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Well its been just over 2 years since I built my first system. It has and still is serving me well however with the new games that are coming out its time to build a new system.
This build will be based on compatability and expansion posibilities for years to come.
I will getting a TT Full armor tower or a Lian Li/Rocketfish case.

Here is the MB I am leaning towards:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813141009
XFX MBN790IUL9 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 790i Ultra SLI DDR3 ATX Intel Motherboard

What are your feelings on this MB or do you think the EVGA board is better ?!
Hell Throw me your feelings on other boards as well . I am open to suggestions.

Thanks
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post #2 of 11
i think evga is better, but i have never had a XFX product, but as you can see, im decked out with EVGA stuff, so i am biased. either way, the 790i is a gr8 board and both companies are gr8.
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post #3 of 11
Well in my opinion XFX and EVGA are equal in quality and RMA.

Personally though I wouldn't go with a DDR3 mobo yet. Unless you really want to spend the mountains of cash for the latest and greatest hardware.

For us to help you better what CPU, memory, and GPU do you plan on running?
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Originally Posted by sgdude View Post
i think evga is better, but i have never had a XFX product, but as you can see, im decked out with EVGA stuff, so i am biased. either way, the 790i is a gr8 board and both companies are gr8.
When it comes to motherboards (and possibly graphics cards) all but Asus boards are reference boards, and are all exactly the same. Hell, you can flash an XFX board to have an EVGA bios or vice-versa.
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If you are serious about for years to come, and have any interest in upgrading at all, DO NOT buy anything right now.

When Nehalem comes out, it will be a whole new upgrade sector.

I suggest you wait for at least 6 months, and buy Nehalem then, it will be same price but probably much better upgrade option and integrated memory controller.

If you are however insistent on buying right now, the end of the upgrade cycle, I would suggest ASUS P5Q .
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post #6 of 11
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I am looking at this processor:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115043
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 Yorkfield 2.5GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor

As far as GPU :
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150297

XFX PVT98FYDBU GeForce 9800 GTX Black Edition 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

Single card to start with , will go SLI a little down the road'
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Dumont I will also take your opinion into account. I can wait but I have friends playing Age of Conan and a few other games that frankly my current rig slugs at.
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post #7 of 11
If you wait, you will not regret it, because buying out of spite, or should I say buying for the reason to right now play with your friends is a terrible reason. Because later you will most certainly regret it because you rushed.

I just hope that you don't make the mistake I made and try and rush into it!
Some of the things I can think of that will sweeten the time for you to wait on are:
Nehalem with integrated memory will have boost of 30-50% over non-integrated
NVIDIA releasing a new card with double Shader Processors that 8800GT or even better, since the former will be released in the summer, and they might release something better and newer in the fall.
Motherboard's new CPU socket for the new generation of CPUs and possible upgrades

I mean the upgrade cycle will really kick off in the fall with the release of Nehalem because of the socket change. It's always have been the trend.
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If you wait on nehalem and it comes out in 6 months what kind of prices are expected? I have been gathering parts for a new build but haven't decided if I want to wait or not. I'm thinking it will be quite awhile before I can go nehalem with a $1000 budget for memory, board, cpu, and gpu. I'm willing to wait till December/January but probably not much longer.
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post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by reberto View Post
When it comes to motherboards (and possibly graphics cards) all but Asus boards are reference boards, and are all exactly the same. Hell, you can flash an XFX board to have an EVGA bios or vice-versa.

You sure on that? I know the EVGA 750i FTW is 16 X 16 in sli. Nvidia states the 750 is 8 X 8 or was it 16 by 8, either way. Also the FTW has 6 phase power, not sure about the XFX, I know the Asus ws 4..
    
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post #10 of 11
I think your decision here should be dependent on whether you think you will be going SLI in the future or not. That motherboard is very expensive and if you don't want to go SLI a P35 motherboard would overclock just as well without the cost.

I would recommend the following:

DFI DK P35-T2RS - A fantastic overclock with great features and supports crossfire but is a very good price.

If you MUST go SLI:

EVGA 132-CK-NF78-A1 - Just as good without the extra price in my opinion.

I'm assuming here you want some 45nm capability. If you are indeed going for a Q6600 then take a look at the 680i A1 from Evga which is cheaper and very good.
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