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Hello!

I'm about to upgrade my system because of my watercooling system.

Demands:

Socket: 775
Quad-Core support: Yes, indeed!
RAM: DDR2 ( Must support 1150Mhz atleast!)
Separat chipset cooler = not heatpipes
Good OC'er
Supports CrossFire

Probably something I've forgotten, but this the generals, right?

Best regards

JC
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post #2 of 14
I would recommend the ASUS Maximus Formula, ASUS Ramapge Formula, the Gigabyte X38 DS4 or DQ6 motherboards. They are all based on the X38 chipset except the rampage, which is an X48 chipset (higher binned X38).

I know the rampage and Maximus both have an integrated NB/SB cooler, which is seperate from the mosfets.
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post #3 of 14
either ASUS P5E, Maximus Formula, Rampage Formula or DFI LT X38
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post #4 of 14
The Gigabyte GA-X38-DS4 (or ds5) is a great crossfire x38 chipset mobo. Fully supports upto 1200mhz ddr2 at stock and will oc well above. Has 45nm quad support up to 1600mhz FSB - Great board around $200
or
The Asus P5E Intel X38 - Also a good board but only supports 1200mhz ddr2 through overclocking (not nativly)
Personally i would go for the Gigabyte board (DS4 or DS5)
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post #5 of 14
maximus is nice.
post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by onelivestarfish View Post
either ASUS P5E, Maximus Formula, Rampage Formula or DFI LT X38
I completely forgot to mention the P5E. It has been my best board so far. It can also use the Rampage bios!
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post #7 of 14
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I currently have the Maximus Formula board, wouldn't buying a P5E, be like taking a step backwards? How is it compared to the Gigabyte GA-X38-DS5?
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post #8 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by JCRacing View Post
I currently have the Maximus Formula board, wouldn't buying a P5E, be like taking a step backwards? How is it compared to the Gigabyte GA-X38-DS5?
If you already have the Maximus Formula, why are you thinking of changing? What problems are you having with it currently that would make you want to change it?
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post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by ericeod View Post
If you already have the Maximus Formula, why are you thinking of changing? What problems are you having with it currently that would make you want to change it?
Maybe he thinks all the heatpipes are connected?
It may look like it, but thats not the case.
post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by Refresh View Post
Maybe he thinks all the heatpipes are connected?
It may look like it, but thats not the case.
even if that was the case, wouldnt it make sense to just spend $30 on a pair of aftermarket coolers instead of getting a new board?
Edited by ericeod - 5/15/08 at 3:57pm
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