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After doing a little bit of performance/price analysis of the top end processors available right now, I've more or less settled on the 930. Now I need to match up with a motherboard. Here are some important points as I see them (tell me if I'm wrong):

1) I'm a gamer, so I'm going with two of the new Nvidia 7900 GTXs. So the board needs to support two PCIe 16x ports.
2) I'll be watercooling the CPU and both GPUs. I need to make sure there will be enough room to fasten the waterblocks on the GPUs. Perhaps this isn't a huge concern?
3) Overclocking. Just need to make sure there isn't something weird that will surprise me when the time comes to OC.

I'm hoping some of you that have a Pentium D 900 series CPU can tell me what motherboards you have and any other advice. I'm especially interested in advice from people who have watercooled SLI too, as this will be my first foray into watercooling. Thanks in advance!
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Oh and one more thing. Don't mention Soyo motherboards to me. I've had nothing but trouble with mine.
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Originally Posted by Hamstrings
After doing a little bit of performance/price analysis of the top end processors available right now, I've more or less settled on the 930. Now I need to match up with a motherboard. Here are some important points as I see them (tell me if I'm wrong):

1) I'm a gamer, so I'm going with two of the new Nvidia 7900 GTXs. So the board needs to support two PCIe 16x ports.
2) I'll be watercooling the CPU and both GPUs. I need to make sure there will be enough room to fasten the waterblocks on the GPUs. Perhaps this isn't a huge concern?
3) Overclocking. Just need to make sure there isn't something weird that will surprise me when the time comes to OC.

I'm hoping some of you that have a Pentium D 900 series CPU can tell me what motherboards you have and any other advice. I'm especially interested in advice from people who have watercooled SLI too, as this will be my first foray into watercooling. Thanks in advance!
The 920 is a better bang/buck, it can achieve the same OC roughly as the 930 (4.2 to 4.5Ghz) and it is a lot cheaper.

Seeing that you want SLI 32x, go with this one:

ASUS P5N32-SLI Deluxe $195

although this will not OC as well as the P5WD2-E, it has SLI capabilities (full 32X, P5WD2-E has 8X and 8X, but only ATI CrossFire because of Intel Chipset.)
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Technically, there's no SLI for Intel.

Going the nForce 4 SLI-IE route is a big mistake. Can't get a decent overclock from the boards and are highly volatile to at a certain speed. Even with water or Phase-change.

My opinion a 975X chipset MoBo and a X1900 CF Ed + X1900XTX for a CrossFire set-up. Although it'd be worth waiting for a Conroe set-up, I'm sure it'll be better with a CrossFire or maybe nVidia will finally give an Intel Core Logic the support for SLI. But as far as SLI for Intel on a non Intel chipset? I don't and lots of people don't think so.

If you want SLI, go with AMD because SLI for Intel is just horrible.....in terms of the chipset I mean, unless you'll get a Presler Extreme Edition for those 7900 GTXs, but otherwise, not worth it with an nForce 4 SLI-IE.

Save your money for AM2 and SLI perhaps. And it wouldn't make any difference what brand motherboard you choose, they're all bad/horrible as long as they have an nForce 4 IE chipset.
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^Well said, Gigabyte ships a SLI cable with their 975X board, hinting that it shouldn't be long before Nvidia and Intel elope.
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Originally Posted by Nasgul
Going the nForce 4 SLI-IE route is a big mistake. Can't get a decent overclock from the boards and are highly volatile to at a certain speed. Even with water or Phase-change.

If you want SLI, go with AMD because SLI for Intel is just horrible.....in terms of the chipset I mean...

And it wouldn't make any difference what brand motherboard you choose, they're all bad/horrible as long as they have an nForce 4 IE chipset.
Hmm. Can anyone who's worked with Nvidia SLI on an nForce 4 motherboard comment on this? Confirm/deny?
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SLI does work fine on the ASUS P5N32-SLI Deluxe, it is just that the OCing features are not as plentiful as the P5WD2-E.
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I had the P5N32-SLI Deluxe (I still have it, just not in my main rig any more) and I was able to OC to 3.75 on my P4 530 with a 250FSB but that may or may not have been the CPU's limit, its not that it can't overclock but that the P5WD2-E overclocks alot better, I'd take a higher CPU clock over SLI simply because you are going to be so CPU bound with any CPU out there that gaining 200MHz can sometimes benefit you more than SLIing 2 heavily bottlenecked cards.

Offtopic but it seems that you are looking to get the same computer as me Hamstrings 7900GTX, P5WD2-E or P5N32-SLI deluxe and a PD 930
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Originally Posted by Remonster
Offtopic but it seems that you are looking to get the same computer as me Hamstrings 7900GTX, P5WD2-E or P5N32-SLI deluxe and a PD 930
Yeah more or less. I've been posting in the forums the past couple of days trying to get advice from people. I'm also going for SLI and watercooling, so I have alot to learn. Things sure have changed a bit for GPUs in the past year or so. It's going to take patience and money, and hopefully I don't screw it up!
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Well I am glad to see you are going for a Presler, they are amazing. Read up on the Presler in my thread here:
http://www.overclock.net/intel-cpus/...er-faster.html

I would get the 975X, as it will not be lonh (hopefully) before Nvidia finally elopes with Intel and gives them SLI support. Plus the 975X is Conroe proof.
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