If you had to choose an SLI board, which would it be

Everything else:

Core 2 Quad Q6600
MSI 8800gts OC 512 x2
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 250GB HD
OCZ 4GB PC-6400 SLI Memory
PC P&C 750w Powersupply
Xigmatek 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler (this thing is huge)
Cooler master RC-690 Case
Windows Vista 64-bit Home Premium System Builder SP1

Im building this machine to play age of conan at max graphics w/ fps capped. I dont want to stop there tho, i want this machine to pull its weight for the next 3-4 years. I have plans for when it ever starts giving me trouble, to upgrade to dual 9800GX2's and maybe a core 2 Extreme when they are super cheap. My memory is 2 sticks of 2 gig, so i can upgrade to 8 gig whenever i need it.

As always, i'll appreciate any info u guys can give me.

These are the boards im trying to choose from: (if you have any other recommendations, please let me know)

XFX MB-N780-ISH9 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI Intel Motherboard - $250


I originally built my setup around this board, but after further research, this board is susceptible to the same data corruption that its EVGA brother is tormented with. Also the northbridge heatsink blows hot air straight onto the video card.

XFX MBN790IUL9 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 790i Ultra SLI DDR3 ATX Intel Motherboard - $310


Looks as if the northbridge heatsink issue was fixed, but still again there is that data corruption issue.

EVGA 132-CK-NF78-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - $240


Suffers from the same northbridge heatsink problems as the XFX (almost the exact same board) but is #1 in video data corruption complaints.

EVGA 132-CK-NF79-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 790i Ultra SLI DDR3 ATX Intel Motherboard - $340

Fixes some of the northbridge heatsink problems, but still has the chance for data corruption in videos

ASUS Striker II Formula LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - $300

More expensive, but i think its more reliable vs its XFX and EVGA cousins.

Might have some clearance issues w/ my Xigmatek rifle 120mm CPU cooler (2 extra fans are placed standing up on the capacitors around the processor) also i am not sure if u can use DDR2 memory with this board.

I want the pci-e 2.0 slots for future proofing. i was almost thinking about maybe a 750i board...
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  1. wow i don't know where to start.. first off building a expensive pc now with the hopes of saving in the future is almost always futile. Generally building the best bang for your buck pc each time you need a new one is the way to go. But you seem dead set so that leaves us with the second issue, none of the boards you listed seem to be attractive to you... if video corruption is a big concern(as it should be) you have one of two choices as I see it. First, either wait till the issue gets resolved. Or second, get a Crossfire board like the P5E or similar if you want dual cards. Btw, the Striker II u listed uses DDR2. Sorry i wasn't much help but i just thought i'd try to help see the situation a little clearer that's all. good luck.
  2. 790i Ultra SLI mobo is the only one that'll give you major mileage

    core extreme processors are a waste of money, you're paying for a brand name and nothing but a brand name

    9800 gx2 is a waste of money too if you already have 8800 gts 512 x2 it just won't pay off near enough unless you play at 2560/x res

    If you want to get a markable performance increase stick with your 8800s, until the new nvidia graphics line is out this summer - then you can watch the benchmarks and match a processor to an nvidia gpu accordingly

    for that matter, a q6600 overclocked might get a lot of mileage given the gpu scaling (gpu vs. cpu upgrade: extensive tests) front page article
  3. Well,

    I just got the 790i, and not one single review I read listed data corruption. EVERYONE remarked on how rock solid it was, not one BSOD, restart, etc.

    I DID see it on the 780/750 series, but related to one issue, AFAIK.

    The 790i is the way to go for future proofing, DDR3 and the new Northbridge will keep you current for a while. DDR2 is in the same boat DDR was after the 2 stuff became reasonable.
  4. so now my only question is if anyone can pick out a 790i board, that doesnt have data corruption complaints....

    im not much of a system builder, and the last thing i need is some sorta major problem i cant fix myself.

    for this reason i want to stay away from EVGA

    can anyone recommend any others?
  5. Granite3 said:

    I just got the 790i, and not one single review I read listed data corruption. EVERYONE remarked on how rock solid it was, not one BSOD, restart, etc.

    which board did u get?

    granted ive seen it as well on the 750/780's but i have also heard complaints on the 790i's. Especially from EVGA. i also have heard that the 790i version is the first that will have a bios fix, if there is one.
  6. i cant find a single 790i board w/o data corruption complaints...

    Also the CPU cooler im using might have clearance problems with the 790i board chipset heatsink.... Can someone who has one please let me know


    right now im leaning towards the Asus 780i, or any 680i board (simply to avoid the data corruption all together but i dont like the fact that 680i doesnt have 2.0 slots)
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