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OK so long story short, my brother is paying for my new motherboard. He has the same mobo as me and it broke. And he knows i hate my P5N32 but don't have any spare cash to replace it.

So he said he would happily accept mine and buy me a new board (He doesn't OC)

So i am looking at keeping it around £80 My P5N32 isn't even worth that much and i didn't want to push the boat too far and he is happy with spending £80 for one.

My initial suggestions:

Asus P5K P35£70
DFI Blood Iron P35 £80 (no XF support )
Gigabyte DS3R P35 £76
Abit IP35 £76 (no XF support )

DFI Lanparty DK X38-TR2 £120

All of the P35 chipset are within my price range. However i have heard nothing but good things about the DFI board and if i feel it is worth the extra money i will go ahead and get it.

But if all of the above fit all my requirements then i see no point in spending extra money on the DFI. XF is not a requirement, as i am not really interested in dual GPU's (SLI or XF) but it is a nice thing to have just in case.

The main thing i look for in a board is:

Good built quality (I have no idea if any of them have solid capacitors)
Good OC'ing for my dual core and for quad (getting a Q6600 in a few months) I have a E6700 capable of 3.8Ghz but have never been able to reach 3.5+ with my damn board

If anyone can chose out of all them for me that would be super. I'm not exactly in the 'know how' with the new chip sets except that i refuse to buy another Nforce unless they offer good OC'ing......which they don't

EDIT: DFI DK P35 £93 added to the list.
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Blood Iron or P5K-3
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Originally Posted by OCec3 View Post
Blood Iron or P5K-3
If it is out of them two i would chose the P5K3 due to the XF support if i ever need it.

Which is the superior board out of these two? I have seen a lot of Blood Iron boards FS on here lately. Are they not living up to expectations?

Rep+ for the quick recommendation I appreciate it!
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dont get the P5K3 unless you will be buying some DDR3 to use with it, if you can i would get the DFI DKP35 T2RS
EDIT: ppl are selling the BI due to the the DK coming out which IMO is better
post #5 of 22
DFI LT X38 running great for me
post #6 of 22
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Originally Posted by Bitemarks and bloodstains View Post
dont get the P5K3 unless you will be buying some DDR3 to use with it, if you can i would get the DFI DKP35 T2RS
EDIT: ppl are selling the BI due to the the DK coming out which IMO is better
My bad, was just scanning board names and prices. Didn't look at the DDR3 bit I shall change it to P5K then

How is the DFI treating you? Are they fairly simple with OC'ing? I know the old ones needed advanced users because of the complex BIOS
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post #7 of 22
DDR3 isn't the right time to get in now. I would go for DS3R if you must have XF. Otherwise, get the DFI DK P35 T2RS board. It is $139 in US but don't know what's the price over there.
post #8 of 22
All of the boards you picked out are great, but if you don't need Xfire, just grab a DFI DK P35, it's one of the best boards out there and is pretty damn cheap.
post #9 of 22
Instead of the Blood Iron, why not get it's younger, more attractive brother, the DFI DK P35? All solid capacitors (onthe one i got, at least), great OC'ing ability, i jumped to 3.0 like it was nothing, not even a voltage change. I'm now at 3.4Ghz on my E6600 and to tell you the truth, it was easy. There's also a great support thread on here.

I know it's a tenner over your brother's budget, but it really is a little cracker. That doesn't come with X-Fire..


Aside from that, i was also looking at the P5k3, i asked here, and was advised against it, saying the DDR2/3 support was a bit gimmicky.. So i left it.

There's no doubt that all the other boards are good, but i say spend a teeny bit more.




edit - god damn you guys are quick!
post #10 of 22
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Hey thanks Wig.

I must have missed the P35 version. Certainly makes things a lot easier!

DK P35 is only £93. A lot more affordable for me compared to the X38 version!

Well if it has solid caps and is getting positive reviews then i can desregard XF support.

This is most probably my most favorable board yet

EDIT: The DSR3 was my most favorable before i saw the DK P35.

The DSR3 is nearly £20 cheaper. But does it have the same OC'ing capabilities? Or would the DK be the wiser option for OC'ing
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