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Thread: 680i vs 975x vs (waiting for) Intel X38




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    Question 680i vs 975x vs (waiting for) Intel X38

    I am in charge of building three machines (lucky me) and I need to choose a good (trouble free) motherboard for the machines, not the most expensive one - but far from the cheapest.

    The brands and chipsets are both giving me grief.
    - They'll be Core 2 Duo boards (I think we'll use E6700's), and they'll need to support Core 2 Quad (for the future... when they are cheaper),
    - 1333MHz FSB support would be nice,
    - SLI is an option I'd like to keep open too,
    - WiFi built-in is something we'd all like, but I haven't seen many with that feature,

    I guess my question is - what motherboard should I get?

    The budget is AU$2000 per machine:
    - NVIDIA 8800GTS (probably ASUS @ 320MB),
    - Intel Core 2 Duo E6700,
    - 2GB RAM,
    - 300GB SATA HDD,
    - Antec P180,
    - A quiet but good PSU,
    - Monitors, keyboards and mice aren't needed.
    - I think that's all we need to buy...

    [Also... what's with this "Designed by NVIDIA" that I've seen on a few boards?]

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    Wink Re: 680i vs 975x vs (waiting for) Intel X38

    When you see designed by nvidia printed on the board ,the onboard graphics adapter is supported by nvidia software which generally doesn't make much difference because most onboard adapters are normally only 64mb, and as for using either nvidia or ati gpu's on the nvidia board I've tried and tested both and can't see a difference other than the factory pro's and con's of nvidia and ati.
    AMD Athlon 3800+ cpu
    MSI-k9vgm-v mobo sck.am2
    BFG GeForce 7300 GS/OC gpu
    2 Gig' Dual channel 533 ram
    80 gig sata 1
    -----------------------------
    AMD Athlon 64X2 4400+ cpu
    Asus A8N32-SLI nForce 4 SLI sck.939
    Dual SLI GeForce 7900 GT gpu's
    2 Gig's Dual channel extreme DDR 400
    250 gig sata 2

    Both in ailenware cases






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    Default Re: 680i vs 975x vs (waiting for) Intel X38

    No, that is not what designed by Nvidia means. Designed by Nvidia means it is using the Nvidia reference layout/design for the part. Nvidia doesn't make motherboards, they make parts for motherboards.

    As for solid motherboards, 680i boards are very good, but are generally expensive since they have all the extra's. 650i boards are just as good, they just don't have all the extra options the 680i boards do. As for 975x, there is no SLI for Intel chipset boards.

    None of the boards actually have built in WIFI. ASUS has a few models that include a WIFI add on card. Also, 8800 GTS 320MB cards are OK for resolutions under 1280X1024, but they quickly fall flat on their face over that resolution. If you need a DX10 card and can wait a few weeks, the next series of 8600's are coming that are a better budget card than the 8800GTS 320MB. Otherwise, spend the extra on the 640MB version.
    GIgabyte GA-990FXA-UD3
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    Powercolour HD 6970 2GB w/XFX 8800GT 512MB Hybrid PhysX
    Creative X-FI titanium HD w/Technics class A 300W amp and tower speakers
    PC P&C 500W PSU
    2TB Seagate
    Coolermaster 690II w/Corsair H100 tucked under the hood

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    Default Re: 680i vs 975x vs (waiting for) Intel X38

    Thanks for your assistance! I think I'll go with the 650i SLI then and put the difference into the graphics card. Is there a brand that I should look at, i.e. is ASUS what I should be looking at?

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    Default Re: 680i vs 975x vs (waiting for) Intel X38

    Well, I am not overly keen on ASUS service after the sale, but they do make very good motherboards. I would go with either the ASUS of MSI boards, and I would also go with the mid-range versions with the heatpipes that cool the chipsets.
    GIgabyte GA-990FXA-UD3
    AMD FX8120 @ 4GHz
    Patriot 1866MHz EL series 2X4GB DDR3
    Powercolour HD 6970 2GB w/XFX 8800GT 512MB Hybrid PhysX
    Creative X-FI titanium HD w/Technics class A 300W amp and tower speakers
    PC P&C 500W PSU
    2TB Seagate
    Coolermaster 690II w/Corsair H100 tucked under the hood

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    Default Re: 680i vs 975x vs (waiting for) Intel X38

    asus p5kc boards r ok only round the 180 bucks mark

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