Is This The Best Motherboard For Me?

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I'm building a new computer and it will consists of the following

CPU:
Intel Core 2 Duo E6600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819115003

Memory:
Crucial Ballistix 2GB DDR2 800
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820146565

Graphics Card:
eVGA 8800GTX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814130072

PSU:
Corsair CMPSU 620W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817139002

Hard Drives:
1 160GB Seagate SATA Hard Drive
1 300GB Seagate IDE Hard Drive

Sound Card:
Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS

CD-Rom Drives:
1 Sony DVD RW

Miscellanies Items:

1 Fan Controller
4 80mm Fans

I've read a bunch of stuff on motherboards, and I'm leaning towards the ASUS P5N-E SLI 650i http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813131142

I think this is the best motherboard for me because I know the 650i is a little more stable then the 680i, the reviews for it from toms and anandtech have said that it performs as good and even sometimes better then the 680i, comes with 2 PATA connections, so I can still use my 300GB IDE hard drive, it's made by ASUS and the price isn't bad either.

So what do you guys think? Is there something better out there for me and have you guys heard or experienced anything bad about this motherboard.

Also what is the difference between this board and the ASUS P5N32-E SLI Plus. I've looked at the specs, but I don't understand why its so much more.

Thanks for the advice ahead of time.
 

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Also what is the difference between this board and the ASUS P5N32-E SLI Plus. I've looked at the specs, but I don't understand why its so much more.
when 650i runs in SLI you only get x8 electrically to the 2 gfx slots.
680i runs dual x16 plus has other features like Linkboost & EPP memory setting support.

What Asus have done (presumably because it was cheaper than buying the 680i chipset) is take 2 chipsets (a 650i & a 570) & run them together to provide the dual x16 SLI & somehow they have enabled Linkboost & EPP support on chipsets that aren't meant to.
 

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Linkboost seems pretty stupid anyway. Maybe it depends on what graphics card you have (maybe) but I just disabled it on my 680i.

I'd recommend looking up reviews on how the 8800GTX performs in x8 as opposed to x16. I don't think x16 would actually give you a lot more performance, but you should check reviews and benchmarks on x8 vs x16 before choosing a 650i board over 680i.
 

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Yeah it only drops to x8 if you're using both slots. A single card will work at x16. That's because the 680i has a total of 46 pci-e lanes, so it can give two cards 16 and still have eight left over (16+16+8=46). But the 650i has 18 total lanes, so it doesn't have enough lanes to give two cards 16.
 

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The Asus is a good board but it isn't perfect ( I have one).
The BIOS is still a bit buggy - in fact imo the release BIOS is better than the later ones.
Soldered rather than socketed BIOS chip - potentially if you bork your BIOS you need a new mobo rather than a new BIOS chip.
Cut down PCB width means right side of board (DIMM slots, ATXPWR, PATA connectors) is unsupported.
Northbridge runs hot.

MSI have a 650i SLI board in retail & abit's is due in this week (at least in Europe).
 

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I'm really having a hard time making up my mind. It seems that no matter what board I look at they have some kind of flaw. I don't upgrade that frequently so I really want to get the best of the best, but at the same time not paying and arm and a leg for it. I have really only been looking at the 650i and the 680i. The thing that I can't decide on is, I know I will not be overcloking right away, but I would like to have the option if I do decide to. I know you guys have had to go through all these kind of decisions before, so what can you say to me, that would help me make up my mind. Its been a long wait since August for all these manufactures to come out with their products, and I really just want to build my computer soon.
 

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So I know I keep posting, but after reading a couple of reviews and looking at the specs, the ASUS P5N32-E SLI Plus really seems to be the best motherboard. It doesn't have all the bugs and it combines the strength of the 680i and the 650i. It really seems to be the bust bang for your buck. What do you guys think.
 

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not that I "enjoy" www.tigerdirect.com all that much but they do have one quite similar that I think is a little better. It's called the Ultra Aluminus. All aluminum design, some come with a 550W power supply that's actually pretty decent. You can get black or blue or silver and it has 2 120mm fans and 1 side port for an 80mm fan. 120's are quieter remember. I used to have it and it's a pretty darn good case, till someone robs your home and take it with them ;o

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2215103&Sku=TC3J-2145

Good luck with your build, keep us posted.