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I'm trapped between a bunch of motherboard choices right now....

DFI X58
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813136063

EVGA X58 TR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813188046

ASUS P6T Deluxe V2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131365

I like the DFI because it has a great reputation for being a rock solid board, but the plethora of BIOS options is staggering and difficult at best


I like the EVGA X58 because it's backed by EVGA and the chipset block is easily replaceable with a waterblock that I fully intend on installing on whichever one I choose.

I like the ASUS because it's a solid board and is known for good overclocking, but replacing the chipset heatsinks may be difficult considering I would have to replace all of the heatsinks at once.

Any thoughts to help me out of this conundrum?
 

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I as well have heard tons of issues with the DFI board, which I find sad. I had the p6t deluxe v1 and absolutely loved it.
 

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Between those, I'd go for the P6T Deluxe V2. If you can find the V1, I'd personally prefer it since it has the SAS controller/ports that double as extra SATA ports, but that's just me. The Blood Rage is always an excellent option, as well, but I guess since you didn't list it, you don't want it; though since you want to replace the cooling, the Blood Rage is the best option for that kind of thing as ALL of the Blood Rage's cooling components are screwed in instead of secured with push-pins.
 

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Originally Posted by Burn View Post
I like the EVGA X58 because it's backed by EVGA and the chipset block is easily replaceable with a waterblock that I fully intend on installing on whichever one I choose.

I like the ASUS because it's a solid board and is known for good overclocking, but replacing the chipset heatsinks may be difficult considering I would have to replace all of the heatsinks at once.

Any thoughts to help me out of this conundrum?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...ex58%20extreme



I'd go with the Asus if you don't like the Gigabyte board. I've not heard anything bad about the P6T's.
 

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EVGA FTW. I HATE asus and will never buy their products, because all 3 of my mobo's have gone defective (or been DOA), and my 1 asus lcd was defective also. I know lots of people swear by Asus, but I cannot, and for me their customer support was HORRIBLE.

I emailed about an RMA for the LCD, and it took almost 3 weeks to get a reply, even though I got a confirmation email of them receiving mine a day later. Also I got hung up on 3 times on the phone.

Just my 2 cents.
 

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Go with the Gigabyte! It comes with a waterblock on it... what more can you ask?

Edit: Is that a beaded cat in the picture on the board?!?

Beyond a user error (maybe) on the first one, I've had no issues. It runs like a dream and I have a sweet, very easy overclock on it.
 

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Let's include the bloodrage in the discussion, why not
Forgot about it! Replacing all those heatsinks would get pricey, though.
 

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Let's include the bloodrage in the discussion, why not
Forgot about it! Replacing all those heatsinks would get pricey, though.

Well, the point is that it's easy to do it. I had the most difficult time working the bolt-through kit in my Hammer, but only because I completely forgot about the MOSFET heatsinks being easily removable. I would have literally been saved 2 solid hours of frustration if I'd remembered that, but I didn't and it's already done, so whatever.

But if you want to talk about it getting expensive, well, think of it this way, the Blood Rage is down to about 250 USD now, a bargain compared to the higher-level options considering how great it really does in the end. I think the cost gap is cleanly closed after you get to replacing its heatsainks, anyway.
 
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