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Choosing a motherboard

By bjg222
Jun 20, 2007
  1. Ok, so I'm new to overclocking. I've done a ton of research lately into choosing the right components, and I seem to have seen a consensus that Asus and Gigabyte are the best bands for overclocking. Is this accurate? I've looked at my options and narrowed it down to the following favorites:

    Asus P5K3 Deluxe WiFi
    Asus Striker Extreme
    Gigabyte P35-DS3P

    However, one (maybe two) of these says it is CrossFire ready, and I had planned on using one of the new GeForce graphics cards. Will this be a problem? Do I need to go with one that is specifically Nvidia compatible? I've also considered these motherboards:

    Asus P5W DH-Deluxe WiFi
    Asus P5B Deluxe Wifi-AP
    Asus Commando
    Asus P5B Premium Vista Edition
    Asus P5NT-WS nForce 680I
    Gigabyte N650SLI-DS4
    Gigabyte P35C-DS3R

    What's my best option?

    Thanks
    Billy


    Edit: Sorry, didn't think to add other specs first time around. Here's what other components I'm thinking about:

    CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo 6320 or 6420
    GPU: nvida GeForce 8xxx
    RAM: 4 GB, don't know brand or speed yet
    Not sure about power source/heat sink yet
     
  2. nickc

    nickc TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,634

    If one v card is all u are going to ever use it does not matter but if u plan on using the second latter u should go with a SLI MB.
     
  3. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    Take a look here on this forum by searching for those boards.
    Then go to the excellent motherboard reviews at www.tomshardware.com and www.anandtech.com... among others.
    I wouldn't give a twit for an ASUS board, myself. Their tech support and finaal phase manufacturing have slipped down to below average.
    I was wondering why you didn't include any eVGA boards in the search, as well... I do like the Gigabyte boards better than the ASUS.
     
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