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Need New Motherboard. Advice is needed.

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May 11, 2008 8:00:57 PM

Hello everyone. I have built a couple of rigs in my day. I have a new project but i can't seem to find a good motherboard. I plan on buying a motherboard to house these components:

CPU- Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 Yorkfield 2.5GHz
VIDEO- 2X EVGA GeForce 9800 GX2
MEMORY- ?
HARD DRIVE- Western Digital 250GB
SOUND- Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty
MOUSE- Logitech MX518
KEYBOARD- Logitech G15


My main worry is with the video cards. I would like the PCI EXPRESS 2.0 slots to be seperated so there isnt heat issues. I also need suitable DDR3 memory to go with the motherboard. Any comments and suggestions is appreciated.
Thanks guys.
May 11, 2008 8:26:31 PM

Here are your choices:


ASUS P5N-D LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS Striker II Formula LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI P7N Diamond LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard with SoundBlaster X-Fi Extreme Audio - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'd recomend one of the last two and depending on how good the sound card that's included is I'd tell you to get rid of yours or theirs
May 11, 2008 8:36:24 PM

As for memory I'd suggest this one: (with this you can OC up to 3.0Ghz)

mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
3DMark08 Vantage Advanced Version included w/ purchase
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Up to 3.75 with this one:
mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1000 (PC2 8000) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
3DMark08 Vantage Advanced Version included w/ purchase
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And 4.0 with this one:
mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
3DMark08 Vantage Advanced Version included w/ purchase
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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May 11, 2008 8:37:20 PM

Are you thinking of a DDR2 motherboard or DDR3?
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