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post #1 of 9
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I am stuck between a few motherboards and really can't decide what to get.

Right now, I am considering getting an ASUS P5N-E, MSI P6N SLI-FI (650i's), or ABIT AB9 Pro or Gibabyte GA-965P-DS3 (rev. 1.3). (All are $100-110 besides for the ASUS, which will be around $130 + shipping, so that is a slight negative to me since I am watching the prices).

They all seem like good boards from the reviews that I read. The reason I am leaning towards 650i is mainly due to the dual IDE and the option of having SLI capability. As for the AB9 and DS3, I heard very good things about them, but isn't the DS3 more futureproof with 1333 FSB capability (on rev1.3).

I am considering picking up either an E6600 or E6750 next month, so trying to really decide what to go with. For the past week I've been running circles around motherboards trying to decide what to get. I am looking to get a nice overclock, nothing over the top since these boards can't handle that much. But I heard all of these could do in the middle 400's. Just looking for some advice, again...
post #2 of 9
Personally, I like the 650i chipsets. Stay away from MSI unless it's a Platinum version of the board. The 965P chipset will OC a little better, but it's not SLI capable!
post #3 of 9
This is so easy....you have to take the P5N-E SLI! It's a good overclocker, and a good and stable mobo. And since you are waiting 1 month before you getting a CPU, I suggest you get a Q6600(it's getting very cheap next month!) for almost the same price as you can get the E6600 right now.
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i have the msi p6n sli-fi, it works well. it seems stable to me, it hasn't crashed on me yet.

but if you get a p6n sli -fi and u operate the sli, each pci-e slot will run at 8x instead of the normal 16x.

but its no biggy,
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post #5 of 9
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Well next month I will be getting an E6600 only if the price is dropped under the E6750, otherwise I will get the 6750. I don't think I will spend ~$300 (after shipping) for the Q6600.

The 8x for SLI is for all 650i's. I doubt I would even go SLI, but at least the option would be there, as well as the 2 IDE slots.

ThisNoob: How does the P6N OC for you? The reason the P5N-E worries me too is the lack of cooling/heatsink on the southbridge, which is another expense if I have to go out and buy a heatsink for it. Just curious what FSB these boards reach on average.

I do have a month to decide, but there are some nice rebates on the Abit and MSI ending in a week or two, and the DS3 is on sale at Newegg now too, so all of them are around $100, which seems very nice.
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well i do have a few complaints for the msi board, you can read them on newegg if you want.

#1 the heatsinks are not necessarily made very cheapily, but they are very cheaply and retardly attached.

#2 they heatsink are passive cooled. (so i attached a fan to mine)

- in regard to north and south bridge heatsinks, if i were you and overclocking, you should upgrade atleast the Nbridge heatsink, because it gets very hot. and some big coolers will not fit, for example, a zalman cnps 7700 alcu will fit on the board over the n bridge heatink and cooling it, but my arctic cooling freezer pro was a tight fit. i will post pictures when i get home showing the very tight fit, i almost thought it wouldn't fit.

#3 the msi board has DOT - dynamic overclocking technology, it automatcially over clocks up to max i think 10 % when it feels like its getting bogged down and i needs to run faster. NOW about this, while it worked perfectly fine for my amd fx-55 (using another msi board), i haven't got it to work successfully for my current rig in my system, this is probably due to : i flashed the bios to a beta version or because im running x64 vista with 4gb of ram. but it's cool when it works. it does work though.

i dont' know how high it can go but, it seems very well around around 2.8-3.0 ghz for a e6600 (stock 2.4), but im sure it can go higher
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post #7 of 9
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For the Gigabyte 965P DS3, is there much of a difference between rev. 1.3 and 3.3? Both have the Quad core support and 1333FSB. What else is different between the two? I heard it has to do with the on board sound, but I'm not sure.

And does anyone know if Crucial Ballistix 6400 would be a problem on the GB. It's not on their list of compatible memory, but then again, not much is on that list.
post #8 of 9
On the DS3, one, the Reve 1.3 does not support 1333fsb nor Quad-Cores, you'd need the Rev 3.3 which does the two above but......

Why not get the DS3R, it's much better than the DS3: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128050

It supports RAID and better yet, on the new ICH9-R and also will have the P35 chipset which will support a 45nm CPU, a.k.a. Peryn

So for an extra $30, you'll kill 3 birds with one shot.
post #9 of 9
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I will look into that, but I checked again, and 1.3 does support Quad and 1333FSB.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128042

It's regular and 2.0 that don't I believe. Just trying to figure out what was added in 3.3.
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