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I used to have an EVGA 680i SLI motherboard that supported my GTX460, Intel Q6600, and 4GB of Kingston DDR2 ram. However, that motherboard stopped working over the summer. So I bought the best motherboard I could find at Microcenter, a Biostar. At first, there was some trouble getting it to work, but I eventually did. This motherboard, however, could not overclock my CPU to the previous 3.2GHz that it was clocked at on my EVGA 680i. This wasn't much of an issue before, but now that more games have been coming out, I can't play them as smoothly on optimum settings. I looked on the Internet and couldn't find a good motherboard that could fit all my PC parts previously listed. I have a Coolermaster Cosmos 1000 case and my EVGA 680i motherboard was an ATX one. Are there any good motherboards that are recommended for overclocking a Q6600? If so, are there any that are for sale? Thanks in advance.
post #2 of 17
Sorry about the bad news, but there aren't good 775 motherboards for sale anymore. The best you can find in retail are low end G41 boards, which won't OC your CPU any further. My advice is to go to sites like ebay or OCN's second hand marketplace (scroll down on main page to the For Sale section) and try to find a good Gigabyte / Asus P45 board like the Gigabyte UD4P, etc. They might let you OC to some 3.2-3.6GHz if lucky as a good P45 board is better at clocking quads than 680i.
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Yeah, too bad people want an arm and a leg for those boards though : /
    
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I bought an Asus P5E3 Pro for 55 quid 3-4 months ago. That was one beast of a board.
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post #5 of 17
For a Q6600 you can widen your variety, not many will do more than 3.6 anyway, so find a good brand Asus, Gigabyte, DFI, EVGA and look for any of the following chipsets

X38
X48
P35
P45
EVGA 750i FTW
EVGA/Asus 780i

All will be able to push a Q6600 to its limits... The problem is your probably going to pay around 75 - 100 for a good board unless you get lucky...

PS:
The Gigabyte EP45 UD3P / UD3R is one of the best clocking 775 boards around, so if you can get lucky and find one I would grab it. If gives you the headroom to snag a cheap used 9550/9650 and push it to 4.0 - 4.2
Edited by 10acjed - 10/27/11 at 2:48am
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post #6 of 17
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Would this motherboard be a good one? http://www.ebay.com/itm/XFX-680i-LT-Motherboard-Intel-Core2Quad-Q6600-2-4-Ghz-4-GB-RAM-DVD-Cooler-/140624118282?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item20bdd9c20a
If I cannot get one, should I just upgrade my current motherboard and CPU or should I just stick to my current one?
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Would this motherboard be a good one? http://www.ebay.com/itm/XFX-680i-LT-Motherboard-Intel-Core2Quad-Q6600-2-4-Ghz-4-GB-RAM-DVD-Cooler-/140624118282?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item20bdd9c20a
If I cannot get one, should I just upgrade my current motherboard and CPU or should I just stick to my current one?
There are some really good deals on P67/Z68 boards and 2500K/2600K's now. I'm referring to new ones purchased from retailers with a full factory warranty.
Check out some online stores such as Newegg, or NCIX, who just opened a new US branch in California.

I'd certainly recommend upgrading to Sandy Bridge, it's a far better option than trying to keep the old gal running:)
    
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interested in my evga 680i sli board? shoot me a pm if you do.
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post #9 of 17
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I've been looking around on Ebay and finally found a motherboard. http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-MSI-P7N-DIAMOND-MS-7510-SKT-775-ACER-780i-SLI-MOBO-/250842162183?pt=Motherboards&hash=item3a675ba407 Is this motherboard worth the price? Can it overclock my CPU and ram?
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Imo you are better off with an intel chipset
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Gigabyte-Ga-P35-DS3L-Rev2-0-Socket-775-Motherboard-F6-/350500609450?pt=Motherboards&hash=item519b76ddaa
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