Which MOBO to get as I will OC the Q6600

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Getting a new rig after the 7/22 price drops. Will have the 8800GTX, Vista Home premium; 4 GB RAM (Crucial Ballistix 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800); etc. The options currently at Cyberpower are below. Which of those would work best for OCing and hopefully will also support Penryn CPU's?

(Quad-Core Supports) MSI P965 Neo-F P965 Chipset LGA775 Supports Core 2 Duo CPU FSB1066 DDR2/800 Mainboard w/GbLAN,USB2.0,&7.1Audio

Quad-Core Supports) Intel DP965LT P965 Chipset LGA775 Supports Core 2 Duo CPU FSB1066 DDR2/800 Mainboard

P5N-SLI nForce 570 SLI Chipset LGA775 Supports Core 2 Duo CPU FSB1066 DDR2 Mainboard w/GbLAN,USB2.0,&5.1Audio

Quad-Core Supports) Asus P5N32-SLI Premium/WiFi-AP nForce 590 SLI Intel Chipset LGA775 FSB1066 DDR2 Mainboard w/Dual GbLAN,USB2.0,IEEE1394, 7.1Audio,&WiFi

(Quad-Core Supports) EVGA nForce 680i SLI Chipset LGA775 FSB1333 DDR2 Mainboard

(Quad-Core Supports) MSI P6N SLI-FI nForce 650i SLI Chipset LGA775 FSB1333 DDR2 Mainboard

(Quad-Core Supports) MSI P6N Diamond nForce 680i SLI Chipset LGA775 FSB1333 DDR2 Mainboard

(Quad-Core Supports) Asus P5N-E nForce 650i SLI Chipset LGA775 FSB1333 DDR2 Mainboard

(Quad-Core Supports) Asus P5N32-E nForce 680i SLI Chipset LGA775 FSB1333 DDR2 Mainboard

(Quad-Core Supports) Asus Striker Extreme nForce 680i SLI Chipset LGA775 FSB1333 DDR2 Mainboard
 

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One assumption I am making here, from the looks of many of your boards is that you may be planning to run SLi later, if that is the case i recommend the EVGA Board.

EVGA 122-CK-NF68-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188013

This MoBo seems real user friendly, some good reviews, and a good price overall, plus some nice extras?

Honestly, i don't see any value to a P35 board, by the time DDR3 becomes worth while you will be upgrading the board anyway, face it, even when it's performance is equal to that of DDR2 the cost will still be an issue.

Anyway, just my two cents.
 

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I am not sure on the SLI yet; I hope to use the 8800GTX and then ebay it and move up to the new Nvidia GTX this winter.

With that said does the Evga OC well as the max I want to OC the Q6600 is 3.0GHZ and I will have a Thermaltake V1 Gaming CPU Cooling Fan to keep temps down with.
 

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Honestly, i don't see any value to a P35 board, by the time DDR3 becomes worth while you will be upgrading the board anyway, face it, even when it's performance is equal to that of DDR2 the cost will still be an issue.
I disagree. It is not possible to tell how fast the market will adopt DDR3. If it is adopted fast, you may see DDR3 prices/performance ratio looking really good really fast. If it's adopted slower, then you are correct imo. Also, If you want to upgrade to Penryn when it is released, you can do so on a P35 board.
 

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I am not sure on the SLI yet; I hope to use the 8800GTX and then ebay it and move up to the new Nvidia GTX this winter.

With that said does the Evga OC well as the max I want to OC the Q6600 is 3.0GHZ and I will have a Thermaltake V1 Gaming CPU Cooling Fan to keep temps down with.

3.0Ghz is extremely reasonable and yes, it will reach it with No Problem. The board is actually very nice for OCing, and really user friendly.
 

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Honestly, i don't see any value to a P35 board, by the time DDR3 becomes worth while you will be upgrading the board anyway, face it, even when it's performance is equal to that of DDR2 the cost will still be an issue.
I disagree. It is not possible to tell how fast the market will adopt DDR3. If it is adopted fast, you may see DDR3 prices/performance ratio looking really good really fast. If it's adopted slower, then you are correct imo. Also, If you want to upgrade to Penryn when it is released, you can do so on a P35 board.

It could go either way, that being said, the EVGA/Chipset will support Penryn. So it still comes down to the RAM!

That being said, if the OP is not going to run SLi, then he/she could certainly consider the P35. It is really up to the OP in the end. All any of us can do is offer our opinion, our knowledge, and our experiences.
 

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BTW.... It is important to keep in mind, which ever MoBo you go with, make sure it supports both DDR2 and DDR3. Given that you mentioned you are doing this build at the end of July I highly doubt you will run DDR3 at that time, so it is important to get something that will run the DDR2. I do not believe the P35 board mentioned earlier, Asus P5K, supports both.

Anyway, this just hit me...
 

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It could go either way, that being said, the EVGA/Chipset will support Penryn.
I didn't know this. I was under the impression that the only chipset out atm that supported Penryn was P35.
Either way, right now, there is no doubt that DDR2 is a far superior choice over DDR3. So if you plan to run DDR2 for a while and move to a new mobo when DDR3 over takes DDR2, then there is no need for P35.
 

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Spikke,

Actually I wasn't aware of that either until earlier today... :lol: At first I was concerned because most of what I heard was second hand but after reading it in numerous places I figured I just had to believe it, especially after seeing it on the manufactures forums

http://evga.com/forums/tm.asp?m=57172

Don’t get me wrong, it is always propaganda until it actually happens! :D
 

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Sorry everyone for highjacking the tread but I wanted to ask T8RR8R about his machine as it's very similar spec to mine.

I can't PM him as I am just a new recruit although I have been lurking for some time now and sucking up all the good info that flies around here.

Anyhow T8RR8R are you running in dual channel with your ram and what settings are you using? What BIOS rev? I can't get my PC to post if I put my ram in dual channel mode I get 1 long beep and that's it. I have booted with 1 stick and set up the ram with 2.1v, 800mhz and 4-4-4-12, slotted in the other stick in dual channel and it's back to the long bleep.

Would lowering my ram speed to 667mhz help me to get into dual channel do you think?

I realise I should have checked the compatability for this board but even now I read that some sticks have been kicked off the list. I was thinking I might get some other ram but was unsure what to go for so thought it would be best to find someone who has some that works and go for that.

CPU-Z 1.39 was showing dual channel even when my ram was in the 1st two slots near the CPU (1 white, 1 blue) but CPU-Z 1.40 gets it right and show single channel.

The machine is beautifully stable but I want to get the best out of it now before trying my hand at overclocking to see what it can do.