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January 21, 2007 9:10:18 AM

Hello I'm looking to buy a nice motherboard to pair with an E6600.
My priorities are:
1. Overclocking
2. Cooling & Stability
3. Price
4. Placement

I do not care about SLi but the option would be nice.

I've looked at the P5B Deluxe and it looks to be a good contender so that might be what I'll buy but I like input.

I also looked at the P5N-E SLi but I found it had some problems, it being bleeding edge technology (Cooling, Placement of things)

And I looked at the eVGA 680i board which I would love to get but it seems to be outside of my budget at the moment.

Im not really looking to go much higher than ~$200

I'm not sure what it is but the P5B Deluxe just has this sort of draw to it... so I think I might be going with that. (My only concern about it is that it doesn't support 1333 FSB CPUs but that shouldn't matter right?)

Thanks in advance.

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January 21, 2007 8:26:43 PM

Don't forget the 650i MB's. They are good for overclocking and cheaper than the 680i's.
January 22, 2007 4:08:10 AM

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Don't forget the 650i MB's. They are good for overclocking and cheaper than the 680i's.


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I also looked at the P5N-E SLi but I found it had some problems, it being bleeding edge technology (Cooling, Placement of things)


The P5N-E SLi is a 650i mobo...
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January 22, 2007 2:26:33 PM

ever consider foxconn 975x7ab series motherboard comes with digital vrm and crossfire capable? the price is below $200. a good value performer in my humble opinion.. :) 
January 22, 2007 3:09:34 PM

Take a look at Giga-bytes 965 offerings.
January 22, 2007 3:27:11 PM

oh yeah, the gigabyte s3 and or ds3 series motherboard are a good budget overclocker.

don't forget to take a look at biostar tforce p965 series too..

good luck! :) 
January 22, 2007 3:42:32 PM

I was about to say 650i as well, didn't recognize the Asus board name.

If you can't wait for more 650i boards to hit market then maybe the Gigabyte or other Asus boards would be your best bet. The Abit 965 board is also a good choice. Not sure it OCs quite as high as the others but have seen some very good OCs out of it.

These will of course cut out possibility of SLI in the future. Its either that or jump to the 680i unless you can find some way around your issue with the 650i.

As for the P5B Deluxe, its a fine board. As for the FSB support. As the Ram makers continue to fight it out for OC supremacy we'll probably end up seeing speeds nearly that high on most boards with BIOS revisions I hope. Even if it never gets that far, you won't see much difference in games between the same system with say 1066-1200FSB OC and one with 1333 FSB.
January 22, 2007 7:47:22 PM

Well I'm pulling my hair out whether I should get a 650i board or a P5B deluxe board. Is it possible that you could insert a 1333 FSB CPU into the P5B Deluxe and have it run without a performance hit? I'm really torn between the Asus 650i (P5N-E SLi) and the P5B Deluxe for really stupid reasons.

for the P5B deluxe I see it has great cooling and can hit some crazy high FSB (525) and has all the nice features of current Asus boards but:

Can it not take 1333 FSB CPUs? (or can it without a performance hit?)

I would like to have an upgrade path.

Then the P5N-E SLi is affordable and very current. It looks like a pretty good layout (not like the P5B though) and it supports 1333 FSB CPUs for sure. But:

The NB gets hot and the SB is naked (no heatsink/cooling whatsoever), if I were to get an Thermalright HR-05 SLi and put the optional 70mm fan on it would that be adequate cooling to hit 400 FSB with an E6600 (my goal)?

And one last thing: would it either of these boards accept This G.Skillmemory?

Edit: it could be a few weeks before I actually get a board so might something with better cooling that is 650i come out by then? I'm going to wait but until then I would like to choose a board now.

Thanks for soothing my headaches!! 8O
January 22, 2007 9:16:13 PM

Well you can now get the EVGA NVIDIA nForce 680i for $215 which is around your max budget. Should have better cooling on the NB SB.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

It's not as well proven as the intel M/B's and has undergone a number of bios fixes, but that's what you get with bleeding edge tech (makes things interesting).
January 22, 2007 9:50:28 PM

Wow! that must have just happened. This suits all my needs so I'll be getting that one :)  thanks for the heads up.
January 23, 2007 6:49:20 PM

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Well you can now get the EVGA NVIDIA nForce 680i for $215 which is around your max budget. Should have better cooling on the NB SB.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

It's not as well proven as the intel M/B's and has undergone a number of bios fixes, but that's what you get with bleeding edge tech (makes things interesting).


According to the write up the only difference between that and the other EVGA is the warranty....the $249 one has a lifetime while this one has a 2 year one. How important is that?

Dave
January 23, 2007 8:39:40 PM

probably not very. Depending on your needs you will be ready to buy a new motherboard by the end of the warranty. Even then the mobo isn't just going to up and die after two years :) 
January 23, 2007 9:16:15 PM

You suppose they use the same parts in both cards?
January 23, 2007 9:27:18 PM

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Hello I'm looking to buy a nice motherboard to pair with an E6600.
My priorities are:
1. Overclocking
2. Cooling & Stability
3. Price
4. Placement

Im not really looking to go much higher than ~$200
.

If you can pay 200 why you do not put 9$ more and conisder AW9D-MAX, many peope got really good results with E6600 on this Mobo
I am considering it for myself too but I did not decide yet
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

Also when you decide to buy the E6600 do not forget to take a look at the combo deals under it, some times there are good ones with good savings
January 23, 2007 10:14:32 PM

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You suppose they use the same parts in both cards?


of course! if they didn't I would be angry...

@heyyou

No thanks I think the 680i Chipset is better (for me) than the 975X. It was basically a choice between 650i, 680i, and P965 chipsets :) 
January 23, 2007 10:18:02 PM

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You suppose they use the same parts in both cards?


of course! if they didn't I would be angry...

@heyyou

No thanks I think the 680i Chipset is better (for me) than the 975X. It was basically a choice between 650i, 680i, and P965 chipsets :) 

I meant the same quality of parts =)
January 23, 2007 10:20:44 PM

Yeah, like I said I would be angry if they didn't. It's the same board, nearly identical model number, same name. They just left out 80+ years of warranty :lol:  .
January 24, 2007 12:56:08 AM

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Yeah, like I said I would be angry if they didn't. It's the same board, nearly identical model number, same name. They just left out 80+ years of warranty :lol:  .


Valtiel, you are right...The only difference is whats in the box with the board....straight from eVGA.

"22-CK-NF68-TR

* 1x HDD (ATA133) cable
* 1x Floppy cable
* 2x SATA data cables
* 1x SATA power cables
* 1+1 warranty



122-CK-NF68-AR

* 1x USB 4 port bracket
* 1x Firewire 1394a bracket
* 1x COM2 serial bracket

* 1x HDD (ATA133) cable
* 1x Floppy cable
* 6x SATA data cables
* 3x SATA power cables
* Lifetime warranty"
January 24, 2007 4:37:37 AM

Ah, thanks for that. A few less cables but that doesn't bother me :)  (why spend $20+ for cables??)
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