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Extreme: ASUS Rampage IV Extreme
An extreme CPU needs an extreme motherboard, and they don't come much more extreme than the ASUS Rampage IV Extreme.
This board supports the Socket 2011 found on the Intel Core i7-3970X and offers support for up to 64GB RAM via 8 DIMM slots, and comes with a total of support for 12 separate USB 2.0 ports, eight USB 3.0 ports, and eight 6Gb/s SATA ports.
The OC Key allows system information to be overlayed on the screen, showing you real-time information when you want need.
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Mainstream: AMD A10-5800K - quad-core, 3.8GHz
The AMD A10-5800K APU is the flagship of Trinity series, and features quad-core CPU with up to 3.8GHz/4.2GHz Turbo clock, and an AMD Radeon HD 7660D GPU to provide best-in-class performance and 3D gaming.
The A10-5800K is also fully unlocked, making it overclocker-friendly.
A super CPU for anyone thinking of building a mainstream PC.
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Mainstream: Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-UP4
A superb choice for the FM2 socketed AMD A10-5800K APU.
This motherboard supports 64GB RAM, and USB 3.0, and comes with seven SATA 6Gb/s ports, HDMI, DisplayPort, and D-Sub/DVI video output. A solid, well-made board that offers comprehensive features for those looking to do a little overclocking.
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