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Purchasing a new Motherboard

Discussion in 'Multimedia' started by mintsmike, Jul 2, 2009.

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  1. mintsmike

    mintsmike Thread Starter

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    Hello People. I have been looking for a new motherboard for quite some time now: I started out with the following requirements:

    • Must Provide 64-bit computing
    • Must support a quad-core processor
    • Must provide support for 8GB user RAM
    • Must support nVidia SLi or ATI Crossfire
    • Must support the new Windows 7

    I have looked for some time and came up with the following combination of parts based upon the common oppinion that Asus were the best in the business at making motherboards (Please tell me if I am wrong as i want a second oppinion):

    • Asus P6T Motherboard
    • Intel Core i7 920 Processor (2.66GHz)

    I started off by looking at the extreme series of Intel motherboards but I soon learned that the latest of them has great trouble with integrating some video/graphics cards and also RAM. It was about that time when i moved to asus. I saw that they had support for Socket 1336 and Socket 775 and I chose the 1336 (P6T) Model as it allowed the use of a Core i7 processor (and these are the best in the world, yes?). Again, please give your oppinion.

    I would just also like to confirm that my current graphics card (RADEON X300 Series) is supported on that motherboard.

    If you have any other suggestions for either the motherboard or the processor, then please tell me. I have heard many reviews say that this motherboard has a problem with temperature, even when extreme cooling systems are involved.

    I have also had people reccommend to me that I buy the socket 775 processor the Q9550. Can somebody provide an oppinion on this, thanks.

    Regards and TIA,
    mintsmike
     
  2. daniel_b2380

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    mike,
    welcome to tech support guy,
    the items you have selected thus far are good choices, depending upon what you want to do
    -BUT-
    before we get to the point of picking parts - tell us WHAT is it that YOU wish to accomplish?

    i want a pc to:
    - play the most intense NEW games at the HIGHEST settings
    - audit video and audio - [media] that i can 'juggle' LARGE files
    - set up a home audio recording studio
    - set up a home multi-media unit
    - try to do all of the above
    - or whatever your choice is

    in today's market place with all the choices available - you just about have to pick where you want to go in that some combinations are MUCH better for SPECIFIC type tasks - or settle for a bit less for an 'all-purpose' unit

    so post back with some ideas - as here on the forums there are any number of people who can help by the experiences they personally have had with different combinations of equipment :)
     
  3. mintsmike

    mintsmike Thread Starter

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    I may do some gaming on my new system, but it will not be targeted exactly towards gaming. I do want an extreme graphics system with SLI or CrossFire as I want to perform many graphic intensive tasks. I wish for a quad thread (core) processor as I do use the PC for general purpose, But i would like high performance so I can perform many active Threads at once.

    Hope that that helps in your advice giving,
    mintsmike
     
  4. BG-0

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    Asus was one of the very best a few years ago, today it's basically Gigabyte as number one, EVGA, Asus, Biostar, etc come after that. It depends a lot. Every company has bad times occasionally.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128359 + http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115041 is a good value combination. You probably don't need all the horsepower that an i7 920 has.
    However... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128374 + http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115202 ... It's of course better. With the price of DDR3 1600 3x2 GB RAM kits so low, (good example: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227365 ), it's a pretty much considerable option. Both options will be very fast compared to what you have. General purpose usage wouldn't even really need anything near what those are.

    No one needs SLI or CF for extrem graphics. No one. A single card will do for anyone but no-life gamers with 60" plasma TVs as monitors.



    Gah. I feel very unsatisfied with the quality of my post, but it's 5 AM here and I really can't get it any better...
     
  5. Rich-M

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    I could not agree more about Gigabyte and personally have gone away from Asus boards due to too many issues. The choices BG offered you are excellent.
     
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