Ok, so i currently have an Asus P5P43TD Motherboard. It is nice and all, but i am looking for a motherboard that has dual PCIe slots, SLI Ready, Socket 775, and supports DDR3 RAM. Most motherboards i can find have all but the DDR3 RAM, i really don't want to replace 8GB of DDR3 dual channel Corsair Dominator 1600MHz with DDR2 memory.
I've found two online, the EVGA nForce 790i Ultra and an XFX MBN790IUL9. Both these have what i need, but they are really expensive for me, and they are nearly impossible to find.
I'm looking for one that has what i need, and is around $200. I was looking at an ASUS Maximus II Extreme, but i heard they have had some reliability issues.
This may sound a little strange, but what processor do you have? It may be possible just to buy you a whole new processor and board, which would give you a lot better upgrade since you're only running a 775 system right now. Any thoughts on this? AMD has some really good offerings right now.
^According to his member configuration, he got a Intel Core 2 Quad 2.33 GHz Yorkfield. So that must be a Q8200.
He already got a 9800GT so he must be looking at getting a 2nd one to pair it up in SLI.
Do you want to spend the $200 on motherboard so that you can improve your GPU by doing SLI with the 9800GT? Unless you already have the 2nd 9800GT, I think it will be better just to keep your motherboard & buy a single HD5850 ( assuming you got $200 budget for the motherboard and another $100 for the 2nd 9800GT ). If you are able to sell your 9800GT then all the better.
Meanwhile, the Q8200 will still be in good balance with the HD5850 but it will definitely help if you can overclock it a bit.
i have a nice 22" HDTV/PC monitor coming in that i am going to use my PS3 on as well, and i am starting some schooling in graphic design/3D modeling and i'm guessing that i would need something a bit stronger than a single 9800GT