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Best Motherboard to Buy to OC a Q6600

post #1 of 24
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Good afternoon,
Can you guys help me pick out a motherboard? Currently I have a ASUS Commando and an e6700, but I have been having heat problems with it, so I am just going to sell everything, and start over from scratch.

So, I just bought a q6600, and now I am looking for the best MB that will allow me to OC the processor. I don't care about the number of SATA slots, or the number of NICs it has, I just want to be able to OC the crap of it, and be able to read other forums that will help me do that since I am new to overclocking. Please give me a couple of good boards in both the $100-$200 range and the $200-$300 range. I have been building computers for a long time, but I am still learning how to OC, so the more user friendly it is to OC the better off I'll be.

I currently have a ATI Radeon x1900xtx too, and I just listed it on eBay, so I am going to buy a new video card too, but I am not sure if I am going to going to stick with ATI or switch to NVIDA this time around; either the NVIDA 8800GTS 640MB or the ATI HD2900xt.

I would like to purchase them tonight, and I would be grateful for your insight. Thanks, Jon

ps. I'm running Windows Vista
    
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post #2 of 24
Use my MB

I'm at 1970 FSB, 3.44Ghz with a E6420

Windows errors when I go to 2000FSB 3.5Ghz CPU
    
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post #3 of 24
For a Quad, the Intel P35 chipset is the best.

nVidia doesn't clock as high as the Intel P35 chipset based boards, esp. with a Quad.

These are the boards that are best imo that support DDR2:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...128046&bop=And

And the DDR3 pair:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131181
    
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P5K all day long.
post #6 of 24
like chozart says, the new P35 chipsets have had excellent results with quads. they show a slight improvement withe the dual cores, but a very large one with the quads. So P5K or DS3R is it IMO
    
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P5K Deluxe.
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post #8 of 24
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Well it sounds like I should get the P5K

The GIGABYTE GA-P35-DQ6 looks really nice, and I have been wanting to try something different, as it seems like I always get an ASUS board, but what the heck. The more people that use the MB the easier it will be for me to find out what works best for my setup. So, I'll give the P5K a try. Thanks for all the useful help, Jon
    
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post #9 of 24
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Just to make sure before I click purchase at Newegg

The ASUS P5K DELUXE is better than the GIGABYTE GA-P35-DQ6 right???
    
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post #10 of 24
If you are that worried about it and have allways had asus then get another asus. Personally I have gotten away from asus latley. I use to love them a while back but I havnt had to good a luck with them latley.

Either one you should be good.
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