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Hello everyone. This is my first time on this site. I need help choosing a motherboard. I have built several systems before but never really done over clocking. I am getting a QX6850 soon and want a good motherboard that will be able to overclock really well and is sli capable. Any suggestions on some good boards? Also I'm looking at getting a zalman 9700 cooler and antec 900 case for maximum cooling. Any other coolers or cases I should look at?

Thanks
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post #2 of 20
Depends, are you willing to go DDR2 or DDR3?

780i for DDR2
790i for DDR3

Don't get a QX6850 mate. If your going to spend that much on a CPU get the QX9650 instead as it's the new extreme edition for the 45nm generation.
 
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post #3 of 20
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I'm getting the QX6850 through the intel retail edge program, so I'm only paying $239. Otherwise I would go for 45nm.
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post #4 of 20
if you want sli your looking at the 780/90 but then you need to decide ddr2 or 3, as for the maker all the big brands will oc. evga, xfx, msi, asus all do good nvidia boards you should pick the 1 that suits your needs and has the features you want/need.

me? i think id get a xfx 780.
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post #5 of 20
The XFX or EVGA 780i boards are awsome. If you want SLi and good OC'ing from a Quad then they are the boards to go for.

Like Everyone has said you need to decide between DDR2 and DDR3 RAM as this will greatly effect your overall cost and board choice as you will have to go for a 790i board for SLi.

Personally i would (and did) go for the XFX 780i board with 4GB of fast low latency RAM. You wont go wrong, great board, easy bios and very good OC'er.
Asus boards are good but expensive they have loads of features but most you dont need, MSI are ok but my friend has a P7N and it is pretty flakey OC'ing his Q6700 and my old P6N was a poor clocker too. XFX and EVGA are the same board but (in UK atleast) XFX is slightly cheaper and just as good quality, both are exellent boards.

Also DDR3 and 790i boards are too expensive at the moment unless you have cash to burn go for DDR2
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post #6 of 20
I went with the 780i from EVGA and i have no complaints so far....stable OC on my Q6600 @ 3.2 Ghz with a Thermaltake V1. Don't know too much about the benefits of DDR3, but my Corsair does just fine....Stick with a 700 series and you can't go wrong.
 
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post #7 of 20
Plus, with a 700 series you can upgrade to 45nm later on, when the price goes down....
 
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post #8 of 20
First I think you have to make a choice between DDR2 and DDR3.

If you go DDR2 then XFX and EVGA 780i is the choice coz ASUS still have the "CPU INIT" problem with Striker II Formula.

And major additions to the nForce 780i SLI chipset include support for NVIDIA’s ESA standard and PCI Express 2.0 support through the use of the new nForce 200 chip. Other than those two additions, the nForce 780i SLI is almost identical to the nForce 680i SLI, which is not surprising considering the 780i SLI SPP and the 780i SLI MCP are essentially the same chips used on current nForce 680i SLI motherboards and gets hot when you OC, third part cooling on SPP (NB) and MCP (SB) is recommended.

If you go DDR3 then ASUS Striker II Extreme should be the choice, XFX and EVGA 790i is´t bad either but it seems that Striker have the upper hand if you read reviews.

You have the support for NVIDIA’s ESA standard and PCI Express 2.0 but not through the nForce 200 chip it´s through the 790i Ultra chipset. It´s not even close to the 780i (680i) when comes to heat, 790i is much cooler and seems to be a very good quad OC.

I think the only issue with the 790i chipset right now are the corruption of data when OC, it seems that it comes as early as FSB 350, it can be related to which DDR is used, it seems that Nvidia chipset can be a bit picky about which RAM you run.

Bottomline:

DDR2 XFX or EVGA 780i

DDR3 ASUS Striker II Extreme

That´s me opinion.

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post #9 of 20
I know that you want to SLI, but will you really need it?

I have personally used nvidia's chipsets and am not impressed. I used to SLI, but eventually found that 1 really good card suffices for playing most games (excluding Crysis).

what will the purpose of this build be?

I don't mean to crash on your parade, but just some food for thought.
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post #10 of 20
Its also worth considering a good P35 Intel chipset board by DFI or Gigabyte.
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