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Old April 7, 2008, 12:38 PM
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Looking for a budget/mid-range S775 motherboard with on-board video which would allow for a 3 monitor set-up using a 3450 vid card.

Gaming is obviously not on the radar for this build ATM, but must support at least Q6600, and preferably be able to support 45nm chips at a later date.

Main goal is digital audio processing from an external box so I might actually be convinced that one of the new spider platform combos might be in order.

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Old April 7, 2008, 12:44 PM
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Spider platform with a 775 CPU? Sorry, don't think that exists (or ever will?). Spider = AM2/AM2+ and whatever else comes after. If you DO go for a AM2 system though, get a 780G motherboard to go with that 3450, you'll be able to use 4 monitors, including an HDTV ready one on the motherboard itself.

Edit: Don't forget Hybrid Crossfire with that 3450 too!!!
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Old April 7, 2008, 12:53 PM
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Spider platform with a 775 CPU? Sorry, don't think that exists (or ever will?). Spider = AM2/AM2+ and whatever else comes after. If you DO go for a AM2 system though, get a 780G motherboard to go with that 3450, you'll be able to use 4 monitors, including an HDTV ready one on the motherboard itself.

Edit: Don't forget Hybrid Crossfire with that 3450 too!!!
Heh :) , that's why I said I might be convinced to go with a spider platform... I'm aware that it's not S775.

Hybrid is out of the question at the moment as the person isn't interested in running vista.
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Old April 7, 2008, 12:59 PM
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Still might be nice to have a system with 2x HDMI outs OR 4x regular outs (vga/dvi). Could be a good selling point. The 780G boards are all around or under $100 too
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Old April 7, 2008, 01:27 PM
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Yeah, so far I'm looking at.....

ASUS M3A78-EMH HDMI AMD 780G mATX AM2 PCI-E16 PCI-E1 2PCI SATA Video Sound HDMI Motherboard - DirectCanada

paired with a 9550

AMD Phenom X4 9550 Quad Core Processor Socket AM2 2.2GHZ 4MB Cache 95W Retail Box - DirectCanada

and a 3650

ASUS EAH3650 SILENT/HTDI/512M Radeon HD 3650 512MB 725MHZ 512MB 1.4GHZ DDR3 2XDVI Video Card - DirectCanada
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Thumbs up to that setup! cheap, cool and Very flexible
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Old April 7, 2008, 02:03 PM
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It's also delivering quad core multi-tasking abilities at about $50 less than an intel system which allowed me to bump up to a 512 3650.
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Old April 7, 2008, 02:45 PM
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Any suggestions on a S775 board?

Since the main goal is processing, I'm not convinced giving up 20 - 30% power compared to the Q6600 is the way to go........

The AMD/ATI combo does seem at first glance the way to go for easy 3 monitor use, but does anybody have experience with a S775 intel or nvidia onboard vid chipset that allows easy 3 monitor setups?
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