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Best MB for Q9550 + 2xBFG Geforce 280 gtx in SLI mode

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March 23, 2009 7:19:59 PM

HI,

I am looking for a good MB for my new system. I'll get the Q9550 processor + 2 Geforce 280 gtx card that will run in SLI mode.

I've read some post and some people are not content with Asus MBs. Any other recommendation.
I will probably buy DDR2.

Thx
March 23, 2009 7:27:48 PM

For LGA775 CPU, you are stuck to Nvidia boards (like the 780i). IMO, since you seem to be aiming at high-end, you should look at a i7 setup instead, since LGA775 will gradually fade-out.
March 23, 2009 7:31:26 PM

If you already buyed .. any 780I mobo. (dual x16)

if NOT ! stick with an I7 920 and X58 like asus P6T(dual X16). Youll have better perf out of your SLI with an I7 platform.
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March 23, 2009 7:45:52 PM

Agreed with the above. The best SLI motherboards are the x58. The P6T Deluxe v2 is one of the best. X58 boards need an i7 920 and a 3x2GB kit of DDR3. If you don't trust Asus get a GA-EX58-UD5 or one of the eVGA x58 boards.
March 24, 2009 5:38:40 AM

What screen resolution?
March 24, 2009 11:55:36 AM

Hi guys,

Thank you for the replies. An I7 is little out of my budget but....

I found this combo at canada Computers

Core i7 Bundle - Intel Core i7 920 Quad Core
Gigabyte Intel X58 Motherboard
OCZ Triple-Channel 1333MHz 3GB Kit
664.97

OR

Core i7 Bundle - Intel Core i7 920 Quad Core
ASUS P6T X58 Motherboard
OCZ Triple-Channel 1600MHz 6GB (3x2GB) Kit
784.97


Is it worth it?

Thx










March 24, 2009 12:14:57 PM

Yes the i7 setup will cost you more, but maybe not by much considering the "implications". If you go with your intended setup, it's a dead-end, it will be great, but you will not be able to make any meaningful upgrades without changing the whole MB+CPU+RAM package. Moreover, the NVidia chipset isn't renown for it's OCability, so even this is an "upgradability limit".

If I were you I would rather buy a single GTX285 and get a 2nd one later if it would allow me to get an i7. What resolution will you be playing at anyway?

March 24, 2009 12:19:49 PM

Zenthar said:
Yes the i7 setup will cost you more, but maybe not by much considering the "implications". If you go with your intended setup, it's a dead-end, it will be great, but you will not be able to make any meaningful upgrades without changing the whole MB+CPU+RAM package. Moreover, the NVidia chipset isn't renown for it's OCability, so even this is an "upgradability limit".

If I were you I would rather buy a single GTX285 and get a 2nd one later if it would allow me to get an i7. What resolution will you be playing at anyway?


Hi Zenthar,

I already have a GTX280 and I want to finish my system as soon as possible.
The resolution is not that important. I have a 24inch so the max resolution is 1920xXXX

March 24, 2009 12:25:30 PM

I agree with zenthar. Buying a Q system is a non end. Going for I7 is really a better futurproof option.

The 2 Bundle you listed are nice. the P6T is better. You budget is the limit. You can ben enjoyed by both.
March 24, 2009 1:42:03 PM

Get a i7 with two gtx 260 core 216. And if you don't mind overclocking, you can take these cards beyond the speed and performance of a stock gtx 280.

The gtx 260 core 216 cost $198 on Newegg compared to $300 for the premium gtx 280, I do not know how much it would be in Canadian Though.

Hope this Helps!
March 24, 2009 2:28:06 PM

The GTX260 core 216 can be found as low as ~225$ (Canadian pesos :p ) after MIR (equivalent to ~185$USD). The GTX285 starts at 415$CDN, nearly twice as much, but if the OP wants bleeding-high-end, that's the cost.
March 24, 2009 4:31:49 PM

Getting ONE GTX285 now. and another dwown the road when youll need it is the better choice. + in 4-5-6 month the GTX285 price will drop. This is the best futurproof option.

Thats what ive done for my GTX+, they are damn cheap now. But im currently "trade-up'ing" those for 2 GTX285 ! rock on !

Have fun !
!