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Ok, so I need a new mb apparently. I thought I kept getting bad ram due to not running at stock rated settings using cas4.

But after going through 5 kits of ram I am def. feeling it isn't that I keep getting bad ram.(So yes, sorry for all the bashing Crucial)

But what I find odd is that I can run my old Ballistix at 4-4-4-12 as always but if I put any other dimm in I can't run diddly.

I have $100-$300 for a new mb, was going to go towards another 3870X2 but not now.

So what is a good mb in that price range, I've been looking but I either don't like the layout like for all the Asus, dimms are too close to gfx slot for me not to mention I hate those clips at the end of the pci-e slot(don't they realize the size of these cards now a days).

Thanks in advance for all the help guys.


EDIT: Please refer to post #24
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If you plan you do CF with the 3870X2 then you should go X38. The best cheap X38 board has to be the DFI DK X38-T2R: http://www.motherboardpro.com/DFI-LA...ail-p-531.html

Or for a bit more you can get the LT X38-T2R: http://www.motherboardpro.com/DFI-La...ATX-p-405.html

I like the DK more since it's cheaper and offer pretty much the same stuffs.
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post #3 of 24
Agreed on DFI DK X38-T2R. Also, Gigabyte X38-DS4 is worthy to take a look.
post #4 of 24
If you want to move to another P35 you could sell yours and get an Abit IP35 PRO. I love this board. I don't think X38 is all that great of an investment atm. The only reason X48 is not out right now is because Asus made to many X38 boards. X48 is going to be the new top of the line and X38 will be the bald headed step-child (well not really ).
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As others have noted, you may like the Gigabyte X38-DS4. Gigabyte reliability and a good price for a crossfire capable board, with great chipset cooling for OC'ing.

If crossfire isn't important, Gollie mentioned the Abit IP35 Pro, which is also an excellent board. It's on sale at Newegg for $175 - $30 MIR.
    
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Actually if CF isn't needed, I would go for the Foxconn Mars: http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/Produc...tCode=10006745

I know it's not in stock yet, but wait 'til it is. It's the very best P35 board out there when it comes to overclocking. I'm easily pulling 450x8 on my Q6600 on it. It's been pretty reliable to me, and I've got nothing to worry about when the Mars is made by ex-DFI engineers and extreme overclockers. Reliable like the DFI SLI-DR Expert back in the days and overclocks like a dream. They've began releasing BIOS that fixed 45nm bugs back in October!
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post #7 of 24
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Well, Gollie I wouldn't sell my MSI mb due to it possibly being it's chipset being/going bad, I have been having alot of problems with it here lately.

And NUC, I have been looking at that Foxxcon Mars for the same reason as you mentioned.

Yea, I really was planning on CFX with 2x3870X2's so the DFI DK X38 T2R is looking pretty good.
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Ok I'm going to order the mb tonight, so I gotta get one picked out that will be a good solid overclocker.

But there has been a change in plans. I have to get a mb,cpu,and ram. So I am now looking at getting the best, I don't wanna say budget mb but not the best enthusiast either. trying to find a happy medium.

CrossFireX is out of the equation now also. So no need for X38 chipset now.

You guys think the Abit P35 Pro is going to be my best bet???
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post #9 of 24
It's a fine board. But, so are the DFI BloodIron and the GA-P35 boards.
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post #10 of 24
How about saving some money and going with the DFI Lanparty DK P35-T2RS. It is P35, but it has a ton of options to overclock. It lacks some back panel ports such as firewire and eSATA, though. If you just want a good overclocker with many features, I give the Foxconn Mars a thumbs up.
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