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Does sli really scale that well with the new 750i boards and new games these days? My DS3R died and i bought an open box ecs p31 board for now that will go into my dads computer after i get a better one. I do have a warranty under gigabyte however hearing about their service it's likely i will not get it back, get it serviced right, or have it working right anytime soon so i think im going to have to buy another one and if my ds3r comes back in okay conditions in a few months or whatever i will just sell it on here because those boards do overclock well.

My real question is however which board to get as i hear SLI scales very well now in new games. I have an 8800GT 512 and my other components will have no trouble running SLI of them and even an overclocked quad (just in case) however that means i would need a sli board and i must admit that these p35 boards are amazing overclockers. I want to be able to keep my E6300 at 3.5ghz like i did with my DS3R. Right now in this $37 board i have it at 2.3ghz which i guess isn't THAT bad for how much it cost me and it has onboard video for my dads future build and he will give me money for it. I know eventually i will have to upgrade my video card if i want to play the newest games and i am soon to be a poor college kid so i have been working to keep my computer up to date to not put too much more money in it for a while.

Should i consider getting a 750i board to SLI my 8800GT when they go down even more? I imagine once the new cards come out i can get a used one for $100 or so in a few months. If they really scale well thats a cheap upgrade to get better graphics. My only problem is that these boards are a bit more expensive and do they overclock as well as the P35's?

Would a P7N Platinum overclock my E6300 or future quad-core as well as my ds3r did? I am considering the 750i FTW but man is it expensive compared to what i usually spend on mobos since i don't need all the bells and whistles on the top ones.

What do you guys suggest is best for the future? It's graduation and i do have plenty of money but i will need a lot for college so im budgeting what i can. Please guys help me out here and give advice. I would appreciate it a lot.
post #2 of 22
It's a good down the road upgrade option. I got a 680i board an 8800GTS G80 when they first came out and got another GTS almost two years later and it was a great upgrade.
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Two 8800GT's will kill an 8800 Ultra.
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Do the 750i boards overclock as well as the p35 boards? Im considering a P7N Platinum open box board for $120. I have had good luck with all the open boxes i have bought for my friends or self and it is a very nice price.
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I guess thats not bad really at all. Considering especially i plan to be playing at 1440x900 and 1360x768 resolutions for all my college years. At that smaller resolution SLI 8800GT's should keep me at bay for quite a while.

Does anyone else have any advice on what I should do? I seriously am about to buy the 750i FTW however is it really worth the extra money over the P7N plat?
Edited by Sora1421 - 6/5/08 at 9:07pm
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Sorry to doublepost but i have a very important question. I hear that the Nforce boards will not support the new CPU's that are coming out next from Intel. Looking at a college kids point of view who might not be able to upgrade certain parts for a while is this is a good idea?

I am trying to justify almost spending $200 for a mobo by seeing that it has a lifetime warranty and that it supports SLI and overclocks and looks amazing however it's very hard....
post #9 of 22
I find the nVidia X50i boards are not that good for overclocking. Well, Quads anyway. Dual cores are pretty good for that chipset.
post #10 of 22
The EVGA 750i board is excellent.

Add 2 x 8800GT (which I have owned) for a very powerful setup.

you could go with the asus P5N-D (also a 750i board). Newegg has open box for it for $120.
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