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Explain what you think is best overclocking mobo for the price. Give good reasoning backed by fact. Thanks to all of you who help me out, I have been going crazy trying to pick a motherboard!


It needs to be under 200, preferably 100-160ish, supporting core2duo and easily overclocking.
    
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Gigabyte DS3 gets my vote, about $150-160 last I checked.
    
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The best mobo for C2D's With higher multipliers, AKA Conroe (e6600, e6700, x6800) is P5W Deluxe. The best mobo for C2D's with lower multipliers, AKA Allendale (e6300, e6400) is the P5B.

Both these are however pricey, so as transonic said i would reccomend the DS3.
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post #4 of 23
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Yes I was looking at the s3 / ds3 until I heard about its infinite Bios problems. I was looking at ASUS P5B Deluxe too but now I see less overclocking I suppose?.


Also keep the input coming for any board. Thanks , thats 2 for gigabyte! lol!


This a good ocer? : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131534
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ClaytonCallihan
Yes I was looking at the s3 / ds3 until I heard about its infinite Bios problems. I was looking at ASUS P5B Deluxe too but now I see less overclocking I suppose?.


Also keep the input coming for any board. Thanks Transonic, thats one for gigabyte! lol!
If you are going for Allendale then the DS3 will be very satisfactory. It has been confirmed that this board can go over 400, maybe even 500 FSB if i remember correctly. If you choose to spend the extra money for a P5B Deluxe, you will have a higher chance of getting bigger clocks
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Well I heard the deluxe is only special for the caps and that meaning higher life of the mobo, not something I plan on spending extra money on haha. What about that link I posted towo posts up. That as good or better than s3?
    
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post #7 of 23
I say the non-WiFi Asus one
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post #8 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by ClaytonCallihan
Well I heard the deluxe is only special for the caps and that meaning higher life of the mobo, not something I plan on spending extra money on haha. What about that link I posted towo posts up. That as good or better than s3?
I think the P5WD2 doesnt support conroe, or atleast doesnt support it too good. This board used to be the top intel board for overclocking Pentium D's.
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Originally Posted by ClaytonCallihan
Yes I was looking at the s3 / ds3 until I heard about its infinite Bios problems. I was looking at ASUS P5B Deluxe too but now I see less overclocking I suppose?.
Infinite bios problems? What do you mean? The difference between the S3 and the DS3 is that the DS3 has solid capacitors while the S3 doesnt. Nothing major at all. The boards overclock the same from what I can see and up until now ALL boards have used regular capacitors (besides the DFI Venus) and it has never been a problem.

The DS3 is known for high FSB. I vote the DS3. I did buy one lol.
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post #10 of 23
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Originally Posted by bigvaL
The DS3 is known for high FSB. I vote the DS3. I did buy one lol.
Same here.

I overclocked 800MHz, prime stable with only a .04v increase. It took very little effort to achieve. The board is good for very high FSB and has tons of options. Flash to the F7 bios and overclock away.
    
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