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    Motherboard advice

    So what do you think of a Gigabyte GA-EX59-UD4P ?
    Or would one of the Asus P6s be a better idea ? As it's my first build ever (getting adventurous in my old age), good manuals and cables are a must.
    Do we know of any good bundles for sale ATM ?

    It will be a i7920, with a minimum of 6gb 1333 RAM, Most likely with a 4870X2. I won't be using a SSD or multiple HDD. I'd like the option of SLI/Crossfire.

    Ta muchly

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    Re: Motherboard advice

    Choosing a motherboard by its manual and cables is herasy!

    Most of the x58 boards are all pretty good, come with decent bundles and overclock well.

    Look at the features each comes with and look at the layout of the slots and make your decision based on what board fits your needs.

    Scan seem to regularly do an i7 920 + motherboard on their today only bundles.
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    Re: Motherboard advice

    Good manuals would be helpful....
    I'll have to keep looking at Scan, see what comes up. But you think there's no real advantage/disadvantage to be had ? I could save ~£30 ?

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    Re: Motherboard advice

    Saving money is always an advantage!

    But manuals from the big manufacturers (Asus, Gigabyte, DFI, BIOSTAR, EVGA etc) are pretty much a muchness in terms of clarity and detail.
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    Re: Motherboard advice

    OK - so if we rule out the manuals, Asus or Gigabyte ?

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    Re: Motherboard advice

    Either of those brands to be fair, have had board from both brands and they have both been very stable.

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    Re: Motherboard advice

    I recommend ASUS, not a fan of gigabyte, had three gigabyte boards and theyve all died or i have killed them . Had 2 ASUS boards and the one i have now and i havent had one fault with them.

    The motherboard i otped for was the Rampage II extreme btw.

    Hope that helps a tad
    Last edited by Grymdawg; 29-05-2009 at 04:22 PM. Reason: i am stupid

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    Re: Motherboard advice

    It does, but the Rampage 2 is pricier than I'd like. The list is currently as follows;

    Asus P6T Deluxe ~£200
    Gigabyte U4P ~£210
    Asus Rampage ~£250+

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    Re: Motherboard advice

    Are those prices right? I don't think I've seen a P6T Deluxe much under £225

    Also, you can get the UD5 from Scan and a few other places for under £210 which is less than the price you have for the UD4P

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    Re: Motherboard advice

    Thanks Caudo.
    I saw that too. The prices change hourly it seems. The UD5 now look s the smarter choice.

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