Here is my o/c setup:
- q9550 (was working beautifully at 3.5)
- Kingston - 8GB 2x4 HyperX 1066 DDR2
- Visiontek 5850 (eagerly awaiting it's unboxing)
Price is key too. I know it is worth spending the money on quality stuff, but I just built this system a little while ago, before my 780i started flaking out. Maybe, it was my fault for OCing it, but would like to steer clear of nVidia chipsets if possible (also just had a 750i that was DOA and a XFX 680i with failing USB).
Make sure you get a board with a P45 chipset they will give you the best overclocking for 45nm core 2's. Get the board JSC mentioned or also look at an ASUS P5Q SE Plus great motherboard for overclocking.
Thanx guys! I'm now the proud owner of an ASUS P5Q Pro Turbo.
Question to RJR: why do I need better cooling? I've already got a nice Zalman heatsink, (with Arctic Silver) and an Xclio Windtunnel case (too lazy to look up the model) and am only at a max of 56c after runnning Prime95 for 12hrs oc'd at 3.3. This flaky 780i runs hot too.... Before my board started flaking out I was stable at 3.5 with the same temps.
EDIT: d'oh! just re-read your reply, RJR. You meant a board with better cooling. Thanks for the suggestion, it will be nice to have a board with rear USB ports that actually work. Every rear USB port on the 780i no worky.