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Ok, I already have the Gigabyte running a Q6600 B3. However, I saw an add for the 780 with a 6700 G0 where the processor ended up costing the same as a 6600. I have an 8800GT video card.

Now, the 780 support PCI 2.0, may support OCing a bit better, and 6700 has a x10 multiplier. With water cooling, that may get me a 400fsb, 4Ghz system. The board comes with heat pipe cooling for nb, sb, and both mosfet banks. The gigabyte has a heatpipe between the nb and one mosfet, nothing on the other.

I've been having miscellaneous issues with the Gigabyte and the components, which I've slowly been resolving.

What do you think? Is the board advantageous over the P35?
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In terms of OC, I still prefer P35 chipset. Oc on an Evga 780i board is still good but price is around $250 vs. P35-DS3P around $150. With similar features you can go $120 DS3R and it should do the same thing. But if you plan to do SLI in near future or find one at very good price, get a 780i board.
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I love my 780i, it's a fantastic board with amazing features, especially for overclocking. I didn't use the cooler that came with the board because I use a watercooling system, but over all I'm very pleased with the board. I'm having some issues with the system not booting now, possibly stemming from a grounding issue, but I'd definitely recommend the 780i.
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P35 hands down. Nvidia boards when working are awesome but they have a higher tendancy, imo, to be flaky and fail.

The 780i is overpriced compared to other boards in it's category. Only parially solid caps, no eSATA support, PITA CMOS clearing system, etc... Just not a good value.
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Maybe I should add that Tiger is selling the 780 and Q6700 for $500.

I thought the PCI 2.0 might help some video issues (doesn't display boot info often and recognizes and doesn't display, although it says it is) on my second monitor

The Q6700 looks attractive with the x10 multiplier, the most without getting a QX9650. I wouldn't pay $500 for the processor, but with the mobo thrown in?

The EVGA board is relatively nicely laid out:

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Originally Posted by DavidNJ View Post
Ok, I already have the Gigabyte running a Q6600 B3. However, I saw an add for the 780 with a 6700 G0 where the processor ended up costing the same as a 6600. I have an 8800GT video card.

What do you think? Is the board advantageous over the P35?
why would you go for the EVGA 780i as opposed to any other 780i?
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If the combo of 780i and Q6700 (always G0) is $500, I think it is a good deal. The processor already costs around $500 but then what to do with your Q6600.
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P35 hands down. Nvidia boards when working are awesome but they have a higher tendancy, imo, to be flaky and fail.

The 780i is overpriced compared to other boards in it's category. Only parially solid caps, no eSATA support, PITA CMOS clearing system, etc... Just not a good value.
I know for a fact my board supports eSATA, it's right in the BIOS. Clearing CMOS wasn't any harder than another motherboard either, I just had to do it a few days ago while working out the kinks in my system.

It was pricey, yes, but you get what you pay for, in my opinion. I've enjoyed the board and it's ease of use. It's not for everyone though, I agree.

And I went EVGA because EVGA has top notch tech support and is very RMA friendly if anything comes up. It's just nice to have a safety net there in case you need it. Plus, my graphics cards are EVGA as well, so I suppose I just attempted to keep things uniform, if nothing but for the sake of posterity.

Plus, the layout on the board is really well done, and extremely easy to customize. I completely took apart my entire board and re-did and cooled almost everything on it, and it was a breeze to do, did it all in one sitting, maybe took me an hour or two.
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P35 hands down. Nvidia boards when working are awesome but they have a higher tendancy, imo, to be flaky and fail.

The 780i is overpriced compared to other boards in it's category. Only parially solid caps, no eSATA support, PITA CMOS clearing system, etc... Just not a good value.
My Striker II is the high spec 780i

Great little clear cmos switch on the back too
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If the combo of 780i and Q6700 (always G0) is $500, I think it is a good deal. The processor already costs around $500 but then what to do with your Q6600.
Yes, the key here is the board and Q6700 are $500. At NewEgg, the processor is $539. Although that is retail vs OEM.

The Q6700 is worth maybe $50 premium over the Q6600 G0, not the double usually charged. However, I already own two (both apparently broken) GA-P35-DS3P MBs. A revision 1.1 getting repaired now. And a 2.1 that won't take over a 300Mhz FSB as of last Friday.

I was going to buy a second processor anyway, but was waiting for the Q9400 or so. This may actually be a better OC solution because of the 10x multiplier. I have a Swiftech 220 Compact kit on route, so it will be water cooled.

So there are really two questions: Is the mobo any good. The answer appears to be yes. And I should be able to get a second 8800GT fior peanuts in a couple of months to do it.

And how fast can a Q6700 go? Can it get 4+ on water? If so, the 10x multiplier could be quite handy.

The $500 combined price seems to be a good deal. And after two P35 problems, I need something working rather bad.
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