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    Recommend me an X58 mobo

    Looking to buy an X58 motherboard. Somewhere in the £150-200 range, but I'm not really constrained by money. I will probably be coupling it with an i7 980X, as I recently have had a bit of a windfall and fancy buying something silly expensive just for the hell of it. I'm going to be doing some overclocking with watercooling, so I'll probably try and get it towards the 4 GHz mark.

    I'm kinda interested in trying out a Gigabyte motherboard, but all suggestions welcome

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    Re: Recommend me an X58 mobo

    The P6T is the 'bang for the buck' in that price range IIRC. Scan also have a DFi board for £170 on there site as well which may be worth a look!
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    Re: Recommend me an X58 mobo

    980X ?

    Surely you'd want to get an i7 930 instead, clock the hell out of it and then get a nice fast SSD or uber fast GTX480 card for your tasks and if they're CUDA supported your laughing

    P6T is a good board, as is the DFI board but the crazy BIOS options and the vast amount of choices in the DFI bios seem to scare a fair few users off.

    Gigabyte boards are also popular atm. It seems that they are gaining ground now on the likes of Asus and as such there are not really any 'bad' choices at the moment, just a range of good ones instead

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    Re: Recommend me an X58 mobo

    I like my P6T6 as its legacy free, and every slot is mechanically 16x PCIE. Not an issue for you, but you can also use the w35xx xeon processors with ECC memory in it.
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    Re: Recommend me an X58 mobo

    Quote Originally Posted by Lee @ SCAN View Post
    980X ?

    Surely you'd want to get an i7 930 instead, clock the hell out of it.
    Nope. I want to get a 980x and clock the hell out of it. The task I have in mind linearly scales with the number of cores.

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    and then get a nice fast SSD
    Already have one.

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    or uber fast GTX480 card for your tasks
    Most definitely not letting one of those things near this computer!

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    and if they're CUDA supported your laughing
    They aren't, and I doubt they will be anytime soon.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lee @ SCAN View Post
    P6T is a good board, as is the DFI board but the crazy BIOS options and the vast amount of choices in the DFI bios seem to scare a fair few users off.

    Gigabyte boards are also popular atm. It seems that they are gaining ground now on the likes of Asus and as such there are not really any 'bad' choices at the moment, just a range of good ones instead
    Ok - thanks for the suggestions. I agree, the Gigabyte boards all seem pretty good and popular, which is why I was thinking about them in the first place. Interesting about the DFI bios - I'll probably give that a miss, as I think too many bios options is counter-productive unless you're trying to set a world record, which I'm not. And besides, what good are all these bios options when the manual doesn't explain any of them to any useful level of detail?

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    Re: Recommend me an X58 mobo

    go gigabyte the dfi boards have no six core support and according to a source on the dfi forums there wont be. im thinking dfi has some new boards around the corner
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    Re: Recommend me an X58 mobo

    Have you condidered which cards you want to plug in? I currently run two PCI cards in my machine and there don't appear to be any x58 boards that have two PCI sockets available when you plug in a double width graphics card.

    Might affect your decision if you're in a similar boat.

    PS - I've been very impressed with my Gigabyte mobo, albeit a s775 one.

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    Re: Recommend me an X58 mobo

    The task I have in mind linearly scales with the number of cores.
    Why not go for a dual CPU system? Six cores are great, twelve cores though...

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    Re: Recommend me an X58 mobo

    Quote Originally Posted by DDY View Post
    Why not go for a dual CPU system? Six cores are great, twelve cores though...
    Could do, but then it starts getting silly expensive.

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