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Message 1280600 - Posted: 6 Sep 2012, 15:13:41 UTC - in response to Message 1280583.

Let's see, I have a Gigabyte 990FXA with a 8 core Bulldozer in my newest PC. An Asus M4A785-M with a 4 core Phenom in my other good PC. Both pretty good boards. An old ECS and old MSI in a couple of others.

Then I have an ancient MSI motherboard with a 850 Thunderbird processor that I recently had to decommission*. I fixed a loose solder connection on it with a propane torch and a nail five or six years back and it's still running.

*Decommissioned due to hdd failure and I didn't want to bother setting up a machine that will have a RAC of around 50 and draw as much power as a four core processor and GTS450.




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Message 1280617 - Posted: 6 Sep 2012, 15:51:28 UTC

I have been using Asus mobos since 1996 and wont change anytime soon.

These are the three I currently run.

http://ca.asus.com/en/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/SABERTOOTH_Z77/

http://ca.asus.com/en/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8Z77V_LK/

http://ca.asus.com/en/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8Z68VGEN3/[/url]

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Message 1280634 - Posted: 6 Sep 2012, 16:58:15 UTC - in response to Message 1280617.

Will you be adding multiple graphics cards to these eventually?

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Message 1280743 - Posted: 6 Sep 2012, 20:53:31 UTC - in response to Message 1280634.

The Sabertooth is running 2 260s.

I am unsure about the other machines. as it is all about the money!
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Message 1280749 - Posted: 6 Sep 2012, 21:08:28 UTC

Sabertooth 990FX here.

http://www.alternate.de/html/product/ASUS/SABERTOOTH_990FX_R2.0/1024289/?
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Message 1280820 - Posted: 7 Sep 2012, 1:15:53 UTC

How about this Uber Power Zotac http://www.zotac.com/index.php?product_id=435&page=shop.product_details&category_id=7&flypage=flypage_images-SRW.tpl&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=100166&lang=en&vmcchk=1&Itemid=100166 running an EVGA GTX670 :-)
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Message 1280822 - Posted: 7 Sep 2012, 1:21:01 UTC

Sabertooth 990FX here along with a Gigabyte 890FX. Never had tried an ASUS motherboard before but I am very impressed by the build quality, stability, feature set and overclocking options. I am definitely going to look at ASUS again when I decide I want to replace the Gigabyte.

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Message 1281027 - Posted: 7 Sep 2012, 14:57:01 UTC - in response to Message 1280822.

All Asus here also (right now).

An _old_ A8R-MVP (socket 939), still going strong 24/7.

An M4A78-E, in an Ubuntu PC, that's basicly a backup, not running at the moment, but runs 24/7 stable, when its on. Its meant to replace the above computer one day, when I get it setup properly.

And a Sabertooth 990FX in my primary computer, rock solid stable, even at a nice OC. Best board I have owned.

I have had Gigabyte, MSI and others and they have been nice too, but I mostly end up with ASUS.
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Message 1281426 - Posted: 8 Sep 2012, 12:46:14 UTC - in response to Message 1280583.

From a little research looks like you can also use different graphics cards on the same mobo and it should work. But the preferred is to have the same cards.

Is anyone using different graphics cards on the same box??

This is great info. It has helped me with possible decisions and i hope it will help others.



On my A-SYS (i7/950) 1x GTX460SE v1 & 1x GTS250, both EVGA and running two tasks each. On the B-SYS (i7/930) a very unique EVGA single card that has two different GPUs on it GTX575 & GTS250. Because of the limits of the GTS250, it is running only one task per GPU.
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Message 1281751 - Posted: 9 Sep 2012, 1:27:13 UTC

Lets see I have two Asus motherboards, a P7P55D Pro that I'm currently using and a Rampage 3 Extreme that I'm slowly building an uber system around...
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Message 1282122 - Posted: 10 Sep 2012, 3:21:55 UTC

Let me know if this is the wrong place to ask, But can you tell what mother board to use with what chip set? Im thinking of using the old p4 case and put in a new mother board with an I5 chipset.
I looked at newegg and have no clue what goes with what.
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Message 1282157 - Posted: 10 Sep 2012, 6:08:23 UTC - in response to Message 1282122.

ASUS P5B on my old CD2 E6300, GTX560 TI rig.

ASUS P5K-E on my Q6600, 2x GTX550 TI rig.

ASRock Z68 Extreme4 on my 2500K, 1x 9800GTX+, 2x 9800GT rig.

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Message 1282253 - Posted: 10 Sep 2012, 15:41:34 UTC - in response to Message 1279963.
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Although my rig is still under construction, due to a previous motherboard failure...


My condolences over the loss of Piggy. May she(?) be bacon the job soon. :^)
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Message 1283748 - Posted: 14 Sep 2012, 20:28:48 UTC

ASUS P6T6 WS Revolution (socket 1366 MOBO)

Running an i7 950 @ 4 GHZ (vcore = 1.26V) w/3 GIGABYTE Radeon HD 4850 graphics cards

Very solid system thus far (knock on wood).

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Message 1283793 - Posted: 14 Sep 2012, 21:57:01 UTC

Asus P7P55D LE here, it may be the lowest (?) end board in the P7P55D range but it's still a top quality board, well built and stable with a fully featured BIOS.

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Message 1285291 - Posted: 19 Sep 2012, 0:28:03 UTC - in response to Message 1283793.

IBM 9228 here, running two each Xeon Clovertown X5365 3.0Ghz quad-cores.

(Heavy-duty commercial workstation, corporate lease turn-in bargain...)

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Message 1285431 - Posted: 19 Sep 2012, 10:35:14 UTC
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I am still stuck with ASUS, since my previous computer (possibly two) as well as my current one is having an ASUS motherboard.

So instead of checking with my PC vendor for new components that may be available, I went to the web-page for ASUS and chose my area of living. Not if that matter to much, the description still is in English and the products on offer should be mostly the same.

For motherboards, I may be able to choose between the following ones, which apparently are all part of a new series from ASUS.

Namely Maximus V Formula, P8Z77-V Premium, P8H77-I, P8B75-V, Maximus IV GENE-Z/GEN3 and Rampage IV Extreme/Battlefield 3.

I have not yet had time at looking at the detailed specification for each motherboard, but what about such things like a LGA 1155 socket as an replacement for the LGA 1366 socket? Also USB 3.0, Sata 6 Gbps support and Bluetooth 4.0 is now being implemented in full. Apparently still not available but only in the works is PCIE 3.0, many or most of these motherboards lists as PCIE 3.0 ready, so this apparently is an upcoming version of a possible earlier version of the same. Also these motherboards of course are Windows 8 ready, also SSD's are now being included here as well.

So how much memory should there be available on such a motherboard? Typically I am able to see 32 GB, but in one instance earlier on, I noticed 64 GB as well.

Do not forget the rest of the stuff that is needed. Apparently Intel (or the vendors) are having it a little hard at deciding at which processor is currently the best. Assumedly, such a processor would be an Intel Core i7 Extreme processor, but then if you purchase the box from one manufacturer, the processor from another manufacturer and the motherboard from yet another manufacturer - are you able to get the best choice for processor fan when choosing a box for the first time?

Does the processor fan which is meant to be coming with the motherboard you purchase fit exactly that specific motherboard, or should it rather fit in with the rest of the box and the components inside as a whole?

Therefore, there will always be many considerations when choosing a new system, including a motherboard. There are always conclusions which can be made from experience being obtained.

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Message 1285487 - Posted: 19 Sep 2012, 13:52:49 UTC

Asus M3a79-T Deluxe with amd phenom II and 8 gigs of gskill mem. Very stable.
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Message 1285835 - Posted: 20 Sep 2012, 15:25:24 UTC
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Do the manufacturers or vendors always put up everything in their product specifications and listings?

Now they are apparently reverting back at a typical RAM amount (max) of 24 GB, but still the SSD's being included are now being integrated on the motherboards themselves.

Also the chipset apparently being used now is the X58 chipset. There is still a choice between the LGA 1366 socket and the more recent LGA 1155 socket.

By the way, I prefer the blue color for the red. Some motherboards are specifically meant for graphical purposes, others are meant for being used by the military.

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Message 1286280 - Posted: 21 Sep 2012, 15:27:56 UTC
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Also this:

If you download a software driver update from a given manufacturer, for example a driver update for a graphics / monitor card, you really are downloading an application which has the necessary drivers included in the package.

It means that if and when correctly set up, you may be able to access the nVidia control panel from your desktop, or if you are not running in safe mode or something lower than that of starting up the system services (this may vary a little depending on whether the driver is low level or high level), you should have an icon for the such a task available for you at the bottom right, meaning that the task or application is residing in memory.

A hard disc always will need to have a driver in order for it to be accessed. Such a driver now typically comes with Windows - earlier on it came with the disc itself, or by means of its manufacturer or vendor. Really, Microsoft has its hand on most of the market, hopefully their profits give a little money back to the original software/hardware developers.

Such a hard disc driver is not always visible when booting up in safe mode, but it is still there. Windows needs to access this driver before it can continue booting up. The File Allocation Table and Boot Record (as well as one or more Partition Boot Records, or even Master Partition Boot Records) which existed on earlier hard discs and was included in earlier operating systems were replaced by NTFS and more or less of the same when it comes to the rest.

If you are using hard discs, you certainly know that they have to be partitioned and formatted before being used. But partitioning comes before formatting, meaning that a functioning disc theoretically could have some readable contents on it even before such partitioning and formatting took place.

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