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X38's can run crossfire in x16 x16, which can give you a nice frame boost in most games. One benchmark I was looking at compared X38's and P35's I think. The X38 system averaged around 7 more FPS in Crysis if I remember correctly. I can dig it up for you if you want it.
The article you're referring to was comparing P45s to X38/48s. The P45s were on average 5-15% slower than the X38/X48s. At his resolution, the card doesn't even matter.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131225
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814161218 Just one
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115037

That's basically your build right there, it's the most cost effective setup for a 1440x900 monitor.
Thank you. Though I will be sticking with my Quad for future-proofing.

If you had the time, would you please explain what the performance difference is between the cheaper and the more expensive board is, as well as the two different GPU's, and what to look for when choosing a product in the future?
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The article you're referring to was comparing P45s to X38/48s. The P45s were on average 5-15% slower than the X38/X48s. At his resolution, the card doesn't even matter.
Yea, that's what I was thinking of.

For WoW, you're right, it won't matter. But he did mention Crysis (and who knows what games he may play in the future), where the card will definitely matter and choosing an X38/48 over a P45 may make a noticeable difference. I guess it depends on how much the boost is worth to you.

In my opinion, I'm willing to shell out an extra 50 bucks just to make sure that the cards I buy can perform at their full speed. Some may argue that it's not worth it, but I think it is.
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Thank you. Though I will be sticking with my Quad for future-proofing.

If you had the time, would you please explain what the performance difference is between the cheaper and the more expensive board is, as well as the two different GPU's, and what to look for when choosing a product in the future?
Resolution dictates the GPU and CPU requirements of your computer
1440x900 and below: Single budget GPU, high speed dual core
1680x1060 approx: Single powerful GPU/Dual budget GPU, overclocked high speed dualcore/quad
1920x1200 approx: Dual powerful GPU/Tripple budget GPU, overclocked 45nm quad or 4Ghz 45nm dual
2560x1600: Enthusiast class GPU(Tri-SLI GTX 280/dual R700 or 4 HD4870s) Enthusiast class CPU(QX9650/QX9770 overclocked to at least 3.5Ghz)

This table is what I go by. Sometimes I'll stray from it a little, but I go buy it more or less.

X38/X48 are for dual high end GPU cards. So is the 780i/750i FTW edition(The only NVidia board I actually recommend)

P45: budget CFX, ie: HD3870 and below Resolution max for this board is 1680x1050, anything higher and I suggest an X38/X48

P35: Cheapest best overclocking board that I can think of besides a 965P(E8400 is the only CPU I recommend with this board) It has a single PCI-Ex16 slot. I do not recommend CFX on this board. It is good for resolutions equal to(powerful GPU) or less than(single budget GPU) 1680x1050.

This table isn't concrete.
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evga 750i, best deal on the planet:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813188026
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I would definitely have to say DFI DK X38, simply because that's what I'm using it has tons of BIOS options for setting every voltage and timing imaginable, not to mention the layout is intuitive and it looks nice. Plus it got me my 1GHz OC (sig rig).
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Thanks to everyone who helped me out in this thread!
Especially RussianGrimmReaper... +Rep again to you.

I will have to research those Mobo types, thanks for listing them.

Also, Why Should I not be using a Quad-Core on a P35?
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X38/48 and other boards have are built to handle the extra cores, the P35/45 chipsets haven't been made to handle them quite as well yet (I don't know if the improvement will be made any time soon, though).
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X38/48 and other boards have are built to handle the extra cores, the P35/45 chipsets haven't been made to handle them quite as well yet (I don't know if the improvement will be made any time soon, though).
Interesting! That's just one more feature the x38/48 have, eh? I suppose I may as well just spend a few extra $$ to get one of them.
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X38/48 and other boards have are built to handle the extra cores, the P35/45 chipsets haven't been made to handle them quite as well yet (I don't know if the improvement will be made any time soon, though).
Incorrect. P35's can overclock a quad just as easily as an X38/X48.
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Thanks to everyone who helped me out in this thread!
Especially RussianGrimmReaper... +Rep again to you.

I will have to research those Mobo types, thanks for listing them.

Also, Why Should I not be using a Quad-Core on a P35?
I suggest P35's for low resolution since they offer poor CFX support. If you don't have CFX, you don't need a quad unless you're doing video editing and stuff like that
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