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post #1 of 8
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Hey there guys I am looking to get a new MB as this one is given me C1 error like mad. I am not really trying to fix this one as I have absolutely had it. I don't like the BIOS (Genie) that much, and I have had nothing C1 issues. I would run memtest but if I restart then I risk not booting back up lol. On the other hand I don't believe it is the RAM as it happens with both stick in every RAM slot.

Ok so now I am looking for a MB that can OC to 500mhz easily, and cost less than like 180.00. I have been looking at some open box items that are looking like really good buys. The thing is I am not familiar with to many MB's out right now. I have read that Abit, and Asus have gone down hill. DFI uses the Genie BIOS and would like to avoid that BIOS (If I can) but not mandatory. I would have loved to gotten the MARS when it was sub 200.00 but to late now lol. Anyway lets here your suggestions, and TY
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post #2 of 8
DFI boards are great, I think you're the first person I've met who doesn't like them.

You should RMA that thing, there's not much better on the market for the price.
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For that price, I'd actually get one of the near-top model P35 boards (unless Crossfire is really crucial for you).

Either of these four would be nice:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128087

DFIs BIOS is indeed not the easiest to get around in, but it generally offers more capabilities than any other BIOS (possibly a few too many, even though it still doesn't make me coffee). If you can get through the learning curve, it offers you the best overclocking capabilities anywhere.

Having that said, I think any of the four I listed should be able to hit 500MHz.
    
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post #4 of 8
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No no no It has nothing to do with DFI, I know that they are great MB's I't just the BIOS is a bit complicated. I wouldn't ind keeping this board but waiting a month for my RMA to come in is not an option for me. My plan was to buy a new RMA this one and sell it here and NEW. I was thinking of buying an open box P5E but there is a few models and don't know which to get. P35 is an option and I am willing to go that route if best suited. I am building a Nehalem Rig when the new socket is released so I need this till next March.
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I would go with what Chozart posted. I love my IP35 Pro. It's simply amazing There is also the Asus' X38 open box boards on newegg. Good deals imo.
    
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I was looking at that Abit board a while ago as my last board was an Abit. I actually would like to get that one but how does it compare to an OB Asus P5E in term of OCing, and performance. I thought I read that the P35 was a slightly faster chipset.
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How is the DS4 MB guys. I am gonna make this purchase in the next few minutes.
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post #8 of 8
P35-DS4 is good P35 board but get the DS3L if you don't need 2x PCIE and RAID ect. X38-DS4 is a great basic x38 board. I used 2 to build rigs for others. They work fine so far with fsb at 470. I haven't tried above 470 high fsb because I didn't own them. Open box X38-DS4 is $129 at egg.
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