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It's not a matter of avoiding Crossfire and/or SLI motherboards.

The main issue with this is the combination of Intel and SLI. The nForce chipsets are originally designed for AMD, and later adjusted for Intel. This resulted in Intel SLI boards that did not overclock very well, to say it mildly.

However, nForce4 SLI for AMD works great, as does Radeon xPress 3200 (crossfire) for AMD also. Finally, on the Intel platform, the 975x (Crossfire) chipset does pretty amazing things for Core 2 Duo (not as good as the 965P Express chipset, but pretty darn close). I am running Crossfire now on a budget 975X board, and I am happy. I know sdumper runs SLI on a 975X board (modded drivers) and he's also smoking the benchmarks (both of us score 11.5 k on 3DMark06)
    
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what would you recomend for best graphics in a crossfire or sli setup with a 6700 and best pc8000 ram to work with both
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best graphics or best you should get to save your money?
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If I *have* to buy everything right now, and money was no objective, then I would get this set up:Alternative motherboard and RAM for the above set up:If money is an objective:
Another alternative motherboard for any of the above is this one: ABIT AW9D-MAX Socket T $239.99. However, when you put two dual slot video cards in it (X1900's/X1950's), yuo won't have any available PCI slot.

Personally, I'd wait for that DFI board TheWaxShop posted...that looks just awesome.
    
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why do you use two different cards in crossfire?
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Because you'll need a Crossfire Edition card as master and a 'normal' card as slave. The Crossfire card has the additional chipset to make it all work.

With the next generation (see the images that TheWaxShop posted), this won't be necessary anymore. I believe that the X1950PRO will be the first series.

If you really want SLI instead of Crossfire, your best solution is to get any of the boards I listed, and get a set of these cards:
2X eVGA 512-P2-N572-AR Geforce 7900GTX 512MB GDDR3 $398.99 each.
You'll need modded drivers, but it will work well. One member here, sdumper, is running volt modded 7900GT's on an ASUS P5W DH Deluxe, and he currently has his E6700 up to 4.2GHz (on phase), and scores 11.5k on 3DMark06. That performance is equal to my rig, with my E6600 on 3.5GHz, and Crossfire X1900's. (also 11.5k 3DMark06). With a E6700 at say 3.5GHz - 4.0GHz, and SLI 7900GTX's, you should be able to hit 12k (as well with the X1950's). At the moment, the nVidia chipset boards don't perform well. nForce4 has been a nightmare on the Intel platform forever, while nForce 590's first edition does not look too hot either. The rumor is that the next edition of the nForce 590 will be better, but I'd have to see it first.
    
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so it looks like i'll have to wait to get what i want.
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should i just build a p. d setup for half the price and make it last for a year or 2? with a dx10 cheap card?
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How would the Pentium D set up be half the price? Personally, I would at least spring for a Core 2 Duo rig. The cheapes Core 2 Duo (E6300) is only $180, and will outperform any D 9xx chip, except the most expensive ones.
    
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so the smartest thing i came up with doing was getting a cheap conroe and a cheap vga, but get a good mobo and good ram, and just wait to upgrade the cpu and the graphics in a few quaters.
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