GPU. Even at 3.0, it should give you 60 FPS in WoW at medium. What is your resolution?
Edited by Axon14 - 4/9/11 at 6:36am
    
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i7 6700k ASUS z170-e EVGA 1080 SC ACX 3.0 G.Skill 32 GB  
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Phanteks Eclipse P400w 
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post #8 of 24
Buy the maximuis IV, i5-2500k

it will serve you well in the long run!
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Originally Posted by Axon14 View Post
Everyone has their preferences. I despise MSI, think ASUS is average, and love GB + ASROCK (ASROCK being ASUS' bargain brand spin off, by the way). Choose what you like. ASRock Extreme 6 clearly has the best feature set for the price, but the ASUS offerings are popular and well regarded, so it's hard to go wrong, really.

Personally, I would not go Max 4. Too pricey. You don't need it unless you like to post numbers on overclocking leaderboards. Awesome looking board, however.

I can't say why your current system is giving you problems. That CPU is still very powerful, as is your GPU. Even at 3.0, it should give you 60 FPS in WoW at medium. What is your resolution?
so true!
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Originally Posted by Axon14 View Post
Everyone has their preferences. I despise MSI, think ASUS is average, and love GB + ASROCK (ASROCK being ASUS' bargain brand spin off, by the way). Choose what you like. ASRock Extreme 6 clearly has the best feature set for the price, but the ASUS offerings are popular and well regarded, so it's hard to go wrong, really.

Personally, I would not go Max 4. Too pricey. You don't need it unless you like to post numbers on overclocking leaderboards. Awesome looking board, however.

I can't say why your current system is giving you problems. That CPU is still very powerful, as is your GPU. Even at 3.0, it should give you 60 FPS in WoW at medium. What is your resolution?
Well i always hear bad things about asrock being quickly breaking and all gigabyte is good brand i heard good quality but ****ty support but my case style is Red/Black thats why i wanted the ASUS MAX4. MSI i've had those before my laptop is an MSI my sister has an cheapoh MSI mobo wich all are very good i just hate the blue/black look HATE IT!!! i dont like blue .
but even though they are blue they are GREAT mobo's. What about the ASRock Fatal1ty?

EDIT: forgot to add, i want to run wow at maxed again as i used to before the new graphics now i run it nearly steady at 60FPS in medium but i want maxed and the Resolution is 1650x1080 (it was 1920x1200 before)
Edited by DieRespwnGameOn - 4/9/11 at 6:49am
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