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Ok, so I'm a noob, and I'll admit my mistake. I bought an xfx board, and has been nothing but a nightmare. The board doesn't boot when anything other than a usb mouse/keyboard, the system will hang and take 2 hours to load into windows xp pro sp3. It has the most current bios available, and all drivers are current. So we have eliminated that. This is the second board (2 numbers off in the serial number) that has the same problem. Xfx wants me to rma it back. I'm over it, so now, I'm out shopping for a new board, that I can oc a little bit.

I'm not very comfortable with doing some extreme overclocking, however, some I can do.

I have an intel q6600 and I need a new nvidia board that supports ddr2 memory, and the q6600 is a good chip for what I do.

But I play alot of vid games, and I need a board that is good, which is why I got an xfx cuz it came with alot of good reviews. but it's been a nightmare.

So now that I've ranted, heres my question:

I want a gamers board sub 300$, ddr2 memory support, quad core chip supported, nivida chipset since my video cards are nvida, and is NOT xfx

Thanks in advance!

James
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That doesn't leave much, your best choice would probably be a EVGA board. Fill in your specs in the User CP so we can help you better.

I assume you want SLI, that's why you want a Nvidia chipset?
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That doesn't leave much, your best choice would probably be a EVGA board. Fill in your specs in the User CP so we can help you better.

I assume you want SLI, that's why you want a Nvidia chipset?
Sorry, I'm still new, trying to figure out the interface on this site.. It's a little.. lol.

Yes, I have two pny geforce 7600GT's in sli mode 256mb. Give me a second and I'll fill in my stats.

And thanks for the lightening fast reply, I don't think the ink dried on the post!
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I'm not very familiar with SLI mobos, but this one seems very popular on Newegg. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...20nForce%20700

DDR2 support, $185 after rebate.
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This is a good NVIDIA board: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813188026

eVGA 750i FTW. The design was modified by eVGA.
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I'd say Asus or EVGA are your best bet.Are you considering tri SLI in the future?If not,I would go with a EVGA 750i ftw.Everone seems to like it though I don't have any personal experience with it.I'm an Asus fanboy myself.
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Do yourself a favor and get a GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R and a new video card all for under $300.

You will have no problem OCing your Q6600 to 3.2Ghz or higher.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128359

EVGA 512-P3-N873-AR GeForce 9800 GTX+

One of these cards blows away 2 of those 7600gt's in SLI.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130376
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Originally Posted by Sasquatch in Space View Post
I'd say Asus or EVGA are your best bet.Are you considering tri SLI in the future?If not,I would go with a EVGA 750i ftw.Everone seems to like it though I don't have any personal experience with it.I'm an Asus fanboy myself.
It would be better than the Asus boards. eVGA uses the NVIDIA reference design and modifies it to improve the board even more. Asus uses a non-reference design and usually brings up some issues.

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Do yourself a favor and get a GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R and a new video card all for under $300.

You will have no problem OCing your Q6600 to 3.2Ghz or higher.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128359

EVGA 512-P3-N873-AR GeForce 9800 GTX+

One of these cards blows away 2 of those 7600gt's in SLI.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130376
That's a good choice. But maybe a 4850 instead and he can get the UD3P. He can crossfire another one in the future with a small performance hit (due to the slots going to x8 each).
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That's also a great option and I was going to recommend it as well but, I went with the cheapest route.

Either one would be a gigantic improvement in his gaming.
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Originally Posted by Wizrdwarts View Post
I'm not very familiar with SLI mobos, but this one seems very popular on Newegg. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...20nForce%20700

DDR2 support, $185 after rebate.
That looks nice.. I'll add that to my list.

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Originally Posted by Marin View Post
This is a good NVIDIA board: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813188026

eVGA 750i FTW. The design was modified by eVGA.
Never used evga. Good customer support? Service after the warranty period?

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Originally Posted by Sasquatch in Space View Post
I'd say Asus or EVGA are your best bet.Are you considering tri SLI in the future?If not,I would go with a EVGA 750i ftw.Everone seems to like it though I don't have any personal experience with it.I'm an Asus fanboy myself.
I used to be an asus fanboy but when my a8n-sli took a crap 2 months after the warranty ran out, they wouldnt even discuss with me what I could do, other than go buy a new board. so I dunno if I wanna go asus route again.

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Originally Posted by Ledge68 View Post
Do yourself a favor and get a GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R and a new video card all for under $300.

You will have no problem OCing your Q6600 to 3.2Ghz or higher.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128359

EVGA 512-P3-N873-AR GeForce 9800 GTX+

One of these cards blows away 2 of those 7600gt's in SLI.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130376
I like the video cards. I would like to run 3xsli some day in the future (i.e 2-4 months).

I'm concerned about the evga board. it seems cheap, i.e. price wise.

From what I understand on that evga board, it has tons of features, but how's that board going to hold up to standard case cooling? I'd like to do water cooling, but again, I'm way too noob to do that, I'm afraid I'd fry something and be screwed outta the money
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