I have a question now. I can buy the following combinations of motherboard + ram for about the same price from two different online shops and I was wondering which one I should choose. (I do not mention the price since this is not a price issue)
In case you're wondering, I will be installing an Intel Q9550 Quad-Core 2,83GHz 1333MHz FSB, a SATA DVD-RW, two SATA HDD, one GeForce 8800Ultra (which I will be swapping soon for Crossfired 4870s) and an Asus Triton 78 CPU cooler, a Sound Blaster X-Fi.
My case is a Kandalf 9000BWA and I've got a 620Watt enabled PSU which supports Crossfire and SLi.
Thanks in advance guys. I am really having a hard time with this decision and remember, our issue is not money.
I had the maximus extreme for a short time; most beautiful board I ever saw, but sold it to avoid ddr3 prices. How's $29.99 plus shipping sound? Best deal newegg open box ever; probably a new employee who made a mistake. Of the 4, I'd recommend the msi x48, simply as I use an msi g31 now, and it's very stable. But since I'm not a gamer, I'd wait for some more input, and download some of the board manuals online and checkout the settings for voltage and memory.
I would get a $110 Asus P5Q Pro, some Mushkin DDR2, and later a HD 4870X2. That would be faster than HD 4870 Crossfire on an X48. Considering the savings from MB and RAM, it should be a little cheaper too.
I will buy one of the combinations above, install the Q9550 I've bought, sell my P5N32-E SLi Plus, Q6600, 4gb DDR-2 800MHz and 8800 Ultra and then buy two 4870s that are almost $200 than the X2 anyway.