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Old 05-17-2007, 12:19 AM   #1
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im building a new comp and im not to sure on a few things. I plan on getting the Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 or 6400 but i havent decided on the motherboard. im wondering if it is worth the extra money to get the nforce 680i chipset whats the main difference between the 680 and 650 chipsets. also i was wondering if 2 geforce 8600gts would perform faster then 1 geforce 8800gts.
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1 8800GTS would be faster. Get the 680i LT chipset. Newer silicon and fixes the bugs the 680i had.
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im building a new comp and im not to sure on a few things. I plan on getting the Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 or 6400 but i havent decided on the motherboard. im wondering if it is worth the extra money to get the nforce 680i chipset whats the main difference between the 680 and 650 chipsets. also i was wondering if 2 geforce 8600gts would perform faster then 1 geforce 8800gts.
Performance wise, there is very little (read NO) difference between the 650 and the 680 chipset.

Feature wise there is. The 680, if memory serves me correctly, supports 3 full lenght PCI-Express slots, two at 16x of sli and the other either at 4x or 8x for future PCI-E Physics cards, where as the 650 supports only SLI and when used in SLI both slots run at 8x instead of 16 (BTW, this has a very very small, if any impact on performance with current SLI setups, look up benchmarks).

The 680i also has support for more SATA HDD (8 over 4, i think - my 650 has 4 from the chipset and 1 from another controller) and two 1GB/s ethernet connections over 1 of the 650i. It's CPU support, Maximum FSB and memory speeds all identical to each other.

For me, I went for my Asus P5N-E Sli, based on the 650i Chipset. I don't use SLI though as for me, 1 graphics card is enough. I'd have a hard job getting my X1950pro in SLI anyway, lol. My requirements didn't justify the 120+ for a 680i board when my 65 650i does all I needed it and wanted it to do.
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Dont get the 8600's stay away from those card there crap, get the 8800GTS. There are so close in price its not worth it.
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Old 05-18-2007, 05:56 AM   #5
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yeah the mobo im probably going to buy is the Asus P5N-E Sli because its around 120$ whereas the 680i mobos are around 200-300$ and i dont see that much of a difference between the two worth the extra money. Also does anyone have a site with video card benchmarks in sli they could give me.

the parts that im going to be ordering this week are

Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe (not using stock fan/heatsink) - 225$
ASUS P5N-E SLI - 125$
OCZ Gold 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 PC6400 - 75$ (with a 35$ rebate)
Seagate 300GB SATA HD - 70$
Geforce 8800gts 320MB version - 240$ (with 20$ rebate)
APEVIA X-Plorer with a Rosewill 600W SLI Ready PS - 40$ for case , 65$ for PS

i am sort of on a budget this all adds up to 840$ i may also get the 8800gts 640 mg version instead of the 320mb, how much is there a difference between the two is it worth the extra 70$? also if anyone has any suggestions on a better motherboard no more then 150$ but could push 200$ if the permforce is much greater. thanks for the help and any suggestions are greatly appreciated.
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Old 05-18-2007, 06:32 AM   #6
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i have always wanted to use dual video cards with the sli motherboard. what would be the best 2 video cards to go with and how would they compare to the geforce 8800gts 640 and 320mb versions. if someone could provide me links of dual video card vs single video card benchmarks it would really help me out alot. i usta know a site a couple years ago that compared 2 geforce 6600gts vs the 6800gt and other cards but i lost the link im sure theres a newer one that someone here knows about.


also what bugs does the 680i LT fix and what are the most important features that a 680i has that the 650i doesnt. and should i get the Intel Core 2 Duo E6420 and OC instead of getting the E6600?
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Really, SLI / Crossfire is pretty pointless unless you're using top of the line cards or if you can only afford one card at one point and just get another down the road since you have enough money for another one. As for the 640/320mb versions, there really isn't too much of a performance difference between the two since memory interface doesn't exactly effect the speed.
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yeah thats what i figured so il probaly stick with the 320mb because i can get it for 240$.
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im probably going to be ordering some parts tonight so if anyone has anymore suggestions let me know
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813136034
I would have to say one of the best motherboards out there. It is extremely fast, faster than any other 680i motherboard or 650i. But you're going to have to wait a few days for them to come in.
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