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I've been back and forth on what motherboard I want for my new computer. I am going to run a Opteron 165 and overclock it quite a bit. So I was trying to decide between the Asus A8N32 and the MSI K8N Diamond+ because they are both true X16 boards and I plan on sli a few months after the original buildup. I've read about alot of peoples troubles with the Asus board and just not heard alot about the MSI board, which has just got me questioning to even go X16 at all. So maybe you guys can help clear all this out for me.

Here's what I plan on running, minus mobo:
AMD Opteron 165 (stock cooling at first, maybe new heatsink later)
evga 7900gt ko
g.skill extreme 2gb ddr500 ram
ultra x-finity 600w psu (already have this)
hitachi 160gb 7200rpm sata2 hard drive
thermaltake tsunami case
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True 16x isnt all its cracked up to be, let me find a thread on this subject.
This! - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813123246
overclocks like a dfi, cheaper, insanely stable 450 max fsb , more ram options than you can shake a stick at, 6x sata2 slots +raid0.
~ http://www.overclock.net/graphics-ca...light=true+16x
    
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awesome, was just reading some reviews about that board and I really like it, esp. for the cost.

anyone else want to put in a goodword for this board (Epox EP-9NPA SLi)?
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Originally Posted by turbocharged
awesome, was just reading some reviews about that board and I really like it, esp. for the cost.

anyone else want to put in a goodword for this board (Epox EP-9NPA SLi)?
From what I've heard, its a very good board for the money. Super stable and yet overclocks with ease.
post #5 of 7
If you want the best motherboard for overclocking then you want to invest in a DFI... Period! If you want the most user friendly board that allows a very decent overclock then go with the Asus, MSI or that EpoX looks nice. An invaluble resource that will pay dividends is the user forums that the DFI boards have. If you develop a problem chances are some else has had it and their is a solution posted, or there are some great DFI resources out there that will be very helpful.
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after looking closer at the DFI's and Epox side by side I think I am going to go with the Epox, just because their board doesn't seem much worse (if worse at all) and costs signifigantly less.
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post #7 of 7
put in a vote for the Asus. Most of the troubles you have heard of relate to user error. I've pushed the board fairly seriously during testing and its never even hiccuped at me. The 8 phase power is more important to overclocking than any other feature. I have run the board in SLI (with two 7800gt's) and managed to get a nice overclock out of the cards as well.
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