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Its also worth considering a good P35 Intel chipset board by DFI or Gigabyte.
that was going to be my next point exactly. A P35 DFI motherboard would probably be a better solution.

But if SLI is needed (), then you would probably have the choices listed above.
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Once multi-core GPUs become more commonplace, the whole SLI/Crossfire option will become obsolete.
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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.
Man, that is quite the discount! $800 savings. Where do you work? Can anyone join, or do they confirm that you work for a retail store?
    
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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?
If you gonna oc quad give up that Zalman 9700, it can´t handle the heat and it´t to noisy, go for a Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme and a Scythe 120mm S-FLEX, yes I know it´s not cheap but it´s one of the best aircooler around.

Antec 900 are a very good choice, can be a bit noisy even at low fan setting.
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If you gonna oc quad give up that Zalman 9700, it can´t handle the heat and it´t to noisy, go for a Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme and a Scythe 120mm S-FLEX, yes I know it´s not cheap but it´s one of the best aircooler around.

Antec 900 are a very good choice, can be a bit noisy even at low fan setting.
hmm, thats funny my antec 900 /zalman 9700 combo does just fine. a tower cooler will do better than an orb style, cooler for cooler , but my theory is that an orb style cooler benefits better than a tower type from indirect air flow , which an antec 900 has allot of. could be totally wrong but thats my thinkin.
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post #16 of 20
To be honest, I would wait for the P45 chipset...as it's the last 775 chipset, they're putting in a LOT of work on it.

EDIT: If you really can't wait though, the above post isn't much help. I would suggest an Abit IP35 Pro or a DFI DK for a quad core, I've heard good things about both (but better things about the DFI, plus its a bit cheaper)
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Thanks for all the info. I will stick with ddr2 cause I don't really think ddr3 is worth the extra money right right. I don't plan on using 3 way sli. Actually I'm only buying one video card for right now, but I though it would be nice to have an extra slot so in the future I might buy a second one. So if I only need 2 would the 750i work as well as the 780i? Are there any disadvantages to the 750i other than the missing pcie slot? Do they still overclock just as well?

Thanks

By the way ZDarrly, yes they do verify that you work somewhere that actually sells intel products.
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they oc about the same, if not better, and the 750i ftw has 4 sata ports vs 780 6 or 8 ports,
but if you dont use more than 2 roms and 2 HD's then your good
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Thanks for all the info. I will stick with ddr2 cause I don't really think ddr3 is worth the extra money right right. I don't plan on using 3 way sli. Actually I'm only buying one video card for right now, but I though it would be nice to have an extra slot so in the future I might buy a second one. So if I only need 2 would the 750i work as well as the 780i? Are there any disadvantages to the 750i other than the missing pcie slot? Do they still overclock just as well?

Thanks

By the way ZDarrly, yes they do verify that you work somewhere that actually sells intel products.
Bummer, maybe I will get a part-time job.....lol

Or Can I buy stuff through you?
    
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post #20 of 20
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Actually I'm only buying one video card for right now, but I though it would be nice to have an extra slot so in the future I might buy a second one.
Everyone says that, no one actually does it. By the time your single video card is out dated, there will be 2 new generations of video cards to choose from, and you won't even consider adding a second old tech card.

Example: Bought my 7900GT 2 years ago for $260. It's still a decent card, but it was time for an upgrade. If you were me, would you pay $130 for a second 7900GT (that's what they cost brand new), or would you do what I did and sell the old 7900GT (for about $90) and buy a brand new video card from the new generation. I went with a 9600GT for $130 after mail-in rebate. It performs as good if not better than a pair of 7900GT's in SLI and only cost me a net $40, way less than the $90-130 I'd pay for another 7900GT that's not even as good. Do you see my point?

Plus, single card motherboards overclock just as well if not better than SLI boards and cost $100-150 less. You also don't need an expensive power supply. Basically SLI is stupid if you ask me, I only recommend it for people looking to impress themselves with a high 3DMark06 score right now. Practically it doesn't make much sense in 9/10 situations.

Get yourself a quality P35 motherboard, you won't regret it. The Gigabyte DS3L will work just fine and costs $90. But if you want a few more options, get the DFI LANParty or DFI BloodIron.

EDIT: Oh yea, you wanted advice on coolers and cases too. The Antec 900 is excellent, I'm overclocking a quadcore in it right now and it has excellent airflow, but like any fan with nice airflow it can be a little loud. The Cooler Master 690 is a nice case too, but the fans are a little weak. It has a front, side and rear fan, and slots to mount tow 120mm fans on top and one on the bottom. You can get a bunch of 120mm Yate Loon high speed fans from jab-tech.com for $3.50 each, but they are even louder than the fans on the Antec 900. Scythe S-Flex or Scythe Slipstream fans are more expensive but operate much quieter than the Yate Loons at any given airflow. Let us know how important noise is to you and we can make some recommendations.

For the CPU cooler, a Thermalright Ultra Extreme with a quality 120mm fan is the best option, but a cheaper option is the Tuniq Tower 120 or the Xigmatek S1283. Those are also two excellent coolers and they come with pretty good fans.
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