Looking for opinions on a motherboard

By Stick'o ram
Jun 24, 2009
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  1. All right so i've bought all the parts for my new computer expect for two.
    I don't want to spend a huge amount on a motherboard but I want it to atleast perform good. Yes I know that higher priced products perform better but I think I've found a MB that might be a good balance between the two.

    What's your opinion of this motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD4P
    (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128374)

    Thanks.
  2. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,887   +85

    nice choice, which i7 are you putting in there?
  3. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,128

    GIGABYTE has won my heart and im sure it will win yours
  4. Stick'o ram

    Stick'o ram Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 233

  5. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,128

  6. Stick'o ram

    Stick'o ram Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 233

    I bought a NZXT Tempest
  7. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,887   +85

    should be easy for that board, I dont know about that cooler, so i wont comment on it, but I am an overclocker, and have had the best results with the multi heat pipe stacked aluminum fin (where the copper pipes actually make contact with the cpu surface) maybe Supermashbrada will stop in with a suggestion. he has his I7 920 OC to 4.2Ghz, he water cools, but probably knows the best air coolers for the OC I7
  8. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,128

    ok you can use the cooler the i recommended but you will have to remove the fan on the side panel
  9. Stick'o ram

    Stick'o ram Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 233

  10. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,128

    they are both the same height give or take a few centimeters
  11. raybay

    raybay TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    Your Gigabyte choice is hardy... rugged... consistently more reliable than Asus and many others. We expect you will be very happy with it.
     
  12. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,887   +85

  13. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,265   +41

    The Gigabyte board is a really good one for what you're going for. I'd only suggest others from Asus if you were doing something extreme, like 4.5ghz+.

    It looks like you dont want to spend much on a cooler, best bang for your buck is going to be a ximatek cooler, make sure you get the bracket for the i7 socket.
  14. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,128

    the ximatek that i pointed out comes with the bracket for the i7 socket.
  15. Stick'o ram

    Stick'o ram Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 233

    I'm really looking for something that won't make me take off that side fan. Do you guys expect motherboard prices to drop before the 30th? (That's when the rebate runs out).

    Thanks for all the ideas so far.
  16. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,887   +85

    keep your side fan?

    Hi again stick,
    if you really want to keep that fan on the side this is a good option, the ocz vandetta 1, its not as tall as the vendetta 2 and will leave room for the side fan.(i also have an interior 120mm fan on my side panel aligned on top of my processor). now it is only a degree warmer than the vendetta 2 (see the benchmark I linked above) . the i7 is going to throw more heat obviously than mine, but here is a snapshot of my temps with the vendetta 1 OC from 2.7 ghz to 3.4Ghz under normal load, hits 30c max while playing crysis warhead. i have exceptional airflow in my case ,and your load temps my be higher, but it does perform exceptionally well. i attached a pic for you. hope it helps Stick :)

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  17. Stick'o ram

    Stick'o ram Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 233

    Sadly though it's not compatible with socket 1366, any other ideas?
  18. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,887   +85

  19. Stick'o ram

    Stick'o ram Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 233

  20. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,282   +24

    I recommend this motherboard instead. You save about 80-90 bucks, and only lose two DIMM slots and one PCI-E slot. You still have the option to go Crossfire\SLI, but with only two cards instead of three. These features aren't worth the extra money IMO.

    As for a cooler, I recommend this heatsink if it fits (it's about 1cm shorter than the Xigmatek). Otherwise, the Vendetta is your best choice.
  21. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,887   +85

    If Rage's recommendation wont fit and interferes with your side panel fan, heres an idea of clearance in my case. i have a side fan right over my cpu as well. it looks odd because i have a clear acrylic case, but the heat sink in the pic is the Vendetta1.the fan at the bottom of the picture is the side panel fan. I hope this all helps lol :)

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  22. Stick'o ram

    Stick'o ram Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 233

  23. raybay

    raybay TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    Looks like everything you need to know is right there in the link you provided.
    The only question is whether Beach is selling it as new or if it is a resale... Beach is good for low prices, but they play fast and loose with the truth, in our experience.... Lots of refurbs and resales of returns to Mfg related to disappointments and minor issues.
  24. Stick'o ram

    Stick'o ram Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 233

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