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I am considering trying something new and switching to a 3850 xfire setup. But I know nothing about the motherboards! I am hoping for something affordable... Here is what I am looking at now...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813136045

DFI lanparty X38

Are there any GIGABYTE xfire boards? Can someone give me some potential winners for this pipedream?

Model numbers or brand names work... thanks... only must run ddr2 800 and raid 0
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Here is the roundup:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131284

Any of these boards will be fine. For around $200, I think your DFI pick is the best. I'd get DFI any day over Gigabyte...that's for sure
    
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Thanks for the information. The only reason I was really asking is because I am thinking about picking up two 3850 cards made by GIGABYTE, and was hoping there was a decent matching solution available... If not, that's ok too... This might not be worth all the effort and money considering what I could spend the $350 bucks on... we'll see, it definetly requires more thought.
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The potential Gigabyte board you could use would be the GA-EX38-DS4 which is a great overclocker as well.

I personally would stay away from the dual 3850 idea and go for a 3870 or a 3870X2. Not sure of the prices over there but generally this turns out to be cheaper and more effective.

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The brand doesn't really matter. The fact that you buy Gigabyte cards doesn't have *any* influence on the brand of the mobo. Either of the boards I linked should work great, and either one has it's own advantages and quirks.

DFI, for example, is generally a great overclocker, but has often a pretty complex BIOS. Gigabyte is very nice, but often isn't the best RAM overclocker. Asus is good quality, and has imo the most userfriendly BIOS, but probably doesn't clock as high as the DFI (but very close)

These are generalizations of course. Either board will serve you well, and I think the initial DFI board you selected is a great deal.

PS: Make sure you have a powerful enough PSU!
    
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Originally Posted by Chozart View Post
The brand doesn't really matter. The fact that you buy Gigabyte cards doesn't have *any* influence on the brand of the mobo. Either of the boards I linked should work great, and either one has it's own advantages and quirks.

DFI, for example, is generally a great overclocker, but has often a pretty complex BIOS. Gigabyte is very nice, but often isn't the best RAM overclocker. Asus is good quality, and has imo the most userfriendly BIOS, but probably doesn't clock as high as the DFI (but very close)

These are generalizations of course. Either board will serve you well, and I think the initial DFI board you selected is a great deal.

PS: Make sure you have a powerful enough PSU!
And I do say good sir, what are your opinions on ECS?

I would rep you for your post but I can't
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First, ECS doesnt manufacture boards that sport the Intel X38/X48 chipset.

Second, ECS boards are generally good in terms of quality, but they overclock not very well (ok, that's very polite... the don't overclock at all mostly). This is simply because ECS doesn't really target the overclocking crowd.... they target the 'general' computer population.
    
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First, ECS doesnt manufacture boards that sport the Intel X38/X48 chipset.

Second, ECS boards are generally good in terms of quality, but they overclock not very well (ok, that's very polite... the don't overclock at all mostly). This is simply because ECS doesn't really target the overclocking crowd.... they target the 'general' computer population.
I disagree, when using a higher end ECS board, they can beat out the similar models by Asus, MSI, Gigabyte. I'm using a ECS KA3-MVP Extreme (Xpress 3200) and it is one of the best AM2 boards I have come across and can handle better FSB and RAM speeds than my friends's Asus M2A-MVP and Gigabyte 770 (AM2+). But I don't have any experiance on intel boards by ECS, but I do know they make X48 board: http://www.ecs.com.tw/ECSWebSite/Pro...uID=44&LanID=0
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