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Hey all, this is the mobo I am considering.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131142

It is my goal to (someday) be able to run two 8800GT's on this mobo without my CPU presenting too much of a bottleneck. I suppose the magic number for me is 3Ghz overclock on the CPU? Think this board can do that?

I am using the RAM HP gave me from my current system. I have all the other parts I need but It is surely not high performance RAM.

Do u think this board will allow me to get that CPU to a respectable clockspeed? Will I need a better cooler? I'm on a $200 budget
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post #2 of 34
The 650i board is fine but I don't know how far the E2180 can goes. The new E2180s aren't doing well as these old E2180s. I think 3G is doable.
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I don't like ECS boards. Plain and simple. They've been budget boards for far too long.

Go with MSI. Good cooling on the northbridge (which you'll most likley need to hit 3Ghz with an E2180) and they overclock pretty similar to what I'm using.
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I don't like ECS boards. Plain and simple. They've been budget boards for far too long.

Go with MSI. Good cooling on the northbridge (which you'll most likley need to hit 3Ghz with an E2180) and they overclock pretty similar to what I'm using.
If u see my 1st post, Im also considering an ASUS board. I think its the same board you use and I noticed you have the same CPU as I'll be buying.

Do you recommend your board to me?


It's not that I need 3 Ghz, I just don't want my CPU to bottleneck my two 8800GT's in SLI.
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post #6 of 34
The Asus board is rock solid so far. I haven't had any problem so yeah, I'd recommend it if you aren't prepared to drop a signifigant chunk of change on a 680i chipset. Either the MSI or the Asus board will do exactly what you need.
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I HAD the P5N-E SLI and was able to get my e2180 to 3GHz pretty easily. The only problem is, if you do SLI, there will be a decrease is PCIe from 16x to 8x in both slots. I never ran SLI, but the board was a real nice board. I just had a crap of a time with mine because it crapped on me, then it took ASUS a whole month to get my RMA back, then the replacement was DOA, and they sent me another one. then that one crapped out on me in less than 1 month. Trying to get my 3rd RMA was a PITA. They kept giving me the "run around." So i just decided to call it quits, sell the replacment board, and buy a new one. I haven't looked back.

ASUS + Nvidia (intel procs) = fail
ASUS + Intel (intel procs) = AWESOME!


You 2 8800GT's in SLI would be better on a 680i board, not the 650i board. Stay away from ASUS on nvidia chipsets.
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post #8 of 34
It does seem like Asus' quality control has gone down hill lately, I'll give you that.

It's nice to know that if things do go south I can pick up a Gigabyte DS3L for pretty cheap.

Back to the task at hand though, it's true that you won't be running in 16x16 SLI but rather 8x8 however the performance decrease is negligible. 7-10% compared to 680i chipset I believe is what I read however with two 8800GT's you probably wouldn't even notice any performance decrease because those things are little power houses.

Crysis of course would be the exception.
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post #9 of 34
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Thanks Perry.

You think it will OC alright? I'm very newb at overclocking. And I have cheap HP ram. Probably not super quality, its just RAM. I don't know anything about OCing my FSB
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post #10 of 34
really, if it were me, i would seriously consider either an evga board or xfx board. I'm not liking the AUS boards that i have seen. but they do have one thing going for them mainly the price, but also board layout. But still, look at the 680i in either the evga flavor or the xfx flavor. and you won't look back.
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