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November 15, 2007 4:55:52 PM

I know it's a tough question. But I want a board that will last me through the duo era and support a quad decently. I would like to go with nForce 680i because I'm a big fan of Nvidia and I hear their a top gunner when it comes to chipsets. I would like it fully SLI compatible. I was thinking of going with either this board:

EVGA 122-CK-NF67-T1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OR

ASUS P5K-E LGA 775 Intel P35
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(Which is really an intel based chipset but it has good reviews?)

Now I'm open to suggestion. I appreciate it. :) 

PS: I'll be usin a Duo E6750 with a 7950 gfx and prob 2X1GB Mushin ram with a 600W PSU. Case undertermined

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November 15, 2007 5:52:18 PM

I am very new to this forum and quite a bit new at overclocking as well, but I have been doing a lot of motherboard research trying to build my own system.

Gigabyte has a good history of boards for overclocking and they have the GA-N680SLI-DQ6 that goes for about $200 if you can find a place that sells it.

I was looking at getting an E6750, any reason you're getting that beside overclocking an E4600 or E2180?
November 15, 2007 6:06:46 PM

780i when it comes out will be top of the line from nVidia and be able to run Tri-SLI.
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November 15, 2007 6:32:43 PM

I imagein the E6750 will last me quite some time even with overclockin and that is what I want. I'm just torn between boards. I feel a 680i is the way to go. They got full support for SLI.. I unno lol
November 15, 2007 7:15:04 PM

Lionblade said:
I imagein the E6750 will last me quite some time even with overclockin and that is what I want. I'm just torn between boards. I feel a 680i is the way to go. They got full support for SLI.. I unno lol



Quad core is future proof compared to dual.

If you are going to have this rig for 2-3 years go quad.

780i will support full bandwidth 3 way SLI.
November 15, 2007 7:36:13 PM

Dual core isn't going to make it past two years? Crap...

... maybe I should rethink what I am getting to.
November 15, 2007 7:40:46 PM

ricehoshi said:
Dual core isn't going to make it past two years? Crap...

... maybe I should rethink what I am getting to.


That's my personal opinion.

Pentium D 805 came out December of 2005. Look at where we are at 2 years later. Netburst is a joke in most places.

Core 2 is great. However with the advancements and support for multi-threaded applications coming I really don't see dual cores being that great. Sure they will still meet minimum specs for another 2-3 years.. however I'd consider quads much more future proof.

We are once again in the same spot we were 2 years ago with Nehalem releasing late 2008.
November 15, 2007 7:46:19 PM

cnumartyr... i am just like dancing around your posts...

... but futureproofing you're right. A quad board will hold you out longer and i would get one if the quad and core 2 processors didn't vary in price as much as they do.
November 15, 2007 7:54:29 PM

ricehoshi said:
cnumartyr... i am just like dancing around your posts...

... but futureproofing you're right. A quad board will hold you out longer and i would get one if the quad and core 2 processors didn't vary in price as much as they do.



Yea it's unfortunate it's in the 200-300 price bracket. I got mine for $276 shipped and guarenteed G0 stepping at the time.

I dunno, don't really need anything special on the board, the Gigabyte you have selected would hit 3 GHz with that easily and probably 3.2-3.6

You'd just have to get aftermarket cooling like a Freezer Pro 7, Tuniq, or Ultra 120X.

That's how I justified it... Now I'm trying to figure out how to justify putting it under water and buying a Q9450 in February under water for a 780i board...
November 15, 2007 8:55:38 PM

Thats the problem with pc gaming, the hardware is constantly rotating out of usefulness...
November 15, 2007 8:59:51 PM

tell me about it... i'm trying to compile a list of components to watch price fluxuations so i can get them as they have specials... but i think in the time itll take for me to get my components my build will be out of date. :p 
November 15, 2007 9:03:35 PM

Mine was ~1200 (including shipping.. infact this would be less because I just subtracted the monitor off the total cost and included it in the shipping...)

CM 690
Thermalright Ultra 120X
Q6600 + Blood Iron
2 GB Transcend DDR2800 (Great deal)
650W PSU
X1950 Pro
2 Seagate HDDs
SATA DVD Burner
Extra Cables, Extension cables
Extra Fans
XP Home 32 Bit
November 15, 2007 9:08:23 PM

cnumartyr... i am trying to get mine under a 1000 excluding monitor and speakers. that's a really nice setup though for that price. i might just have to start eBaying things...

... eBaying computer parts... crap...
November 15, 2007 9:16:53 PM

I put a wish list together just now.

$963 with no OS and before shipping.

CM690 Bundled with 550W
GA-P35-GS3R
Sapphire X1950 Pro
Q6600 (I'd buy a guarenteed G0)
2 GB Transcend
2 Seagate 160 GBs for Raid
LG DVD+RW
AC Freezer Pro 7

Sorry I can't get you closer.. but that'd be within budget with an E2180.
November 15, 2007 9:36:10 PM

I have a similar list that comes out around $890, but the Q6600 is what puts me over... I may settle for a E6750 and worry about a new build for a quad later. I think the GA-P35C-DS3R is what I am going to go with.
November 15, 2007 9:41:01 PM

ricehoshi said:
I have a similar list that comes out around $890, but the Q6600 is what puts me over... I may settle for a E6750 and worry about a new build for a quad later. I think the GA-P35C-DS3R is what I am going to go with.


P35 is 45nm ready.

Drop in a 2140 for $85.

Use it for now and buy a Q9350 when it comes out in January. :kaola: 
November 15, 2007 9:45:19 PM

e2180 is $85 dollars as well... i'll think about it. someone just offered me an e6750 for $140... we will see. i'll keep you updated.
November 15, 2007 9:46:35 PM

ricehoshi said:
e2180 is $85 dollars as well... i'll think about it. someone just offered me an e6750 for $140... we will see. i'll keep you updated.


Sounds good, hope it all works for ya.
November 15, 2007 9:46:40 PM

lionblade... sorry... cnumartyr and i sort of hijacked your thread... i'll research some motherboards for you and get some prices for you later tonight... browsing newegg at work hasn't been working too well.
November 15, 2007 9:52:09 PM

What's your price range Lionblade?
November 15, 2007 10:00:53 PM

Did a bit of research...

I think the EVGA 122-CK-NF67-T1 would be your best bet with a few additional ports and features. It edges out ASUS P5K-E just barely and costs more, but taking advantage of the $30 rebate at newegg now would probably be best if you were choosing between the two. It's not much of a price difference, but I think you would be happy with either choice.
November 29, 2007 7:05:17 PM

i personally don't see any quad core necessarily future-proof. I had a P4 478 HT on an i875p board since 2003. during that time I popped in a new vid card, and bumped the CPU to a 3GHz with a 1meg cache. the limitations i was seeing largely was that i was still on DDR1 with an AGP bus. pick up a fast C2D and a new DDR3 board and you should be fine until the penryn's replacement comes along sometime in 2010 lol
December 14, 2007 3:34:16 AM

'Sup all. I'm an old poster from the 90's (yikes). I did my first build on this forum so very long ago... I think Crashman was just learning to drive.

I'm a breath away from building again, and would like some input from ya'll if possible. What ever I do, after I build mine (and like it) I will repeat it a 5 more times for my staff. I am mainly undecided on the motherboard choice.

Personal budget is not too restrictive, but gets that way hitting everything by 6. Of course, on mine we can do a few extra things, like leaving the door open for serious OC.

What are the top 4 mobos you would get for a q6600 or qx6700? Whats the difference between them (without getting real technical)? I typically lean toward Asus and Gigabyte, as I have had good luck with them. Model numbers please.

We do not game; we CAD, and use 3+ mon on each workstation. I originally didn't care bout ATi/Nvidia, but planned on a pair of 8800gt's. But now I am considering the 3870's for lower power consumption/cheaper ps (and bills). I only mention it because some mobos I guess work better with one flavor vs the other. Do the 3870's draw a that much less power? Is there a link to a place that gives the typical power draw for late tech components, like SATA dvd drives, quad core procs, and the 8800's nad 3870 v cards?

Thanks!
December 19, 2007 4:57:35 PM

ricehoshi said:
e2180 is $85 dollars as well... i'll think about it. someone just offered me an e6750 for $140... we will see. i'll keep you updated.


I would go with the E2180 and just OC it, gets about equal performance for a lot less, even the offfered price. Not only that it wouldnt hurt so much when you get a quad-core a couple years later.
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