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No_Limits

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Ok im in the process of gettting togethor all my parts for a gaming pc. Im looking at the e 8400 intel cpu. My main problem is that i want to find a board that will utilize ddr 3 ram, and sli mode? Anyone have any ideas
 
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I dont think there's any out yet
 
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Why do you want to use DDR3 ram? It's extremely expensive and offers little to no benefit at this time. You can buy 4GB or even 8GB of good DDR2-800 for the price of 2GB of good DDR3. If you want SLI you may want to check out the new 750i and 780i chipset boards that are very new on the market. As always, Asus was the first to make boards for those two new Nvidia chipsets.

Asus P5N-D 750i:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131232

Asus P5N-T Deluxe 780i:
http://clubit.com/product_detail.cfm?itemno=A4802849

eVGA and some others have 780i boards as well, but it seems that the P5N-D is the only 750i I can find at this time.
 

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I dont think there is one yet but Nvidia will release the 790i Chipset soon and will have support for up to quad SLi and DDR3 was suppost to be released between Jan/Feb but no signs of it yet and it will cost silly money.
 

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The 790i chipset was origionally scheduled for release this month but NVidia are having a some issues with it so it's unlikely to arrive before March. The first issue is funnily enough DDR3 support in as much as it's stability sucks and it apparently will not perform beyond around DDR1400 stabily which of course is a bit of a waste as there is good quality DDR2 available that can get into the high 1300's.

Also I think it was origionally going to use the bridging chip (NForce 200) but there have been performance issues with that on the 780i boards and they want full PCI-E 2.0 x3 without a bridge to get the max potential to combat ATI's CrossfireX, I am sure there is a lot more to it than that as this board is supposed to have native 1600FSB support and actually be a new architecture rather than meerly an evolution of the 680i as the 780i is.
 

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Yea the memory is quite expensive ( bout 540 i think for 2 gig of corsair), but i just want to build one that is pretty much up to date off the bat. I keep building about one a year, but its always pretty out of date.