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I am planning to get a computer built from ibuypower.com and need help in choosing a good motherboard. I'm looking for the best price to quality ratio motherboard.

I'm probably not going to ever need to Sli my GPU because my monitor's resolution is 1280x1024. (Getting an 8800 GTX, which I will eventually upgrade to another single card in 2-3 years.)

The processor I am going to get is a Core 2 Duo e6600. I would like to be able to have at least a small amount of overclocking.

Out of these motherboards, help me choose one that would not bottleneck a pretty high class rig. (I would prefer not to get the NForce 680i, but if the price to quality ratio is worth it I'll take it.)

+Reps for answers!

Asus P5N-SLI nForce 570 +18
Asus P5N32-SLI SE Deluxe nForce4 +$125
Asus P5N32-SLI Premium +159
ECS 965T-A P965 -6
Abit AW9D-MAX i975X +135
Intel D975XBX Motherboard 975Xpress +135
MSI P965 Neo-F i965P +125
MSI 975X Platinum i975X 0
NVIDIA NForce 680i +156
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post #2 of 9
The Abit AW9D-MAX i975X got pretty good reviews from overclockers on Newegg. That's a good place to go for opinion on gear.
    
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post #3 of 9
Mannn.......those are some horrible choice, well the only one that looks a decent choice is the ABIT, the others? I don't think so.

But IMO and probably several other people, the P5B Deluxe is the best choice fallowed by the GIGABYTE DS3, other than taht? Well, that ABIT is ok.
post #4 of 9
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Actually after long thinking, I think I might decide to go Sli 8800 GTX. What would be the best choice then? (I want to be able to get maxed out settings when Crysis and Alan Wake come out xD)

P.S. Does anyone know how much of an increase in performance an extra 8800 GTX would give to a 17 inch 1280x1024 monitor? I know it gives a big performance increase for larger resolutions; but not so sure about lower resolutions.
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Geeshhhh.......8800 GTX in SLI maxed out on a 17" monitor?

Dude, that's like buying a Ferrari with 13" toyota rims, buying a $150,000 Home Theater surround sound and hooking it up to a 27" TV, or even worse, like going back to AOL.

If I were you, I'd invest on a 24" LCD monitor first and worry about a 2nd 8800 GTX later and IMO, a single 8800 GTX and a C2D (both overclocked) will probably be more than what the game require and you'd still might be able to turn things up a notch.

I seriously doubt that going from 4x to 8x is going to make "that" much of a difference.

And it's not the performance that count but the size and quality of the picture that you should worry also.
post #6 of 9
lol, Nasgul is 100% correct. I'd say grab a PB5-E for now, since a single 8800GTX is crazy fast. But, if you want SLi in the near future, I think the Abit board is the best as far as 975x boards go.

Note: I think you will get the best bang for your buck if you build it yourself. We have tons of people here that can give you a bundle of advice (without having to call a 1-800 number)
    
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post #7 of 9
I'd go with the Abit AW9D-MAX i975X

Easy choice, it has SSC's and is an amazing overclocker!

Abit is finally back on the map with this board
post #8 of 9
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Ok I'll just go with a single 8800 GTX. So would the Abit AW9D-MAX i975X be the best bang for the buck for a single GPU?
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post #9 of 9
one remarke 975X chipsets dont support SLI , they do support crossfire tho...

so if you intend at some point going SLI with 8800GTXs , you ll need something based on 680i chipset (or 650i)

and in such a case i vote for EVGA 680i mobo. and if you gota lota cash and like fancy bling bling stuff then the ASUS striker extreme will be fun.

on the other hand if you think that youll never go SLI then no need to waste cash on 680i based boards as they are preety expencive.
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