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Help with selecting an motherboard. Narrowed down to 3.

Poll Results: Which motherboard to choose.

Poll expired: May 27, 2008 This is a multiple choice poll
  • 25% of voters (3)
    ASUS P5K-E
  • 58% of voters (7)
    DFI LANPARTY DK P35-T2RS
  • 16% of voters (2)
    GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS3P
12 Total Votes  
post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
Need help deciding on a new motherboard. Important to note that I will *not* be overclocking 'this' build. Done it, will do it again, but this one will be 'stock'.

The 3, narrowed down, contenders are:

ASUS - P5K-E (non wifi)
DFI - LANPARTY DK P35-T2RS
GIGABYTE - GA-EP35-DS3P

If I go with the DK, I'll need to purchase a 1394 card*. No biggie.

I'm pairing the board with an e8400.

They're all about the same price*. DFI has the advantage with better reviews. Basically I'm looking for out of the box stability. I don't require SLI or Xfire. Onboard audio is not important. OC'ing options aren't important, although they all offer it. Onboard RAID is also not a factor.

Thanks for any and all advice!

cg
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Intel Core i5 2500K | 4.4Ghz ASRock | P67 Extreme4 EVGA | GTX 560 Ti  EVGA | GTS 250 | Physx 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
G.Skill | Sniper | 4*4 Crucial | C300 | 128GB WD | Black | 500GB LG | Bluray 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Xigmatek Gaia | Push/Pull W7 | Professional | 64bit LG | IPS | 23" | E2370V-BF Dell | LED | 23" | 1080p 
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Asus | 19"  DasKeyboard | MX Browns Corsair | AX750 COOLER MASTER | RC-692 
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post #2 of 8
DFI's have the most options and tweak-ability in BIOS and should OC higher.
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Q6600 G0 @ 3.4ghz, 1.39v DFI LP UT P35-T2R XFX 6970 4gb G.Skill PC8000, 2gb G.Skill PC8500 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
OCZ Vertex 2 60gb, WD Black 1tb, Samsung F1 1tb Windows 7 x64 Samsung 206bw Razer Tarantula 
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post #3 of 8
PK5 gets my vote.
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AMD Ryzen 5 1600 ASUS ROG STRIX B350-F GAMING ASUS ROG Strix RX 560 4g OC CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 16GB DDR4-3000 
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Corsair Force MP500 Series M.2 SSD 240GB  256gb Kingston HyperX Savage SSD 240gb Sandisk Extreme SSD  XSPC Raystorm AM4 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
EK 480 Rad AquaComputer Aqualis Reservoir and Pump  Windows 10 64-Bit Dell UltraSharp U2412M 
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post #4 of 8
If you're not overclocking, your choices a way more expensive than you need........
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Windows XP Home (OEM) Sceptre 22" + Sceptre 20" Logitech G15 XG VIPER ( hey, it was free.) 
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post #5 of 8
I think it's a toss up between the DFI and the Gigabyte for overclocking. At stock though, I'd take the Gigabyte. That is a very reliable board with good support.
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Samsung 850 Pro 256GB Prolimatech Megahalems Rev. C Windows X Samsung T240HD 
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post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the input guys. I surprised with the 'opinionated' folks we have on this board there aren't more responses. Oh well, I guess there's just a general lack of motherboard knowledge or diversity between the few I picked. Any reasons, for the few that answered, that I should go with one over the other? I've heard good things about DFI as a company, but mainly for the higher priced boards. I know that ASUS sucks from a customer service stand point. What about gigabyte? Thanks guys.

cg
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
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RAMHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
G.Skill | Sniper | 4*4 Crucial | C300 | 128GB WD | Black | 500GB LG | Bluray 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Xigmatek Gaia | Push/Pull W7 | Professional | 64bit LG | IPS | 23" | E2370V-BF Dell | LED | 23" | 1080p 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Asus | 19"  DasKeyboard | MX Browns Corsair | AX750 COOLER MASTER | RC-692 
MouseMouse Pad
Logitech | M510 steelseries 
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Solo III
(18 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Intel Core i5 2500K | 4.4Ghz ASRock | P67 Extreme4 EVGA | GTX 560 Ti  EVGA | GTS 250 | Physx 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
G.Skill | Sniper | 4*4 Crucial | C300 | 128GB WD | Black | 500GB LG | Bluray 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Xigmatek Gaia | Push/Pull W7 | Professional | 64bit LG | IPS | 23" | E2370V-BF Dell | LED | 23" | 1080p 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Asus | 19"  DasKeyboard | MX Browns Corsair | AX750 COOLER MASTER | RC-692 
MouseMouse Pad
Logitech | M510 steelseries 
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post #7 of 8
DFI.
post #8 of 8
Thread Starter 
Yeah, I'm thinkin' that too man. All in all I just can't wait to have a computer besides my laptop to work again.

Quick run down on the parts, for anyone interested.

9600gt
Corsair 750 watt
e8400
G-skill 2x2 kit
Vista premium 64bit

Already have:
Xfi Gamer
Case
Monitor
etc...

cg
Solo III
(18 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Intel Core i5 2500K | 4.4Ghz ASRock | P67 Extreme4 EVGA | GTX 560 Ti  EVGA | GTS 250 | Physx 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
G.Skill | Sniper | 4*4 Crucial | C300 | 128GB WD | Black | 500GB LG | Bluray 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Xigmatek Gaia | Push/Pull W7 | Professional | 64bit LG | IPS | 23" | E2370V-BF Dell | LED | 23" | 1080p 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Asus | 19"  DasKeyboard | MX Browns Corsair | AX750 COOLER MASTER | RC-692 
MouseMouse Pad
Logitech | M510 steelseries 
  hide details  
Reply
Solo III
(18 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Intel Core i5 2500K | 4.4Ghz ASRock | P67 Extreme4 EVGA | GTX 560 Ti  EVGA | GTS 250 | Physx 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
G.Skill | Sniper | 4*4 Crucial | C300 | 128GB WD | Black | 500GB LG | Bluray 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Xigmatek Gaia | Push/Pull W7 | Professional | 64bit LG | IPS | 23" | E2370V-BF Dell | LED | 23" | 1080p 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Asus | 19"  DasKeyboard | MX Browns Corsair | AX750 COOLER MASTER | RC-692 
MouseMouse Pad
Logitech | M510 steelseries 
  hide details  
Reply
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