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PaiN
12-27-06, 10:20 AM
I'd like to get some opinions on which C2D chipsets are best for my upgrade. I'm going to keep everything in my sig and just replace the CPU\mobo\RAM. Should I go Intel 975X/965 or nV 590/680/650? I also don't want to spend a ton, $250+ for a mobo seems nuts to me ;) $150-180 is where I want to keep it.

Stoneyguy
12-27-06, 10:50 AM
What exactly do you need? Hard to recommend something without knowing. Things like overclocking, dual network cards, full SLI 16x support down the road, IDE drives you need it to run, firewire support. A good catch all board for your price range is this one. (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813131045) It has reviews saying it's rock solid.

PaiN
12-27-06, 11:01 AM
sry...I was rushing to get my little one lunch lol.
OCing and excellent performance are a definate, but it dosen't have to be the best OC mobo, my days of extreme OCing are over. I don't ever plan on running SLI but I'd like a 2nd 16x PCI-E slot incase its ever needed for a "phyisics" card. I need one IDE port and NIC(but more is Ok). Most of all I want stability and compatibility, I'm leaning toward an i965, but I want to hear some opinions and experiences
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Roadhog
12-27-06, 11:13 AM
i love my p965

Stoneyguy
12-27-06, 11:20 AM
yep I agree with Roadhog and I'll stay with my original suggestion.

Roadhog
12-27-06, 11:27 AM
yep I agree with Roadhog and I'll stay with my original suggestion.

Intel makes great chipsets imo. They are usually the fastest, and are super stable.

stevemedes
12-27-06, 04:18 PM
I love my p965 as well. P5B Deluxe ftw!

radekhulan
12-27-06, 04:24 PM
Get P965. Do not even think about nForce4/5/6, these chipsets are a joke for both Intel/AMD, so unstable.. (had many of them, with many problems)

john19055
12-27-06, 04:39 PM
The ASUS 650i SLI seems to be getting good reviews ,and it is just $140.

PaiN
12-27-06, 04:46 PM
The ASUS 650i SLI seems to be getting good reviews ,and it is just $140.
I was interested in that board too...then I read that it is having issues running 2gb RAM in 1T, its been quoted in several reviews(incl. Anandtech's) and I experienced the same problem with an Asus\Nf4-SLI before I got this Abit.....I dropped Asus's 650 off my list.