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XFX 780i or 680i?

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Hey guys im planning on building a rig with E8400, 8800GTS 512mb, corsair 2Gb 800mhz, 700 OCZ psu etc.

Im unsure as to what MOBO to get? i can get a 680i for about $120, or get a 780i for over $300?! im planning on OCing and SLi in the future at some point, so is it worth me paying twice as much for the newer 780i board??

PLEASE HELP!
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post #2 of 21
only if you plan on getting a 45nm cpu. the 680i's dont support them. other than that the 680i's are great boards, not worth getting the 780i right now, in my opinion.
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bummer, im planning on getting E8400 which is 45nm cpu. What would you recommend gibsonnova? get E8400 & 780i, or another cpu & 680i?
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post #4 of 21
$120, good price. If you don't plan to get a 45nm quad soon, why not. 680i supports 65nm quad/dual and only 45nm dual. 780i supports all 65nm and 45nm. If you don't do SLI, a P35 board will be a good option. They are doing great in OC in general. Gigabyte P35-DS3L or Abit IP35-E is a good sub $100 P35 board
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what do you plan on using your rig for?
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erm mainly gaming, COD4, UT3, GEARS 2 etc. but also desktop general use.
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post #7 of 21
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Originally Posted by mlb07uk View Post
bummer, im planning on getting E8400 which is 45nm cpu. What would you recommend gibsonnova? get E8400 & 780i, or another cpu & 680i?
Like Linskingdom said, the E8400 will work with the 680i board, but only after a bios flash. So if you dont plan on going to a 45nm Yorkfield quad core, go for the $120 board. If you do want to run a 65nm Quad, like a Q6600 or Q6700, make sure to stay away from ASUS 680i boards, as well as 680i SE and 680i LT. They cant OC the 65nm quads very high at all. The eVGA 680i A1 or T1 are the best 680i boards for overclocking (or their XFX and BFG counterparts).
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post #8 of 21
I know it isn't in what you originally listed, but I think boards with the P35 chipset are at least worth a look if you don't plan on SLI in the future.
post #9 of 21
i personally would go with my sig rig if your going sli. i personally think you get more bang for the buck getting a quad vs a duo. i'm completely happy with the 680i and Q6600 combo. the Q6600 is like $30 more than the E8400 your looking at. the Q6600's can easily o/c past 3.0, 3.2 is very easy, most get 3.4, and 3.6 on water. just my preference!
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post #10 of 21
xfx sucks for mobos, went thru two 680is and they were worthless, go with asus, or at least something else...
    
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