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e6600 and eVGA 680i SE good combo?

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My ECS motherboard died on me recently, so I decided to just get a new one and a core 2 duo ahead of schedule.
Let me know what you think of my combo: eVGA 680i SE/TR mobo and C2D e6600. Tell me how much you think I should be able to overclock that system. I know the RAM is going to be a limiting factor.
Also, let me know, if you have the motherboard, how much you like it. I can't wait for the package to arrive.
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I liked my Evga 680i AR that I had. Was easy for me to get 480MHz FSB but I hear that is kinda rare. I haven't ever tried the TR board though. I have an A1 on it's way from RMA getting here monday though.
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I've always said it, it's best to stick with an Intel chipset for an Intel CPU.
IMO, P5K-Deluxe or P5B-Plus or even the P5B-Deluxe would be the best boards for an E6600.

I wouldn't go any other route.
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At high FSB, the nVidia chipset get's hot
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The EVGA is a great 680i board, I have the 122-NF68-A1 myself and love it. Lot's of OC'ing options. I haven't OC'd it much, but the great thing is, overclocking the e6600 doesn't really require an extremely high FSB. I know I will get arguments against this, but here is my reasoning:

The e6600 runs at 2.4 GHz stock, which is 9*266 (Multiplier X FSB). The EVGA 680i motherboards typically overclock to at least 400MHz (from actual experience as well), which is plenty of headroom for the e6600... if you can even get your e6600 to run at 3.6GHz (not possible on all chips), your FSB will be at 400 with a multiplier of 9. Since the most common RAM is 800MHz, it matches up well allowing you to run at 1:1 Ratio and keeping timings tight on your memory.

I haven't had much time to OC my e6600/680i A1 setup yet (I've been moving to a new place, which stinks), but I have run my e6600 already at 3.2GHz (400*8) and was stable under OCCT, with G.Skill 800MHz HZ's.

My opinion, from what I've heard and seen around this forum and other places online, is that the P5B and EVGA 680i overclock about the same anyway. I don't think you'd be disappointed with either one... they are both great boards.

That is my .

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I would have gone for the Intel chipset, but I forgot to mention I run SLI, so it required an nVidia board.
Thanks for the input- I'm glad I made the right decision for overclocking and performance purposes!
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