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DarkJedi664
07-13-07, 09:08 PM
So after months and months and months of using the Opty/AMD, I've decided that it's finally showing it age, and can't keep up with what I need it to do. I am going to be upgrading my system finally after almost a year. Here is what I'm looking at:

Intel Core2Quad Q6600:

https://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=80864

eVGA 680i Motherboard:

https://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=246711

And finally Corsair 4GB XMS2 800:

https://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=85025-33

I'm waiting until the 22nd to order the CPU as the price cut will be VERY nice :) I'm tired of waiting for AMD to get Barcelona out, so I'm going back to Intel :) Any thoughts, or suggestions would be great. I'm keeping the rest of the specs the same.

spaceigg
07-13-07, 09:22 PM
looks good

methimpikehoses
07-13-07, 09:40 PM
Read some 680i threads before buying. I never owned one, but plenty of people have been owned by them.

The Quad looks good.

The memory looks pretty good.

Gotta a GPU?

DarkJedi664
07-13-07, 10:01 PM
I know I've heard some bad things about the 680i, but what else is there? The P35? I heard that wasn't really an enthusiast board. I already own a 8800GTX, and I don't need to spend $800+ on the Ultra ;) If someone can give some suggestions on mobo, I'd appreciate it.

Madpistol
07-13-07, 10:57 PM
I haven't had any problems with my 680i SLI. It's been great since day one. I've got my E6600 OC'd to 3.2Ghz 24/7, and I've never had a failure due to an overclock.

I'm warning you though. If you think you can run it @ 4Ghz 24/7, you're asking for the board to die on you. It's just too much. It's pretty safe to say that you're safe up to around 1600mhz FSB though.

DarkJedi664
07-14-07, 01:45 AM
I wasn't thinking of oc'ing to 4, I'd say a good 3.2-3.5 is plenty :)

I bought the RAM tonight, as I didn't want the price to jump up at all; but I'm going to wait to get the CPU, as I'd rather spend $260 on the quad, rather than $400-$500. Thanks for the help btw :) Appreciate it.

DarkJedi664
07-14-07, 01:52 PM
Hmmm, interesting. But would it be faster than the 680i? I love my nForce4 board.

mullet
07-14-07, 04:34 PM
Common knowledge is 9 out of 10 jedi's always choose intel chipsets.

BrianG
07-15-07, 09:19 AM
If you are not going SLI, seriously consider an Intel chipset. If you do get the 680i, make sure you do the check on the shipset heatsinks and verify you do not need to do a de-goop-ectomy, especailly if you intend to OC.

Two friends had 680i's, one early i nthe release, the other after goop-gate. Both had WAY too much paste.

fasedww
07-15-07, 10:18 AM
If you are not going SLI, seriously consider an Intel chipset. If you do get the 680i, make sure you do the check on the shipset heatsinks and verify you do not need to do a de-goop-ectomy, especailly if you intend to OC.

Two friends had 680i's, one early i nthe release, the other after goop-gate. Both had WAY too much paste.Or water cool the north chipset like me with a dangerden copper block, I have P24 bios and overclocked to 3.6 would go to 3.7 but I'm not to sure that it would be stable all the time, but 3.6 is like a rock. watercooled north chipsets is the way to overclock on the 680i motherboards.:)

DarkJedi664
07-15-07, 06:30 PM
If you are not going SLI, seriously consider an Intel chipset. If you do get the 680i, make sure you do the check on the shipset heatsinks and verify you do not need to do a de-goop-ectomy, especailly if you intend to OC.

Two friends had 680i's, one early i nthe release, the other after goop-gate. Both had WAY too much paste.
I'm not actually going to do SLi at all as I'd rather not spend another $600 on another video card ;) So general consensus (sp) is get the P35. Any particular model? I know a few of you guys have the Asus. Just wondering which one. BTW, I am actually going water cooling this time. I have a kit I bought from Peta's Tech Shop, and am just waiting for the new system to build it.

mullet
07-15-07, 11:44 PM
I'm not actually going to do SLi at all as I'd rather not spend another $600 on another video card ;) So general consensus (sp) is get the P35. Any particular model? I know a few of you guys have the Asus. Just wondering which one. BTW, I am actually going water cooling this time. I have a kit I bought from Peta's Tech Shop, and am just waiting for the new system to build it.

ASUS P5K Deluxe

DarkJedi664
07-16-07, 08:51 PM
Can anyone with a 680i board comment on the reviews at NewEgg:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductReview.aspx?Item=N82E16813188013&SortField=0&SummaryType=ALL&Pagesize=10&Page=1

After reading these, I'm quite hesitant to buy it. And the only bad thing I saw with the P5K Deluxe was a buggy BIOS. Also, any thoughts on the MSI P35 Platinum? It's a bit cheaper, and performs right up there with the P5K Deluxe.

DRen72
07-17-07, 10:56 AM
I think if I go with an SLI board soon, it will be the ASUS Striker Extreme. If not, the ASUS P5K Deluxe will get my vote.

DarkJedi664
07-17-07, 12:28 PM
I decided with the P5K Deluxe, just because after reading all the bad things with the 680i, and the MSI seemed to have a wonky BIOS (AMI) that I didn't like too much. Now I just need my CPU :) July 22nd here I come :)

DRen72
07-17-07, 01:11 PM
Good decision man!

I wish I could see the future and know just how well your rig will run Crysis. Will a single GTX be enough or will we all need SLI to run over 60fps at 1920x1200?

DarkJedi664
07-17-07, 01:42 PM
Well all the rigs at E3 were single GTXs and frame rate was solid.

DarkJedi664
07-17-07, 04:11 PM
Even Lost Planet is perfectly playable at 30FPS on my system.

wollyka
07-17-07, 06:36 PM
good config and choice , Enjoy :)
i've been lucky with my n680i mobo since i got it 6 months ago, but i am not overclocking it aggressively..

DarkJedi664
07-17-07, 07:37 PM
After reading all the bad things on NewEgg with DOAs, amongst other issues, I decided to just get the Asus. As much as I wanted the 680i, I'd rather go with one that had little, or no DOA reports.

Also, is the Danger Den TX CPU Block going to fit this mobo? If not, I'll just find something else that will fit it, or sell the DD kit I have.

D!Z
07-17-07, 07:44 PM
Good luck with the build its going too be sweet:)

DRen72
07-17-07, 07:59 PM
Well all the rigs at E3 were single GTXs and frame rate was solid.
Good point, but at what resolution? That is key here.

DRen72
07-17-07, 08:01 PM
First of all you don't need 60FPS, at least I don't. Crysis will be a tough test for a single GTX but I take that risk. Plus G90 is not that far away I guess.
I prefer my new setup over the old SLI one.

You're rig is similar to what I have in mind, but I'm leaning toward the upcoming E6850 instead. Well, 60fps isn't a must have, but its a good solid number to shoot for to enjoy ultra smooth game play.

Madpistol
07-17-07, 09:05 PM
If you're not going to do SLI, There are better boards than the 680i, even though it makes one hell of an overclocker.

P35 gets my vote. ;)

MUYA
07-17-07, 09:27 PM
p35 gets my vote too since I am using one mobo based on it. That is if you are not going SLi