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So I just sold my Asus P5N32-E 680i. I have an Evga 680i A1 on it's way here from a RMA. I'm tinkering with switching to P965, 975, or P35.

What has been performing the best with quads in the 250 dollar max price range. I've heard great things about the Striker with quads but I just don't wanna do that.

I'm looking at selling the A1 NIB if I find something else I would perfer. I wont be going SLI I just want what will work best with a Q6600 or possibly a qx6700.

I'm thinking about the following:

DFI 965-S Dark

BadAxe from Intel or P5H DH Deluxe from Asus

Asus P5K-Deluxe

I'm keeping water cooling and I have NB and SB water blocks as well if that will be useful. The water blocks are compatible with Intel chipsets as well as nvidia.

I currently use 4 sata hard drives and 1 sata dvd rw and 1 external sata hard drive so I need to fit that bill as well.

Will anything I have listed suit me well or should I just keep the Evga? Thanks for you time.
post #2 of 13
I say keep the eVga board. It should be plenty perfect.
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I'm in the same boat - I'm going to get rid of my P5N32-E due to the inability to OC the FSB beyond ~333. Why? Because I'm underutilizing my expensive ram. Striker isn't any better if you go to the Asus forums. These boards are amazing for C2D but not the quad. If you don't care about the FSB and you can change the muliplier i.e. qx6700-qX6800 then then I've found the P5N32-E to be very stable and an excellent board to play with. So the way I see it if you don't care about the FSB then keep the A1 or the P5N32-E.

If you're getting the A1 you will probably have the best quad-OC-FSB reviewed board there is. Then you have the flexibility to find out if your performance is affected by different fsb/multi combos. Go over to the eVGA forum to find out how they are doing.

I would love to find out what type of FSB someone has run up on a badaxe2. The only reference I could find is someone got it up to 370-ish...but that was only one review. So really not that much more than the P5N32-E and quite a bit under the evga where they are 400+.

Has anyone had any experience with the D975XBX2 and qx6700?
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I'm in the same boat - I'm going to get rid of my P5N32-E due to the inability to OC the FSB beyond ~333. Why? Because I'm underutilizing my expensive ram. Striker isn't any better if you go to the Asus forums. These boards are amazing for C2D but not the quad. If you don't care about the FSB and you can change the muliplier i.e. qx6700-qX6800 then then I've found the P5N32-E to be very stable and an excellent board to play with. So the way I see it if you don't care about the FSB then keep the A1 or the P5N32-E.

If you're getting the A1 you will probably have the best quad-OC-FSB reviewed board there is. Then you have the flexibility to find out if your performance is affected by different fsb/multi combos. Go over to the eVGA forum to find out how they are doing.

I would love to find out what type of FSB someone has run up on a badaxe2. The only reference I could find is someone got it up to 370-ish...but that was only one review. So really not that much more than the P5N32-E and quite a bit under the evga where they are 400+.

Has anyone had any experience with the D975XBX2 and qx6700?
I decided to purchase a P5K-Deluxe and have it overnighted. I'll have it tomorrow so I'll let you know how it does on the c2d for now but I'll get the quad once I get the A1 sold if I decide to keep the P5K.
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I would also say that the P5k deluxe would be the best option. Here is a link to someone who used 1/4" OD water cooling. He got his Q6600 to 3.8ghz with this board.

http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/...d.php?t=144199
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I decided to purchase a P5K-Deluxe and have it overnighted. I'll have it tomorrow so I'll let you know how it does on the c2d for now but I'll get the quad once I get the A1 sold if I decide to keep the P5K.
That's exactly what I was going to suggest. I've seen a few good results on the P35s and in some cases it overclocks better and more stable than the P965. Plus you'd get the ICH9-R.

I'd like to get me one of those but........No need for a new ICH9-R.

You'll see the difference in overclocking with an Intel chipset. Then again, how familiar are you with them?
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That's exactly what I was going to suggest. I've seen a few good results on the P35s and in some cases it overclocks better and more stable than the P965. Plus you'd get the ICH9-R.

I'd like to get me one of those but........No need for a new ICH9-R.

You'll see the difference in overclocking with an Intel chipset. Then again, how familiar are you with them?
Not... trust me I will be here 24/7 looking for a bit of help. I'm confident OCN and I can get the best of her though.
post #8 of 13
Well, in that case, you're going to have to post pics of the BIOS, maybe we'll have a clue of what settings will need some tweaking. Hopefully, they're as simple as the P5B-Deluxe.
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I like my eVGA 680i, just make sure you upgrade to the latest BIOS.
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From what I understand, the P965 is very good with Quad Core.

To tell you the truth, I would try to use that 680i until you can get your hands on a X38 motherboard.
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