Best motherbord for gaming. Want something fast also.

benzeelie

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Hi, I’m looking for the best motherboard. I’m waiting for the new hd 7000 and possibly want to run a crossfire configuration on them. I have looked at almost every board and still cant decide. I want something that’s fast and will bring out the most out of the hd7000 or maybe 2 of them. Looking at 16gb’s of ram or more depending on motherboard. Processor the Intel - i7 990X or Intel i7 2600k.
 

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Yeah, the Intel Extreme CPUs are a HUGE waste of money, considering no games run on 6 cores and you can hit 5ghz with the 2600k and a Corsair H100, which is like $120. But even the 2600k is overpowered. Look at this:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-gaming-cpu-core-i3-2100-phenom-ii-x6-1075t,2859-3.html
Notice the 0.1 Fps difference between an i5-2400 and i5-2300? I mean, the i7 is a great chip, but if you are only gaming and have a budget its not even worth it.

And yeah the ASUS p8p67 and p8z68 are great boards, also great for overclocking, but of course nothing beats the over the top Maximus crazy boards.
 

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I have no budget limit save up a little money. If looked at those boards. If you would compare them to the rampage 3 extreme board what would be better the maximus 4 or rampage 3, or would it be better to wait a while for the rampage 4 later on. Do you know if the boards would be able to run two hd 7000 graf-cards
 

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"The funny thing about it is that a system built around 1155, 9 times out of 10, will be faster that one built on 1366. This is because 1366 is still on the last generation of processors. 1155 will be compared against socket 2011 when it comes out later this year. So, I suppose, to answer your question the Maximus IV is a better board, but not because it's a better board, rather because the socket supports new generation processors that are faster, overclock (much) higher, and are cheaper. Asus will likely make a Rampage IV that will be on socket 2011."

Found this after searching "maximus 4 vs rampage 3" on google.

Keep in mind that the 7000 series will be PCie 3.0 which Ivy Bridge and Socket 2011 will support, and none of the boards now do. So I think if your 7000s are gonna be what you are building around, I would go Ivy Bridge/so.2011, not yet released PCie3 mobo, and the HD 7000s