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Old October 23, 2008, 10:49 AM
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My current rig is a heavily upgraded compaq presario, basically the only things that arent new are the mobo, cpu, hdd and dvd drive. Currently its got an athlon x2 4000+ @2.1ghz and some mAtx board compaq and hp use, they even removed 2 ram slots on it for some reason lol. I bought some ocz 1000mhz ram so im gonna need an intel to take advantage of that, the phenoms just dont seem worth it to me. Anyways for awhile now ive been thinking of getting a p45 based board, likely by gigabyte or asus, but i also bought an evga 9800gtx+ so with a p45 id never be able to go sli and id at least like to have the option without buying another mobo down the road. Does anyone have any suggestions for a budget sli board? The 750i chipset seems to be the way to go, the older mobos that are cheap now dont seem to support the newest cpus or ram over 800mhz which sucks. Im looking around the 150-$200 mark
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Old October 23, 2008, 12:06 PM
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Wow! looks like a totally modded aftermarket camaro cept for the small block:P
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Old October 23, 2008, 01:02 PM
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^^ No doubt, I've seen so many Dells, Compaqs and Sony PCs that even have a totally custom built motherboard, the placement of everything is suited for the case, but they are just worthless piece of craps lol..

@ the topic.. Look jonwall this is my personal suggestion to you, try and sell the 9800GTX+ and get a 4850 instead, you will really love a P45 board over the Nvidia chipset based boards, ATI Crossfire also seems to be scalling quite well over SLI too. I am not telling you to just not buy a 750i/780i board, just suggesting that it is really not worth it.. To say the least, to say the least, they are some nice P45 boards that make a 780i board look like trash really.

Leaving that apart, if you find a good deal on the 780i board, go for it.. Otherwise 750is are pretty good, an evga or XFX would do just fine for you.. personally I would stay away from Asus, could be a little more expensive, my personal experience on RMA process from Asus has been terrible, I am just not impressed with them..

Just my 2 cents, sorry if I went way off topic, or didn't answer your question too well.
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Old October 23, 2008, 01:20 PM
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I personally like Gigabyte boards myself. THey make strong conteders. Maybe some overclock better, but, gigabyte generally is very stable, and reasonalby priced. And the gigabytes that are x-48, seem to smoke almost everything out there
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Old October 23, 2008, 02:00 PM
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Yea Gigabyte have some deadly X48 boards out there... DFi is descent too, Asus also has been quite good, they are just over priced for me.. now in P45 it could be a little different story, Asus has their P5Q Pro and P5Q-E nicely priced (could be still a little less), and are pretty good boards, Biostar also has a very good board out this time.. Both Gigabyte EP45-DS3R and the DS3L are pretty good.. Eldonko is working on a review of the DS3R actually... I am waiting for his review, pretty extreme Overclocker ..
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Old October 23, 2008, 05:37 PM
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Ya im thinking i may just scrap the idea of sli and stick with the gigabyte ep45 ds3l, its like $100 instead of 200+ id need for a 750i or 780i. I got my 9800 on sale for $170 though, it was $250 regular and id have never bought it at that price. I do like evgas products and support though so thats one other reason i got it. Since ive never really overclocked its probably easier with a p45 since there are a million and one topics about ocing any cpu on it lol
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