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Too many Intel SLI MoBo choices!

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Ok, so I'm looking to start the building of my new pc. I say start as some things I'll be waiting a while to get due to not needing them for current gaming right now.

 

I'm planning on getting the mobo now, the cpu when the 45nm quad cores are out and at decent prices and the gpu's early next year when the new game I'm waiting for comes out.

 

But first I guess I should make sure that the mobo I get will support the 45nm quad core chips. I'm remembering NVidia stating that their chipsets will support them with bios updates from the board manufacturers but I could be off there. Anyone confirm / deny this?

 

 

But on to boards. I plan on getting a SLI board due to the fact that I mainly play MMO's which have game graphics engines designed to be scalable for years and adding more gpu power can do wonders for being able to turn the graphics up... And I now have a job that pays me enough money that I can do things like that :D The board doesn't need to have the highest OC potential as I'll also be getting a higher multi chip so that will be less of an issue and all.

 

I'm looking at 4 boards. Some are the 650i SLI boards which only have 8x pci-e lanes which may be an issue down the road as I try to not upgrade my cpu / mobo for as long as possible while just upgrading the graphics system if needed.

 

They are:

 

ABIT Fatal1ty FP-IN9 SLI - Which has a nice color scheme and price. Mainly I like the look :rolleyes:

 

GIGABYTE GA-N650SLI-DS4 - All solid caps, 2 usable pci slots when using SLI and a brand I know and like.

 

Foxconn N68S7AA-8EKRS2H - Don't they make the reference boards for NVidia? It also has all solid caps and no annoying heatpipe coolers on the NB / SB.

 

DFI LP UT NF680I LT SLI-T2 - I like DFI boards, but this one has me perplexed. It's not using solid caps, and has the retarded hook clip for the NB heatsink. However I do like the LanParty look and it would have 2 usable pci slots with SLI going on.

 

 

They all seem like decent boards, and should fit my needs well (Except perhaps the dual 8x ones if newer cards need more than 8x to run at full speed). Even though I would like two pci slots when using sli for sound and wireless, but I can get usb wireless or something. So I'm sitting here wondering if it would be worth spending the extra $ to go above the 650i or to get the DFI over the Foxconn. Or heck I could just get an eVGA like everyone else, though I like the solid caps on the Foxconn.

 

So I need some help deciding on a board. And just to be sure, has anyone heard of NVidia releasing a new chipset anytime this year? As if they are it would almost make more sense to hold off until then I would think?

 

And thanks much for advice and the like! :D

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I've heard very good things about the MSI P6N 650i motherboards and other people using the same Asus board I have (which has Dual X16 PCIe lanes). If you were going 680i, the eVGA A1 version seems to be the standard. I'm not too sure about the boards you posted. Seem to be a bit overpriced for what you're getting.

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