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post #1 of 7
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I've done fair bit of searching but would really appreciate some input more specified to my system.

My current mobo P5N-E sli, has hit the threshold for overclocking my q6600 at 2.80 stable with a vcore of 1.3625 and 311.40 X 9 (2802.57mhz) (all mem timings and all other voltages set to auto)

Although im pretty happy with this and primed it for around 12-15 hours, im in 2 minds were to go next. Basically with this months disposable income do i get myself a 2nd 8800gt so i can finally run crysis at 1280 v,high with a smooth stable FR. Or would my money be better spent on a MOBO that can better OC the CPU. Im currently using an arctic cooler freezer 7 pro and mx-2 TIM. I'll be gettting both eventually anyway so i really want an SLi ready MOBO, which i know limits my choices a fair bit, but any input would be greatly appreciated.

Sub £200 circa $390 for the mobo, and suggestions welcomed!
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post #2 of 7
hey bud, read around and get a 780i board i reckon.
XFX and EVGA ones seem good, my striker 2 wernt bad, had my q6600 at 3.48Ghz
but the xfx n evga seem more reliable and OCable

going sli (8800gt's) didnt let crysis run on V.high for me , not very smooth anyway. but suppose i got the higher res but either way id keep hold of the 8800gt for now

Ive just sold my extra 8800gt and got a x38 board for the best Ocing maybe that would be a good option for you if you decide against sli for a while?
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post #3 of 7
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Yeah i believe they clock a lot better on x38, but i was looking for an SLi ready for more future proofing really, still in 2 minds but ive a week or 2 to mull it over, im only really looking for a good solid 3.2 on air to be honest, so if thats acheivable on 780i then i'll definately go that way i think, cheers fella.

Also would have the expensive of changing the PSU i guess if i go SLi this month.....
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post #4 of 7
Might as well go 780i mate, at least then you have 45nm Quad support later on down the road should you need it.
 
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post #5 of 7
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Originally Posted by jaybeerex View Post
Yeah i believe they clock a lot better on x38, but i was looking for an SLi ready for more future proofing really, still in 2 minds but ive a week or 2 to mull it over, im only really looking for a good solid 3.2 on air to be honest, so if thats acheivable on 780i then i'll definately go that way i think, cheers fella.

Also would have the expensive of changing the PSU i guess if i go SLi this month.....
If you are dead set on dual VGAs as "futureproof" Go with an X38 board and an HD3870x2. Later you can grab another HD3870X2 or even a HD3850 and go crossfireX.

If you are dead set on SLI- EVGA 790i is a great option. Love their step-up program, customer service, and warranty.
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post #6 of 7
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Hehe! yeah i know the 'futureproof' is an often touted, often ridculed word around here, but i'm fully aware of the shortcomings of any upgrade choice in 4-6 months being quickly supassed, but if i could at least give myself a solid 6 month or so platform for a clockable board that will keep me happy AND is SLi ready then i'm a happy man, and will certainly look into the 780i and 790i options, thanks again fellas.
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SATA Samsung Spinpoint 320GB, SATA WD cavier 160GB Pioneer 212 vista x86 ultimate samsung 'pebble' 2232bw 
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micorsoft razer 'reclusa' Coolermaster 520w Modular Antec 900, Full Stealth black painted. logitech mx518 
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post #7 of 7
ya the p5n-e is horrible at ocing quads.
Get a 780i
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