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I am thinking about going with an X38 chipset instead of Nvidia (either Intel board or ASUS).
That said, is there any reason Nvidia cards would have any issues running on an intel chipset mobo vs. nvidia, at least a newer one like X38?
Obviously I would only ever have 1 (usually the best one out) but I just need/want stability.
Since Im not going SLI, seems intel E8500 plus a relative reference intel made X38 should give me stability at the expense of some OC and sexyness.
Then I just want one of my nice Nvidia cards, maybe even just a 9800GTX until they release a real next-gen card. I hear the 9800GX2 runs very very hot.
If you have the money, that should work fine. For more of a bang for buck approach, get the x38 and an 8800GTS. You can drop the 8500 lower also. Again, you can get what you listed, but you can get similar performance for less.
I _was_ going to go with an NVidia board originally (780i or 790i) but I keep reading so many issues about the 'FF' posting problem and also about the video playback locking up PC issues, etc. etc. that some think the EVGA/XFX boards have some real issues that are more or less exposed depending on factors.
Since I also plan to upgrade once Nahalem and all the other architecture stuff comes out over the next year that I probably wont ever SLI but though what the heck, just in case...
So instead, since I just want stability and dont need to squeeze every last bit out (never really OCd even), it seemed X38/intel chipset is safer, if less sexier.
And because ASUS has huge posts about bad/non-existent customer service and their quality going down, Im scared of Maximus Extreme so thinking of just going with plain old Intel manufactured X38 board.
If you plan on upgrading to Nehalem next year, my advice would be to grab a P35 based mobo instead of an X38. The only real difference is that P35's lack PCI-E 2.0 support (which makes no real difference with the graphics cards out right now), and you would save yourself some money since nehalem is going to use a new socket which means you'll need a new mobo to support it. I would recommend this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It's a great board, it's cheap, and it'll run 45nm CPU's with the latest BIOS.
If you want to upgrade before this machine dies to CSI/Nehalem, don't spend the money on this one. P35, 2GBs of ram, 4xxx/6xxx series CPU and a 9600/8800GT. Spend your money on things that will carry over like a case, PSU, harddrives, soundcard, etc. A P35 with 2GBs and a E6600 with an 8800GT should do fine in the gaming dept until Nehalem comes out and the prices drop.
I heard a rumor that the first consumer Nehalems, won't need a new socket because they will lack CSI. Server chips will have the IMC, while desktop chips won't. If so, the rumor says Intel will be able to sell them on the S775. Its been awhile since I've heard this, don't know how true it is.