timc88

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I'm doing an intel build-primarily for gaming,along with photo shop. I need a mother board that has 2 pcie slots @16(I'm running sapphire 6950-6970 cf) that doesn't cost up words of $400. If I go with the 3820,mother board is no problem.2700t is the other option,that's where the mother board is the issue. Is there a mother board out there that fits the BILL,or is the i7 3820 the way to go? Both of these cpus are the same price-as well as the i7 2600t. This will be my 1st intel experience,from the amd 1090t,and Gigabyte 990 xfa-ud3 .Thanks,any advise is much appreciated.
 

al360ex

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Hello !

First off, next time you should ask motherboard-related questions in the "Motherboards and Memory\Motherboards" section of Tom's Hardware forums.

If I were you, I'd go with an Asus Sabertooth. Very good build, very durable and it has a very good warranty.

Since you don't say what your processor is, I can't direct you to a specific Asus Sabertooth model, but I'm sure you can google the one you need.

Good luck,
al360ex
 

popatim

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neither SB nor IB support dual x16 lanes; the processors only have 16 lanes total.

You will need a board with something like lucidlogic's virtu mvp chip on it. Something like Asus's p8z77
http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8Z77_WS/
 

al360ex

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But with the video cards the OP has, he doesn't need two 16x lanes. With both cards on 8x lines he won't see any loss in performance.