I am building a system with a e6700. I would like to overclock it a bit (nothing crazy, just using stock fan and artic thermal grease) and heard the P35 chipsets do the job quite well. I am trying to do this on the cheap so I think I have narrowed my selection down to to 3 motherboards. Essentially they have the same specs, but I know that does't mean they'll OC the same.
Remember I won't be going for the highest OC possible. I just want to get a little more out of my system. I am really strapped for cash so if I can go with one of the cheaper motherboards I'd love it. In case it matters I'll be pairing this setup with 2x1GB sticks of Patriot 4-4-4-12 PC6400.
If someone would like to recommend another motherboard thats a better choice than any of these it would be much appreciated.
What is the difference between open box and retail?
Newegg open-box return policy says "you will receive an OEM BAREBONE item, meaning you will only receive the item itself. Accessories are NOT INCLUDED with Open-Box products, even if the missing accessory is required for the item to function properly."
Does this mean you will generally not receive the IO back plate? It would seem that this is pretty essential to plug in safely, and to keep dust out. And every mobo back plate is different, so you can't use an old one.
To me, this is a very serious disadvantage to open-box. Comments?
Now, I know I am going to get some heated responses to this, but please, be patient. I wanted to know if anyone out there knew of 'altered' (read: hacked) nVidia drivers for SLI for P35 and X38 chipsets. I have seen some things that nVidia is teetering on the fence back and forth about whether to support these chipsets, and would just have to incorporate it into the driver package; (aka, Intel pay $$$ to nVidia). Does anyone currently know of a place to pick up 'fixed' drivers for SLI'ing these chipsets at this point? I just wanted to see what functionality they provided and if its worth upgrading (downgrading?) to a 680i chipset just for SLI. Thanks!
Don't buy the open box. It may be damaged (from the factory or by the previous owner), or it may come without SATA cables. Also, the return policy for Open box items at newegg is not the same as the one for normal items. http://www.newegg.com/Info/ReturnPolicy.aspx#8