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#1 Booh-kitty

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Posted 16 October 2011 - 09:19 PM

I'm researching components for a new system build. Right now, I'm looking at MOBO's. There are a LOT of different brands out there with varying prices. I'd prefer to make a decision based on features, reliability and performance rather than price. I know that cheapest is not the best.

Because I use a lot of heavy duty design, photo editing and 3d software, I am buying an i7 CPU.


Intel Core i7-2600K

I've done a lot of research in reaching my decision to get this PCU. I want to put the same amount of consideration into the MOBO.

Right now, I plan to use the integrated video card on the MOBO, but I do eventually plan to buy a video card. Therefor, I know I need to get one in the P-series?? (Not sure how that should be phrased.

Do I need to consider the Sandy Bridge architecture of the CPU when choosing a MOBO??

I haven't decided yet what kind of memory to get, but I do want to be able to add as much as possible in the future.

The number of SATA ports are not important to me.

Thanks for the help :)

Edited by Booh-kitty, 16 October 2011 - 09:36 PM.

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Posted 16 October 2011 - 10:22 PM

You need to consider a lot of things-like what kind of CPU you want to use, you need to have a motherboard that will support it. And what you intend to use it for, if its a gaming rig your going to want one with multi-GPU support. Your going to want to know if you want a AMD crossfire setup or NVIDIA SLI, or spend the extra to go both ways. Not all motherboards, particularly the higher end motherboards have integrated video cards, and they are often lacking in the first place.

I would suggest instead of going through 3 million different brands of motherboards stick with 2 or 3 brands. I personally would recomend Gigabyte or ASUS motherboards, I use both a lot in my personal and customer computers, both are reputable brands who make good high performance motherboards.

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Posted 16 October 2011 - 11:43 PM

I would get what you can afford that is right for you.

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Posted 18 October 2011 - 09:19 AM

Best to get a z68 gen 3 mobo,look on newegg for pcie3 intel mobos. asrock, msi have them out right now, asus will be releasing theirs pretty soon
You most likely need min of 16 gb ram cos of your programs, min speed 1600mhz ideally cl8 but cl9 is ok




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