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P5N32-E SLI to P5K? (pros and cons)

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I have a P5N32-E SLI and a Q6600 G0 on the way, but don't just say "upgrade now, do it!"

_ I would have to sell my beloved 680i board... how much could I get for it realistically?
_ What is the best street cost of the ASUS P5K?

and most importantly:
_ How close will this sucker behav3 and look in the BIOS?
_will I be able to have 2 blazing fast RAID0's
(currently hold 2 x 7200rpm average record on OCN at 138.3MB/s, second RAID0 is at 120MB/s )

oh!!! and one more big point:
_ Will there be a thread such as Robilar's P5N32-E SLI thread that I will be able to rely on...


EDIT:
one more... will I be able to get my Evercool on the SB?
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I RMAed total of three P5N32E-SLI in the past eight months. The problem with 680i chipset is that it doesn't run on all FSB. It took me a while to figure this out. Even then this board doesn't handle stress well. They eventually died after two or three months runing 400Mhz. Each time I sent the board back to Asus for RMA, I will go buy a new P5N32E and ebay the RMA board when it come back. On average, I am getting $200 for each used board (you may not get this much right now).

P5k Deluxe RAID: Don't expect to see any performance improvement over the P5N32-E. Most intergrated raid card do not offer hardware acceleration (consider it fake raid). If you need a raid card that actually work, buy an Areca at least.

You don't really need any guide to overclock a P5K Deluxe. This board can hit 500Mhz @ everything default. Just set your FSB and leave everything else on auto. P5K Deluxe is really "overlocking for dummy" board.
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something to add...

CON:
P5K deluxe has the worst PCB layout ever!!! Capacitors too close to CPU socket and may require mod on certain waterblock. When running 8800gtx on top PCI-E x16, you are giving up one or two SATA port. DDR2 slot too close to PCI-E and can't mount RAM cooler.. etc I am suspecting the CPU sensor is bugged in bios, my Q6600 read 42c on idle (watercooled with 1040LPH pump / 240mm black ice / rated 200w heat removal) ><

PRO:
Great stability at any FSB. support 45nm Penryn CPU, capable running PCI-E 2.0.
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You can a) Wait for the G0 to come here and see how well the 680 will handle the chip and how high you can go.

Then if you are not happy you can get the P5K which is in essence a similar board but no sli.. and a much higher FSB wall.
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I'd hang with your 32-E for now, I bought mine when they were first released and it's never missed a beat since day one.

If you're gonna switch chipsets, I'd wait a little longer for X-38 which is rumored to support SLI. Doing the Q6600 G0 thing now is ok, but come X-mas time, you're really gonna want 45nm. Kinda of a bad time now to uprade since the 45's are right around the corner. The only saving factor is the low prices which are very tempting. I'm gonna pick up an E6850 just to play with until X-mas.

My wife's friend's husband is a midwest zone Intel rep. I've caught a quick glimpse of a 45nm ES based laptop that he has on loan and it is absolutely incredible... I can only imagine what the desktop procs are gonna be like.

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I guess you guys are right... wait to see what my particular 680 does with my particular G0 and then if I am still wanting more then consider upping but hopefully to a 45nm board... by then Quads will be more documented at OC;ing forums so I'll have a bit more security in my move and you never know... I might get lucky and hit 350FSB which will put me right where I am at now speed wise but with a dual duo core setup... hummm....
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