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post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
At the moment, here are the specs :

Processor :
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0GHz

Motherboard :
Which shall I choose? At first, I wanted to go for ASUS P5N-D but then I noticed that the 2 PCI-e slots are very close together, which isn't good for SLi, especially the hot temperature here.

HDD :
Seagate 32MB SATA 2 500GB

RAM :
2 x 1GB DDR2 Kingston PC800 ValueRAM

Graphic Card :
ASUS GeForce 8800GT 512MB PCI-e (BIG FAN)

Monitor :
Samsung 743NX (1280 x 1024)

I can get the above hardwares with about 710USD (excluding the motherboard). I will 'reserve' about 100USD for the casing, DVD ROM and maybe Floppy as well. So, I wanted to know, which motherboard shall I buy? I might use SLi in the future, but certainly not in the near future and a 3-way-SLi doesn't sound necessary for me (nF 780i).

I am not planning to overclock anything and just wish to have a reliable and long-lasting motherboard. I have been using ASUS motherboard for a few years and so far no problem (so I prefer it). eVGA 750i FTW doesn't sound bad either, but is that available here? (is there any warranty provided in this area?) Btw, I live at South East Asia (so some brands aren't available here)

Thanks.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core 2 Duo E8400 @ 3.00GHz Gigabyte EP35-DS3 Gigabyte 8800GT 256-bit(Zalman Fan) 512MB (VGA) 2048MB (RAM) 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Seagate 500GB Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 Samsung SyncMaster 743nx Genius 
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Cooler Master Extreme Power 550W Cooler Master Elite Genius Optical Mouse Ikea 
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Core 2 Duo E8400 @ 3.00GHz Gigabyte EP35-DS3 Gigabyte 8800GT 256-bit(Zalman Fan) 512MB (VGA) 2048MB (RAM) 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Seagate 500GB Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 Samsung SyncMaster 743nx Genius 
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Cooler Master Extreme Power 550W Cooler Master Elite Genius Optical Mouse Ikea 
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post #2 of 24
This is what I would do with $1000:
Monitor: SAMSUNG 2032NW high glossy black 20" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor

Quote:
Originally Posted by mortimersnerd View Post
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<$800 Build
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CPU: Intel E7200 -$130
CPU Cooler:Tuniq Tower -$50
Mobo:GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS3L -$90
RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 800MHz -$85
Hard Drive: Western Digital 500GB AAKS -$85
PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W -$100
GPU: EVGA 512-P3-N800-TR GeForce 8800 GT 512MB -$160
Case: Cooler Master 690 -$85
Mr. Windy
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q9650 Asus Maximus II Formula EVGA GTX 460 8GB OCZ 800Mhz 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
2x300 V-Raptor, 2x1TB WD, 2xSegate 320GB Fedora 14 2x Samsung 245BW Corsair 750TX; APC BR1500 
Case
Soldam Windy Altium FC 700 
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Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
2x300 V-Raptor, 2x1TB WD, 2xSegate 320GB Fedora 14 2x Samsung 245BW Corsair 750TX; APC BR1500 
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Soldam Windy Altium FC 700 
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post #3 of 24
Thread Starter 
Erm....I prefer to have a motherboard that is 'SLi-ready' and a processor with faster clock speed rather than a single PCI-e x16 slot motherboard (and I would have already chosen another ASUS branded motherboard if I just want single PCI-e x16 slot). Personally, I am not very 'picky' with monitor, since my current monitor is not really so good anyway.

I will use my computer to do some computer graphics work and gaming as well, that's why I need good processor speed and graphic card at the same time (but don't really need a Quad core), and now I just have to get a motherboard but I don't know which shall I choose.

Thanks for your help anyway and have a nice day
My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core 2 Duo E8400 @ 3.00GHz Gigabyte EP35-DS3 Gigabyte 8800GT 256-bit(Zalman Fan) 512MB (VGA) 2048MB (RAM) 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Seagate 500GB Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 Samsung SyncMaster 743nx Genius 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Cooler Master Extreme Power 550W Cooler Master Elite Genius Optical Mouse Ikea 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core 2 Duo E8400 @ 3.00GHz Gigabyte EP35-DS3 Gigabyte 8800GT 256-bit(Zalman Fan) 512MB (VGA) 2048MB (RAM) 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Seagate 500GB Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 Samsung SyncMaster 743nx Genius 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Cooler Master Extreme Power 550W Cooler Master Elite Genius Optical Mouse Ikea 
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post #4 of 24
Quote:
Originally Posted by Need_Help View Post
Erm....I prefer to have a motherboard that is 'SLi-ready' and a processor with faster clock speed rather than a single PCI-e x16 slot motherboard (and I would have already chosen another ASUS branded motherboard if I just want single PCI-e x16 slot). Personally, I am not very 'picky' with monitor, since my current monitor is not really so good anyway.

I will use my computer to do some computer graphics work and gaming as well, that's why I need good processor speed and graphic card at the same time (but don't really need a Quad core), and now I just have to get a motherboard but I don't know which shall I choose.

Thanks for your help anyway and have a nice day
You will not need SLI if your going to be on a 17 in monitor. A SLI board is usually $150 or greater. I would put the money somewhere, like in a 20in monitor. Even at that resolution a 8800GT will be able to max out most games (except for crysis).

If your not going to Overclock, take out the Tuniq Tower and put that money towards a E8400.

If your doing graphic work, you will want 4GB of RAM.
Mr. Windy
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q9650 Asus Maximus II Formula EVGA GTX 460 8GB OCZ 800Mhz 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
2x300 V-Raptor, 2x1TB WD, 2xSegate 320GB Fedora 14 2x Samsung 245BW Corsair 750TX; APC BR1500 
Case
Soldam Windy Altium FC 700 
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Q9650 Asus Maximus II Formula EVGA GTX 460 8GB OCZ 800Mhz 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
2x300 V-Raptor, 2x1TB WD, 2xSegate 320GB Fedora 14 2x Samsung 245BW Corsair 750TX; APC BR1500 
Case
Soldam Windy Altium FC 700 
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post #5 of 24
Thread Starter 
Hmm...but isn't it always better to have 'future plans'? Anyway, can you recommend me a single PCI-e x16 slot motherboard that has PCI-e 2.0 and yet good in quality? (since 8800GT is using that)

Thanks.
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core 2 Duo E8400 @ 3.00GHz Gigabyte EP35-DS3 Gigabyte 8800GT 256-bit(Zalman Fan) 512MB (VGA) 2048MB (RAM) 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Seagate 500GB Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 Samsung SyncMaster 743nx Genius 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Cooler Master Extreme Power 550W Cooler Master Elite Genius Optical Mouse Ikea 
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My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core 2 Duo E8400 @ 3.00GHz Gigabyte EP35-DS3 Gigabyte 8800GT 256-bit(Zalman Fan) 512MB (VGA) 2048MB (RAM) 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Seagate 500GB Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 Samsung SyncMaster 743nx Genius 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Cooler Master Extreme Power 550W Cooler Master Elite Genius Optical Mouse Ikea 
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post #6 of 24
That motherboard is has 2.0. Either way, their backwards compatible.
Mr. Windy
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q9650 Asus Maximus II Formula EVGA GTX 460 8GB OCZ 800Mhz 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
2x300 V-Raptor, 2x1TB WD, 2xSegate 320GB Fedora 14 2x Samsung 245BW Corsair 750TX; APC BR1500 
Case
Soldam Windy Altium FC 700 
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Mr. Windy
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q9650 Asus Maximus II Formula EVGA GTX 460 8GB OCZ 800Mhz 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
2x300 V-Raptor, 2x1TB WD, 2xSegate 320GB Fedora 14 2x Samsung 245BW Corsair 750TX; APC BR1500 
Case
Soldam Windy Altium FC 700 
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post #7 of 24
the motherboard morti recommend is a solid motherboard with a nice price...
if u are really keen in getting new stuff then maybe u can try to get the new gigabyte P45-DSR board from newegg
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128344

however do be warned that this board is really new and are prone to suffer from compatibility issue (but i think it wont hurt much if u are not planning to OC anything)
newbie
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E6550 Gigabyte P35-DS3 gainward 4850 A-DATA DDR2-800 2GB 
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post #8 of 24
$1000 here is what i would get

ASUS P5N72-T Premium LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard $259.99



EVGA 512-P3-N800-TR GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card $159.99



Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8400 - Retail $189.99




OCZ SLI-Ready Edition 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model $100.99




Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive $84.99



Acer AL2216Wbd Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor with HDCP support $219.99


Subtotal: $1,015.94 (NEWEGG.com)
i7 ahhhhhhh
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 920 2.66 @ 4.2ghz GA-EX58-UD3R eVGA 8800GTS 512 -765/1900/1100 Muchkin 1600 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
2x SSD OCZ xtreme Raid 0 ,Seagate 500gb,WD 500GB Windows 7 64bit Pro 50 inch Plasma 600hz ;) pretty picture 600 OCZ modextreme 
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i7 920 2.66 @ 4.2ghz GA-EX58-UD3R eVGA 8800GTS 512 -765/1900/1100 Muchkin 1600 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
2x SSD OCZ xtreme Raid 0 ,Seagate 500gb,WD 500GB Windows 7 64bit Pro 50 inch Plasma 600hz ;) pretty picture 600 OCZ modextreme 
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AeroCool ZeroDegree *MOD* G7 
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post #9 of 24
mortimersnerd's build is fine, except for these:

RAM
Hard Drive
Video card

The cooler on the afore mentioned video card is crap, even if it is dual slot.
Blackbox.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6600 stock ASUS P5Q Pro Sapphire 4870 1GB 4x2GB G.Skill 800Mhz 5-5-5-15 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
250GB & 4x 640GB in Raid5 Vista 64-Bit 22'' Samsung 226BW & 17'' CMV 1280x1024 PC Power & Cooling S75QB 
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Antec Twelve Hundred MX 518 
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Blackbox.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6600 stock ASUS P5Q Pro Sapphire 4870 1GB 4x2GB G.Skill 800Mhz 5-5-5-15 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
250GB & 4x 640GB in Raid5 Vista 64-Bit 22'' Samsung 226BW & 17'' CMV 1280x1024 PC Power & Cooling S75QB 
CaseMouse
Antec Twelve Hundred MX 518 
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post #10 of 24
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kidem View Post
$1000 here is what i would get

ASUS P5N72-T Premium LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard $259.99



EVGA 512-P3-N800-TR GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card $159.99



Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8400 - Retail $189.99




OCZ SLI-Ready Edition 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model $100.99




Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive $84.99



Acer AL2216Wbd Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor with HDCP support $219.99


Subtotal: $1,015.94 (NEWEGG.com)
I hope you found a way to include a free DVD drive, case, and power supply.
Blackbox.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6600 stock ASUS P5Q Pro Sapphire 4870 1GB 4x2GB G.Skill 800Mhz 5-5-5-15 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
250GB & 4x 640GB in Raid5 Vista 64-Bit 22'' Samsung 226BW & 17'' CMV 1280x1024 PC Power & Cooling S75QB 
CaseMouse
Antec Twelve Hundred MX 518 
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Blackbox.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6600 stock ASUS P5Q Pro Sapphire 4870 1GB 4x2GB G.Skill 800Mhz 5-5-5-15 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
250GB & 4x 640GB in Raid5 Vista 64-Bit 22'' Samsung 226BW & 17'' CMV 1280x1024 PC Power & Cooling S75QB 
CaseMouse
Antec Twelve Hundred MX 518 
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