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June 27, 2008 3:36:15 AM

Hi,

Can someone guess some safe(r) motherboards/chipsets to use with X-Fi sound cards?

I currently own one X-FI (Extreme Audio) in a nForce 3 Gigabyte mobo and I'm pretty happy. But since I'm buying a new PC, I'm scared to death to have issues with it.

I intend to buy this configuration:
- Q6600
- 8800GTS 512MB
- 2xHD Sata 2 Raid 0
- X-Fi Extreme Gamer

Any guesses?

Tks!

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a b V Motherboard
June 27, 2008 3:52:06 AM

As long as it is a S775 mother board with a PCIe slot and a standard PCI slot that supports raid it will do everything you are asking for.

I can't think of any reason a mother board would give you problems with a X-Fi sound card.
a b V Motherboard
June 27, 2008 3:57:14 AM

Check out newegg's Intel mother board section and look for a P35 based Mb with the ICH9R (the R stands for raid) south bridge.

In fact Here is the link for you.
Any of them will do what you want.
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June 27, 2008 4:18:29 AM

I wouldn't get a Nvidia motherboard. They usually 'crackle, snackle, pop' on them and when you call Nvidia, they will say it's the sound cards fault. Then when you call Creative, they will blame Nvidia. Personally, I would go with a Intel motherboard and get no problems. I have a X-Fi Sound Blaster XtremeGamer with my Gigabyte P35 DS3L. It works perfectly.
June 27, 2008 4:31:15 AM

I have a X-Fi Fatal1ty FPS on a Rampage Formula and it works perfectly. I did have the same card with my P5N32-E SLI and it was the only thing that didn't cause me problems with that board.
a b V Motherboard
June 27, 2008 4:37:04 AM

Just an afterthought...
You would be better off replacing that 8800GTS 512 with a 48xx or 9800GTX+.
More performance for the same price or lower...
June 27, 2008 4:02:40 PM

Ok, I'll stay away from nVidia chipsets (and focus on Intel P35/X38/X48).

And I'll check the 9800GTX prices.

Tks guys!
a b V Motherboard
June 27, 2008 4:10:24 PM

If you decide to get an Intel based Mb you should really check out the 4850 or 4870 so you can CrossFire if you need more power in the future. The 4850 is more powerful in many games than the yet to be released 9800GTX+ and can be had for well under $200.
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