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    i7 upgrade time - yay, mb choices?

    Hi, I've got most of my build sorted, 920 (D0 stepping) adding another GTX 260 and 6GB corsair 1600 dominators. I am how ever stuck on which mb to get, I have narrowed it down to 3/4 choices:

    Asus P6T Deluxe V2 (having always been a bit of Asus fan-boy, should one get V1 or V2, is there any really difference?)

    DFI LP UT X58-T3eH8 (read some good reviews, but very had a DFI board before)

    Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD5 (although im not sold on the slot layout with having no free PCI slots in SLI unless using single slot cards)

    Any thoughts would be appreciated, thanks
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    Re: i7 upgrade time - yay, mb choices?

    gigabyte - maybe try with EX58-Extreme or EX58-UD4 if EX58-UD5 has some design limitation according to your needs

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    Re: i7 upgrade time - yay, mb choices?

    I'm looking at the same lineup and interested in feedback on what's best... but re the P6T Deluxe V1/V2 differences; it looks like the only difference is V1 has 2 SAS ports (the successor to SCSI) and V2 doesn't have them - not sure why a version bump removed a feature, but I'd guess that not many people are going to make use of SAS on one of these boards anyway.

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    Re: i7 upgrade time - yay, mb choices?

    I had the DFI X58-T3EH6 and now have the Asus P6T6 WS Revolution.

    The Asus has been by far the better board but I have also heard a lot of praise for the Gigabyte boards.
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    Re: i7 upgrade time - yay, mb choices?

    btw Corsair kinda obsoleted their own Dominator Ram.

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/6GB-D...preader-CoreI7 30 quid cheaper, same timings, except without the Dominator Heat Sink

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/6GB-(...AS-7-7-7-20-1T 5 quid more, but with much better timings, but with standard heat sink.

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    Re: i7 upgrade time - yay, mb choices?

    I have the DFI LP UT X58-T3eH8 and I am very happy with it.
    Very easy to overclock on and I have my 920 (D0 stepping) @ 4.1GHz with very little effort.
    I am also running 6gig of dominators & 280GTX cards in Sli.

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    Re: i7 upgrade time - yay, mb choices?

    Have you seen the ASUS Rampage II Extreme X58 and the Foxconn Bloodrage X58?

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    Re: i7 upgrade time - yay, mb choices?

    I have the Asus P6T Deluxe V2 and a Msi eclipse board. To be honest this time around I prefer the Msi board. I myself am more of a Asus fan

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    Re: i7 upgrade time - yay, mb choices?

    Quote Originally Posted by Coolone View Post
    Have you seen the ASUS Rampage II Extreme X58 and the Foxconn Bloodrage X58?
    And if you don't need a gazillion Add-In Boards, the Asus Rampage II Gene is a pretty sweet performer at a far more digestible price.

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    Re: i7 upgrade time - yay, mb choices?

    Quote Originally Posted by Coolone View Post
    Have you seen the ASUS Rampage II Extreme X58 and the Foxconn Bloodrage X58?
    Unfortunately both are a bit out of my price range

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    Quote Originally Posted by aidanjt View Post
    And if you don't need a gazillion Add-In Boards, the Asus Rampage II Gene is a pretty sweet performer at a far more digestible price.

    <-- see system.
    I do have a few add in cards, it needs to have 2x GTX260s, Auzen X-Fi Prelude and pci-e tv tuner. Since I'm water cooling the 260s they will be single slot, fortunately.

    Thanks all for the feedback, I'm going to go for the UD5 or the P6T Deluxe (which ever I can find cheaper, budget of around £200-£220), both seem to be good overclockers. Back to read some more memory reviews.

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    In that case, all your AIBs will fit in the Gene. Also, the onboard audio chip, and X-Fi emulation actually produces good audio, much to my surprise.
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    Re: i7 upgrade time - yay, mb choices?

    Not sure whether they're good or not, but Lambda-tek have the UD5 for £197.57 which is the cheapest I've seen:

    http://www.lambda-tek.com/components...prodID=B164691

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    Re: i7 upgrade time - yay, mb choices?

    From past experiences Lambda-tek are cheap but thats all, they dont reply to anything and if you have any problems (delivery and dead on arrival) then they are useless. I had to take them to court to get a refund from them.
    Anyway back on topic, I would go for the Asus board, the only difference between the v1 and v2 is the removal of the SAS controller.

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    Re: i7 upgrade time - yay, mb choices?

    Another vote for the Gigabyte UD5, its a very good board and with single slot coolers you should have no problem with your add in card needs. As for where to get them from - scan has the UD5 for &#163;211, bargain in my opinion. http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Gigab...00-SATA-II-ATX

    Also, this OCZ RAM seems to have the same performance as a the dominators but for less money, they are also very highly regarded. http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...odid=MY-129-OC

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    Re: i7 upgrade time - yay, mb choices?

    Quote Originally Posted by cmndr_andi View Post
    Another vote for the Gigabyte UD5, its a very good board and with single slot coolers you should have no problem with your add in card needs. As for where to get them from - scan has the UD5 for £211, bargain in my opinion. http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Gigab...00-SATA-II-ATX

    Also, this OCZ RAM seems to have the same performance as a the dominators but for less money, they are also very highly regarded. http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...odid=MY-129-OC
    Yeah im going with scan for the "free" delivery.

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