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Hello all,

You all know me as Dell-Hater.

Anywoo, since I'm planning to build a computer soon. I was wondering, does the price of motherboard really matter? Does the price define what you will get in terms of performance? Is it's possible that sixty dollars motherboard can triumph over a hundred dollar motherboard?

Any input? Any comments or opinion, please, put it here!

Thank you for your time!

DH
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Hello all,

You all know me as Dell-Hater.

Anywoo, since I'm planning to build a computer soon. I was wondering, does the price of motherboard really matter? Does the price define what you will get in terms of performance? Is it's possible that sixty dollars motherboard can triumph over a hundred dollar motherboard?

Any input? Any comments or opinion, please, put it here!

Thank you for your time!

DH
Not necessarily, price usually refers to # of features and goodies. The P965 DS3 could OC just as good as the P5B-Dlx, but the P5B offers more heatpipe cooling and other little tidbits like that that you don't necessarily need.

The same thing goes for the P35-DS3R vs. the P5K-Dlx.

Go with what fits your budget, I'd say the DS3R.
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You will be able to skip on the speakers and save some money!
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You will be able to skip on the speakers and save some money!


please stay on topic.
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Ya, it's entirely possible...it's like for AMD mobos, when you can get the cheap tforce mobos and overclock like crazy...

It's mostly in the chipset...
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Ya, it's entirely possible...it's like for AMD mobos, when you can get the cheap tforce mobos and overclock like crazy...

It's mostly in the chipset...
I see... it's all about chipset?

Better chipset = better performance?
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I know its not exactly comparing a cheap motherboard to a mid-range motherboard but a good example would be the performance of the P5N32-E SLi and the Striker Extreme. Both from Asus, and both make use of the 680i chipset, but the cheaper board with less unnecessary features can clock just as highly. Though to be honest, if you're looking to only spend $60 on a motherboard I think you'll literally get what you pay for when it comes to Intel boards. I hope you're not thinking of an AsRock.
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chipset

and quality
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I see... it's all about chipset?

Better chipset = better performance?
No not really. The more expensive the motherboard, the more options/overclocking features you will have (this is mostly dependant upon the boards chipset).
    
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The more expensive motherboards generally will have features that the vanilla version will not have and also a few other things like cables and remote control and fancy stuff but usually they are built more robust and add features that will help in overclocking in the long run.

Take for example ASUS boards, they have:
-More OC options and sometimes higher values
-Extra cooling feature such as heat-pipe design + Stack Cool 2
-Phase power changes
-eSATA
-ICHX-R vs ICHX (for raid option)

And so on.

But to me, the 1st and foremost important part on my build will be the motherboard and that's something I will not compromise, not saying that I do in others but I do look around for the rest of the parts that will be hook to the MoBo but no as much as I pay attention to the MoBo.

That, is the reason why I still luv my P5WD2-Premium.
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