The 680i chipset sucks.
It kills RAM, overclocks poorly (with quads), and has several other issues (storage controller, etc). I had an EVGA 680i SLI and the Striker Extreme and both were terrible when compared to the simple P5B Deluxe.
Don't you have some form of "newegg" in Australia(If you say "Boomerang Pete's," I think I will die.)?
Well, we don't really have one major well-known site like NewEgg, but there are plenty of smaller companies with websites I can order stuff from, I guess.
Originally Posted by Jakko
The place I got my hardware from usually has a good assortment and a lot of stock, plus I can usually get stuff a good deal cheaper than the advertised price since the guy who runs the store knows me, so I like to get my stuff from there if possible.
^What he meant was that online stuff is a lot cheaper than the local store. Especially for some states that don't have tax.
I have heard this 680i problems but I haven't heard about the poor overclocking for Quads, I have an evga 680i and no problem at all...so far (knock on wood).
Wow, MadDog. I looked into some Australian online computer retailers that I could find(eyo, umart, and computeronline, and auspcmarket), and, even converting the Australian dollar to my US dollar price, y'all still get reamed, man. And not in the fun way, either.
God Bless America.
I must have went through at least a dozen 680i boards (EVGA, ASUS, BFG and XFX), half a dozen of 965/975x boards with about ten different types of RAM (Corsair Dominator 8888, Mushkin XP2 8500, OCZ Flex XLC 9200, GSKILL 6400, OCZ Platinum 6400, Corsair Dominator 6400, etc) with several power supplies (PCP&C 1KW, Enermax Galaxy 1kW, Corsair HX620W, OCZ GameXStream 700W and most recently a Silverstone Olympia 1kW and my old QX6700 overclocked best on the P5W DH Deluxe with the 2x2GB Mushkin XP2-8500 at 3.33GHz at 1.45V with the Corsair HX620W.
Now I'm running a Q6600 at 1.40V at 3.41GHz, 4x2GB Mushkin XP2-8500 on a P5K Deluxe with a single BFG 8800GTX OC2 with the Corsair HX620W. My second system is running a Q6600 at 3.0GHz with 2x2GB Mushkin XP2-8500 on a P5B Deluxe WiFi-AP and an XFX 8800GTX XXX with the Corsair HX620W. The third system is stuck with the EVGA 680i SLI with an E6600 at 3.3GHz, 4x1GB Corsair Dominator 8888 with the second XFX 8800GTX XXX all under an Olympia 1kW. That's my SLI rig since when I find a game that uses SLI well, I pop the other XFX 8800GTX XXX into that one and enjoy SLI. But sadly, that board sucks. Terrible cooling, super loud and poor features.
Don't really know how the prices hold up with other stores though, if you're willing to do some work, check Computer Market (magazine or website) or go to the monthly Computer Fair, loads of stuff there...
Yeah, it's the sad truth.
Originally Posted by Jakko
AusPCMarket is one of my favourites, they generally have very good prices (for the Australian market), but it still doesn't compare to U.S. prices. Shipping costs are also a factor, but even without shipping costs the markup is ridiculous. Playstation 3 costs $1000 here, and new PS3 and X360 games cost $110-$120.
Thanks for the site, Heiji, but this place I got my stuff from advertises roughly the same prices, but are always willing to cut me a good deal when I talk to them in person.
I got roughly $500 off the total price (although in the end it was still expensive compared to the US prices, at roughly AU$3,500 ). They threw in some free stuff on top of that for no extra price as well though, so I'm happy.
Actually, I'm a little annoyed at the moment. I found out that they don't stock 64-bit editions of Vista, so I have to wait for them to order one in for me. Until then, this computer is a huge paperweight. I guess I COULD install my current version of XP onto it and play it for a couple of days without activating it...
Last edited by MadDogMike; 07-06-2007 at 07:40 PM.
Well the 680i only has a small heat sink on the north bridge, not much of difference with other board, which is good since it allows you more space to use huge third party heat sink solution, I overclocked my E4300 for testing purposes to ~3.25GHz measured with core temp and TAT @98%load was ~60C, ambient temperature was about 62F. Not sure about poor features as I have not use other board, but I think it has more automatic features (overclocking) than other board, which is good for a softcore OCing. 680i is not loud... I don't know how it can ever be loud.
Just curious, how much was it for the BenQ FP222W?
Originally Posted by MadDogMike
Last edited by flash; 07-07-2007 at 05:02 AM.
The retail price for it is about $450, but when you consider the discount I got I'd say I paid roughly $400 for it. Great deal when compared to the 24" models.
Originally Posted by flash