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I'm planning to switch to the dark side some time in the near future, and I'm deciding on a P45 board because the X38/X48 are way out of my budget.

I only have ~$230 with me so far, but I'll be saving some more (lunch) money over the next few weeks.

Here are the boards available in our local trading forum (prices in the Philippines converted to US$):

MSI P45 Diamond ~$330
MSI P45 Zilent ~$243
MSI P45 Platinum ~$243
MSI P45 NEO-F ~$153
Asus P5Q P45 ~$153
DFI LANParty DK P45-T2RS ~$286

There's a bunch of MSI boards but I've always thought MSI was bad. The P5Q looks affordable, but I can't be too sure. The DFI is CF ready but I'm not really looking for a multi GPU board.

I'm most interested in overclocking performance. I might be buying an E8400 for it, but I'll be sticking to my DDR2-800 OCZ Platinums since higher clocked DDR2 is really expensive.

The P5Q is looking good, but how does it OC compared to the MSI? PCI-E 2.0 would be nice to have in case I upgrade my video card in the future. Or should I back down to inexpensive P35 boards instead?
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I'd say the DFI one.

They're known for being great at OC'ing and have tons of settings to play with.
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It's on the pricey side though. What's the max FSB on the DFI so far?
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It's on the pricey side though. What's the max FSB on the DFI so far?
from everwhere i am reading there have been problems with the retail bios and for the most part FSB was limited to 400~ but check this to stay up to date was a new bios was released yesterday
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You know I was reading the other night, and the BIOSTAR P45 has the record OC on the E8400. They booted @6Ghz.
I'm not sure about the customer service though.
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You know I was reading the other night, and the BIOSTAR P45 has the record OC on the E8400. They booted @6Ghz.
I'm not sure about the customer service though.
a very good clocker indeed, but i believe he is looking for something with more features.

edit* after looking at it really.. there isn't to big of a different in the features... here is a newegg comparison of P5Q&PRO and 2 BIOSTAR boards
Edited by pinkfloyd1 - 7/10/08 at 7:04pm
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My vote for the DFI. I have the P35 and the X38, and no regrets.
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a very good clocker indeed, but i believe he is looking for something with more features.

edit* after looking at it really.. there isn't to big of a different in the features... here is a newegg comparison of P5Q&PRO and 2 BIOSTAR boards
P5Q is looking really good there. I'm most interested in the priceverclocking ratio, and CF/CFX only inflates the prices. Does the vanilla P5Q overclock on par with the Pro version?
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i have gone for the P5Q deluxe. main reason being is that it a wicked overclockers. i know the DFI is great as well but its just too out of my price range.

the deluxe can be picked up for a mere £115 @ www.aria.co.uk look on there super deals. my one should be arriving today.

the best thing about this board is that you dont even need a hard drive. it has its own linux distro built in. they say you can be in the ent with in 5seconds of booting. thats crazy and i will be testing this.
    
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