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I'm getting sick of my laptop's performance and am preparing to build myself a good desktop gaming system.

I'm interested to hear from those people keeping track of such things on what a good motherboard choice would be.

I have a matched pair of 8800 GT's, and I will be buying Intel this time around, even though I like supporting AMD most times. I'm also partial to the Nvidia chipsets. If you've got a mobo that has good SLI support and fits all these parameters, tell me about it.


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I built a system for a friend with a pair of 8800 GT's, using the EVGA 780i main board. It's not cheap.. about 220 from Newegg. The 790 boards are DDR3..

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Here's what I'm thinking so far. Opinions are welcome.

Qty. Image Product Description Unit Price Savings Total Price 1 EVGA 132-CK-NF78-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

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1 Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8500

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2 mushkin XP 2GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory Model 991622

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1 ZEROtherm BTF90 92mm Silent UFO CPU Cooler

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Looks fine, weird heatsink though. Just use stock unless you're overclocking. c2d stock heatsink is pretty good.

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One thing I'm not sure about is the motherboard, from the specs, it shows support for DDR2 ram and that's it. Think I should get one that does the DDR3 memory?

Re: the heatsink, but it's QUIET!, and it has a cool red LED! OMG!


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Getting a power supply as well?

You could get a 790i board for DDR3, and it'll be a bit faster. It just costs more money for the mainboard and ram.

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Even in benchmarking you'll be hard pressed to see a difference between DDR3 and DDR2 (Unless it's a specific ram only benchmark).

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Already have the power supply and graphics cards (2 8800 GTs).


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Ok, never bought anything and went back and re-read Mega's PC thread. Checked out some links on Newegg and now I'm thoroughly confused. Hopefully one of you can give me some advice on what's going on right now.

First question. Are two 8800GTs going to be slower than a 4850 right now? They will certainly be noisier and hotter. If I already have the 8800s are they still worth building a system around?

Second question. Darv's ASUS P5Q Pro says it's crossfire ready, which I assume (perhaps wrongly) is ATI's dual card standard. Does that mean it won't work well with a pair of Nvidia cards like the 8800s?

Third question. Regarding the CPU's, The dual core 8500 is very highly recommended, and I've overclocked on occasion, but I love to run more than one app at a time, and stuff like that, will the quad core be the better cpu in that case?


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I use a quad at work (2.5ghz) and have a dual at home (3.2ghz) and I gotta say the quad performs much better for me, and I usually do have multiple apps running on both systems.

And yes Crossfire is the ATI dual setup and I wouldn't recommend it for a dual NVidia setup, which is SLI.

Overclocking the CPU is easy with the core2, so if I was given the ok I could overclock the work pc to 3.2ghz with just a couple tweaks, but I'm not allowed because I would void the warranty ;)

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Galnog wrote:
First question. Are two 8800GTs going to be slower than a 4850 right now? They will certainly be noisier and hotter. If I already have the 8800s are they still worth building a system around?

Second question. Darv's ASUS P5Q Pro says it's crossfire ready, which I assume (perhaps wrongly) is ATI's dual card standard. Does that mean it won't work well with a pair of Nvidia cards like the 8800s?

Third question. Regarding the CPU's, The dual core 8500 is very highly recommended, and I've overclocked on occasion, but I love to run more than one app at a time, and stuff like that, will the quad core be the better cpu in that case?


1. It's very likely, but imo not enough of a difference to bother upgrading. 2x8800gt is still hot.

2. Yes ATI, yes it wont work with navidia.

3. Quad is pointless for gaming (It's hot source for other stuff though). Get the 8500. (Or the 5200 if you want to be hardcore*).


*Hardcore being defined as getting huge performance out of budget hardware ;)

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Darvon wrote:
3. Quad is pointless for gaming (It's hot source for other stuff though). Get the 8500. (Or the 5200 if you want to be hardcore*).


*Hardcore being defined as getting huge performance out of budget hardware ;)


Agree. I guess I do more app stuff than actual gaming, and at work I usually run the games on the wii devkit. Then again, i'm sure a nice new 45nm 2.5ghz quad overclocked to 3.2ghz would still be hot for games ;)

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Thanks for the replies.

Still hung jury on the quad vs. dual, I like running 4 apps at the same time.


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Then again, i'm sure a nice new 45nm 2.5ghz quad overclocked to 3.2ghz would still be hot for games ;)


New 8500s go to 4ghz without breaking a sweat though, 5200s can as well with a bit more work.

It's all overkill though lol, any c2d has enough juice to run games fine :)

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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6819116072

$82 for a dual core that'll go to 4ghz. It's out of control.

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