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Having considerable trouble deciding which MB to get for the Q6600.

Don't want to upgrade MB/CPU/RAM for at least 3-4 yrs if possible.

As for DDR2/3 (undecided- seems DDR2 may be best right now), and other stuff, really undecided. I do think I want X38 as it seems like it will last a bit longer at this point than a P35 chipset rig. Really like Asus but am open to others. Not sure I need the insanity of a DFI board as I am only a mediocre OC'r although i have OC'd my rigs in the past and watercooled my server. (mem timings? etc. things seem to be alot more complicated now than they were a few yrs ago) I am open to learning however so....

Been going back and forth on these threads for hrs now.

P5E3 deluxe? (seems like the design issues have been straightened out- http://www.ngohq.com/news/11839-asus...gn-doubts.html )


P5E3 premium? (read a review at hardOCP sayinf its fantastic, and another at bit-tech saying it stinks) ?!!?

Maximus Extreme?


other ideas? I would definitely appreciate any help or insights you guys can give....
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if your not going sli or raid. get this:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128059. it gets my q6600's up to 3.6. rock solid at 3.4.
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P5K Deluxe seems to do some great OCing on quads from what I've seen from others.

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if your not going sli or raid. get this:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128059. it gets my q6600's up to 3.6. rock solid at 3.4.
I probably will go raid if I can (either 0 or 1), and MAY SLI if i can find the money.... ( i will check out your link tho- thanks very much )
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if your not going sli or raid. get this:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128059. it gets my q6600's up to 3.6. rock solid at 3.4.
That, or the Abit IP35-E.

If you do need RAID, I'd get either the GA-P35-DS3R, or Abit IP35-Pro

If you need Crossfire or SLI capability; I'd suggest a good X38 Chipset board (DFI and Asus make good ones) or the EVGA 780i, respectively.

PS: I'd I'd stick with DDR2 for now. IMO, the huge price difference (and modest performance gain) of DDR3 simply doesn't justify purchasing it at this time.
    
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Any p35 chipset will do very well for ocing a q6600. The P5K are superb. Gigabyte has a very good board too, and it's cheap. The Gigabyte P35-DS3L is a great board too.
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Personally I'm not extremely happy with my new DS3L. I had a P5K-Deluxe before this and got to higher, yet more stable, overclocks. Granted the P5K was about twice as much. If the board you are considering I would not suggest the DS3L.

I'm looking to buy a new board as we speak and here is what I am considering. I've had a very wide range of motherboards and have narrowed it down to these:

For X38:
DFI LANPARTY DK X38-T2R LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

For P35:
DFI LP LT P35 T2R LGA 775 Intel P35 Intel Motherboard - Retail

And my alternatives if I decide, like you, that I don't want to mess with DFI bios options:

ASUS P5E LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

ASUS P5K DELUXE/WIFI-AP LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

I'm really considering going back to the P5K being as it has been the only board I was able to reach 3.825GHz on my chip relatively easily and be very stable. At the same time I am itching to grab an x38 but I think it might be useless since I am going to pick up a 9800GX2 soon as well and P35 would be more than enough.

I don't like that my current board doesn't come with any mofset cooling and I have noticed it getting very hot when I am running at 3.6GHz. I have been running at stock voltage lately to be on the safe side till I get my new board.
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Gigabytes X48 boards can be had on ebay for $300 US and are excellent clockers, very stable and well designed layout. Very newb or casual friendly. DDR2 support X48 DQ6 and DDR3 version X48T-DQ6.

The P5E3 Premium is the ultimate and has some more power refinements for the NB and dimms. It also has built in wifi which can be used as an access point. http://www.techpowerup.com/reviewdb....=+P5E3+premium
    
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One that you'll see repeated many times is the GA-P35-DS3L/R.

Rock solid.
    
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Originally Posted by GeNjii- View Post
One that you'll see repeated many times is the GA-P35-DS3L/R.

Rock solid.
It's an OK board. At his price point he can get much higher quality boards. I definitely believe this board to be lacking.
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