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March 21, 2010 8:53:31 AM

I need a new motherboard that will go well for my gaming system.

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600
GTX260
6gigs of ram
800-Watt Power Supply
Intel DG35EC Motherboard

It would be preferable if you could recommend something that has SLI capability, and be able to run RAID 0.

I don't want to spend >$150 on this, but if there is a significant difference between something that costs $150 and something that's $170 I won't mind taking the leap.

Thank you.

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March 21, 2010 9:34:39 AM

For a single video card:
Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3L - about $90 from newegg. Good overclocker. I am running my Q6600 at 3.6 GHz in it. Unfortunately, it only has a single PCIe-X16 slot. Will support RAID0.

However, if you need SLI, your only Core2 option is a motherboard with an nVidia chipset. So you are looking for a 750i or 780i motherboard.
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March 21, 2010 9:35:12 AM

there is almost no motherboard on 775 socket that support SLI, only crossfire. maybe sell that cpu and 2 GB of ram (u will probably only need 2x2GB ) and get p55 + i5.
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March 21, 2010 3:03:35 PM

ASUS P5N-D supports SLI. To get SLI with a socket 775 you must go with a nVidia chipset.

That board on newegg right now is $99.99 with $15 MIR.

That is the only nVidia chipset Intel socket 775 board on Newegg that supports SLI.

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March 21, 2010 7:49:08 PM

jsc said:
For a single video card:
Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3L - about $90 from newegg. Good overclocker. I am running my Q6600 at 3.6 GHz in it. Unfortunately, it only has a single PCIe-X16 slot. Will support RAID0.

However, if you need SLI, your only Core2 option is a motherboard with an nVidia chipset. So you are looking for a 750i or 780i motherboard.


Yeah I think I'll get that motherboard from here http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/206756/Gigabyte/GA_EP... for $79.00.

I'm assuming you'd need a good cooling system to OC your CPU that high. I was recommended this one in my previous thread http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... and was wondering if that would do the trick or if I would need something else.

Thanks~
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March 21, 2010 11:32:30 PM

Anybody have any suggestions for the cooling system?
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April 6, 2010 4:58:04 AM

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