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Hi I was curious on what M-ATX board I should get to accommodate my Q9400, 4x2GB sticks, and my old 9800gtx+.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...e=&srchInDesc=

I got it down the that, but I really don't know which one I should pick. Any suggestions are extremely appreciated.
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I'd go with the Asus board. I'm not fond of Zotac or Intel-branded boards, have had QC issues with them. Gigabyte and Asus are both good, but the Gigabyte board uses DDR3, and from the looks of your sigrig you're using DDR2, so that just leaves the Asus.
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The Gigabyte can support DDR3 and DDR2 the 4 DIMMS split up between the two, and feature and functions wise it is a better board. I considered the Asus when purchasing my 775, and the Gigabyte was the perfect choice for me as it natively supported 45nm cpu's. Not to mention it's cheaper. The only downside to the gigabyte is that you will only be able to use 2 of your DDR2 sticks, limiting you to 4gb of RAM.
Edited by Rixon - 5/7/11 at 8:38pm
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I think I might go with the Asus board because I would be able to use all 4 dimms for DDR2 as opposed to the 2/2 given on the Gigabyte one.

I was originally gonna go with an Intel one since its cheaper, but if they have issues, I really don't feel like troubleshooting to deal with them.
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There are hardly any options for what you are looking for. I tried finding good options, and came to the conclusion that my best bet was just to get a G31 or a G41 board. All of the good mATX boards that used to be out are long gone by now. Only budget boards exist, and even used it is very difficult to find high end boards. I have used the Gigabyte G31, the Zotac G31 board, and the Gigabyte G41-Combo board. The Gigabyte G31 is great, the Zotac was decent, and the Gigabyte G41-Combo is good except that I cannot seem to get a very small overclock with it.

Edit: If you can find a ASUS P5Q-VM it is apparently better than the ASUS P5Q-EM.
Edited by Bandrew - 5/7/11 at 8:43pm
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Originally Posted by Rixon View Post
The Gigabyte can support DDR3 and DDR2 the 4 DIMMS split up between the two, and feature and functions wise it is a better board. I considered the Asus when purchasing my 775, and the Gigabyte was the perfect choice for me as it natively supported 45nm cpu's. Not to mention it's cheaper. The only downside to the gigabyte is that you will only be able to use 2 of your DDR2 sticks, limiting you to 4gb of RAM.
Don't know how I missed that...
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Alright Thanks guys, I guess ill go fiddle around to see what I can find. Yea, pretty small options for me ><.
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