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Motherboard - Best bang for the buck

element291

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Someone saw my miniitx project that i've wasted well over $900 on so far and is dying to have it, so pending sale what would you guys suggest is the best motherboard I should go with.

I'm looking for one with at least 2 x16PCI-E slots SLI ready and 4 or more memory slots. I'll probably start at 2x2GB then switch it up to 8GB.

I'm sporting the Intel Quad as well.
 

JD

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Get the 750i at least, if possible, 780i or 790i if you can go to DDR3.

Personally I would pass on the 650i/680i since they had their fair share of problems.
 

kruzn4evr

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If you go with a 750i just make sure you go with the Ftw version, the regular 750i has a cheap n cheezy NB fan set up. The 780i would be a better way to go in the long run, it has more sata connectors than the 750i which only has 4 and has the 2GB lan and of course a 3rd PCI-E never hurts either. You should be able to pick up a good used one for around $170 (I'll be selling mine when the RMA'd new one gets back...nudge nudge ;)
 

element291

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I plan to sli probably later on in the year. Looking for motherboard now, and will most likely have a few graphics cards by june(ish)

Do you suggest a better way?
 

enaberif

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I plan to sli probably later on in the year. Looking for motherboard now, and will most likely have a few graphics cards by june(ish)

Do you suggest a better way?
It all depends on your needs and wants.

Do you plan to ever use a screen larger than 24"? If not SLI isn't really needed with such powerful single card solutions.
 

enaberif

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I most likely wont run anything higher than what I have now. Samsung T220HD 22" HDMI
Then SLI would be a waste. Single card like GTX 260 55nm or GTX 280 will be more than enough for you.

You could go for a P45 chipset board like a Gigabyte P45 or P5Q-Pro and be very happy.
 

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