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should I buy a asus Crosshair IV Extreme

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Hello, I am in need of A new motherboard. I currently have A old M3A78-T Deluxe. One of the DIMM slots has stopped working and seems like I am haven more issues as time goes on. I have put this board threw its paces and its time too move on, However that being said ... I do not have the money too go all out like I have in the past.

 

What I have too work with.

 

AMD PII x4 965 (@ 4.1Ghz )

3x 4870s ( 16 /16 /8 )

Ultra x3 1000w PSU

4x WD 750g Black

SB X-fi (PCI)

Asus M3A78-T Deluxe ( going Bad fast )

Crucial 4x 2GB 1066/8500

As it is I can play most Dx10 games at 1920x1200 on HIgh setting, No Dx11 / No Tess,

 

 

If I get the Crosshair IV Extreme I will have too get DRR3 & all 3x 4870s will run at 16. And the thing that I really like .. their is info about 890FX getting beta drivers for bulldozer.

 

or Should I buy A cheap MB/ ram and get a 6970

 

I only have about 500ish too spend .. (note the Crosshair IV Extreme is 300.00 and 6970s are about 350.00 )

 

 

whats better DDR3 & 16/16/16 or Cheap MB prob DDR2 & 6970 ?

 

Notes: I am use my PC ALOT, I also like too O.C. as much as I can.

 

 

Also anyone know if you can run 4x raid 0 on this board/SB850 and what DDR3 would you get (min of 8gbs) .. and would 16gb be that much better ?

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The Crosshair IV is a good board, but I would not look into getting 16/16/16 that much. You could run 4/4/4 and would only lose about 10 FPS, give or take.

 

To be honest, I would get a Crosshair IV Formula, and just get a single card, like a 6970 or 6950. Saves you money, less power consumption, not as much heat, and comparable power. The only reason to get the Extreme is if you crossfire.

 

And yes, I am excited about being able to use Bulldozer on my Formula. =)

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Don't forget, you can sell your RAM and video cards on here a recoup some of what you spend. Hope that helps!

 

Really, back in the day when was usen HD2900 .. their was a Huge difference when i use are 16/8 and the first 16/16.

 

But, anyhow on your other point about the ASUS Crosshair IV Formula AM3 ... Its 230.00 + 260.00 ( 6950) + 100.00 +10.00 shipping. (newegg) .. puts me 100 over. So I really have too choose between the two. So i guess it really comes down too is Dx11 / tess all that .. its not really used in any games ( however I really want too run 3dmark11 .. LOL ).

 

I am really Leaning toward ASUS Crosshair Extream .. i could OC more with it .. can put a bulldozer in it later (after i can get too Dx11 Cards) ... hell it can even take nvida cards.

 

 

grr . replyed too the wrong post.

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The Extreme is only different from the Formula in that it can support more cards. No other difference... Why spend money for quad-crossfire when you won't use it?

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Also, if you can, wait to have enough money to get everything. Doing it piecemeal is tough, and never works out the way you want it to in the end.

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I have the crosshair IV formula and aside from having to take the NB/SB heatsinks off to replace the paste cause of heat problems i'm very happy with it the OC programs that comes with the board are awsome. I bought a pair corsair vengence 4 gig sticks and windows 7 puts it at 7.4 for memory (7.9 max) The board itself is very solid temps still runs a little high but i've whipped it with everything i got after changing the paste and had no issues. Coul've been one of the early ones i've heard that Asus fixed that heat sink problem but it's an easy fix really. I would recommend it

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