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Need replacement mobo for p5n-d (750i)

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April 17, 2009 1:37:34 AM

Hey, i'm new to these forums so i hope to settle in well. I'm also a first time builder... sooo.... ya. K so this is my problem, i recently completed my first build ever: These are the specs:

Motherboard: Asus p5n-d (750i) SLI
CPU: Intel q6600 with xigmatek s1283 (not lapped)
Memory: 4gb (2x2gb) Crucial ballistix pc2-6400 800mhz
GPU: XFX GTX 260 core 216 black edition
Power Supply: OCZ ModXtreme 700w modular
HDD: 500gb seagate
Case: Coolermaster CM 690 normal version with 4 1200rpm fans
+ sum random $h!ty IDE dvd RW thing

K, so this is the problem. I brought the q6600 looking for a good overclock and i also brought that xiggy 2 with sum mx-2 TIM. I got the temps down to 20 degrees C on stock speed idle. Which is super kickass. But, me being stupid 1st time builder, brought one helluva horrible mobo. I want to overclock my q6600 to atleast 3.2 and preferably 3.6ghz. But this hunk-a-junk hardly does 3ghz. So I'm buying a new mobo. So i want suggestions. Anything under 200$ thatll overclock well. Also it does not have to be an sli board coz i do not plan to go sli with gtx 260 on 700w but it still can. So i've been looking at the intel p45 series and the evga 750i >FTW< edition. So i want you to recomment me a good board. Also, if its an intel based chipset, preferably no crossfire support coz it sorta screws up the video card(i think :( ) so ya. Under 200$ us
April 17, 2009 3:49:54 AM

Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R.
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April 17, 2009 6:12:40 AM

I have a P5N-D and a P5Q SE PLUS and both can run my e8400 at 4.0 GHz at either 9 X 444 fsb or 8 X 500 fsb. with both at 1.365 vcore. I prefer the 8 X 500 since I can get higher 3DMark scores that way. There are youtube videos that shows you the BIOS settings to overclock on that board which IMO is very capable although I admit there are better motherboards for overclocking.

I I were to replace my P5N-D I would get the Asus Striker II for SLI just for the native 1600 FSB. For a single GPU solution with OC in mind, I 'd get the P5Q3 or P5QC. Stick with Asus. I've had ECS, Biostar, ECS, and even Intel boards, and I've had the most success with overclocking on the Asus brand.
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April 17, 2009 2:45:01 PM

You can use Nvidia or ATI on any motherboard. You can use Nvidia on a Crossfire motherboard. It won't make any difference.
I would go with Asus or Gigabyte.
20ÂșC is a very low temperature. You room has to be very cold to get that.
I recommend using RealTemp for temperatures.
April 17, 2009 6:45:55 PM

The temp in my room ranges from 20 to 25 degrees C coz of my heater that turns on and off (i live in Canada BTW, it's cold). I've been looking at the asus p5q-e. Seems awesome. I've also heard good stuff about the biostar Tpower I45. Says it overclocks extremely well... but ... biostar... come on.
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