Originally Posted by obas
i like cheap of cheap, but if the extra 25 over the asrock is worth it, should i go with the intel board? toe me it just sounds like it would be stable because intel processor + intel mobo = pure intel and should have not that many problems and full compatibility right?
You shouldn't have any compatibility problems with an Intel CPU and the ASRock board. Sure, you won't be doing much o/c'ing with it, but your friend doesn't want to o/c, right?
It's up to you, but I can assure you the 775Dual-VSTA
is very good value for money and highly compatible with all kinds of hardware. DDR, DDR2, AGP, PCI-E, ATA, SATA, it supports them all. No issue with my E6600 and the board at all. It even worked with a BIOS that wasn't supposed to support Conroe and it gives a modest stable o/c (of 12.5%) as well.
If you want the cheapest, most versatile motherboard there currently is for Conroe, The ASRock 775Dual-VSTA
is it. Don't worry about the VIA chipset, it works just fine with an Intel CPU, as do all other chipset brands that support Intel CPUs.
It's totally up to you, but I've found this board to be very reliable, have good compatibility, great versatility, solid support from ASRock with regards to BIOS and software updates and basically, probably the best value for money you're likely to see in any C2D motherboard. Heck, it even supports Quad core, not to mention that it's "Vista Ready".
If you want cheap, like you originally said, there isn't any cheaper than the ASRock 775Dual-VSTA
. Check out some reviews before you decide against it; you'll find that, although it isn't the best performer there is, it isn't that far behind the "big boys" and "bang for buck" wise it just can't be beaten.
Good luck with your build; whatever you end up choosing.