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    E6600 Motherboard Help Req'd

    Ok, I've cancelled my Ps3 Pre-Order after the final straw being that we are going to get a reduced functionality console so, new PC it is.

    I've decided the E6600 to be the Price : Performance sweet point at the moment, and I know what RAM I'm going to buy (PC-6400)

    So, all that remains is which motherboard to buy.

    I need a mobo that can give a decent overclock, but I don't need stupid features that you pay through the nose for like SLi/XFire, WiFi, etc. I just want a good performer that will get good results with top end GFX cards and let me get a nice clock on my E6600

    Can someone also point me towards a quiet cooler to use while oc'ing? Thanks for any help you guys can give.

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    The asus P5B range are very good overclockers and stable. The P5B-E is very good and can reach high FSB. The deluxe and commando boards are very good too but are more expensive.

    The Arctic freezer 7 pro is a good value cooler and reasonably quiet. Check out the scythe coolers: ninja and infinity, both v. cool and fairly quiet (big though). The thermaltake big typhoon is both quiet and extremely good at cooling.

    Hope this helps.

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    abit aw9dmax or aw9d great boards for the 6600

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    Ok guys thanks alot, that does help

    For the cooler, This seems appropriate?

    Also, is there a particular model in the P5B range that has any large advantages over its smaller brother, for a little extra?

    I must add that I don't mind paying £180+ for a motherboard, but if it doesn't offer anything massively useful to me over a £60 board I don't see why I should bother. Thanks!

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    • faz's system
      • Motherboard:
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    just make sure it fits in your case because its a big bugger but its also a great cooler

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    Quote Originally Posted by faz View Post
    just make sure it fits in your case because its a big bugger but its also a great cooler
    Thanks for the warning, I will check it out but my case is quite big in width, I've got a Thermaltake Tsunami.

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    • faz's system
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    had to take the side fan off the inside of the case and put it on the outside on mine so i could fit it

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    Quote Originally Posted by faz View Post
    had to take the side fan off the inside of the case and put it on the outside on mine so i could fit it
    Do you have the same case? I just measured it and yeah it seems it would be about 8mm casuing problems

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    • faz's system
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    no mate i have the xclio 380. click on my system .
    just been haveing alook at some pics of your case but i cant tell if it will fit or not .
    im sure someone on the forum will know

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    look at the 650i SLI mobos (abit FP-IN9, Asus P5N-E, MSI P6N SLI-Fi etc).
    yes, you are getting SLI but they are relatively cheap ~£75.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BUFF View Post
    look at the 650i SLI mobos (abit FP-IN9, Asus P5N-E, MSI P6N SLI-Fi etc).
    yes, you are getting SLI but they are relatively cheap ~£75.
    Ok, thats sounds good, but what advantage would they offer me over the say, P5B-E?

    Which are the better clockers? and I appreciate I "can" go SLi, but I don't seriously ever think I will.

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    they have native IDE support - saves faffing about with a JMicron if you have existing optical drives.
    They give you more flexible memory clocking than a 965.
    They're just as quick as a 965.
    They give you the option of SLI later plus the 2nd physical X16 slot should be able to handle RAID card/TV Tuner etc..

    On the downside you only get 4 SATA ports compared to 6 on ICH8/ICH8R.

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    I've got my on my E6600 on a Abit AW9D-MAX. It's packed with so many features (7 sata, esata, 2xGb LAN, 8xUSB, Crossfire read, SLI possible, etc), rock solid and high potentially for overclocking.

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    I would go for a DS3 or PN5E-SLI if I was going to get an E6600 again, I made the mistake of investing in the Abit AB9 and the board layout is just awful. It performs well but its just fiddly and stupidly laid out. I had a DS4 before my AB9 but it had to be RMA'd. They are superb looking boards the DS3/4.

    Recently bought a new cooler for my E6600 to replace the stock cooler, went for a Noctua NH-U12F. Did take a while to install but the temperatures and quietness of this cooler is untouchable. I would definately recommend it. Its the underdog!

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