New Gaming Build and confused

Hey guys...

I have done a lot of research and have read many reviews. I am looking at putting together a new system and confused as to which motherboard to go with (P965 or 680i). Here is the list I have so far:

Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 Conroe 2.66GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6700 - Retail

ASUS P5B Deluxe LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

or a 680i?

CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X2048-6400

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply - Retail

EVGA 640-P2-N821-AR GeForce 8800GTS 640MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Video Card - Retail

SAMSUNG SpinPoint T Series HD501LJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

Any help would be appreciated.
I am not sure if I should go with a P965 or 680i. I plan to do some mild Ocing but not pushing the components to their limit. Can anyone also recommend a PC case.
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  1. if you are only going to do mild Ocing i guess i would go for the p965 because it tends to be much cheaper, as for a case i personly like this one
  2. The 680i is going to be more expensive but it offers more features all around it just depends on how much you want to spend. As for the case I love mine (see sig) but it's very expensive, the Antec P180 and Antec Nine Hundred seem to be fairly popular and the Antec Sonata is a nice looking mid-tower. Cases are all about personal preferance, go on Newegg and look around to find something you like then come back and ask if it's any good.

    If your wondering why all three suggestions were Antec it's because I've owned them before and Antec makes solid quiet and reletively inexpensive cases. Here is a great deal on the Sonata $103
  3. Thanks for the responses. I just added an antec 9 hundy to my list.
    I will do more research on the p965 vs 680i MB.
    Any other responses are appreciated.
  4. I'm not doing this to make you doubt your decision. I am sending a cautionary note to you. I have the nine hundy and a dremel, together you can create cable management the p182 gives you. Buy a dremel for 60 bucks, create some cable routing holes and you'll be set. However, if you decide to not get a dremel, you will have a hard time routing cables, however it is possible to get a decent routing job. I just helped a friend build a his rig in a p182 and I cant even imagine not having holes to route cables behind the mobo. Anyway, this isnt a cable routing thread, just letting you know what you'll be getting into with that 900. Its an awesome case, but it makes you earn the performance it offers.

    Edit: If price is a consideration for you, you can purchase a 680i LT which functions identical to the full 680i but with some minor differences. You can save 50.00-60.00 going that route. Good choices and good luck!
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