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Due to this: http://www.overclock.net/intel-gener...-pc-issue.html

I've decided it's most likely the motherboard. I bought a P5E but it's not going to work because it has no eSATA so I'll need to exchange it.

What is the best board for my system that isn't overkill and has the following:

eSATA
Intel RAID

I haven't been keeping up on current hardware so I'm not sure what to buy. I'd like to stay with ASUS if I can.

Thanks
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post #2 of 21
Some possible suggestions:
Asus P5K-E, Asus P5K-E/WiFi, or P5K Deluxe/WiFi. All Intel P35 with ICH9R and these have dual eSATA ports.

Asus P5Q Deluxe. Intel P45 with ICH10R (newest Intel chipset!), but only a single eSATA port.

If you can afford it, the P5Q Deluxe looks pretty darn awesome. Otherwise, either of the P5K boards are solid boards that overclock well (I have a P5K Deluxe/WiFi).

Woops... you're in CAnada of course Getting Canadian links

EDIT: there also is a P5Q-E... P45, ICH10R and single eSATA port. Looks nice for $167.40 CAD
Edited by Chozart - 6/22/08 at 4:14pm
    
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post #3 of 21
Or the P5Q-E. I'm seriously considering that one. Any other criteria and RAID?
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Asus, Intel RAID, and eSATA. Seems like the P5Q-E is indeed the winner here
    
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post #5 of 21
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I already spent like $260 on this P5E so anything in that price range isn't a big deal.

I'm buying it in person from www.canadacomputers.com so whatever is on there is available to me.

How's the P5K Premium?
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post #6 of 21
P5K Premium is nice (any of the higher end P5K series is awesome...), but I'd take the P5Q Deluxe over it. The P45 chipset is effectively the successor of the P35, and it looks (more than) promising. Obviously, since the chipset is pretty much new, you might have to wait a little for a BIOS update to get the most out of it, while the P35 is a proven performer. This is of course your choice: get tried and true, and a solid performer that overclocks very well, or the newest possible, with a few possible hiccups in the earlier BIOS-es but with more potential (plus, ICH10R is an improvement over ICH9R, although the 9R already rocks)
    
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Originally Posted by Chozart View Post
P5K Premium is nice (any of the higher end P5K series is awesome...), but I'd take the P5Q Deluxe over it. The P45 chipset is effectively the successor of the P35, and it looks (more than) promising. Obviously, since the chipset is pretty much new, you might have to wait a little for a BIOS update to get the most out of it, while the P35 is a proven performer. This is of course your choice: get tried and true, and a solid performer that overclocks very well, or the newest possible, with a few possible hiccups in the earlier BIOS-es but with more potential (plus, ICH10R is an improvement over ICH9R, although the 9R already rocks)
Plus the new P45 chipset boards offer friggin mind-boggling FSB OC potential when paired with a capable wolfdale!!! ->

Biostar Tpower P45 does 724mhz fsb WR + 6006mhz E8500

Asus P5Q3-Deluxe (P45)_625Mhz FSB_out_of_box

Quote:
New bios bring me some extra FSBs

Setup:

MB:Asus P5Q3-Deluxe (0702 bios)
CPU:Intel E8400
RAM: 2x1GB OCZ Platinium 1600EB
VGA: Asus 8800GTS
PSU: Silverstone 1000W

Everything under stock cooling and air^^

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post #8 of 21
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I'm not going to be upgrading anytime soon and I'm not really looking for insane OC abilities. I just want a rock solid board capable of 400FSB that won't give me any problems...

Does that change anything?
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post #9 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by bigvaL View Post
I'm not going to be upgrading anytime soon and I'm not really looking for insane OC abilities. I just want a rock solid board capable of 400FSB that won't give me any problems...

Does that change anything?
Nah, Chozart's points still stand... Not to mention the P45 NB is 65nm vice the 90nm for the P35.

I think $150 shipped for the P5Q Pro is a fair price.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131299


http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...nufacture=ASUS

P5Q Pro for $147 CAD shipped @ NCIX
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post #10 of 21
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I need one with onboard eSATA because I have an XFI and an 8800GTX with a massive cooler and I have no room for the eSATA card.
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