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post #1 of 10
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Need an opinion
I'm looking at the x38, p43, or a p45 chipset thus far.
My max i want to spend is about $150
I want to overclock my e6300, and maybe upgrade to a quad or a faster wolfdale chip
Now for graphics. I'm looking into a 4870 to replace my 8800gt. I was also looking at a 4870 X2 (if thats what they call them). Crossfire scales nicely. I'm worried about getting a mobo with only 1 pci-e slot, and get a 4870, then I cant crossfire. Or I can just get a 4870 x2 straight off, or get a crossfire board, and get 2 4870's.
So what board should I be looking at?
A few im looking at are here
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128347
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813138123
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131295
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128344
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131299
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131296

I'm liking the 2nd to the last one the best so far.
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post #2 of 10
The only issue with #2 is that it doesn't support RAID (ICH10 southbridge does not, ICH10R does)...
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post #3 of 10
I have to agree the 2nd from last is a decent board, the last one is nice too.
 
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post #4 of 10
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Originally Posted by Mhill2029 View Post
I have to agree the 2nd from last is a decent board, the last one is nice too.
Now are you just saying that cause its more money? I'm looking at your sig, and im just drooling. You go for bleeding edge, ddr3, 790i, 2 9800GTX. Are you made of money or something? And ill gladly tke the 9800GTX off your hands for you when u get the 280s.
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Originally Posted by kaivorth View Post
Now are you just saying that cause its more money? I'm looking at your sig, and im just drooling. You go for bleeding edge, ddr3, 790i, 2 9800GTX. Are you made of money or something? And ill gladly tke the 9800GTX off your hands for you when u get the 280s.
Don't insult me, there GX2's not GTX's

You can take one off my hands if you wish, but i believe EVGA will fight you for it.
 
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post #6 of 10
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LOL my bad. Oh so your doing the step up program, ok i see
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post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by kaivorth View Post
LOL my bad. Oh so your doing the step up program, ok i see
Well i wouldn't get GTX 280's unless it was via Step Up. Too expensive to just go out and buy let alone 2 of them. I was fortunate to purchase my GX2's for a high price on release so i'm paying very little for them.

Big issue is getting the money together for Card 3.
 
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post #8 of 10
I'd go with the P5Q- looks to be a great board. If you don't want to RAID, I like the biostar- they make great stuff, including some of the only decent <100 and mATX boards. No reason to go x38 unless you want crossfire.
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post #9 of 10
Another vote to the 2nd one.
post #10 of 10
I honestly would not touch Biostar at all. I know this goes against what people have said, but judging my own experience with Biostar and some other people I heard say that Biostar boards get worse at overclocking over time, have no quality control, and have non-existent tech support. Also, the fact that it has no reviews makes me hesitate also since that means people have not had the motherboard for long enough to experience the problems I've had and heard about.
I would get the ASUS P5Q Pro if you want SLI
I would get the GIGABYTE GA-EP43-DS3L if you do not.
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