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Hey, Im planning on upgrading my almost 2 year old AMD System that was originally from Alienware. But as much upgrades as I have done to it I don't really count it as one anymore! But anyway onto the point, I'm upgrading to a Intel Quad Core system for christmas, I have a 8800GTS 640mb that is the original one not the G92. I game on my desktop more than anything since I do most of my other things on my laptop and I thought it was an upgrade. I also currently have a nForce 590 SLi board, I am probably going to SLi sometime after I do this upgrade but it wont be till late '09. I was originally going to get a XFX or eVGA 780i Motherboard to go with the CPU but as I was reading I read a lot of good things about it but I am still wondering if there is still something that is around the same price that is just as good or maybe better! But I have around a $420 budget and with the 780i it is at $405 USD. This is also from Newegg. But I am ordering the parts this weekend and wanted to check about the motherboard before I actually upgraded!
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The XFX 780i that I have may go for around $200+ at Newegg not $400+. If you want to SLI go with the 780i and you will OC great with a Quad!
 
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EVGA 750i FTW
EVGA 780i FTW

anything more than that is overkill

use the extra money for better GPU's, case, cpu cooler, more RAM, etc.
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Yeah, I think I may get the ASUS Striker version of the 780i because of the cool little extras! Oh and Gunderman when i said that the 780i was $400+ I was talking about with the Q6600. My bad on that part for not explaining it more but yeah it is around $200 and high $100 with the Mail in Rebate!
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For nVidia chipset, I would stick with EVGA or XFX 750i/780i.
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Right, apparently if you go with other brands like Asus, MSI etc... with the nForce/NVIDIA chipset those boards generally are considered problematic an don't overclock as good as an NVIDIA nForce board.
 
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What about the Intel Chipsets? I have heard about them and some people say they are great with the G6600, but personally I have never had good luck with Intel Motherboards. The 1st PC I built which was when I was 12, but I mean It was a P4 3.2ghz and with a ASUS and it's still running! But yeah I really like the XFX and eVGA stuff cause I have a GPU from eVGA and I must say they have great support and products! Well I think im going to take you guys advice and go with the XFX or eVGA MOBOs! Right now the only thing that is bugging me is that XFX is a little cheaper with their 780i then eVGA has there very good support and warranties! Idk this is confusing as heck!
Edited by shiiniig4mii - 12/17/08 at 5:53pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by linskingdom View Post
For nVidia chipset, I would stick with EVGA or XFX 750i/780i.
Exactly. Personally, I'd steer clear of the Asus boards with nVidia chipsets, as they seem more prone to issues.

I'd recommend:

EVGA 750i FTW
EVGA 780i FTW

The only major differences (besides price), are the 780i is capable of Tri-SLI, has an extra Ethernet port, and 2 more SATA ports (6 instead of 4).
    
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Asus Rampage Formula loves quads
    
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Originally Posted by Oupavoc View Post
Asus Rampage Formula loves quads
An awesome motherboard, but not capable of SLI.

But that is a good option IMO anyway....

shiiniig4mii: if you're looking into getting both better graphics and motherboard, I would consider moving to an Intel Chipset for the overclocking ability with your CPU, and getting an ATI card (since the board will likely have crossfire ability).
    
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