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snowmanwithahat
11-01-09, 12:10 PM
Looking for some good recommendations on an LGA 775 motherboard that is SLI capable...

I want one of course that is a good overclocker, but aside from just being a strong and stable board I don't have any huge requirements, although dual NICs would be nice. I'm considering eVGA and the XFX 780i boards for this... any recommendations?

I know sli on a 775 socket is kind of limited, but It's really getting tempting seeing these GTX 285's going so cheap... I'm really thinking it'd be a significant return getting another one and an SLI motherboard.

fasedww
11-01-09, 12:38 PM
Go for it Evga 780i should be a good choice.:D

mullet
11-01-09, 12:39 PM
780i = :headexplode:

snowmanwithahat
11-02-09, 12:29 AM
780i = :headexplode:

... that being said are there any good sli boards for the 775 socket?

bob saget
11-02-09, 01:16 AM
... that being said are there any good sli boards for the 775 socket?

any gigabyte P-class ones that have SLi. Never had a problem with any.

CaptNKILL
11-02-09, 03:42 AM
any gigabyte P-class ones that have SLi. Never had a problem with any.

The only Intel chipset with SLI support is the X58 for socket 1136.

bob saget
11-02-09, 04:03 AM
oh my bad, i am an idiot.

Revs
11-02-09, 04:16 AM
Couldn't be happier with my Striker II Formula. I posted my opinion in Rage10's thread the other day so I'll just give you the link instead of typing it all out again :D. Really though, I've had this board since the day of it's release and it's been superb and it OC's quads and duos equally well, which was the major problem with the 680i.

http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=140303

I've just changed my memory from 4x1Gb to 2x2Gb so I can run it in SLI memory mode. It's allowed silly low timings even though I'm running a relativity high FSB and memory OC (see sig). I'm getting about 11000mbps read speed and about 51ns latency, which is badass :cool:

fasedww
11-02-09, 10:32 AM
Here's the XFX nforce 780i, in stock at tiger direct;

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5270971&CatId=2014

lee63
11-02-09, 02:19 PM
If you can get a hold of a 790i I would get it...if I remember correctly I had a lot less issues with the 790 over the 780.

Its a little more money than the 780i but worth it IMO

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4394541&CatId=3507

mullet
11-02-09, 03:25 PM
790i = (nana2)

lee63
11-02-09, 03:32 PM
790i = (nana2)
Yeah...now I remember...it was the best 775 board I had, great support from Evga BTW.

mullet
11-02-09, 05:38 PM
Yeah...now I remember...it was the best 775 board I had, great support from Evga BTW.

Is that the one Jakup autographed for you?

lee63
11-02-09, 05:43 PM
Is that the one Jakup autographed for you?

:o

fasedww
11-02-09, 06:10 PM
If you can get a hold of a 790i I would get it...if I remember correctly I had a lot less issues with the 790 over the 780.

Its a little more money than the 780i but worth it IMO

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4394541&CatId=3507

I don't think it's worth $60.00 more, I still have a 680i and it works good up to the Q6700 cpu's, 780i works good with the newer quads.:)

lee63
11-02-09, 06:24 PM
I don't think it's worth $60.00 more, I still have a 680i and it works good up to the Q6700 cpu's, 780i works good with the newer quads.:)I had all three and the 790i is worth $100 more..the board was flawless.

fasedww
11-02-09, 06:38 PM
The xfx 780i is 99.00 at tiger direct
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5270971&CatId=1533
And the 790i is 159.00 thats 60.00 more
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4394541&CatId=1533
Also go to evga forums the 790i as the 780i have problems, usally users error.
Plus the 790i is ddr3, and the 780i is ddr2 which he already has.

lee63
11-02-09, 06:48 PM
The xfx 780i is 99.00 at tiger direct
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5270971&CatId=1533
And the 790i is 159.00 thats 60.00 more
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4394541&CatId=1533
Also go to evga forums the 790i as the 780i have problems, usally users error.
fixed

I meant its worth a $100 more...not it is.

He asked for good recommendations and I gave him one of the best...the op never mentioned anything about ram.

Dr.Nick
11-02-09, 07:37 PM
I had really good luck with the eVGA 750i FTW. Was stable as a rock, ran cooler, and is much cheaper than the 780 boards. The few features you'd be losing are worth it for the extra stability and cash savings imho

fasedww
11-02-09, 07:53 PM
I got a MSI Pn 750i with two 8800gtx's on it in SLI and a e8400 at 4.0ghz. on it, running Win XP32bit for awhile now, good motherboard chipset etc. I got a zerotherm heatsink on the cpu idles at 30C only needed 1.30 volts to get to 4.0ghz.:D

snowmanwithahat
11-02-09, 08:40 PM
hmm it's really tempting.

I like the 780i that was posted from tigerdirect, I'm just not sure if SLI and another GTX 285 is worth the investment... It would be so fast but a shame with only a 22" monitor... I am thinking of upgrading soon whcih would mean much more than 1680x1050, but... no clue when it will really be

Dr.Nick
11-02-09, 09:41 PM
I thought you had another 285, sorry I misread your post. I don't recommend going through all the upgrading if you are using a 22". My 280@700/1400/2600 plays pretty much everything like butter@1920 so unless you grab a bigger display it would mostly be a waste imho. If anything try to OC your cpu a little more.
I also run the same mobo as yours in my main rig and love it to death, its a rock! If you really want more power and something that could handle a 24" later on I would suggest selling your current 285 while its still worth something and filling in for a new 5870 or even a GTX295 if it was cheaper. I think you'd spend less and be happier overall.

snowmanwithahat
11-03-09, 09:29 AM
My overall train of thought was "hmm, 295s are going to go down alot when the 300 series hits"... to "well SLI 285's would be better... and I already have one" so I started the hunt for a board...

I really appreciate all of your input but I think I've realized that sli on a LGA 775 platform isn't nearly as pleasant as with the new x58 chipsets... and more than likely the cost of an sli board and another 285 would probably be about the same performance and cost of just getting a 300 series and selling off this current 285.

sadly my cpu / motherboard platform in general is going to be more limiting than anything else pretty soon

fasedww
11-03-09, 12:38 PM
Well good luck, you always have to think it out what works best for you':)