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Alright guys, i'm wondering what my motherboard will be if I go Intel, which is almost a certainty now (i'm an AMD fan boy, SCARY ).

The motherboard will need to support a x16 PCI-E graphics card (4850 or 4870 probably ), a Core 2 Quad (Q6600 probably) and 2gb of RAM (DDR2, probably PC2-6400), with upgrading the RAM a future possibility (to more sticks).

Overclocking, is of course, important. RAID would be nice, but not definitely needed. SATA2 is a necessity though, need one IDE port if at all.

Sound, i'll be using my X-FI Xtreme Music so not a problem.

I'll probably end up posting a million of threads like this until i'm certain about my choice.

I'm very very choosy when it comes to spending my own money.

Must be available in the UK, for a sensible price. There's no way i'd spend over £100 on a motherboard ever again. Cheaper it is, quicker i'd get it.

At the moment, if I got a £40 motherboard (bit low I know) i'd be able to afford the new system.

Am earning money, but slowly and steadily. Want to change to a modular PSU anyway with some of the money.

Give me a list, your opinions etc. and i'll research them myself as well.

Thanks alot guys
Edited by Torched-Geek - 6/26/08 at 7:45pm
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It comes down to if you want to CF your 4000 or not, if you do go X38/48, if not get a P35/45. X38/48's have dual x16 PCI-E's that are fully-CF compliant. P35's degenerate to x16/x4 if you try to CF, and P45's do x8/x8...needless to say they are most effective when just used with 1 GPU. I use DFI, I have the DK X38 in this machine, and a DK P35 in another. They both have TONS of OC'ing options, and I got my E6400 to bump over 1GHz with the X38 =D That's my schtick, I'm sure others will agree with going DFI.
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http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?WebProductId=657881

Fits the bill, is a decent overclocker (not as good as its P35 cousin), doesn't break the bank and is just a nice stable board.
    
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Originally Posted by Chozart View Post
http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?WebProductId=657881

Fits the bill, is a decent overclocker (not as good as its P35 cousin), doesn't break the bank and is just a nice stable board.
Can't upgrade the RAM on it (only accepts 4 slots if it's single bank RAM which is often expensive or not suited for overclocking).

It's what my friend bought for his system (with my recommendation and a magazines), but it didn't work out too well.

Any other choices out there? What P35 motherboards are decent enough?
Edited by Torched-Geek - 6/26/08 at 8:07pm
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DFI and Gigabyte are always top contenders, as is ASUS. Check them out, all would satisfy methinks.
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cheapest I'd recommend:
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...&name=Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L Intel P35 (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard

But that's already 60 pounds..

Given that your requirements aren't that demanding... maybe an older chipset will do.

I'd go hunt on eBay. I just picked up a nice NIB Asus P5B-E (Intel P965) for just $50 (US) shipped. With some luck, I am sure you can find something like that or better for 40 pounds on ebay.
    
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cheapest I'd recommend:
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...&name=Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L Intel P35 (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard

But that's already 60 pounds..

Given that your requirements aren't that demanding... maybe an older chipset will do.

I'd go hunt on eBay. I just picked up a nice NIB Asus P5B-E (Intel P965) for just $50 (US) shipped. With some luck, I am sure you can find something like that or better for 40 pounds on ebay.
No way i'm buying computer components from Ebay.
Have seen that motherboard, the DS3L one.
For that much extra I could pretty much just buy a set of 2x2gb on the P31
I'm sure that would be better too, wouldn't it? 4gb of RAM + the P31 + the Q6600 + a 4850 would surely beat 2gb of RAM + the P35 + the Q6600 + a 4850. Right?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Torched-Geek View Post
No way i'm buying computer components from Ebay.
Have seen that motherboard, the DS3L one.
For that much extra I could pretty much just buy a set of 2x2gb on the P31
I'm sure that would be better too, wouldn't it? 4gb of RAM + the P31 + the Q6600 + a 4850 would surely beat 2gb of RAM + the P35 + the Q6600 + a 4850. Right?
Yep.. I think the P31 + 4GB is the best pick.

And why not buy from eBay.... last time I bought something new is almost 2 years ago (and that's just because I wanted something right at the release date). Almost everything I have now is either OCN or eBay... Never had an issue with my eBay purchases (which include an E6750, an 8800GTS (G80), an Asus P5K Deluxe, some RAM, a hard drive or two, and some random stuff). As long as you make sure you buy from a reputable seller, you'll be just fine. Note that many major vendors sell their overstock online (and I am talking like reputable ones like NCIX and such).

EDIT:
Wait.. I lied... I bought a new Corsair HX520 from buy.com a month ago. But, I bought another one for $20 less on Ebay, and both work perfectly
    
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HORROR STORIES
That's why I don't buy from Ebay.
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Personally, I would just keep up with AMD. After my current build is done and dead, I am switching. Especially since ATI All In Wonder HD came out...
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