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March 4, 2008 8:21:55 PM

I am the former onwner of a x2 5600 based system which was fast and served me well, However, i came across a deal that made me turn my back on amd and sell my system. 199.99 for a q6600 at microcenter. I did some wheeling and dealing and was able to sell my system as a barbones to a guy running a socket 939 3200(I sold that to him too) , I left work picked up the q6600, but that had a deal on a antec p182 so i picked that up too. So come sunday my new system will be:
q6600 WITH 4gb of memory
antec p182 case with corsair 650 psu
2x dvd burners
250gb hard drive, 320 gb hd
happauge 1800 hdtv tuner
9600gt 512 mb
Im gonna order the board today, Im thinking a gigabyte p35 board or a nforce 650i, any advice would be appreciated, but tell me soon wanna or der it today
March 4, 2008 8:44:46 PM

The GA-p35-ds3l is a great board at a moderate price and OCs well. I have it with a Q6600 @ 3.4ghz. Get a good cooler like a TT120 or TRUE as the quad puts out some heat especially OC'd.
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March 4, 2008 8:47:13 PM

If it is for you to be able to OC the Q6600 a P35 will do you better. But if you want to run SLI later on with 2x 9600GT's then the 650i will go better.

I prefer P35 chipsets over nForce but its up to you in the end and what you want to do. Als if you go P35 chipset I would recommend a Asus P5K-E over the board you are looking at as they are very stable and OC very easily.
March 4, 2008 8:55:54 PM

As an owner of the P35-DS3R, I recommend the DS3L you're looking at. The stability, features, and price are great. I upgraded from an nForce 570 SLI board, and I'm extremely satisfied with the upgrade. The nForce was a weak overclocker, and I had MANY driver issues with XP. As someone said earlier, the P35/X38 chipset is an amazing overclocker. I got mine up to 500fsb with just a +0.1v increase.
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March 4, 2008 9:04:46 PM

monst0r said:
As an owner of the P35-DS3R, I recommend the DS3L you're looking at. The stability, features, and price are great. I upgraded from an nForce 570 SLI board, and I'm extremely satisfied with the upgrade. The nForce was a weak overclocker, and I had MANY driver issues with XP. As someone said earlier, the P35/X38 chipset is an amazing overclocker. I got mine up to 500fsb with just a +0.1v increase.


Dam.... a 500FSB? Nice. I wounder how the P45/X48's will handle. Should be better.
March 4, 2008 9:23:05 PM

Well I dont do sli, I have used the nforce chipset since socket a, but everyone keeps recomending the p35, so i think i may go with that, god i hope its here by friday.
March 4, 2008 9:29:48 PM

DO NOT GET 650i !! Especially for quads!!

Nvidia 6 series chipsets are notoriously known for their incompatibility with Intel's quad core, especially when overclocked. The highest I can get with Q6600 on a 650i is 300Mhz FSB, despite tweaking every voltage. GTL reference voltage tweaking is not offered for 650i board (I believe).

If you want a SLI machine, go for 780i. If you want a Multi-GPU solution machine, go for X38. If you just want a single GPU solution, and mainstream board, go for P35.
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March 4, 2008 9:33:36 PM

Get P35-DS3x or P5K-x.

I would get a P35-DS3L or P35-DS3R. It all depends on if you want RAID,etc. But if you don't want RAID,etc, the P35-DS3L is a great board (OCes well).
March 4, 2008 9:34:46 PM

Yes, Microcenter has been running some good deals for awhile now. I picked up a couple of E2160's for $60 apiece and the Cooler Master 500W for $10 after rebate. If you're close to a Frys they have the DS3L for $95 if you don't want to wait.
March 4, 2008 10:05:14 PM

I have the e6750 with your case, running on a 680i board, overall happy, but would choose the p35 board if I had it to do over.

The 680i northbridge runs much hotter, and the cpu requires way more voltage to stay stable at 3.4. Ran about a month at 3.6, but back to 3.4 now.

Same driver issues with xp, especially disc management till the newest bios of 2 weeks ago. Stable as a rock now.

I added a swiftec pump in the bottom of the case, and a black ice radiator in the rear fan hole and the front center intake (had to remove the center internal rack) and a bay resevoir, but very quiet and keeps my cpu around 20c idle and 30ish loaded. 8800 GTX stays at 50c on load, 30 less than stock cooler.
March 4, 2008 10:14:08 PM

I just ordered the gigabyte p-35 board, but jesus now it sounds like amd has demoed a 45nm processor, and they have a 780g chipset out, I cant win LOL, but oh well ive got my quad for what i wanted to pay. I fear change so getting a none nvida chipset is a biggie for me. I'll post pics when im done Sunday or so.
March 4, 2008 10:42:07 PM

reconviperone1 said:
199.99 for a q6600 at microcenter.



are you sure? I just got the micro center advert a day ago and they have the q6600 listed at $260 [in store only]

what part of the country you at? :heink: 
March 4, 2008 11:01:01 PM

I think all the Microcenter deals ended on 3/2.
March 4, 2008 11:32:25 PM

I like MicroCenter. I live near a physical store in Madison Heights, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit.
March 5, 2008 1:05:25 AM

pip_seeker said:
are you sure? I just got the micro center advert a day ago and they have the q6600 listed at $260 [in store only]

what part of the country you at? :heink: 
In michigan, and yes it is 199.99, I just deliverd my system to the guy I sold it to, now I gonna be on the laptop for a few days, but its worth it.
March 5, 2008 1:16:40 AM

pip_seeker said:
are you sure? I just got the micro center advert a day ago and they have the q6600 listed at $260 [in store only]

what part of the country you at? :heink: 


In New York, the price of the Q6600 last week was $199.99. This week its $250. I live in Wesbury, NY. Mircrocenter is just down the street from me. I saw the advert and thought it was a typo. Since I'm waiting for the Yorkfield Penryns (not the $1k ones) and the reviews, I am in a wait and see mode. I plan to upgrade my mobo/video card/processor in June.

graphics: Im watching the 9800's and ATIx2's.
processor: Seeing if the prices for Q6600/6700 will drop when Penryns come out. Watching for the Penryn reviews and making a decision in the end of June.
Mobo: still dont know
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