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So I'm thinking of using this upcoming "Economy Boost Check" thingy ($600) to do a little computer upgradage.

I am planning on purchasing a Q9450 and I wanted to make the step up to the X38 chipset. I was thinking about a couple of X38's that I had heard good things about, and that through general research I found interesting.

DFI LP LT X38-T2R $269.99

GIGABYTE GA-EX38-DQ6 $269.99

Asus Maximus Formula X38 $254.99

Asus P5E X38 $224.99

I have heard bad things about the Abit QuadGT, so I would like to stay away from it *unless thoroughly convinced of its capabilities*. Also, if there are any that I have missed that are exceptional boards, please inform me and leave a link. Thanks!

I will be running a Q9450 (maybe maybe maybe a Q6700, depends where I decide to go with the processor, but thats beside the point) on water and I would like to really push this chip if I can.

Its my sig rig, btw. The E8400 is Temporary. Just using it until this little fiasco gets itself figured out.
    
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Gigabyte EX38-DQ6 gets my vote. Also, DFI LP X38-T2R is another good option (higher fsb for this 8x cpu)
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Yeah, I was pretty strongly leaning towards the DFI board. I recently built a computer for my madre and I gave her my old E6750 and a Blood Iron I had sitting around not being used and I decided that I love that board. The BIOS rocks. Her computer is currently running 3.6Ghz on air with not much in the way of fiddling. *shrug*

I have heard excellent things about the Gigabyte board, but I have also heard that their BIOS' take a little getting used to.

And I wish the stupid P5E3 wasn't DDR3 exclusively. Laame...then again it is basically a P5E with DDR3 support.
    
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So far I'm liking the DK X38 (non LT).
    
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of those boards it seems to me to be a fairly easy choice the gigabyte DQ6
    
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of those boards it seems to me to be a fairly easy choice the gigabyte DQ6

You don't like your DFI board?
    
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I have a Maximus and can testify to its greatness. I i haven't used any of the other boards but i've always used ASUS and have never had any problems. And heck, its called MAXIMUS...doesn't that just radiate power? lol.
    
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You don't like your DFI board?
not really in fact i dont think i could be more disappointed
    
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Any reasons in particular?
    
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I have a Maximus and can testify to its greatness. I i haven't used any of the other boards but i've always used ASUS and have never had any problems. And heck, its called MAXIMUS...doesn't that just radiate power? lol.

If I have my choice, I think I'm going to try to stay away from the Asus boards. I had a P5N-E SLI board crap out on me in the past and it caused ALL SORTS of problems. Not saying that ASUS isn't a good manufacturer (mostly to the contrary) I would just like to head in the direction of more known overclocking boards.

I wish the Foxconn BlackOps was out... But spending 2 arms, 3 legs and a first-born child on an X48 board isn't exactly what i'm going to call fun right now.
    
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