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After reading thru quite a few posts, It seems obvious that the Asus P5N-E SLI and the Q6600 are not a good combo. Well, I have this combo, and while stable, it doesn't OC well, and I'm looking to OC this chip. It is the GO version. At least I did that right. What I'm looking to do is find a board that will OC well without dropping $300. Hopefully there is something out there that will work for a bit cheaper. My plan is to put together a system, using my existing 6600 quad, and my existing 8800gt, add another 8800gt, 4 gigs of ? ram, and a raptor HD or two, and play Conan and some other good looking Dx10 games with it. I obviously would go with Vista, and use an older system I have for older games I still like to play. So, what mb should I look for? As long as it is OC friendly, and can run 4 gigs of good fast ram and sli, I'll be happy. Any thoughts would be great. I'm not a total noob with computers, but I'm not far off. So please keep the explanations clear


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q6600 GO EVGA 750i FTW 2x8800gt's 4 gigs of DDR21066 Corsair Dominator 
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2 x 500gig Barracuda's in Raid0 Vista Ultimate 64 24" Viewsonic Logitech 
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2 x 500gig Barracuda's in Raid0 Vista Ultimate 64 24" Viewsonic Logitech 
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eVGA 780i, 790i, or 750i
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2x 500GB WD Black RAID+0 Samsung DVD-R SATA Win7 x64 Ultimate // Ubuntu 8.10 x64 Dell 2005FPW LCD 
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780i 790i on either EVGA or ASUS are good boards if it has to be SLI.
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WD 320GB SATA II+250GB Hitachi 7200rpm IDE LG DVD-RW 3ple-Boot: SuSE 10.3 - XP x64 - Vista Ultimate x64 ASUS 22" VW222S 1680x1050 
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Check out links in sig..... the evga 750i will push a quad to its full potential..... cheaper than both the other 7 series boards ta boot.....

unless you want tri sli, more than 4 sata or ddr3 id say its a lock...
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Ok, with a bunch of reading, and the helpful responses I've gotten in here, I've decided the EVGA 750i FTW is the board for me. Saves a couple of bucks that can go toward other things. The second 8800gt I'm going with is a no brainer, so now it's the rest of the hardware to figure out. Here's what I'm looking at so far on the "to get list":

Ram- I've been told to go with Geil Evo 1 ram, 2x2gb of 1066. Problem, can't get it in Canada. So I'm left with the rest. Any thoughts on what to use?

PSU- I was thinking about the Antec 1000, but have heard poor things about it. I'm going to run with the PC Power & Cooling 750 Quad. It's gotten great reviews.

OS- This is a tricky one. I've been told that 32 bit Vista won't use more than 3.25 gigs of ram, and even less depending on what your video card(s) have. 64 bit will, but I've heard it's a pain in the ass to get work. Is there a real problem with 64 bit? Either way, what about the difference between say Vista home premium, and Ultimate?

Cooling- I have one system being water cooled right now, and it works slick and quiet. My other system, the one I'm on now, is air, and I'm thinking about going liquid again.


I know, it's a lot to figure out, but I'm looking at starting to bring stuff in right away. Any more thoughts or opinions would be great.



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q6600 GO EVGA 750i FTW 2x8800gt's 4 gigs of DDR21066 Corsair Dominator 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
2 x 500gig Barracuda's in Raid0 Vista Ultimate 64 24" Viewsonic Logitech 
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750watt PC Power and Cooling Cooler Master 830 Stacker MS Optical 
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q6600 GO EVGA 750i FTW 2x8800gt's 4 gigs of DDR21066 Corsair Dominator 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
2 x 500gig Barracuda's in Raid0 Vista Ultimate 64 24" Viewsonic Logitech 
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750watt PC Power and Cooling Cooler Master 830 Stacker MS Optical 
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post #6 of 10
Check 10acjeds' system specs in the post ^^ your last one what parts work well with that 750i mobo.
You made best quad OC mobo choice, unless you wanna blow your budget on the x45 IMHO.

OCZ for ram. It rocks my quad Go to 3.8Ghz @ 1.45v.

That 750 Quad PSU is more then efficient for SLI 8800GTs.

If you're going with Vista OS, Vista 32 bit. 64 bit has crap driver support.

New WC = D-Tek Fuzion V2 with a quad mid plate.
  
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If you're going with Vista OS, Vista 32 bit. 64 bit has crap driver support.
Be careful, alot of people would disagree, although it did have crappy driver support, for the most part, things have been fixed about that.
    
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post #8 of 10
Vista 64-bit, at this point, has excellent driver support. Vista has also been proven to perform better in games (on average) than XP, as well - now that Service Pack 1 is out. I wouldn't get 32-bit if you are planning to use 4GB of RAM. I would get Vista Home Premium 64-bit or Ultimate 64-bit, depending on how much you want to spend.

EDIT:

I see you're looking into SLI for your 8800GT.

In that case, I'd go with a EVGA 750i FTW, or EVGA 780i.

The EVGA 750i FTW is a great board for the price. It does have 2 x PCI-E 16x lanes. There was some confusion about this before, but a Moderator at EVGA's forums has cleared this up. (Sorry I can't find the link right now.)

The only advantages the 780i has over the 750i is a third PCI-E 16x lane (for Tri-SLI, which is fairly pointless, and not even possible with 8800GT's), plus an extra Ethernet port, and 6 (opposed to 4) SATA ports. Both chipsets support RAID.
Edited by Choggs396 - 5/17/08 at 2:40pm
    
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Be careful, alot of people would disagree, although it did have crappy driver support, for the most part, things have been fixed about that.
Thanks, I stand corrected. But then, I am an XP Pro gamer with a CRT.
  
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you can buy my 680i it took my quad to 4125 and has everything else you were looking for plus it has a lifetime warrenty
    
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Force GT(os) M4 64gb(games) f3 1tb(other) Samsung Windows 7 64bit Samsung BX2450 
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