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I sold my x2 4800 amd rig and am currently using my backup pc.

I am going with an E6600, and after searching through countless posts on motherboards, I cannot decide which MB to get. I am torn between P5N-E SLI and the P5B Deluxe. I thought about the P5N32 board but don't think I need that for the extra costs. I will dable a little with OC'ing but I will not lose sleep over it. I am going to use this ram http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231098 and am still undecided on the GPU. I will use my X-FI SC and other components I currently have to finish it off. Which board do you think I should go with. I do like bling and think the P5B looks cooler.

Do you have to use different cards for sli over crossfire?

Thanks!

EDIT: How do you feel about this PS? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817159057
And how about running to of these in SLI http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130062
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Given what I think your budget it, and so on... I would make this decision:

MoBo: Asus P5B-Plus. Has basically all the features of the Deluxe, but is a bit cheaper and still overclocks quite good (not as sky-high as the Deluxe, but still high).

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-520HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 520W $124.99

Video: EVGA 320-P2-N811-AR GeForce 8800GTS 320MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP $289.99

Including shipping, your picks (P5N-E SLI, Coolmax, SLI-ed 7600's) will cost $511.66 shipped.
My picks will cost $566.33.

I think the 8800GTS is worth the extra $55. It will run circles around SLI-ed 7600's and laugh while doing so.

Oh... and never ever ever get Coolmax (I was lucky... I blew only two)
    
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Well if you can, wait until the Bearlake chip sets come out. They will havbe DDR3 and other worthwhile toys in them. If you want to get something sooner, then go for a 680i board!
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Thanks Chozart! I am not to concerned on money, just trying not to get to deep. Right after I bought my x2 4800 rig and sacrificed an arm and couple toes for it then seen the price fall like it did when conroe came out, I am leary to say the least.

I am not in a hurry, my 3700 system is doing a good job, I just get bored with it. I could hold off for the new stuff just don't know anything about what is coming out. I have a laptop with a C2D T7200 and ran tests against it and the X2 4800 and was very surprised how the intel kicked my AMD's but. Just want some input from you all. I could spent $600 idealy on upgrading for now.

Thanks for the help guys!
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