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Need Help Purchasing A Motherboard

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#1 Mr_Freeware


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Posted 26 December 2006 - 05:29 PM

i want to put together a computer that will play most (if not all) current games on the highest settings. i dont plan to get too many new games for a while. just wanna play what i already got.

i had my eye on this processor bc i was told that the core 2 duo's are better than the AMD's.

im thinking about this video card bc directX 10 is supposed to come out and i dont want to pay a lot for a video card just to be obsolete in a year.

and heres the memory

now i want to buy a very good motherboard bc i dont want to have to be upgrading the mobo anytime soon. im trying to find an ATX mobo. i would like it to support SLI mode for an nVidia video card just so its there if i ever wanna try it. i want it to have a high FSB like (1066/800MHz)

but heres the problem. there are a few things i do not quite understand.


in the blue box on the left. at the bottom. what is the difference between the North Bridges. what is better than what. i read a little about it in the newegg buyers guide, but it doesnt tell me what the differences are between all of these. remember, i want a very good motherboard.

another problem

i think there was a review here yesterday (probably got bumped down off the page) that complained about it having no vista x64 support. how do i even tell if any of these motherboards has that or not? i do not see vista or 64 listed in the specs for ANY of these motherboards.

i know i asked a mouthful, but i am confused and thanks to anyone who can help. :thumbsup:

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#2 Mr_Freeware

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Posted 27 December 2006 - 09:03 PM

im gunna bump this once if no one minds.

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Posted 28 December 2006 - 03:20 AM

First and foremost dont' base your memory off anyhting until you actually find hte motherboard your'e going to get,

because if you find the memory you want, And then find the motherboard, you will find that it may not actually work with your motherboard, Just a suggestion

secondly and this is just my opinon and something for you to consider

Video cards, don't always run obsolete in a year, Ive had mine for probably a year and a half now, maybe less, And it still works as good as anyone else's, Yes, Better ones come out all the time, But that's normal, And there snothing you can do about it, But your video card seems fine

I also don't see this box that you're specifying so I won't comment on the rest until you can further explain where exactly your'e seeing it, could just be the 130 am talking, who knows :thumbsup:

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Posted 28 December 2006 - 05:15 AM

Okay, firstly, if you want a MoBo that will support SLI (as opposed to Crossfire) you are better off getting the latest nforce MoBo (the 680).
With Northbridges there, they are talking about the chipset. The latest is the best (ie 975x for intel).
Now when you start talking about playing "most (if not all) games ont he highest settings", you better pull out your wallet! You are gonna need more than 1 GB of RAM, particularly if you are thinking of moving to Vista.

The best system would consist of the following:

Intel X6800 extreme ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16819115001 )
nForce 680 sli ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16813131074 )
nvidia 8800GTX ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16814130072 )
DDR2-1066 ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16820144026 )

Games these days are power hungry, and so are the latest video cards (the 8800's are the only card currently built to support DX10), and as such, you would need to choose a suitable PSU (absolute minimum Amps on 12V rails = 30A).

So, what you will need to do, is give us an idea of you budget, and from that we can recommend the best value for your buck. Otherwise, go with the list above and sell your house!! :thumbsup:

Edited by JPHarvey, 28 December 2006 - 05:16 AM.

[CPU]Intel E6600 Core 2 Duo @ 3.19GHz
[MoBo]ASUS P5N32-SLI Premium (nForce590)
[RAM]4GB Corsair XMS2 DDR2-800 CL4 @ 710MHz
[GPU]XFX 8800 GTX 768MB [SLI] @ Stock
[PSU]CoolerMaster 1kW
[Audio]ASUS Xonar D2
[Case]Antec Nine Hundred
[OS]Windows Vista Ultimate 64
[Other]WC'd CPU & SLI

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Posted 28 December 2006 - 09:46 AM

DX10 support is probably the most important factor to consider here. It'll impact your future ability to play games. Otherwise, you can stick with DX9.0c and all will be well. If you want DX10 - then pick a cheap DX9.0c card and wait for DX10 to mature before upgrading to it (FWIW - my RTM version of Vista says it's got DX10 installed).

The Core 2 Duo chips far outshine the AMD's - but who'll win the next round of upgrades is anyone's guess.

The chipset is a matter of preference. Look at what it supports and that'll determine what you want. For example, the new nForce 680 chipsets are great if you want SLI - but if you're not going to use it, then the 590's are great (and are much less expensive). I have a 975x (MSI mobo) and it's just not all it was cracked up to be - if I had it to do over again, I'd have gone with the 965 chipset because I just don't need all the stuff that the 975x offers.
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Posted 28 December 2006 - 01:25 PM

You might want to look at something with the 650i SLI chipset. It is a more reasonable priced version of the 680i SLI. Like this motherboard. It supports SLI, FSB up to 1333 MHz, and is almost as good a performer as the 680i SLI.

Although I don't think SLI is worth it unless your going to spend at least $1000 on graphics hardware. Otherwise your better of with a faster single graphics card.
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Posted 29 December 2006 - 12:12 PM

resp: this was the blue box i was talking about. actually its not a box, but a rectangle. i can see how there can be confusion :huh:


JPHarvey: i am not a millionare, lol. that stuff is damn expensive. i mean wow. i was thinking of something around $900. no more. actually i already picked some stuff out that i might post later.

usasma: yes. i am now going with intel. i saw a graph comparing core 2 duo to amd and intel wins.

Mr Alpha: what a coincidence. i decided on that same exact motherboard too! :thumbsup:

thank you for your time. i think i have a much better understanding about this stuff than i did just a few days ago.

Edited by Mr_Freeware, 29 December 2006 - 12:14 PM.

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