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Good motherboard for quad?

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I'm considering upgrading/downgrading to a quad core processor, but a single video card. I never really liked having to keep up with SLI, so I may just sell everything that I can (namely my mobo, proc, both gfx cards and maybe 1 hard drive) and get a quad proc, a new motherboard, and a single video card (ATI OR NVIDIA). Any suggestions on the motherboard? Appraisals are welcome for the parts suggested too. I really don't know what kind of price range i'd be looking at, but for the new quad, mobo, and gfx card, i'd like to keep it under 500.

I might end up going with ATI next if the price is right. Course I still have to get a job. I didn't get hired at two best buys or circuit city. Really surprising considering that I was friends with the two top managers at best buy.
Edited by mth91 - 6/13/08 at 8:20pm
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Hi,

I'd recomend a Q6600 for your processor, and Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L for your motherboard.... Very good combo (Q6600 and P35 chipset) very easy to overclock, you should get 3.4GHz - 3.6GHz on air. For a graphics card id go for an 8800GTS 512MB(G92). Excellent card

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I am selling at GA-G31M-SL2 for cheap. Almost the same overclocking capability as the P35 gigabyte. I took my quad to 3.4ghz easily that board.

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Yeah, i'd probably go for something like a 9800GTX or one of the new cards if I can afford it. Worst comes to worst i'll just get an e8400 and overclock it to 4 ghz which is something that people have actually done on my board.
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32GB Corsair SSD + 2x 320 + 1x 250 Lightscribe drive Windows 7 Ultimate Hanns-G HG-216DPO 
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32GB Corsair SSD + 2x 320 + 1x 250 Lightscribe drive Windows 7 Ultimate Hanns-G HG-216DPO 
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