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hi guys, I bought the E6850 cpu from dell sale last time. Right now i'm looking for a motherboard to overclock this with. I'm wondering which motherboard you guys would recommend. I don't want something super expensive. I also just ordered the ballistix from fry's yesterday after reading so good reviews here. I plan on running SLi on this thing
Edited by hot97integra - 5/28/08 at 12:08am
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Gigabyte P35-DS3L

Nevermind, you're going SLI...hold on.
What's your budget.
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Gigabyte P35-DS3L

Nevermind, you're going SLI...hold on.
What's your budget.
try to stay until $100 if possible
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your are stuck to invidia chipsets then. evga
680i is good.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813188012
T1 version. still $170 though
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only sub $100 sli board with 650i chipset.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157120
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your are stuck to invidia chipsets then. evga
680i is good.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813188012
T1 version. still $170 though
wow, that is quite a lot. thanks for the recommendation. anyone else?
Edited by hot97integra - 5/28/08 at 12:08am
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wow, that is quite a lot. thanks for the recommandation. anyone else?
honestly good SLI boards are super expensive. The gigabyte DS3 is a affordable, good OCing mobo for the price.
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Coming from experience, now is the time to really do some soul searching and decide for yourself whether or not you REALLY want to run SLi or not since it will largely affect your motherboard recommendations and how much you spend on a system. Remember that SLi in any form is going to be a relatively costly maneuver since you need a pricy Nvidia-based motherboard, a higher output PSU (to power the second card), as well as having to buy the second card itself. This also fares with ATi's Crossfire multi-GPU system.

Any SLi board around $100 is going to be a mess. I suggest either saving some more pennies or washing the SLi idea altogether. You could always buy a lower-end card from eVGA and then take advantage of their 90-day Step-Up program should you have some extra money to spend on gaming performance. Run a moderate single card now and then upgrade to a higher end model later. That's an SLi-like upgrade but since you only are using one card, you can get a more docile PSU and then can get one of the utterly fantastic Intel P35 boards which will fit right into your budget.

EDIT:

Another thing to consider:

Although there are people on here that could be considered an exception to the rule, it's generally known that Intel-based motherboards are generally more stable and better overclockers. Of course this in general terms.
Edited by MNiceGuy - 5/28/08 at 12:01am
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IMO save and get a 750i... quite sexy!
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Coming from experience, now is the time to really do some soul searching and decide for yourself whether or not you REALLY want to run SLi or not since it will largely affect your motherboard recommendations and how much you spend on a system. Remember that SLi in any form is going to be a relatively costly maneuver since you need a pricy Nvidia-based motherboard, a higher output PSU (to power the second card), as well as having to buy the second card itself. This also fares with ATi's Crossfire multi-GPU system.

Any SLi board around $100 is going to be a mess. I suggest either saving some more pennies or washing the SLi idea altogether. You could always buy a lower-end card from eVGA and then take advantage of their 90-day Step-Up program should you have some extra money to spend on gaming performance. Run a moderate single card now and then upgrade to a higher end model later. That's an SLi-like upgrade but since you only are using one card, you can get a more docile PSU and then can get one of the utterly fantastic Intel P35 boards which will fit right into your budget.

EDIT:

Another thing to consider:

Although there are people on here that could be considered an exception to the rule, it's generally known that Intel-based motherboards are generally more stable and better overclockers. Of course this in general terms.
What is the price difference on the mobo if i were to go xfire instead of sli?
i'm currently running thermaltake purepower 600w, i'm also wondering if that is enough juice

LOL, the price for http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813188012 went up by $10 just now
Edited by hot97integra - 5/28/08 at 12:22am
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