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Old 06-18-2007, 01:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm in the market for a brand new mid-range gaming pc, and I'm hoping that after this I won't have to buy a new rig for a while. So I want something I can upgrade gradually.

Whats the single greatest factor in the upgradability of a pc? Is it the motherboard?

If so, that means that the more I spend on a motherboard here and now...then the longer it'll be until I have to buy a new pc, correct?

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Old 06-18-2007, 01:54 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Yup you should get a motherboard that supports quad core cpu's.
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any decent am2 or 775 mobo will last you for some time. no need to go to a specifically quad core supporting mobo unless you find a great deal on one. in which case, go for it.
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Yup you should get a motherboard that supports quad core cpu's.
Ahh...thanks Rich.

Does anyone know if either of these supports quad core?


-Asus P5N-E SLI nForce 650i SLI

-NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI Motherboard
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the 680i does. it should, it costs enough.
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p5e does aswell doesnt it, actually i think all os those MB do
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Look at the P35C-DS3R, it supports everything - Quad core, upcoming 45nm, DDR3...

Im gonna get one and you can get them cheaper than a 680i.
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personally I would go with a good overclocking board like DFI I have had mine for almost 2 years, and have not been disappointed I have recently upgraded to a dual core amd and I like to overclock my 7800gt so that I can play modern games on high settings while getting great frame rates. also I would recommend although it won't really be necessary for a while, maybe getting a rig that supprots atleast 4gig of ram which is most
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DFI aren't too recommended any more becuase there have some sick overclocking boards out right now. Most 650i and P965 boards will support quad-core and 1333 FSB. If the specs don't say they do thats because most likely the company has not made a BIOS update yet to allow for it.

If you really want a good board that supports everything and overclocks well then get a new P35 chipset. The DS3R is cheap and is very good while the P5K Deluxe is expensive but the best board ut right now probably.
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