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post #1 of 9
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So I'm thinking of upgrading my mobo (and slowly upgrading my whole rig one step at a time). I was wondering what would be a good pick. I want this mobo upgrade to last the next two years (before I go to college). I want SLI/XFire capabilities but that's just in case I want to buy two cards down the line (maybe HD4870 or 8800GTS 512).

Good OCing ability is a must.

I've been out of the loop with the ASUS boards (even though I own one ). What good stuff do they have out? How're the Gigabyte boards? The DFI Lanparty boards also look pretty sweet

EDIT: Also, when changing the motherboard, do I have to reformat my hard drive?
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post #2 of 9
evga 122-ck-nf68-a1

Also, I do not believe so. So long as you set the mobo to boot from your OS drive.

For Asus, you can get a striker. Though both these boards are quite pricey.
post #3 of 9
I am pretty sure you only have to reformat if you change your chipset, but i am not sure. I am kinda curious about that too.
post #4 of 9
Well I tried it last time, and it worked. In essence, the OS has almost nothing to do with the MOBO (anything linked together, that is). Swapping a hard drive onto another computer should, in theory, be no problem. But, backup the important stuff and give it a shot. Worst case scenario you have to reinstall, best case scenario, you don't have to do a thing!
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Sweet. Should I go for a higher chipset (X38, X48)? Would this tie me over for longer? Or should I just buy a relatively cheap P35 board right and wait for something else down the road?
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The p35's are an excellent choice now. Unless you need crossfire or DDR3 I don't really see a reason to go over to the x48's. Another option would be the P45's that are currently hitting the market, most notably the Asus P5Q series, they seem to be solid overclockers and leave room for crossfire in the future. With Nehalem looming on the horizon I feel that price is more important than loads of features. Boards like the DFI T2RS ($129) seem like a better choice than shelling out 250-300 bucks on a top of the line board.
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If you're going nVidia, you probably are going to want to stick with the reference boards, eVGA or XFX, both pretty good quality. I just upgraded from my XFX 680i LT to an eVGA 780i. Ericeod said he'd be shipping it to me via FedEx this afternoon, and I can't wait for it. If you're wanting to overclock a Quad and go SLI, 780i is your best bet. If you're going 780i, then eVGA or XFX is your best bet.

I can't comment outside of SLI boards as I have no personal experience with them. Good luck finding what you need!

Oh, and I got Eric's for $175 shipped, which is a steal. Otherwise, the cheapest I've seen anywhere is $219 after MIR at Newegg right now. I don't know what your budget is, just thought you might like to know the price.
post #8 of 9
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Originally Posted by hoth17 View Post
I am pretty sure you only have to reformat if you change your chipset, but i am not sure. I am kinda curious about that too.
http://episteme.arstechnica.com/eve/...4/m/1400925745


You don't have to do a full reinstall.
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post #9 of 9
P45s are supposed to be absolutely incredible overclockers, just ordered a Biostar P45, and if you wait, i'll tell you about it.

Only disadvantage: only x8 x8 in CF, and obviously no SLI.

Otherwise, get an X48, esp. ASUS boards.

Then again, will you CF or SLI, in most situations that is a very big question and will determine what chipset to use...
    
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