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What Mobo to choose for new build?

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Hi,

As mentioned in a recent post I have decided to switch to Intel's Conroe for my new build. I am getting a 8800GTS and would like to know which board would be ok for it. I was recommended the Asus P5B Deluxe but it says it is Crossfire support - does this mean I will not be able to run the nVidia card on it?

Help appreciated,

Dan
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as per your first question, if it has crossfire support this means that it would not offer support for Nvidia SLI. this took me a long time to find. if you go to the ASUS webpage, it will tell you whether or not the motherboard you find on newegg or otherwise supports SLI or Crossfire. so therefore, if you are interested in going NVIDIA and linking 2 cards in SLI later in the future, then getting this MB would not be a good choice. however, if you wanted to do crossfire, this would be the best chocie because it offeres support on board.

SLI may run on it though with certain hacks that you can download, but the rule of thumb is if the motherboard manufacturer says that it doesnt support SLI i wouldnt try it unless you are skilled in that sort of thing

as per the motherboard. i would go to EVGA.com and look at the new line of MB's they just put out. i fully recommend the 680I due to the fact that you would not have to replace it for a long time and it offers x16 to both pci-e slots and the option to get a physix card in the future when they dont suck. it is a little pricey however.

when you go to newegg, be sure to click the MB and then go to the manufacturers website, there are a ton of good one slot x16 mbs out there but they may not offer support for sli, or crossfire. if these things dont matter to you, then the P5B Deluxe is a decent choice.
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and yes, your NVIDIA card will run just fine on it.
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I ain't too charmed about the eVGA 680i myself, since it's based on the reference board, and I've heard there are issues with the SATA ports when overclocking it. The ASUS version is better, but costs around $300.

If you don't plan SLI, then the P5B Deluxe is the way to go. Yes, Crossfire support (But at x16, 4x bandwidths), but there are modded drivers available that will make SLI work also (not sure with 8800's though).
    
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Thank you both very much. I don't plan on running dual cards, one is quite enough for me. Thanks I can place my order now
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