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Hi Guys,

Decided to ditch my origional AM2 build and go for Intel/Conroe. It has been impossible for me to source a AM2 CPU to New Zealand. But it seems most of the local places have lots of intel parts.

So i already have:
1GB Corsair Twin 2x512 DDR2-800
7900 GTX 512mb Pixelview

Ideally in the future i want my mobo to have the SLI option as i will definately SLI later on when i get some more dosh.

CPU = I have my eyes on a Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 2.4GHz LGA775
Mobo = Not sure yet, but it needs to be SLI, DDR2 800 memory

Any suggestions about a good mobo that will meet those requirements?

Cheers,
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Well if you want to go SLi, you will have to wait unless you plan not to overclock. The Nvidia 590 SLi chipset is not out yet which is supposed to be a better overclocker than other nvidia chipset boards out there. If your not worried about overclocking. I would either get the Asus ASUS P5N32-SLI SE Deluxe or the ASUS P5NSLI. I Would not get either of these if you plan to overclock
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I think the Gigabyte DS4 will be able to run SLi with cracked drivers. It's a great overclocker and will last a long time due to its solid capacitors
    
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Originally Posted by Lt.JD
Well if you want to go SLi, you will have to wait unless you plan not to overclock. The Nvidia 590 SLi chipset is not out yet which is supposed to be a better overclocker than other nvidia chipset boards out there. If your not worried about overclocking. I would either get the Asus ASUS P5N32-SLI SE Deluxe or the ASUS P5NSLI. I Would not get either of these if you plan to overclock
Okay thanks Lt.JD. Not planning on overclocking yet. I Just had a quick look at our lowest local price for that P5n32 mobo is $268.18 US.

A little bit more than i planned to spend but it may be worth it. I was looking for something about $50 cheaper but not sure if i can achieve what i wanted with a cheaper board.
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I guess my biggest issue with just going for a board straight away is that my previous AM2 board was much cheaper and i got all of those compatibilities, e.g. SLI, DDR2800 etc. But now that i move to intel i'm paying nearly double the price for the same sort of features?
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Thats why i would wait for Nforce 590 Sli motherboard because it will have all the features of your AM2 board. I dont know about price but i suspect about around $200
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Originally Posted by Lt.JD
Thats why i would wait for Nforce 590 Sli motherboard because it will have all the features of your AM2 board. I dont know about price but i suspect about around $200
I would agree with Lt.JD....I Had a P5N32-SLI SE recently and it was only able to overclock to a 320MHz FSB. With the power of the Core 2 Duo and it's HUGE overclocking potential, I would also wait for the 590 boards.

Also, the P5N32-SLI SE is way overpriced for what you are getting.

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Originally Posted by mtuccio
I would agree with Lt.JD....I Had a P5N32-SLI SE recently and it was only able to overclock to a 320MHz FSB. With the power of the Core 2 Duo and it's HUGE overclocking potential, I would also wait for the 590 boards.

Also, the P5N32-SLI SE is way overpriced for what you are getting.

Hope this Helps
Roger that, thanks! that was exactly my thoughts. Problem is i have been already waiting one month and i'm at the point where i just want a system so i can get back up and running.

I am realling considering just biting the bullet and paying the extra for the p5n32-SLI as i'm getting desperate for this to be completed. Having no computer for the last month has been awful.

I think they will tide me over until the 590 comes out.
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Originally Posted by Lt.JD
Thats why i would wait for Nforce 590 Sli motherboard because it will have all the features of your AM2 board. I dont know about price but i suspect about around $200
570-590 boards will likely span the same spread that current SLI branded boards are in price, from $100-$250 or more....it all depends on the options you want.......oh, and there is no gauruntee that the 590 will be a better overclocker than the current nForce boards.....the preliminary test with the 590 and the old southbridge are just as dissapointing, and no one has even seen the new southbridge 590 boards yet.

If you are going to want SLI, and will want to overclcok, you would be better off looking at a 975 based board, as there are drivers that allow SLI on those boards......
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