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Old October 14, 2009, 03:30 AM
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Default Need help with new mobo for 860

well im redoing my comp just like everybody else in this forum i need help.

so far i got

case: coolermaster 840 atcs
HDD: wd black 640gb in raid
PS: corsair 850w
ram: dont know yet depends on board
heat sink: corsair h5o
CPU: i7 860
video: depends on what xfx gives me. i RMA my 8800gt.

now i need help with mobo

i've narrowed it down to

gigabyte p55 UD5

evga p55 ftw

ASUS formula iii

which would be best for gaming only rig. i have a laptop for everything else.

also which ram would be good for any of these boards.?

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Old October 14, 2009, 05:24 PM
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The LGA1156 CPUs only have 16 PCIe lanes, plus the ones controlled by the chipset, which add latency and aren't suitable for SLI/Crossfire, so the 16 lanes would be split between the 2/3 video cards if more than 1 is used, but since you seem to only be using one, you don't have to worry about that unless you plan to add another card in the future. The boards you mentioned look like they have similar features, so if I were you, I would choose the one that you think would look best (if you have a window on your case).
As for the RAM, just find some DDR3 on sale, or find ones that are in your price range.

EDIT: It looks like you just want us to give you some suggestions, so I suggest:
G.Skill - G.SKILL F3-10666CL9D-4GBRL Ripjaws PC3-10666 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1333... - F310666CL9D4GBRL - Powered by PriceCanada.com
eVGA - EVGA P55 FTW ATX LGA1156 DDR3 SLI Crossfire 3PCI-E16 1PCI-E1 2PCI... - 132LFE657KR - Powered by PriceCanada.com
Remember, if you want prices from different sites, you can pricematch multiple competitors at NCIX, so you get all your parts from the same place, for the best prices.
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Old October 15, 2009, 07:08 AM
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so nobody got any opinion on these boards.

toss up between evga and asus so far.
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Old October 15, 2009, 08:00 AM
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It depends really. If you just want a decent clocking board that has CF/SLI and doesnt have 100 useless features something like the Giga UD4P or evga FTW are plenty. If you want top end with all the extras evga Classified, Maximus III Formula, or UD6. Personally I went with UD4P.


For RAM I went with GSkill F2-12800CL7D-4GBRH Ripjaws. It's about the highest bin mem out there with low latency (CL 7).

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Old October 15, 2009, 08:41 AM
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Personally I would go with the UD4P like eldonko say. This board is good, well priced and don't have to many futile feature. The only reason for me to upgrade to a UD5 or higher is if you need more sata. For the rest, don't spend more than 200$ on a board it would be a waste of money.

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Old October 15, 2009, 09:21 AM
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i relooked at the ud4p and it does look like it would be enough for me for a lot less $$$

now for the ram is 12800 with low lat better then 16000 with higher lat.

can the thing be oc at all or would it be good enough stock.

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Old October 15, 2009, 09:32 AM
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You can do turbo boost with 1 small change in the BIOS and go to 3.2Ghz and most 860s will OC to 4Ghz with decent cooling if you want to OC.

Personally I prefer low latency memory, but CL9 at 16000 would give very close results to CL7 at 12800.

Some advice if you get the Ripjaws and UD4P. My UD4P would not post with the Ripjaws as it is 1.65v mem and the board defaults at 1.5v. I had to boot with a different stick and then increase mem voltage. After that all was fine.
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That's pretty wierd eldonko, all the ripjaw + UD4P I tryed booted first time. Well...no matter. Ram with better speed and higher CL are always cheaper then the same performance in lower CL and at the end give the same performance. Don't really matter with timing, only get a good stick of ram G.skill, Mushkin, corsair, Patriot they all have good thing.


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Old October 15, 2009, 09:38 AM
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Yeah I thought it was weird too, took alot of troubleshooting to figure out that was the problem.
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Even if you wanted to save a little more from the EVGA Side of things, the EVGA P55LE still has a lot of nice features at around $50 less than the FTW Board.
Beyond that, it would be a toss-up for me between either Gigabyte or EVGA. I've had good experience with both.

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