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hate to break it to you bro, but the 780i's were pretty sucky. bad overclocking and honestly I didnt feel like mine was very well built. SB ran super hot, along with the NB because of the NF200 chip. the dink fan didnt do shiznit.

Honestly, SLI on that P5K should be easy as pie. There is even a guide here on OCn to get SLI on a crossfire only motherboard.

just my .02

however, its your money so I am not going to tell you how to spend it.
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To clarify I wasn't so much pushing Sandy Bridge as I was encouraging not spending money on old tech. Also I think Matrox is who makes those boxes.



Glad you're happy, it's your money and your agenda, I'm sorry we couldn't be more helpful! I would suggest getting on that Q6600 and working on a steep OC, otherwise your 470's are going to be pretty badly bottlenecked.
I should be able to hit 400FSB on my Q6600 with that board.

that will put me back to 3.6GHz

380FSBx9 multi is 3.4GHz which I have at 1.4v

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hate to break it to you bro, but the 780i's were pretty sucky. bad overclocking and honestly I didnt feel like mine was very well built. SB ran super hot, along with the NB because of the NF200 chip. the dink fan didnt do shiznit.

Honestly, SLI on that P5K should be easy as pie. There is even a guide here on OCn to get SLI on a crossfire only motherboard.

just my .02

however, its your money so I am not going to tell you how to spend it.
Thanks... I'm glad you're not telling me how to spend my money

I was told that doing the SLI hack would put my 16x slot at 8x and my 8x slot at 4x. Not sure if anyone can verify that.

But yeah the reason I went 780i was for 16x x2 and the seller told me that he hit 3.4GHz on his quad with ease.

I should be able to attain 400FSB.

To be honest I've been looking for 680i/780i's for a while now with no such luck.

So hopefully this board does me well. I will be SLI'ing my GTX 470 with another come february
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thanks for the recommendations ya'll. But I feel like although my rig isn't i7 caliber, it would be best to SLI my system to play today's demanding games.

I picked up a 780i motherboard and I plan to be able to play adequately games such as Metro 2033, Crysis, Call of Duty: Black Ops and I want to be able to see myself break 20k in Vantage, and easily that in 3DMark06.

I don't want to invest in sandy bridge, and as I just built this system this was how I wanted to spend my money.

Thanks again.

Jam3s

Your money, your choice.

Your current card, with a CPU update would break 20k in 06, but not vintage. I get a little over 22k with my i7 @ 4GHz and 285 GTX@ 702/1600/1323 in 06.



A core 2 extreme QX9650 @ 4.0 GHz with sli 470's gets around 27k in vintage: http://3dmark.com/search?resultTypeI...&chipsetId=606

Yes, there are posts with 30k with a QX9650 but they are much more powerful then a Q6600, especially one sub 4GHz like yours. Also, the core clock on the 470's matters a lot too. That 30k is prof them cards are OC'ed higher most can not run.
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post #24 of 49
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Your money, your choice.

Your current card, with a CPU update would break 20k in 06, but not vintage. I get a little over 22k with my i7 @ 4GHz and 285 GTX@ 702/1600/1323 in 06.



A core 2 extreme QX9650 @ 4.0 GHz with sli 470's gets around 27k in vintage: http://3dmark.com/search?resultTypeI...&chipsetId=606

Yes, there are posts with 30k with a QX9650 but they are much more powerful then a Q6600, especially one sub 4GHz like yours. Also, the core clock on the 470's matters a lot too. That 30k is prof them cards are OC'ed higher most can not run.
Yeah, I can only run my GTX 470 at 800MHz core /1600 Shader at 1.087v.

I'm looking for another card that can do this
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Hey guys

I have 200USD in paypal right now.

I won't have money until february, so I was wondering.

What should I get, an EVGA 780i for $100

or a GTX 470 for 200USD?

I'm in a dilemma I don't know which to get.

PLease help.

Jam3s
i have my 780i if you wanne, XFX which will carry lifetime warranty over to you, and will cause you less than evga
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i have my 780i if you wanne, XFX which will carry lifetime warranty over to you, and will cause you less than evga
Thanks eduardmc, but I already got a 780i, granted I probably paid too much for it, but I'm happy.

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That's also not your only problem, I had a Q600 before I bought my i7 930.

You said,

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380FSBx9 multi is 3.4GHz which I have at 1.4v

1.4 on the vCore is high, and your only at 3.4GHz.

My past with the Q6600 and from what I researched when I owned one showed that the later/last batches (2008) where not as good as the originals (2007) and topped off around 3.5 GHz. With mine I was only able to get 3.4 GHz on an EVGA 750i. The 750i's are identical to the 780's just with one less PCI 2.0 x16 slot. I felt like the chip could have done more, but sitting at 1.42 on the vCore which was in the red was only 3 steps away from maxing the voltage at 1.5 and even at that, it would not post.


I give you a +1 for effort though, I do miss my 775 rig.
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I personally didn't think the 780i was a good overclocker with two of my Q6600's. The 680i did a lot better, but I do have a 780i sitting in it's box.
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I should be able to hit 400FSB on my Q6600 with that board.

that will put me back to 3.6GHz

380FSBx9 multi is 3.4GHz which I have at 1.4v



Thanks... I'm glad you're not telling me how to spend my money


I was told that doing the SLI hack would put my 16x slot at 8x and my 8x slot at 4x. Not sure if anyone can verify that.

But yeah the reason I went 780i was for 16x x2 and the seller told me that he hit 3.4GHz on his quad with ease.

I should be able to attain 400FSB.

To be honest I've been looking for 680i/780i's for a while now with no such luck.

So hopefully this board does me well. I will be SLI'ing my GTX 470 with another come february
This thread is stressing me out.

OP you came in here asking how to spend you're money, but you're not listening? Whats the ******* point?

You dont need to convince us.
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This thread is stressing me out.

OP you came in here asking how to spend you're money, but you're not listening? Whats the ******* point?

You dont need to convince us.
chill out brah.

I didn't like the suggestions I was getting.

I asked 780i now or GTX 470 now.

I didn't ask to upgrade to sandybridge, nor did I say I wanted to.

I asked something pretty simple and got a bunch of: don't waste your money, go sandybridge.

My Q6600 if it can go to 3.6GHz would be more than enough for me and SLI GTX 470's will match nicely.

So I decided mobo first, card after. Pretty easy answer which only one poster suggested (which is what I was thinking).

So um, wut?

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That's also not your only problem, I had a Q600 before I bought my i7 930.

You said,




1.4 on the vCore is high, and your only at 3.4GHz.

My past with the Q6600 and from what I researched when I owned one showed that the later/last batches (2008) where not as good as the originals (2007) and topped off around 3.5 GHz. With mine I was only able to get 3.4 GHz on an EVGA 750i. The 750i's are identical to the 780's just with one less PCI 2.0 x16 slot. I felt like the chip could have done more, but sitting at 1.42 on the vCore which was in the red was only 3 steps away from maxing the voltage at 1.5 and even at that, it would not post.


I give you a +1 for effort though, I do miss my 775 rig.
Thanks man. I hope I can do 1.5v at 3.6 GHz. Do note though that I'm running water so 1.55v would be my max vcore

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I personally didn't think the 780i was a good overclocker with two of my Q6600's. The 680i did a lot better, but I do have a 780i sitting in it's box.
I hope I can be one of the few that can do 400FSB with the 780i and Q6600's
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