Recommend Mobo for Narrowed Down CF Setup

I purchased:
HD 4850 CF
2x 2gb ddr2 1066
and am getting the Intel QX6850

I narrowed down motherboard options to either the Abit IX38 or the Asus P5E Deluxe. I try to stick to either of the two names only. Which would you guys recommend? Is there another board to consider?

Side Question: Only reason i'm going with the QX6850 is because I can get it for $250 through connections. Does that sound like a deal worth taking over the 6600 for 200?
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  1. Out of those two I would most likely go with the abit.

    In my opinion the GIGABYTE GA-X48-DS4 is better than both and about the same price. "http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128336"
  2. Go for the newer P45 chipset. In most cases it OCs MUCH better than X38. If possible also consider X48.

    For a CrossFire also look in to the P45-DS3R. For the two boards listed go with the ASUS. QX6850 for $250 s worth it imo.

    Also just a note, you MAY run in to problem with the DDR2 1066 RAM, those RAM seem to have some compatibility issues.
  3. From what I've read the x38/x48 chipsets are the way to go for crossfire, which is why I singled them out. I'll do a bit more reading on the p45's.

    Good call on the ram, I researched and found what i need to adjust in the bios to get the ram to behave.
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