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Old 07-12-2005, 01:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm leaning towards getting an SLI board with the intention of possibly adding another video card in the future. I won't be doing any overclocking or anything advanced with the comp, so what's the cheapest motherboard I can get away with that will allow me to get the most out of my 3700+ or 3800+ cpu and 6800 gt video card while being reliable and easy to assemble (hopefully with a good manual)?

Will this work, or is it junk?
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/Produc...iliate=bizrate

Thanks for any advice.
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Good choice if you're not overclocking(which you say you're not). It's reliable and has good software/installation support.
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Here is a much better motherboard:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813136157
Also, I would get a single 7800GTX because its cheaper than 2x 6800GT/Ultra and it beats two 6800 Ultras in SLI.
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They are both very good... Get DFI if your going to OC.
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I would definately go for a DFI NF4 series motherboard. the SLI-DR if you're getting SLI, or the Ultra-D if you're not.
like 003 said, a 7800 GTX often outperforms 2 6800 Ultra's in SLI, plus you can get one in SLI later on.

you can even mod the Ultra-D to an SLI-D



or instead of pencil, you can use anything conductive, like solder
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I wouldn't recommend even thinking about doing this unless, you really know what you are doing..
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there really isn't much to stuff up, it's just a bit of pencil between 2 contacts
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Also, I would get a single 7800GTX because its cheaper than 2x 6800GT/Ultra and it beats two 6800 Ultras in SLI.
Hehe, well, I can barely afford one 6800 gt right now... maybe in the future I can add another card

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I would definately go for a DFI NF4 series motherboard. the SLI-DR if you're getting SLI, or the Ultra-D if you're not.
like 003 said, a 7800 GTX often outperforms 2 6800 Ultra's in SLI, plus you can get one in SLI later on.
I'm not planning on doing any customizing to this pc, so would the $40+ more for the DFI board be worth it? If so, please explain how. This will be my first build and I have absolutely no knowledge about what makes one mobo better than the next.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813136152

this motherboard is really good because it will run very stably, you can mod it to an SLI-D if you get another 6800 GT, and is very tweakable. you'd rather have the options there and not use them, then to not have them, and one day need them
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Still man... it's not something that should be done except for by the power user..

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