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Message 970789 - Posted: 15 Feb 2010, 22:46:52 UTC

I've just junked an asus board (dead southbridge), the last one we had running in this house that was not a Gigabyte. I've chosen to stick with Gigabyte mostly out of the devil you know being better than the one you don't. Listen carefully to the newest ones and you can hear a little voice calling out "overclock me! overclock me!" Also with a window sided case I don't need to turn the room lights on at night.

The only one's I'd really whinge about would be a bunch of acer machines, I think they were acer's own motherboards which initially looked good, but when I tried to do a bios update it fried the video bios (mobo vga) and I had to put in an add on video card. This was 10 years ago, back in the very early days of gpu's running original s@h.

What I would whinge about is not motherboards, but cases. Perhaps I should start a new thread. I had a Thermaltake case but after it acquired a 4 drive raid 5 array and a pair of cuda video cards there was not really room for the cables coming off the back of the hard drives and the power cable to the graphics cards. Hard disks I don't think should ever be stacked right on top of each other - there needs to be space for cooling airflow. My newest Gigabyte motherboard has the sata ports flat, so the old case just had to go (at least my daughter now appreciates it's shiny black finish and she's just gotten rid of the last working beige case in the house - a trip to the scrap metal yard is in order) and I have a lian-li case with the hard drives sideways and enough space between the motherboard and the drive rack for the cables. What is really annoying is all the manufacturers web sites show empty cases which makes it really hard to judge how they will work when filled up.
I did get so pissed off with cases that I built my own from aluminium checkerplate a while ago. ok, enough rant (for now)
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Message 970791 - Posted: 15 Feb 2010, 22:55:52 UTC

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Can anyone suggest a good bang for buck motherboard LGA775 that can handle 2 cuda cards?
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Message 970802 - Posted: 16 Feb 2010, 0:14:39 UTC - in response to Message 970791.  

Hi all.

Can anyone suggest a good bang for buck motherboard LGA775 that can handle 2 cuda cards?

If You don't mind an Intel P35 chipset, The Asus P5K Deluxe has been good to Me, It has a 16x pci-e slot and a 4x pci-e slot, It won't do SLI If that's what You want. I currently have one with 2GB of pc2-8500 Patriot Viper(has fins) ram and an Intel Q9300 cpu just sitting around that I took out of a PC, I even have the original box too. :D
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Message 970828 - Posted: 16 Feb 2010, 5:53:42 UTC - in response to Message 970791.  

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Can anyone suggest a good bang for buck motherboard LGA775 that can handle 2 cuda cards?

If you want 2 full PCIe x16 slots you would need the X48 chipset, or one of nvidias. I think the 750i SLI chipset.... The P45 chipset will give you 2 PCIe x8 slots when both are populated. This might be what you want if you are going for a gaming machine & crunching. Which board are the best bang for the buck for you would be hard for me to say. In the US P45 board start around $90. Depending what features you want included the price goes up from there. I paid $140 for my GIGABYTE GA-EP45T-UD3P in April of last year.
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Message 970866 - Posted: 16 Feb 2010, 13:44:41 UTC

Hi all.

It's simply a cruncher/media storage machine that I would like to fit 2 cuda cards into, GTX260 or 725 (depending on price and rac vs wattage) running either win7 64 bit or xp pro 32bit any advice would be appreciated.

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Message 970870 - Posted: 16 Feb 2010, 14:04:09 UTC - in response to Message 970866.  

Hi all.

It's simply a cruncher/media storage machine that I would like to fit 2 cuda cards into, GTX260 or 725 (depending on price and rac vs wattage) running either win7 64 bit or xp pro 32bit any advice would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance

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For LGA 775 boards now my preferences would be
-Intel BOXDP45SG
-GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P
For LGA 1156 boards
-ASUS P7P55 LX

Unless you already have a CPU for the new board it might be cheaper to get a low end i5/i7 system. In a lot of situations you can get a higher end CPU for less money.

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Message 973176 - Posted: 22 Feb 2010, 18:30:07 UTC
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Asus K8N-DRE - This board was too good to be true. It only cost $12.99 at compgeeks and came with a PCI-E slot. I had a spare pair of dual core opteron's and a bunch of old PC2100 R ECC that I was not using so I ordered it to find that it would only take a 2/3 size card. I could not find an ATI card that was 188mm or under that did double precision. I did manage to get a GTS-250 to fit in the slot and it cleared by 4mm.



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