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Hey! Thanks for viewing my thread.


--Edit--
I've decided to go for a P35/P45 board. Read my post at the bottom of the thread for more info.


I might be selling my rig to a friend and end up rebuilding later this summer. My question is what mobo to get?

I'll be getting one of the E8000 or Q9000 CPUs and had trouble deciding on the chipset. I'll also pick up one of the new ATI 4800 cards for the build unless Nvidia 1 ups the new ATI cards (doubt it though). If I decide on a X38/48 board and get a new monitor in the future then I'll CF, but right now I only need a single card since my monitor maxes out at 1280x1024. I would prefer to stay away from Nvidia chipsets since I'm just more familiar with the Intel chipsets.

First though, which chipset? P35 again, P45, or X38/48?

Second, things that the mobo should be able to do:
-Raid0 two HDDs. And if it matters, a third HDD for storage back up with a SATA DVD burner.
-Run the newer 45nm CPUs out of the box (would be convenient),
-Fit a TRUE (just letting you guys know so you don't suggest the boards with those super crazy heatpipe roller coasters, I'll check the Thermalright site for this too).
-If it is a CF board, it should fit a PCI sound card since those dual slot cards are big, with 2 in crossfire. it might be a tight fit.

Something DFI would be nice. Not sure about ASUS, but I've been looking at the DFI X38 boards and the ASUS P5E though.

I'm having a hard time choosing a board. Sorry about the long list, but thanks for reading!
Edited by Rpg2 - 6/24/08 at 2:11am
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post #2 of 12
wait for x58!

well thats what im doing at least
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x38/x48 Asus FTW. You really can't go wrong with these boards unless your real unlucky or can't get around the insane bios options. Go for the DDR3 boards as the prices have really dropped 2x2gb for 1600 ram. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231193 , 2x1gb http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227282 , http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227266 , 1800 2x1gb http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...nd&Order=PRICE crazy right if I had waited just a couple more months I couldve gotten much faster ram at 1/3 price.
    
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Originally Posted by Shingetsu View Post
wait for x58!

well thats what im doing at least
Haha, that might be overkill for me.

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x38/x48 Asus FTW. You really can't go wrong with these boards unless your real unlucky or can't get around the insane bios options. Go for the DDR3 boards as the prices have really dropped 2x2gb for 1600 ram. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231193 , 2x1gb http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227282 , http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227266 , 1800 2x1gb http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...nd&Order=PRICE crazy right if I had waited just a couple more months I couldve gotten much faster ram at 1/3 price.
Eh, I don't want to spend so much for DDR3, I don't have that kind of money to spend on RAM so DDR2 for me. I was always under the impression that people say they don't see performance gains of DDR3 RAM due to the NB or something. It's weird, I just think that for some reason. You're right though, the DDR3 prices have gone down since I last saw them a couple months ago.

The P5E chipset cooling looks like it works very well and it fits my TRUE (at least off the compatibility list on the Thermalright site), but how well do ASUS boards OC compared to DFI boards?

If I go X38, I'm looking at ASUS P5E, DFI X38 LT, or X48 DK. What's the difference between the X38 LT and X48 DK besides the NB? I remember reading a Newegg review that said the X38 DK had no direct CPU voltage control and had other BIOS options for that instead while the X38 LT had the direct CPU voltage control and the other options, I'm wondering if that situation transfers over to their X48 counter parts. On a side note, DANG the X38s and X48s are almost the same price (for the DFI LT and X48 DK at least).

I haven't found any boards for P35 yet, I don't want to get another DS3L although my boards been pretty good. Are the P45 boards any good?

Thanks for the input you two!
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well about the cpu coltage thingy, in the dk versions have to know the vid and then "add" volts, like the options are +0.005,+0.010,+0.015 etc. its nothing too troublesome. i would get a DK X38 T2R for $185, if your not going for tri-fire
    
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well about the cpu coltage thingy, in the dk versions have to know the vid and then "add" volts, like the options are +0.005,+0.010,+0.015 etc. its nothing too troublesome. i would get a DK X38 T2R for $185, if your not going for tri-fire
Oh, that isn't so bad. Problem is that my TRUE doesn't fit . I might grab the X48 DK then or the X38 LT. I'm still deciding between those two for DFI, or get a different board completely.

Nah, I'll go regular CF at most. Tri Fire is a bit expensive .
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Does anyone know when the DFI P45 boards come out? Are there any problems with the P45/ICH10R boards?

I've decided to forget about the X38/48 since I don't think I'll have to upgrade my monitor anytime soon, therefore making CF pointless. That leaves P35 and P45 on the table. I know the P35s are solid OCers, but I was curious as to how well the P45s OC along with the new ICH10R for the 45nm CPUs. That and I wanted to try out a different chipset for my next build.
Edited by Rpg2 - 6/24/08 at 2:13am
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The ASUS Maximus Formula is a good X38 board and you can flash it to Rampage Formula
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Does anyone know when the DFI P45 boards come out? Are there any problems with the P45/ICH10R boards?

I've decided to forget about the X38/48 since I don't think I'll have to upgrade my monitor anytime soon, therefore making CF pointless. That leaves P35 and P45 on the table. I know the P35s are solid OCers, but I was curious as to how well the P45s OC along with the new ICH10R for the 45nm CPUs. That and I wanted to try out a different chipset for my next build.

The standard DFI P45 board should be in market now but I am not quite sure about the P45 board with ABS (Auto Boost System).
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The standard DFI P45 board should be in market now but I am not quite sure about the P45 board with ABS (Auto Boost System).
Isn't ABS the thing where the computer OCs for you automatically with you having to set any thing? That sounds like the performance boost thing with my DS3L.

I can't find them anywhere. I searched Newegg, ZZF, motherboardpro, and the hardwareprice tool on OCN, nada. Hopefully they come out soon. A chart with the DFI boards said they were coming out week 26 which is this week.

I almost forgot, do the DFI boards or ASUS boards have bad Vdroop problems like the DS3L does?

Thanks for the replies!
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