Hello. I've ordered a MSI 975x Platinum PowerUp edition but I'm thinking about overclocking and so I was considering ordering one of these two motherboards instead:
ASUS P5B Delux
ASUS P5N32-E SLI
The first one has great reviews and seems like an excelent option, but P5N32-E SLI has a 680i chipset and supposedly great overclocking capability too. I wont be using SLI, but the chipset may make it worthwhile.
Asus P5B Deluxe overclocks just as well as the 680i and will save you a few dollars to get either better ram/cpu/ or graphics card.
The absolute only reason to get the 680i is if your going to be doing SLi, but then you're talking major dollars of investment.
that board also costs $260, once again there is absolutely no point in buying either the Xpress 3200 or 680i chipset boards unless you plan on going SLi or crossfire respectively. but once again sli/xfire is a waste of money 90% of the time. so the best bet is to go for a p5b deluxe...
the rd600 is a far better board than the 680i boards in general though, it's stupid not to buy it just because it's sli, and it costs more, there's a reason behind the cost. One being is that it's bios can only be compared with the bios of the striker extreme or asus crosshair. Another being the new things like a-sync memory that hadn't been introduced yet, and so on and so forth
the asus p5b deluxe has been a more than capable board for numerous core 2 duo's, just because there is more expensive products that oc just a little bit better that doesn't warrant you to pay extra for it...remember its more about bang for your buck...and in either case your going to get to oc a e6600 to the same levels on a 680i or p5b
It's all whether people are willing to pay for it though, I personally find it worth all the stuff the rd600 has, but if you feel the performance of it is not worth the price, then I am not going to try to tell you otherwise
I have to agree with IcY18 on this one. What I want is bang for the buck. I'm not going to overclock too much, just push the e6600 to 3.0 or 3.2 ghz maximum. The P965 is a more recent chip than the older 975x, and even beying marketed at an inferior level to the 975x chip its actually better in many aspects. My doubt was if the rd600 or 680i was really worth the extra buck, but I don't think so in my case. I don't need SLI/Crossfire.
The P5B Deluxe seems just what I need and I even saved some bucks from the MSI Platinum.
These are the items I ordered (except the change from the MSI to the ASUS):
hybrid drives? Soon enough for laptops with vista installed, worth the price? Maybe, they're designed to use vista's prefetch, which has proven to show no performance increase at all with a gig or more of ram. If you only have 512mb ram, maybe, but it'd be cheaper to just use a flash drive or buy more ram which is faster
The reason why I went for two 120GB instead of a big drive for the same price or cheaper was simply that I don't need much space. Its just for a few games (and I'm picky about what I play), for my university work (word, excel, stuff like that), and a few downloads. I was actually going to buy just oneHD 120 GB but I prefer to have another hard drive so that I can install another OS or simply to backup data in case I need to format the drive. So 240 MB in two separate HDs are better for me than just one 240 GB HD even if it actually comes cheaper. Also, I coudn't find 16 mb cache versions, so thats why I went for the 8 MB ones. Anyway, I woudn't pay more than 10 euros for the difference anyway.