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Looking for opinions...MB Gigabyte X48-DS5 Vs MB XFX 780i

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June 30, 2008 5:59:44 PM

Hello all

I am looking foward to get my self a new board... so i camed to this decision between these 2 ...
MB Gigabyte X48-DS5, s775, iX48, DDR II, SATA II, FW, GLAN ...
OR
MB XFX 780i SLI, s775, nForce 780i, 3-Way SLI, DDR II, SATA II RAID, FW, 2 x GLAN ...

Well i am not sure will i do the 3 way sli in the future but the other facts about MBs i am intrested in and looking for opinions from the forumers :) 

Thanks for reading
June 30, 2008 6:16:28 PM

You cannot do SLI on Intel-based boards, so if you're planning on doing 2- or 3-way SLI, you MUST buy a nVidia 750/780/790 board.

I would suggest the X48. At the moment, the 4850 is the best bang/buck and can perform miracles in Crossfire (ok, maybe not, but you get the point).
June 30, 2008 6:22:33 PM

Get X48 + 48X0 cards.
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June 30, 2008 6:23:35 PM

If you already have a nvidia video card, you might want to go for the xfx.
Otherwise, stay with Gigabyte. It's solid and quiet (no fans neede to coole chipset).
June 30, 2008 6:24:21 PM

I won't not recommend go the route of buying a nvidia chipset mobo as they have more issues compared to the intel ones. I would crossfire as it is the best option and cheaper too.
a b V Motherboard
June 30, 2008 6:28:42 PM

If you already have an nVidia card, sell it. Get the X48 and two HD 4870 cards.

Do you have a PSU that can handle SLI or Crossfire?
a b V Motherboard
June 30, 2008 6:30:55 PM

Don't overlook the P45 boards. The ASUS P5Q3 Deluxe is a nice board.

But as far as X48 mobos go, I'd go with the DFI LANPARTY UT X48-T3R.
June 30, 2008 6:55:01 PM

I agree as well P45/X48, Nvidia chipsets are not the choice right now.

Killer deal on a killer PSU.

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June 30, 2008 6:57:21 PM

If you're gonna go SLI or Crossfire, base it on the chipset that support the flavor of video card you prefer.

In my case, I see no value in SLI or crossfire. I think it is retarded to overspend to that degree on a video subsystem. I get a much better ROI by buying a new video card more often then spending twice as much and not getting that much more out of it.

Unless you are going to be a 30" screen gamer, you are better served by buying a new video card every year and not worrying about getting two of 'em.
June 30, 2008 7:16:30 PM

Save $100 and get the Gigabyte GA-EX38-DS4 and put it into your card. I have it and it overclocks great and is loaded with features.
a b V Motherboard
June 30, 2008 8:40:56 PM

Excellent idea (except that one is out of stock at newegg :(  )
June 30, 2008 9:41:18 PM

Heh thanks for fast replays ...

I got Gigabyte GF 8800GTS, 512MB DDR3, TV-out, Dual DVI... and my PSU is Thermaltake W0103R, power supply Toughpower 600W, black, EPS,ATX 2.2, 4×12V, PFC, AFC,14cm fan,6×SATA... No i wasnt planing to go for 3 way sli ... was just looking for great MB so i ranned into that XfX one ... so while i got this card i was planing to go for SLI...

Thanks

June 30, 2008 10:11:03 PM

i Have the gigabyte mobo myself and it has no problems.
July 1, 2008 4:28:49 PM

Put these 2 MBs on the side and tell me ... whats the most common MB around wich is attractive / stable / high/low value and overall ? to maybe go with SLI with my Gigabyte GF 8800GTS, 512MB DDR3....?
a b V Motherboard
July 1, 2008 8:44:23 PM

Yeah. Apparently it's better than other 750i boards, i.e. it doesn't drop to x8 speed in SLI mode. I couldn't confirm it, though. If it's true, that should give better performance with bandwidth-intensive cards like GTX 260. I'm not sure it matters for 8800GTS, but it's good anyway.
July 2, 2008 1:23:23 AM

Think that will be my choice of MB ....
Thanks Aevm and others for replys !
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