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Need help choosing the right 650i motherboard

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Hey everyone. I'm a new user here, and even newer to self-built computers. I've been using pre-built systems my whole life, at stock settings, and now that I have a little pocket change to spare, I hope to sucessfully complete my first build and overclock.

I plan to fully take advantage of the July 22nd price cut on the Core 2 Quad Q6600, and I would like to know which motherboard you would recommend with my budget in mind. I have about $1100 USD set aside for this new build, but I would most likely want to allocate $150 of that towards the motherboard. I've read the article on Toms Hardware of the seven 650i motherboards, and still havnt made a decisive choice as to what would work best towards my first build overall, while being adequate enough to push the cpu for a noticible gain in performance specifically. Here are the boards I'm debating over after reading the article and cutting down choices:

-MSI P6N SLI Platinum
-Asus P5N32-E SLI

The board that I'm leaning towards is the MSI P6N SLI Platinum; it not only got a good review on Tom's Hardware, but it won a customer choice award on newegg and is my price range. The Asus P5N32-E SLI is not quite in my price range, being almost $50 more than the MSI board. But I noticed that this forum has it's own thread on the Asus P5N32-E SLI, which leads me to think it is a very good board for overclockers alike. Is the Asus P5N32-E SLI worth the extra $50? if both boards suck, can someone recommend a better one within a decent price range? Much thanks for your help.
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P5N32-E Sli is a 680i board and the reason why it is more expensive. You can go for the P5N32-E plus which is a 650i chipset but offers 16x16 lanes in Sli.
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Between those two i would say go with the ASUS P5N32-E, the MSI is also a great board but many have chose the ASUS.

MSI's mb usually gets just slightly lower clocks than ASUS. But if the MSI is the one in the budget, then in order to keep your system build on track and without sacrificing any other parts, i don't hesitate to turn your attention to it.


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