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Old January 11, 2009, 09:59 PM
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Hey guys... I'm going to upgrade my CPU and Mobo and RAM, and need some help deciding on a motherboard.

I'm going to get the Core I7 920 cpu
Newegg.ca - Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

This ram.. well probably, there's so many choices... whichever I choose..
Newegg.ca - OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory

And now for the motherboard...
It's between:

Evga X58
Newegg.ca - EVGA 132-BL-E758-A1 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards
which I don't feel is as good as these others..

Asus P6T with that screen thing ( I feel like getting this one...)
Newegg.ca - ASUS P6T Deluxe/OC Palm LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

Gigabyte EX 58
Newegg.ca - GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD5 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

Gigabyte EX 58 extreme (seems to have bad rating on newegg)
Newegg.ca - GIGABYTE GA-EX58-EXTREME LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

MSI x58 eclipse (hmm?)
Newegg.ca - MSI X58 Eclipse SLI LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

I originally wanted to get the Asus rampage 2 extreme but I don't think it will fit properly in my case with the 1 inch overhang, it will block my rear cable routing holes on the 1200.. Unless someone can show me a picture of one fitting perfect that one is ruled out.

I will only be using 1 video card (9800gtx) on this motherboard. I will also be using a PCI sound card (X-Fi xtreme gamer). My power supply is a PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750w.
My heatsink is a Zalman 9500... I think it will fit fine on either motherboard, any known issues with the fit?
It will be going in an Antec 1200 case, so cooling should be sufficient for a decent overclock. I want to get at least 3.5 ghz out of it if I can stay stable and cool. I also would like to push my ram quite a bit too.

Also, I have an IDE harddrive (yes, I know...) so IDE cable usability matters.

I'm stuck on what to choose... price doesn't matter to me. You guys know more about the reliability of these products and all that jazz, so help me pick the best option, thanks. I'm open to different RAM suggestions also, should I go with higher than 1366mhz?

(problem with rampage seen here, it will block this hole and just make a cable routing mess in my case)

Last edited by Jake_HT; January 11, 2009 at 11:33 PM.
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