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April 28, 2010 5:41:30 AM

Alright, I am looking for a good motherboard between $100-$400 Want the biggest bang for the buck. Currently I am using

W7 64 bit
Intell core quad Q9550 2.83 GHz
Nvidia GeForce GTX 470-Currently Over clocking at 14%
4Gb DDR3 ram
My plan is this,

I have a 1000W power supply, I plan to add a second GTX470 this summer, Upgrade to a higher grade Ram, New motherboard with 2 PCI express-2.0 slots, I have two HD I use. The card I am already expecting another $390 give or take price drop in the next three months, I was really wanting to get a EVGA board to match with my GTX 470. But if I can figure out a better board, i'll go with what's the best for a good price.

Anyways, Give me some feed back, I'll still be OC my GTX an if possible will be looking to OC my Q9550 about 5%.

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April 28, 2010 3:51:52 PM

Hi newcomer and welcome to the Tom's hardware forum.

U have a good processor, but with the budget that u have u can go for a i5 and a new mobo, with that U can get a very solid rig.
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April 28, 2010 4:18:37 PM

Yea, I like it, it's been a solid processor so far. I'll check out the I5, Any idea of a good Mobo?
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April 28, 2010 4:28:03 PM

For the i5, a very good mobo is the MSI P55-GD65.
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April 28, 2010 5:02:30 PM

Would this Mobo be compatible with my current chip set? I also did not see it say it was PCI express 2.0.
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April 28, 2010 6:37:06 PM

No, your current CPU is socket 775 and the GD65 is socket 1156.
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April 28, 2010 7:30:38 PM

Got cha, I found a I5 quad 2.33 Ghz for a little under $200. Read a few reviews that it's very possible to get it up to 3.6 GHz over clocked with a good Cooling set up. Is there a board I can use with my current CPU an over clock it to match the I5?
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April 28, 2010 7:42:33 PM

Just for clarify, Do u have DDR3 or DDR2?
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April 28, 2010 8:05:46 PM

DDR2 for my ram, But I plan to upgrade to a higher end Ram.
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April 28, 2010 8:13:29 PM

This ASUS P5Q Pro is a very good mobo for the 775 socket, BUT the problem is that only support Crossfire
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April 28, 2010 8:43:24 PM

What does that translate into? I am alright with computers, But not super awsome.
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April 28, 2010 8:47:57 PM

Think that is my current board, Only has 1 PCI express slot
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April 28, 2010 9:00:49 PM

Alright, I thought it was the same, The board you linked was the "pro" version the one I have is the standard ASUS P5Q SE PLUS LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard

Sorry if I'm being a pain, Just trying to figure out my best options, I am thankful for your assistance.
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April 28, 2010 9:01:25 PM

That means that U can't use two GPU with nVidia chipset in SLI, because the mobo only support Crossfire that is tow GPU with chipset ATI.
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April 28, 2010 9:02:56 PM

So basically, Cause I am using a 775 I will need to upgrade my processor to match a Mobo that can handle two GPU's?
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April 28, 2010 9:07:54 PM

No, with the mobo of my link you can use two GPUs. BUT only can use two ATI GPUs, not two nVidia GPUs.
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April 28, 2010 9:10:26 PM

Crap, I just bought this Nvidia card, So I need to continue using it. Which would you suggest for my card type?
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April 28, 2010 9:27:40 PM

For your card, the mobo that I link is the best option that u can get. Or upgrade to i5, 1156 mobo and DDR3 that can support SLI.
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April 28, 2010 9:29:17 PM

Alright, So if I upgrade to I5 an DDR3 which mobo would you say?
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April 28, 2010 9:46:17 PM

MSI P55-GD65 or ASUS P7P55D Pro, both are very good mobos.
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April 28, 2010 9:49:33 PM

Alright, thanks a ton for all the information. Was a big help.
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April 28, 2010 9:52:35 PM

Any time, that's why we are here.
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