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I'm thinking about upgrading my system. I've always like ASUS, and will probably never buy anything but one of their boards.
How well will this P5K3 Deluxe board hold up as far as video cards go. I have an x1900xtx currently, and may upgrade to a nvidia card, or maybe if ATI doesn't suck next year like this, I may go to that one. However how will crossfire/SLI configs hold up on this thing, if at all?

The main purchase is
ASUS P5K3 Deluxe
E6850
G.Skillz HZ DDR2 6400/800 (The 2x1GB) Kit, however I'd like to get two kits so (4x1GB) total.

Anyone have any advice?

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Uh... well, first off the P5K3 only supports DDR3 or the one on newegg does atleast, there's a review saying that there's a DDR2 version available, but I don't blieve it (that's just a P5K Deluxe ). So if you're willing to spend $350 on 2GB Ram, then go for it. Otherwise, stick to the P5K Deluxe.

E6850 is a good processor, you may want to look into getting a G0 stepping Q6600 as games will start supporting multi cores (one thread running over multiple cores).

Ram looks good! I'm not sure if the board can only support crossfire or sli (typically boards only support one), but someone else will be able to answer that.
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Uh... well, first off the P5K3 only supports DDR3 or the one on newegg does atleast, there's a review saying that there's a DDR2 version available, but I don't blieve it (that's just a P5K Deluxe ). So if you're willing to spend $350 on 2GB Ram, then go for it. Otherwise, stick to the P5K Deluxe.

E6850 is a good processor, you may want to look into getting a G0 stepping Q6600 as games will start supporting multi cores (one thread running over multiple cores).

Ram looks good! I'm not sure if the board can only support crossfire or sli (typically boards only support one), but someone else will be able to answer that.
Ditto. Go with the P5K Deluxe + Q6600 (that's what I'm doing)

The board only supports Crossfire. SLI is not supported on the P35 chipset.
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Yea, If you want an ASUS SLI board, go with the P5N series. They are supporting the 590i chipset and will run SLI.
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ooo good call on the DDR3 missed that one. Thanks for the advice folks.
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How does the P5N series stack up against the P5K series (video cards excluded) in terms of overclocking capabilities. Will the q6600 over the e6850 really make much difference as far as games go within say the next year?
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Originally Posted by Gattzumaul View Post
How does the P5N series stack up against the P5K series (video cards excluded) in terms of overclocking capabilities. Will the q6600 over the e6850 really make much difference as far as games go within say the next year?
P35 overclocks better. The 680i chipset is still a great OCer, but a G0 stepping + P35 yields fantastic results (search around).

Also, once games are optimized for four cores, yes, the Q6600 will really make the difference in gaming. As of now, the E6850 takes the cake on the benchmark results for gaming.
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Originally Posted by PeaceMaker View Post
P35 overclocks better. The 680i chipset is still a great OCer, but a G0 stepping + P35 yields fantastic results (search around).

Also, once games are optimized for four cores, yes, the Q6600 will really make the difference in gaming. As of now, the E6850 takes the cake on the benchmark results for gaming.
one word: Crysis..
post #9 of 10
go with the P5K Deluxe!
post #10 of 10
P5K3 is DDR3 only. P5KC is DDR2/3. Both are 1333mhz fsb. All other models of P5K are DD2 and 1066mhz FSB.

Crossfire only, no SLI on the P35. P35 overclocks better than any SLI chipset. If you don't mind giving up SLI, I suggest you go with the P5KC.
    
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