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My friend and I are going to be building identical computers. We're looking to go Quad Core and we mainly use our computers for gaming... and of course some school work here... and there.

I would like someone to show us a couple different motherboards with SLi capabilities and good overclocking abilities. I'd also you to show us high quality overclocking ram, 2GB minimum. For the quad core, more than likely we will be buying the Q6600. I hear they are going down in price, so I will wait for them to do so.

As far as the video card goes. I'm aiming for a DX10 card, more than likely we will be shooting for a 8800GTX. But just for me to know, are there any other DX10 cards coming out soon? Also whats the big difference between a 8800GTS and a 8800GTX. Is there anyway to get the 8800GTS 640MB and unlock some pipelines to make it a 8800GTX?

Please answer quickly =)
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for the mobo, you could wait for the X38 boards, or get a 680 SLI now. (ASUS P5N32-E SLI for example, or the Striker Extreme if you have the money)
8800GTX is the best you can get too. no way of unlocking the GTS's.
for ram, check G.Skill HZ's, Crucial Ballistix or Team eXtreem.
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wow...WTH... I swear I posted that exact style answer to that exact post...
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Originally Posted by ChielScape View Post
for the mobo, you could wait for the X38 boards, or get a 680 SLI now. (ASUS P5N32-E SLI for example, or the Striker Extreme if you have the money)
8800GTX is the best you can get too. no way of unlocking the GTS's.
for ram, check G.Skill HZ's, Crucial Ballistix or Team eXtreem.
I disagree. I have read that the 650 and 680 nVidia chipsets have issues with occupying 4 slots for ram across the board. I am now in the decision to go with the P35 or wait on the X38. If I knew for sure that I'd have full PCI Express 2.0 support on an actual P35 based motherboard, I'd go with that.
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I disagree. I have read that the 650 and 680 nVidia chipsets have issues with occupying 4 slots for ram across the board. I am now in the decision to go with the P35 or wait on the X38. If I knew for sure that I'd have full PCI Express 2.0 support on an actual P35 based motherboard, I'd go with that.
P35 does support PCIE 2.0 btw. on topic: IMO, wait for the x38 chipsets to come out before buying a system if you can. If not, go with P35. Also, Nvidia's new graphics card series, g72, will be arriving in time for the holidays in november. If that's too long to wait, I would recommend either the 2900xt or the 8800GTX if you are willing to spend a bit more money. For memory, I would recommend a kit of good overclocking ddr2-1066 ram, such as these:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820313013
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227178
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P35 does support PCIE 2.0 btw. on topic: IMO, wait for the x38 chipsets to come out before buying a system if you can. If not, go with P35. Also, Nvidia's new graphics card series, g72, will be arriving in time for the holidays in november. If that's too long to wait, I would recommend either the 2900xt or the 8800GTX if you are willing to spend a bit more money. For memory, I would recommend a kit of good overclocking ddr2-1066 ram, such as these:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820313013
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227178
http://www.bit-tech.net/news/2007/06...ports_pcie_2/1
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