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The best overclocking SLI board is the Asus P5N32-E. The 650i version, the Asus P5N-E actually also overclocks better than the EVGA or other brands of 680i/650i chipset boards.

The dual 8x8x as opposed to dual 16x16x SLI paths make no discernable difference with an SLI setup. That said, go for the asus 680i over the 650i for sheer overclocking performance.

I've owned and built over a dozen systems with the asus boards and several with the EVGA. Asus is the right choice.
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The best overclocking SLI board is the Asus P5N32-E. The 650i version, the Asus P5N-E actually also overclocks better than the EVGA or other brands of 680i/650i chipset boards.

The dual 8x8x as opposed to dual 16x16x SLI paths make no discernable difference with an SLI setup. That said, go for the asus 680i over the 650i for sheer overclocking performance.

I've owned and built over a dozen systems with the asus boards and several with the EVGA. Asus is the right choice.
1) Correct about the 8x vs 16x, it's really pointless lol!
2) He can't afford the 680i Asus, only the EVGA
3) Asus IS the right choice.
4) Pauldovi loves to hate on SLI.
He says SLI and budget don't go together. Untrue.
My point is this. You buy the board for it's SLI capability, not to use it right now.
I bought mine for SLI - but went with a single 7600GT.
Yes, I could SLI it. But right now, I don't need to. And the prices are dumb to buy a single 7600GT I might as well save. Now picture this - I save some more cash, and SLI 8800GTX when they come down in price. Yet I saved money on my "budget board". So yes, SLI + budget DO go together.

Get the 650i.
Robilar and I will fight to the death someday. lol.
We have the only two motherboards in Intel section to be "stickied".
We both started threads to maintain a "community" for our boards.
The P5N32-E is clearly a slightly better board.
It all comes down to - do you have the cash for it.
And going by your original post, you want the budget.
The P5N-E comes DAMN CLOSE (By this I mean on average ~3FPS difference) in real world benchmarks, sometimes exceeding the P5N32-E (who knows how...)

Robilar ... thumbs up to you for all you've done for the P5N32-E .
We really found the cream of the crop eh?
Your board is amazing. I just spent less. lol!

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My point is this. You buy the board for it's SLI capability, not to use it right now.
Exactly what I was planning on. Buying an 8800GTS for now, and leaving the option open to SLI them in the future if needed.

Again, thanks for the help everyone.
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Exactly what I was planning on. Buying an 8800GTS for now, and leaving the option open to SLI them in the future if needed.

Again, thanks for the help everyone.
However... how far in the future? If it is over 8 months, you would be better off selling your 8800GTS and getting whatever new card is out. SLI is good for highest end setups or if you plan to go SLI in the near future. Otherwise, price-performance drops too fast to make it worth SLI with your current card when a better card comes out.
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However... how far in the future? If it is over 8 months, you would be better off selling your 8800GTS and getting whatever new card is out. SLI is good for highest end setups or if you plan to go SLI in the near future. Otherwise, price-performance drops too fast to make it worth SLI with your current card when a better card comes out.
I understand that, I won't want to SLI a completely obsolete card when it would be worth it to get a new card completely. But at least I would have the option open if that would be the best upgrade to make. Also, as the card market is lately, I don't see myself paying $600 for a top card when I can SLI lower cards with a nice boost in performance. But for now, it is just to have in case I need/want it. I don't want to have to buy a new motherboard down the road because I don't have an SLI option when I want to utilize it.

But I guess I will think about going single PCI-E since upgrading cards might make more sense then just SLI'ing the cards.
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Originally Posted by dpawl31 View Post
1) Correct about the 8x vs 16x, it's really pointless lol!
2) He can't afford the 680i Asus, only the EVGA
3) Asus IS the right choice.
4) Pauldovi loves to hate on SLI.
He says SLI and budget don't go together. Untrue.
My point is this. You buy the board for it's SLI capability, not to use it right now.
I bought mine for SLI - but went with a single 7600GT.
Yes, I could SLI it. But right now, I don't need to. And the prices are dumb to buy a single 7600GT I might as well save. Now picture this - I save some more cash, and SLI 8800GTX when they come down in price. Yet I saved money on my "budget board". So yes, SLI + budget DO go together.

Get the 650i.
Robilar and I will fight to the death someday. lol.
We have the only two motherboards in Intel section to be "stickied".
We both started threads to maintain a "community" for our boards.
The P5N32-E is clearly a slightly better board.
It all comes down to - do you have the cash for it.
And going by your original post, you want the budget.
The P5N-E comes DAMN CLOSE (By this I mean on average ~3FPS difference) in real world benchmarks, sometimes exceeding the P5N32-E (who knows how...)

Robilar ... thumbs up to you for all you've done for the P5N32-E .
We really found the cream of the crop eh?
Your board is amazing. I just spent less. lol!

(PS darn you and your dual lan! Nothing my PCI LAN card won't stop tho O_O)
We are in agreement then

I'll throw you something you may have missed though: The P5N-E has an E-Sata connector on the back panel and the P5N32-E doesn't!

I was really pleased with the P5N-E's I've built (Just completed another one last week for a brother in law). It definitely wins the bang for the buck SLI award.
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For some reason I though the newer graphics cards required/will require x16/x16 though. If I'm wrong, disregard the rest of this sentence(s) too; the way the cards are going, moving so fast and with PCI-E 2.0 on the horizon, wouldn't it make more sense to get a card with dual x16, since when those cards come out and the prices drop on these current G80/future G90's, his SLI limitations will be made by: 1) PCI-E version, since soon they'll be on 2.0, 2) The newest cards for SLI will require two x16s of PCI-E 1.0 (link)

Maybe I'm way off, but it seems like to me, if he wants to SLI anything even remotely close to a 'newer' graphics card, he might as well go for the dual x16s... But then again maybe I have no idea what I'm talking about.
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Yeah, go for the P5N-E. Good overclocker.
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For some reason I though the newer graphics cards required/will require x16/x16 though. If I'm wrong, disregard the rest of this sentence(s) too; the way the cards are going, moving so fast and with PCI-E 2.0 on the horizon, wouldn't it make more sense to get a card with dual x16, since when those cards come out and the prices drop on these current G80/future G90's, his SLI limitations will be made by: 1) PCI-E version, since soon they'll be on 2.0, 2) The newest cards for SLI will require two x16s of PCI-E 1.0 (link)

Maybe I'm way off, but it seems like to me, if he wants to SLI anything even remotely close to a 'newer' graphics card, he might as well go for the dual x16s... But then again maybe I have no idea what I'm talking about.
The same was said for the 8800GTX, said it required 16x lanes.
Yet SLI GTX was proven on our board.

Rob- I forgot about the E-SATA
But you have more SATA internals O_O
But we have 4 IDE device support!
But you have dual LAN... O_O

I guess I could go on all day... lawl.
    
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