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I think my motherboard is dying. I had my CPU overclocked to 3.67 GHz for a few months and it's no longer stable. Everything's down to stock clocks now and my PC still locks up a couple times a day for no apparent reason, even when I'm not using it and it's just idling. The cap squeal I blamed on my previous PSU still happens so it must be my board. It's been heat-damaged in the past as well and the onboard Ethernet and several USB ports don't work. Also, several people have suggested to me that the 680i is not good for overclocking so I think I'm killing it.

I may be in the market for a new motherboard now. I don't want to buy a used one, I'd prefer to get one new from Newegg or TigerDirect that is brand new and still has a warranty and stuff. I don't care about form factor or extras. I also don't care about Sandy Bridge. My QX6850 is already overkill for me.

Anyway, here are my requirements:
  • Must work with QX6850 and must overclock well (otherwise my H70 is a waste)
  • One PCI-Express x16 slot
  • At least 4 SATA ports (shouldn't be a problem)
  • Floppy drive connector I can live without if I need to
  • If it's a DDR2 system, I need 4 RAM slots. However I'm willing to upgrade to DDR3 since it's so cheap now, but I'd greatly prefer 4 RAM slots so I can load it up with tons of RAM in the future.

What do you guys recommend? I found two P43 boards (MSI and Gigabyte) that look okay but I don't know about overclocking stability.

EDIT
Changed my mind. I managed to sell my QX6850 really quickly on Amazon.com so I'm going to get an LGA1155 board and CPU when they're released. In the meantime I have an E6600 to keep my rig up until then. I'll replace my board, CPU, and RAM and keep everything else the same.
Edited by mott555 - 1/3/11 at 1:43pm
post #2 of 11
Recommend ASUS for overclocking. They have some excellent motherboards and are what I use for overclocking.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131401

This one looks pretty good and most ASUS boards are excellent overclockers, so you should have no problems with that on this guy here.
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Probably the best 775 overclocking board that can found NEW is the EP45T-USB3P.

http://www.buy.com/prod/giga-byte-ul...214568173.html

You should try to find a P45 motherboard if nothing else. Everything else (p43, p41, etc.) really limits how far a quad core CPU can be overclocked, and some P45 boards do as well. If you weren't only looking for new boards, decent ASUS p45 boards can be bought used from Ebay, like the P5Q Pro, Pro Turbo, and I even saw a P5Q premium on there. If you only want a new board, the gigabyte board is really your only good option, unless you can find someone to sell you a UD3P or something that has never been used on this site or Ebay.
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P43 chipset mobos are limited to 420MHz FSB so don`t expect a world record..

For great OC go with P45 mobos :

Gigabyte EP45 UD3P (or UD3R but it has one PCIE x16 slot) << GREAT MOBOS BUT VERY HARD TO FIND

P5Q Premium / Deluxe / -E motherboards are GREAT with C2Q

P5Q Pro / Pro TURBO are also good mobos but limited @ 460MHz FSB (Prime95 LARGE FFT) with a C2Q..

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Gigabyte EP45T UD3P
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Originally Posted by SyveRson View Post
Probably the best 775 overclocking board that can found NEW is the EP45T-USB3P.

http://www.buy.com/prod/giga-byte-ul...214568173.html

You should try to find a P45 motherboard if nothing else. Everything else (p43, p41, etc.) really limits how far a quad core CPU can be overclocked, and some P45 boards do as well. If you weren't only looking for new boards, decent ASUS p45 boards can be bought used from Ebay, like the P5Q Pro, Pro Turbo, and I even saw a P5Q premium on there. If you only want a new board, the gigabyte board is really your only good option, unless you can find someone to sell you a UD3P or something that has never been used on this site or Ebay.
Thanks for the link and the info, I was specifically thinking of that board because I've heard great things about it but I only searched Newegg so I didn't find it. Pricey, but it's worth it if I can get a rock-solid overclock that will last.
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Have you thought about upgrading to a 1156 system?
    
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I also say the Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P. Pretty much the best board out there you can get for overclocking quad core s775.
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Have you thought about upgrading to a 1156 system?
If I do that I'll go for an 1155 system since we're only days away. But I bought my QX6850 fairly recently so it feels like a waste to buy a new CPU. I do have other financial obligations so keeping my current system alive will be the easiest on my wallet. However, I could probably be convinced to get a K-series Sandy Bridge i5 if the price is right, especially if I can find a buyer for my QX6850.

Hmm, the more I think about it the more I'd prefer to sell my CPU and get something better there as well.
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Here's my update. If I can sell my QX6850 I'll just get an 1155 board with an i5 2500k. I don't have enough rep to post in the OCN marketplace to sell or get an appraisal, but I've listed it on Amazon.com for $149.99. Does that seem fair?
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