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i know there has been probably 1 million post asking this same question, and i have tried to read over a lot of them, but all the different chipsets are starting to get alittle confusing...

i am building a system with the 8400. for right now i am going to be running a 8800gts 512mb, but i will be upgrading to sli probably within 2mo...i want a board that overclocks good but i will not be watercooling it. price is a bit of a concern, but not set in stone, just depends on the features...

so basically i need a board that does sli, can support the 45nm chips, overclocks decently, and is under the 200 range preferably...
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my 680i i'm selling
    
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how does the evga compare to asus and dfi? i know they have good video cards, and i guess i havent been looking, all i notice for the popular chipsets was like p35, x38, and x48...to many different numbers to remember, i prolly did see it somewhere...:-s
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well you need sli so imo its a great choice since you cant use any of the intel chipsets you mentioned
    
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if sli u need a nvidia chipset...
the evga 750i ftw looks alright, overclocks well.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...a%2b750i%2bftw
    
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Originally Posted by thankspataks View Post
if sli u need a nvidia chipset...
the evga 750i ftw looks alright, overclocks well.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...a%2b750i%2bftw
That would be my choice and great price. Besides a 680i needs p32 bios installed prior to even working with a e8xx core.
Edited by pig69 - 5/17/08 at 7:44pm
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well you need sli so imo its a great choice since you cant use any of the intel chipsets you mentioned
The A1 version with its lifetime warranty is a +1 too. imo. since i've had to RMA mine
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