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May i know what commercial brand names for motherboards are adept at overclocking? I am currently looking at desktop motherboards handling some ram siphoning applications like adobe illustrator, photoshop, AutoDesk AutoCAD 2009, AUTODESK INVENTOR 2009, MATLAB etc. As it not feasible to purchase a workstation as i would literally burst my budget for purchasing one, thus i have relegated to a more versatile motherboard like desktop boards. Even though intel chipsets and processors lead the market in sales, it's main stream processors e.g. conroe does not allow tweaking of it's clock multiplier except the extreme editions which costs a bomb. Furthermore motherboards manufacturers using phoenix/award bios or ami bios would yield a more reliable overclocking experience? As i have a bad experience with intel-based motherboards (d865perl) thus i am looking at 3rd-party manufacturers' motherboard. Greatly appreciate any advise rendered, hope to hear from you guys soon thank you.
post #2 of 7
actually, ive had a couple of mainstream processors in the conroe series and all of their multipliers have been unlocked. i use an asus p5b with an intel chipset and its pretty stable for overclocking. if youre looking for a good work-station type board, check out asus's p5 lineup, many models under $100 and most will do what you need them to..and btw, for those tasks, youre best off with a core 2 quad, my friend does the same stuff and 2 cores just isnt enough
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May i know whether is ASUS a reliable brand for motherboards? As reviews on ASUS are scarce, how about MOBOs from MSI, ABIT OR GIGABYTE? If i were to use CORE 2 QUAD, it's bound to burst my budget for a entire new desktop or workstation? I wouldn't want to burn a hole in my pocket because of ramping up processor then neglecting the rest of the system. I am looking into a more balanced system though.
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well you how about a budget and what you need on the board? how many sata ports do you need raid? more details on what you are looking for would be helpful.
    
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lebron you would be happy with a p5b mine does all i ask of it ive booted my e6600 at 3.8 gig on stock cooling my only problem is cooling
    
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IMO asus is definitely reliable, i still run a computer from 2000 using one of the P4S boards. im a heavy overclocker and stability has never been an issue with asus boards. As for budget, you dont have to buy the best of the best asus...they actually have some boards starting at around the $50 range such as the p5G or the P5N series. still thats not to say you dont get what you pay for...more expensive boards will definitely score better points in overclocking...but generally IMO asus > gigabyte > msi > abit
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post #7 of 7
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As you guys know, i am actually from a tiny speck in the far east of the world. Singapore, thus computer peripherals and cpu components don't come cheap. I am looking at a Intel based motherboard, with a phoenix bios - for ease of overclocking, a chipset supporting 4gb - 8 gb of ram. A core 2 duo processor from E6750 onwards, though i was advised to take up a C2Q 6600 above likewise the hefty pricetag that i'd bear. My motherboard if possible a workstation, if not a desktop board which can allow me to overclock without drawbacks. I would mainly be using my computer for working purposes, like autocad, photoshop, matlab and labview etc. thus i would use ecc ram and a mid-range graphic card, definitely not looking at SLI or CROSSFIRE. Occasional gaming should be a prerequisite also as sometimes, you do feel that your impulse to play some exhilarating games kick in. As i have not been catching up to the current market trends, i would greatly appreciate you guys for providing me any tips for purchasing motherboards that could fulfill the abovementioned needs. Thanks again for the time taken to read this!
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