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Motherboard for Q6600

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So, I just ordered a Q6600 on a whim after finding a great bargain (300 CDN$, I know the price dropped today but I am still very skeptical other retailers will significantly undercut this for a retail version in the near future.) Now I'm slowly building a new PC and I'm looking for a motherboard. They all seem to be loaded with features I don't care about or lacking some of the features I want so I'm turning to GDNet for advice. What I want: GB Lan Integrated audio RAID 1 support SATA2 support Bonus points for: WiFi Annoying features I don't need: Integrated video SLI/Crossfire/whatever. Pretty much anything else. If any of you guys can offer some advice, I'd be grateful.

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Check out the ASUS P5W DH Deluxe. I've been running it with a QX6700 from when they first came out. It has 2x GB Lan, HD Audio, RAID[0,1] support, SATA2 and WiFi with antenna and lots of other features. Don't know of any other good motherboards with onboard WiFi, I would suggest that you stay with the P965 or the X975 chipset from Intel though.



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I love my eVGA 680i. It has SLI but why wouldn't you want that? You don't have to use it unless you want too.

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So I've pretty much narrowed it down to what the system might look like, and I'd like your opinion on things I could improve, etc. Prices in CDN.

Notes:

3 Hard drives because they were the best price point I could find and allow a RAID 5 setup.

The case might be somewhat suboptimal, but comes with free shipping for the whole order. It's pretty much free.

Biggest fear is the PSU. It got glowing reviews and apparently can SLI 2 8800GTS just fine, but with 4 RAM sticks and 3HDDs.. I'm scared.

Intel Q6600 Kentsfield 2.40Ghz Quad Core Processor - 290$
Antec Sonata III Black ATX + Antec EarthWatts 500W PSU - 110$
Western Digital SE16 320GB SATA2 7200RPM 16MB 8.9MS Hard Drive OEM 3 Year MFR Warranty * 3@79$ - 237$
Corsair XMS2 TWIN2X2048-6400C4 2GB 2X1GB PC2-6400 DDR2-800 CL 4-4-4-12 240PIN Dual Channel Memory * 2@110$ - 220$
Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3R ATX LGA775 Conroe P35 DDR2 1PCI-E16 3PCI-E1 SATA RAID0/1/5/10 Sound GBLAN Motherboard - $155
EVGA E-GEFORCE 8800GTS 500MHZ 640MB 1.6GHZ GDDR3 Dual DVI-I HDTV Out HDCP DIRECTX10 Video Card - 390$
Samsung SH-S183A Black SATA DVD+RW 18X8X16 DVD-RW 18X6X16 DL 8X INT DVD Writer OEM W/ SW - 45$

For a grand total of ~1447$

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