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Old 05-31-08, 12:51 PM   #1
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I'm having reliability problems with my current setup, so I want to replace it. So I want to build a very fast, very reliable workstation class computer. It'll be running Linux and Windows XP for some gaming.

To start with, I was thinking about the Core 2 Quad Extreme QX9650, and I was going to use at least one of my existing 8800GTX's. I don't know if I want to go Nvidia to get SLI, or whether to dump SLI and go with an Intel chipset (for reliability). I won't be overclocking, but I do really want stability and reliability.

Any suggestions for motherboards / memory etc? The price is not overly important.

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Old 05-31-08, 01:23 PM   #2
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I'm having reliability problems with my current setup, so I want to replace it. So I want to build a very fast, very reliable workstation class computer. It'll be running Linux and Windows XP for some gaming.

To start with, I was thinking about the Core 2 Quad Extreme QX9650, and I was going to use at least one of my existing 8800GTX's. I don't know if I want to go Nvidia to get SLI, or whether to dump SLI and go with an Intel chipset (for reliability). I won't be overclocking, but I do really want stability and reliability.

Any suggestions for motherboards / memory etc? The price is not overly important.

Cheers!

If reliability and stability are your main concerns then by all means stay far far away from Nvidia chipsets.

Intel is the way to go for rock solid stability. I have the Gigabyte P35DS3L board myself and its perfect. I have had it overclocked well past 500fsb and it remained perfectly stable....running an E6300@3.6ghz with it and (two) Adata 2gb modules at ddr2 1000mhz 5 5 5 12 at stock voltage (1.8vc)
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Old 05-31-08, 02:04 PM   #3
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I'm having reliability problems with my current setup, so I want to replace it. So I want to build a very fast, very reliable workstation class computer. It'll be running Linux and Windows XP for some gaming.

To start with, I was thinking about the Core 2 Quad Extreme QX9650, and I was going to use at least one of my existing 8800GTX's. I don't know if I want to go Nvidia to get SLI, or whether to dump SLI and go with an Intel chipset (for reliability). I won't be overclocking, but I do really want stability and reliability.

Any suggestions for motherboards / memory etc? The price is not overly important.

Cheers!
http://xbitlabs.com/articles/mainboa...-ep35-ds4.html

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Also, if money isn't a problem, get the X38 or X48 gigabyte board.
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Old 05-31-08, 02:40 PM   #4
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Asus P5E for example, nice and stable mobo. But actually mostly any asus (strikers, formulas) are perfectly stable.
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Old 05-31-08, 05:25 PM   #5
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But actually mostly any asus (strikers, formulas) are perfectly stable.
ASUS A8N SLI was a stable mobo with a horrible cooling device that eventually fried my board. ASUS told me they only honor their warranty "as a courtesy" and gave me grief over it. Never buying ASUS again.
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ASUS A8N SLI was a stable mobo with a horrible cooling device that eventually fried my board. ASUS told me they only honor their warranty "as a courtesy" and gave me grief over it. Never buying ASUS again.

Yeah the last great board from Asus was the P5B deluxe as far as I am concerned. This Gigabyte P35DS3L has been an amazing board so far and to think that I got it for just $59.99 makes it that much sweeter.
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ASUS A8N SLI was a stable mobo with a horrible cooling device that eventually fried my board. ASUS told me they only honor their warranty "as a courtesy" and gave me grief over it. Never buying ASUS again.
That is a truely foolish thing for any company to say, because a warranty is a legally binding clause and is not just a courtesy. I wish I had read this a bit earlier, because I'm awaiting a new Asus MB now, and I would have bought something else had I heard this. I also have a defective Asus that I'm about to RMA, and if they tell me anything like that, I may consider seeking a class action lawsuit.

EDIT: Curiously, I was discussing my MB woes with a local shop tech a few days ago, and he made the comment that Asus's support had been slipping lately...perhaps it is true.
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EDIT: Curiously, I was discussing my MB woes with a local shop tech a few days ago, and he made the comment that Asus's support had been slipping lately...perhaps it is true.
Typically, a company offers great products and support to build a reputation. Once they get the reputation, they cut corners to save money, in order to boost their stock value. I'm still waiting for this to happen to EVGA, since it happens to nearly every company.
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The trends in the motivating factors in business are quite understandable, but when a business finds that it is necessary to break the law and shortchange their customers in order to raise their bottomline beyond that necessary to provide for their own requirements, deserves to be brought to a halt...or at least steered back on the course that made them what they are in the first place.

This may sound like some kind of liberal mantra, but actually I'm quite capitalistic. The flipside of capitalism is service. Unfortunately, business and politics too often seems only to be able to see one side of the coin, but well run businesses see with both eyes, focusing on a goal that includes profit, but doesn't become blind to their social responsibilities. Any business which strays too far off of this course must be reined in, either legally or by the laws of diminishing returns.
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