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I didn't want to hijack sadiq's thread so I'll bump my own.

I figure I didn't give enough parameters last time and that led to very few answers. I know a little more about what I want to get this time.

I'd settled on DDR2 memory after a little discussion covering the differences between the two and I'm told DDR3 will yield a minimal increase in performance over DDR2.

I don't plan to run a dual-GPU setup unless I get something like a 9800GX2 or HD 4870X2. The need for a second PCIe slot running at 2.0 specifications isn't a big deal. It'd be nice for expansion purposes, but I've read running card in SLI or CrossFire only make large differences at higher resolutions. I'll be playing these games on a 22" monitor. I don't remember the maximum resolution. I bought it while in 29 Palms to play my XBox 360 because it was a far cheaper alternative to buying a TV. Simple Google searches lead me to believe it's 1680x1050.

If there's anything you need to know, just ask.
Well if you only plan on running 1 high power card, then a P45 mobo gets my vote... Though CF'd 4850s are looking really strong, so if you wish to have that as an upgrade option then look no further than the X48 chipset.

I own a Dfi X48-T2R and I can attest to it's greatness. The NB is absolutely amazing, despite people claiming "It's just a binned X38". The fact that it has been "binned" is what makes it worth the extra money. I can run up to 450FSB with my Q6700 and it only requires 1.34 vNB(you won't see that on a X38). The ability to run stable @ lower voltages is a huge plus. Also 450FSB was the max stable FSB I tried for and it was attainable with GTLrefs @ stock. But 450FSB on a Q6700 is overkill, heck even if you drop the multi to x8 that's still 3.6ghz. The bios has a plethora of tweaks and a completely rock stable mobo I have run it days at clip without a hitch. There is one annoying quirk, and that is on a cold boot(where the PSU has been unplugged or switched off entirely) when it's first powered on it comes to for a few seconds shuts back down then boots up normally.

So if you wish to have CF as an option X48; if not then go with the P45...

Gigabyte DS4 X48 for $225
Dfi X48-T2R for $270

Gigabyte EP45 DS3R for $150
Asus P5Q pro for $150

-Slightly Off Topic-

The P45 boards are proving monstrous OCers when paired with wolfdales, this guy achieved 724FSB on a biostar P45!!! ->

http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/...d.php?t=191822
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Q6700 @ 3.7Ghz 1.37V DFI LT X48-T2R vNB 1.24 EVGA 460GTX 4x2GB Patriot 1000mhz CL5 
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2x x-25m Vista x64 24" BenQ G2400WD Corsair VX550W 
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CM Cosmos 1000 
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The x48 chipset looks like the most future-proof right now. The fact I could be winning a QX6700 on eBay in a matter of hours would certainly tip the scales in favor of the x48. According to Intel's site, the P45 chipset doesn't support Extreme processors.
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