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Old 12-17-2006, 05:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm looking to build a computer. I had decided on the following MOBO: Asus P5N32- SLI SE Deluxe http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131031

As I got to reading more reviews and forums, it looks like the nVidia nForce 680i might be an option for me to consider:
EVGA 680i: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...813188009#spec
Asus 680i: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131073

My question is this: is the 680i motherboard the right way to go? Should I look into others boards, such as the NVIDIA nForce 590?

At this point, I have 'tired head' from all the research. I play MMORPG games, use Office for work, and video conversions. I'm handing my Dell down to my son and want a PC that can last and can easily be upgraded in the years to come. Here are the other base components I had decided upon:
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600
Memory: Corsair XMS2 2x1GB DDR800 6400
Video Card: EVGA GeForce 7950GT 512MB PCI-E

My plan was to utilize an SLI setup and get another 7950GT in a few months.

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Old 12-17-2006, 07:16 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I just ordered the Asus 680i that you have linked above.

I have read about alot of issues with the evga 680i mobo.

It seems that some of these board are having problems {sata and ram} and that some are not.

I just hope I get a good one, lol.

Even though I will not be overclocking right away, I liked what I heard about the overclocks {some say 500 on the FSB} and I also liked that it is very upgradable.

Its a tough call as to get one or not right at the moment.
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Too soon to tell imo. Ive read that 680 has problems and nvidia is working on a fix for them so its too soon to be sure. I hear either it works or it doesnt. Good luck anyway.
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Old 12-17-2006, 05:03 PM   #4 (permalink)
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My question is this: is the 680i motherboard the right way to go? Should I look into others boards, such as the NVIDIA nForce 590?
Not the 590, it was rushed through development and never performed as well as intels chipset. 680i seems like a good performing chipset, but it has some bugs that havn't been ironed out.
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There is apparently a BIOS update that fixes the SATA problems

http://www.evga.com/community/messag...TOPIC_ID=23034
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Old 12-17-2006, 06:35 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I appreciate all the replies given. Reading the forums at EVGA was very enlightening. The BIOS update is promising, but it still sounds like a crap-shoot whether you'll get a good or problematic board.

This may be one of those where I just roll the dice and hope for the best!
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Thats what I am going to do. I am planning on buying the same board and I am just hoping I get a good one! Good luck!
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