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Evga 680i Sli Motherboard with 1gig Of DDR2 800 Ram - this would be great for upgrading to two 8800s someday..and I'll prob buy another 1 gig stick in a short time after this option..Its just for the time between will I be able to stand using just 1 gig .. Why give up a great SLI mobo when all it takes to get more memory is to just buy another stick.

P5B Deluxe Motherboard with 2gigs Of DDR2 800 Ram - this would Give me a better system at that point But I would have to stick with one card or crossfire - which isn't the best on this mobo anyways. It's a good overclocker also.
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I'm not even sure on what's the best board out there anymore...I have heard amazing things with the 680i board, and its SLI capability is just icing on the cake...

I would look for some overclocking reviews on each board, and wait for more members' input
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http://www.hardocp.com/ has an on target review of the 680i motherboard as well as a lively forum discussions on it.
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the 680i has so much for the overclocker. I 'm new to OC'ing but I can tell you this mobo has a ton of options and right now I'm hitting 3.022ghz using the stock vcore setting which is 1.2something. I would recommend this board hands down. I will go higher when i get my WC block but my load temps on air are around 45c
    
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post #6 of 7
Prices generally fall on Brand new boards. Right before Christmas isn't usually the best time to buy.

I'd wait till after Christmas, wait for price drops. Get the 680sli, and 1 gb x 2 sticks. Might as well take advantage of Dual Channel no?
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post #7 of 7
A board with a 680i chipset should be the better of the two. Based on what I've read, there are a few BIOS issue with most of the 680i based motherboards atm, but those will no doubt get sorted out in time. With a completely debugged and optimised BOIS, virtually any motherboard with the 680i chipset will be better than A P5B Deluxe imo.

Personally, I wait it out for a little longer before getting a 680i. Prices will fall soon enough and given time any bugs will be worked out of the BIOS.

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