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Yea, sorry about that. I really recommend DFI mobos, though. They are the best for oc. I really like mine. Newegg is out of stock for that. So, if you wanna buy SLI compatible DFI, the LANPARTY UT NF680i LT SLI-T2R, just search for it on google.
thats a pretty old sli board however solid dfi's are. i would get a new p45 as they come out with one your intrested in, then crossfire 2 4870's for some godly performance compared to the same priced sli setup ^_^ we really need to wait and see what performance the p45's and new radeon cards have before we make suggestions on MB's or GFX's.
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Ram: 2 X G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231166 ($249.98 ea $124.99)
Best Memory producer especially for OC.
im pretty sure the dominator i suggest hits much higher clocks than the g.skill, now dont get me wrong g.skills a INCREDIBLE memory brand very reliable and good customer service but the dominator's definitly hit higher clocks.
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Politeness is hard to find in this thread... come on people, be a little nicer to each other.

Ok, some comments:
Q6700 > Q6600. The Q6700 overclocks better. Period. And currently, the available Q6600's don't overclock very well at all.

Nothing retarded about 8GB RAM. If this is a rig he wants to keep for a couple years (given the specs, I'd say yeah), then 8GB is a good investment. RAM is cheap right now. And please pick your words a bit more careful. 'Retarded' is quite rude.

I've never liked Dominators. I think they're simply overpriced. Only the very high end ones are nice overclockers.

The P45 is a nice chipset, but it's midrange. Thus, it won't do x16, x16 in Crossfire (it's not aimed at the high-end gamer crowd... for that crowd, Intel has the X38/X48).
    
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The P45 is a nice chipset, but it's midrange. Thus, it won't do x16, x16 in Crossfire (it's not aimed at the high-end gamer crowd... for that crowd, Intel has the X38/X48).
I thought x48<p45<x58?
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You can't really compare like that, since the P45 and the X38/X48 are in different market segments. It's just like with the older 975X and the P965. The P965 is better in certain aspects (overclocking, better southbridge, newer technology), but the 975X is the better one for a high-end gaming rig (crossfire in X16, X16, and still a very capable chipset for overclocking).
    
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sooo i was comparing three boards to get what would you suggest as far as acheiving good clocks http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813136046, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...pk=780i%2bevga, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131297. and if i was to go with the p45 what kind of issues would i see with crossfire due to single x16?
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Either one will overclock very well. If you're ONLY concerned about overclocking, then it's the P45 > X48 > 780i. However, not much difference, since either chipset can take the CPU to its max imo.

If you want the best all-round performance (including dual GPUs), the X48 takes the cake at this moment.

My suggestions:
  • Antec Twelve Hundred Black ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
  • Model #:Twelve Hundred $214.95
  • GIGABYTE GA-X48-DS4 LGA 775 Intel X48 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $234.99
  • CORSAIR CMPSU-1000HX 1000W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 Power Supply - Retail $279.99
  • Intel Core 2 Quad Q6700 Kentsfield 2.66GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80562Q6700 - Retail $274.99
  • 2X G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK - Retail $124.99
  • 2X Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $89.99
  • BenQ G2400W Black 24" 5ms DVI HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail $389.99
  • SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B - OEM $26.99
  • Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Home Premium for System Builders Single Pack DVD - OEM $94.99
  • Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM $5.99
  • Tuniq Tower 120 P4 & K8 CPU Cooler - Retail $49.99
Subtotal: $1,787.85

For now, I excluded the video cards. $700 or so should be enough for a nice pair of the new ATI cards . If they turn out more expensive, drop 4GB of the RAM. Note that I included a beefier PSU: I don't know how power hungry the new ATI cards will be, and this one is modular also. However, this would be my second item to drop if the video cards exceed $700 for a pair. The 750TX recommended earlier is very nice
    
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imho, you should tell your friend to just buy a $1500 rig and take you to a $1000 dinner.

this way you both win, he can get a rig that can max out 99% of the games on the market today, and you get the meal of your lifetime.

but if he is really loaded then go nuts
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Either one will overclock very well. If you're ONLY concerned about overclocking, then it's the P45 > X48 > 780i. However, not much difference, since either chipset can take the CPU to its max imo.

If you want the best all-round performance (including dual GPUs), the X48 takes the cake at this moment.

My suggestions:
  • Antec Twelve Hundred Black ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
  • Model #:Twelve Hundred $214.95
  • GIGABYTE GA-X48-DS4 LGA 775 Intel X48 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $234.99
  • CORSAIR CMPSU-1000HX 1000W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 Power Supply - Retail $279.99
  • Intel Core 2 Quad Q6700 Kentsfield 2.66GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80562Q6700 - Retail $274.99
  • 2X G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK - Retail $124.99
  • 2X Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $89.99
  • BenQ G2400W Black 24" 5ms DVI HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail $389.99
  • SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B - OEM $26.99
  • Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Home Premium for System Builders Single Pack DVD - OEM $94.99
  • Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM $5.99
  • Tuniq Tower 120 P4 & K8 CPU Cooler - Retail $49.99
Subtotal: $1,787.85

For now, I excluded the video cards. $700 or so should be enough for a nice pair of the new ATI cards . If they turn out more expensive, drop 4GB of the RAM. Note that I included a beefier PSU: I don't know how power hungry the new ATI cards will be, and this one is modular also. However, this would be my second item to drop if the video cards exceed $700 for a pair. The 750TX recommended earlier is very nice
only issue i can see here is onboard audio
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only issue i can see here is onboard audio
Which isn't that bad anymore as just a year or so ago
    
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