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Old high end motherboards

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Does anybody know of old high end motherboard with good VRMs that are now cheap ? Something like LGA775, AMD, AM3, B250 e.t.c. I want something that looks nice with VRM heatsinks


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Why? 


Always try googling your motherboard and looking at the spec sheet and manual - OEMs keep those up for a reason - and maybe you'll learn something 🤔

 

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EVGA X99 Classified
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Radeon VII on an EK Acetal block and black EK backplate 
 1TB 970 Evo, 1TB Crucial MX500
Corsair RM1000i

Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX TG, Grey
EK D5 pump/res combo, EK-ZMT tubing, EK stubby barb fittings, 360mm GTS stealth rad, 4x Noctua iPPC NF-F12s, 2x Noctua NF-A15s

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EVGA X58 Classified SLI 3-Way
24GB (3x8) HyperX Fury DDR3 in Red - 1600Mhz CL9
2x EVGA Classifed GTX 780 in SLI

120GB ADATA SU800
EVGA 1600W T2
Corsair Air 540

 

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13 minutes ago, Faisal A said:

B250

Old?


I WILL find your ITX build thread, and I WILL recommend the SIlverstone Sugo SG13B

 

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You're probably better off buying something newer if you're looking for performance.


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P55 had some crazy mobos that are all pretty cheap, like the entire upper end EVGA lineup.  X58 is another obvious example, but the boards have kept their value to an almost ridiculous extent.  I would just look at your local classified or a swapping subreddit (r/hardwareswap, for example) and punch in every generations high end chipset.  Start with P55, then go through z68, z87, z97, z170 etc.  If you have a higher budget, x58, x79 or even x99 are all still solid performers and generally look overbuilt and smexy


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20 hours ago, Damascus said:

 If you have a higher budget, x58, x79 or even x99 are all still solid performers and generally look overbuilt and smexy

+100 for older X chipsets. X58 gives you triple channel RAM and x79 does quad, both run DDR3. Meaning you can yoink cheap DDR3 kits and OC them, that + the extra channels will give you solid bandwidth compared to normal dual channel DDR4. Though given the price drops for DDR4 it's not as big of an advantage as it used to be. 
 

CPUs for these platforms are also very affordable and OC hella well. X56xx series Xeons on X58 can be had for $12-60 depending on the model, can take stupid voltages and keep kicking (most will do 4.5Ghz, higher if you have a decent bin and are willing to give them more voltage). For X79, the 3930Ks OC very well and are hella cheap. There's some OCable Xeons for that platform too. X99 has the 5820K/5930K as cheaper CPUs, and the 5960X and 6950X on the higher end. Wouldn't reccomend the 6000 series for OCing - the 6950X is there because it's best in socket (basically a 7900X, a bit faster in games IIRC) - on average they don't OC as well as the 5000 series. 


Always try googling your motherboard and looking at the spec sheet and manual - OEMs keep those up for a reason - and maybe you'll learn something 🤔

 

i7 5820K - NH-L12S - 4.2Ghz/3.4Ghz, 1.2v/1.05v (core/uncore) - 1.9v input voltage - 77C max - EVGA X99 Micro2 - 16GB (4x4GB) EVGA SuperSC DDR4 - ~2667Mhz CL16 - EVGA XC Ultra 1660 Ti - 250GB 960 Evo - 1TB WD Blue - 120GB HyperX Fury SSD - 1TB Seagate Barracuda Pro Compute 2.5" HDD - 2TB Seagate FireCuda 2.5" SSHD - Corsair CX550 (2017) - Fractal Design Meshify C Mini - 2 stock fans front, random corsair fan rear, all 120mm LG 25UM56-P - 25" 2560x1080 at 75Hz

 

X58 Madlads: X58 Xeon/i7 discussion     X99 bois: X99 Xeon/i7 discussion

 

Big Rig:

Spoiler

 5960X on a Heatkiller IV Pro Acetal
EVGA X99 Classified
32GB (4x8) 3200Mhz CL16 HyperX Predator DDR4
Radeon VII on an EK Acetal block and black EK backplate 
 1TB 970 Evo, 1TB Crucial MX500
Corsair RM1000i

Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX TG, Grey
EK D5 pump/res combo, EK-ZMT tubing, EK stubby barb fittings, 360mm GTS stealth rad, 4x Noctua iPPC NF-F12s, 2x Noctua NF-A15s

Current project-ey plans:

Spoiler

Xeon X5670 or i7 920/950 - Cryorig H5 Universal

EVGA X58 Classified SLI 3-Way
24GB (3x8) HyperX Fury DDR3 in Red - 1600Mhz CL9
2x EVGA Classifed GTX 780 in SLI

120GB ADATA SU800
EVGA 1600W T2
Corsair Air 540

 

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