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Old July 23, 2008, 10:09 PM
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Well, im building a new computer and i have a decision that I dont know how to make >.> So its basically a mobo issue. My budget for a mobo is 200$.
I was looking at 2 boards, the 680i and the 750i (SLI is a must btw.) And realized that the 750i Supports PCI-E 2.0 but w/ a lower ram frequency (800mHz). The Other board (680i) supports a higher ram frequency (1066mHz SLi Enabled.) but w/ a PCI-E 1.1. So, Which trade-off do you think I should make? or is there another mobo that goes to my budget and has all those features.

Im a bit confused about the PCI-E 2.0 thing though, wikipedia was cryptic in thier explanation. And if I could figure out how2 overclock the ram, that would be gr8, just worried about cooling though.

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Old July 24, 2008, 01:36 AM
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The 750i supports DDR2-1066 doesn't it?
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If you really must go with NVIDIA chipsets, don't get the 680i. Get the 750i.
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The 750i Officially supports 1066MHz memory. The 680i a pretty old chipset by today's standards, I've got one but I would never buy one again now with all the other boards out there. Why are you set on SLI? Do you already own two nvidia cards or something?
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ah, gr8. But for the SLi. I was pretty much set on getting 2 9800 GTX's (another one to follow in the year). I dont know if Ati has a better cheaper alternative, if so, im always open. My Budget for a graphics card again is about 200$ (flexible).

*edit* whats wrong w/ nvidia chipsets and sli btw?

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Old July 24, 2008, 07:20 AM
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Don't get 2 9800GTX's. If you already have one then alright, but in all seriousness the GTX 260 would be the way to go if you want Nvidia. Howver Crossfire is a much better "scaler" than SLI will be for some time to come. The HD4850 is a very decent card and runs very much on par to the 9800GTX.

Nvidia chipsets are very unstable and are built on ancient chipsets from nForce 2 and 4 era. This limits the expandibility of your setup. For a motherboard I suggest getting a P5Q-E or Pro. You won't go wrong there.
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Old July 24, 2008, 07:33 AM
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yeah, i dont have enough cash for the 260, but i was looking at some reviews an boards, and found one, what do you think of this?

ASUSTeK Computer Inc.

It supports crossfire which is gr8 if im going w/ ati and ddr2. btw, is there a difference in between crossfire and crossfire x mobos?
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Old July 24, 2008, 07:42 AM
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I you have a budget of $200 for a graphics card then a 4850 is the definite choice!

The P5KC was actually something I was going to get when I first made this build. Oddly enough I chose the 680i over it haha. But most people don't recommend getting a board that supports both memory types. Honestly I wouldn't be able to tell you why, sorry. I just remember reading it was not a good choice. There are plenty of excellent P45 board out there for great prices. But if you are set on getting two graphics cards then you might want to like into an x38 or x48.
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Get an Intel P45 based motherboard, which for ASUS is the P5Q series, assuming you can live without SLI and various issues that plague NVIDIA chipsets.

If your ordering soon from NCIX, The P5Q Pro and P5Q-E are both on sale. And if your quick enough, the HD4850 is only $150 right now. Also ground shipping is a mere $5.99 for orders under 100lbs.
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Old July 24, 2008, 02:21 PM
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Well, Thats pretty much it, any changes you think I should make?

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