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Hey guys...building a new rig for my bro and I was looking to put the E8400 wolfdale cpu in a decent motherboard...but I am having trouble deciding on a good motherboard to use. I am open to all suggestions. SLI is not a feature I need but it is welcome.
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There are so many good motherboards out there that are compatible with the E8400, so it's hard to pin-point one. One board I would suggest if you aren't doing SLI is the Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L. It has everything you need for a low price, and is one of the most popular motherboards right now because of it. Very reliable board. It has a simple BIOs and is overclocking friendly too!
Weblink: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128059

Hope that helps
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I like the asus maximus extreme, which I now have. I was going to get an e8400 but since they werent around I got a q6600, but its 1066fsb not 1333. If you are using ddr3 1333 mem, and an e8400, and sli with nvidia isnt on the menu, then the maximus extreme is a good choice - but it expensive.
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i would grab one of those open box x38 mobo's from newegg my choice would be the Gigabyte X38 DS4
    
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Originally Posted by whitingnick View Post
There are so many good motherboards out there that are compatible with the E8400, so it's hard to pin-point one. One board I would suggest if you aren't doing SLI is the Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L. It has everything you need for a low price, and is one of the most popular motherboards right now because of it. Very reliable board. It has a simple BIOs and is overclocking friendly too!
Weblink: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128059

Hope that helps
DS3R has raid, the EP version is the newest with the power saving technology.
     
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i7 4710q Nvidia GT840M 8GB DDR-3 1600 Windows 8.1 
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Intel Core i7 930 D0 ASUS P6T-SE Sapphire 5750 1Gig @ 820/1275 Asus 6770 DirectCU 1Gig @ 908/1150 
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Kingston Value 18 Gigs 1086mhz CL8 Western Digital 640GB Black LG GH24LS50 24x Windows 7 Home Premium 64 
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post #6 of 7
I'm seeking guidence myself for what to use with a 8400. 2 choices (so far)

GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128059
or
ASUS P5KC
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131188

1. First build
2. Easy, user-friendly bios, setup (comming from a Dell, need I say more)
3. Case on the way (but no hurry, rest purchased over several months)
Antec Sonata III 500
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129024
Got if for $95.99 w/free shipping and $10 goggle checkout discount

I'm leaning toward the Asus (ddr3 option)
I know there were some issues but I believe they just updated the bios:
(Version 1105) 2008/04/09 update

No sli or raid, ddr2 to start with

Any suggestions welcome
post #7 of 7
1)GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L (NO RAID)

2)GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3R RAID, Power Saving Technology - Get the Rev 2.1 (1200 OC mem. 1600 OC FSB)

3)ASUS P5E X38 (X38 chipsets, meaning Pci-Express 2.0)

4) Asus Striker II 790i SLI if you can afford a 400$ mobo
     
CPUGraphicsRAMOS
i7 4710q Nvidia GT840M 8GB DDR-3 1600 Windows 8.1 
Monitor
17" 1600x900 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Intel Core i7 930 D0 ASUS P6T-SE Sapphire 5750 1Gig @ 820/1275 Asus 6770 DirectCU 1Gig @ 908/1150 
RAMHard DriveOptical DriveOS
Kingston Value 18 Gigs 1086mhz CL8 Western Digital 640GB Black LG GH24LS50 24x Windows 7 Home Premium 64 
MonitorPowerCaseMouse
ASUS VW266H 26" 1920x1200 Antec True Power New 750 watts Thermaltake V3 Black Edition Logitech G5 V2 
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CPUGraphicsRAMOS
i7 4710q Nvidia GT840M 8GB DDR-3 1600 Windows 8.1 
Monitor
17" 1600x900 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Intel Core i7 930 D0 ASUS P6T-SE Sapphire 5750 1Gig @ 820/1275 Asus 6770 DirectCU 1Gig @ 908/1150 
RAMHard DriveOptical DriveOS
Kingston Value 18 Gigs 1086mhz CL8 Western Digital 640GB Black LG GH24LS50 24x Windows 7 Home Premium 64 
MonitorPowerCaseMouse
ASUS VW266H 26" 1920x1200 Antec True Power New 750 watts Thermaltake V3 Black Edition Logitech G5 V2 
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