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So I posted something in the form a while ago on AMD. I fried an AMD FX-60, and was pondering jumping to a jump to intel for the top core 2 or quad core (6700ish)

What do you all think?

Whats a good mobo? Is the crosshair worth it?

Is a jump to ati better than sli?
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If two 7800GTX arent doing now what will
    
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7900's duke.

Don't go crossfire lol. But do go core 2 duo, theyre great. Isnt the 8800GTX like out now/this week or something? Get that if you get anything looking at your build. Actually, get an X-Fi.
    
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So I posted something in the form a while ago on AMD. I fried an AMD FX-60, and was pondering jumping to a jump to intel for the top core 2 or quad core (6700ish)

What do you all think?

Whats a good mobo? Is the crosshair worth it?

Is a jump to ati better than sli?
The best mobo depends on your needs: Are you looking for the best OC board? Best "value"? PCI-X slots? Specific info is good

As for crossfire, it's not bad - but it's not a great value. If you're looking for the absolute top performance possible, then running dual video cards is great - but for the extra money you spend to do it, it's not a huge performance increase.

You can just go with an 8000 series Nvidia card in a couple weeks. DX10 support, great card, and not a "horrible" price.
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post #5 of 14
Keep in mind that jumping to intel and utilizing SLI will require either hacked drivers, or a nforce based board, which currently limits the OC on intel chips. However, if your just looking a minor OC (20-30%) the nforce board might be the way to go. Also, another thing to remember is that the next nforce chipset (690 i think, someone correct if wrong) is supposed to overclock very well with intel chips. So you might just want to wait, assuming the fx-60 wasnt your only chip.
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P5B-Deluxe is an AMZING board, I love mine.

And, just for a reference for you, my new e6400, benched higher in EVERY benchmark than my Sandy @3.0 and my SLi-DR
 
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post #7 of 14
SLI on an Intel chipset? I'm beginning to believe that, that will never happen, so if you want a Core CPU, then wait for the Quad Cores, except they're going to retail for $1000-$1229 and that's a hefty price tag but you seem to have the cash.

So a P5B Deluxe or P5W-DH Deluxe and a GeForce 8800 GTX should do the trick, although not sure if there's going to be a chipset from nVidia that will support a Quad Core CPU but if there is, that's your only choice for SLI.

Just don't expect a decent overclock out of an nForce chipset for Intel, that's almost non-existent and if you manage a mere OC, expect it to be a pain to get it to that "speed".

Bottom line, most, if not all of us will not go nForce chipset for an Intel Core 2 or Quad CPU.
post #8 of 14
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Any good boards that use the new CPU's but intel chipsets that would work for SLI?
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post #9 of 14
I believe the 680i (due out in a few days to a week) supports it, and is supposed to actually overclock nicely (nvidia chipsets have long been known to overclock poorly on intel systems).
post #10 of 14
This is supose to be good all around. It was *just* released, if I had the $ to switch I would.

NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813188009

Isn't on newegg's listed items but its there, found the link a little bit ago today.
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