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I am building a friend a new desktop with a pentium D and I was thinking about grabbing a 9x0 series and spending a little extra rather then getting a 8x0. Just a few questions if anyone can help - on a 945p chipset how high could I get the FSB while keeping the system stable. (Yes I will overclock) (BAT scythe heatsink /120mm fan). Also, I hear there is a new C0 stepping - where could I obtain a 9x0 with that stepping..Thank you!

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I don't know how far you can push those 9x0's, but I hope you know Intel will drop prizes over the weekend Wait until next week, I believe I have heard that the 950 will drop dramatically (maybe even up to 50%!!) Other 9x0 will drop also, in advance of the launch of the 960

http://www.channelregister.co.uk/200...cuts_23_april/
    
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Thanks! I had heard about a price drop but WOAH thats alot ^_^;; Anyone else have any extra information? Id also like to know where I should buy to get fresh pressed D 9x0's with the newest stepping (if a C0 exists, if not where I can get B0's)
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Yeah, definatly wait for the first price drop (on my birthday no less LOL). I would say get the 930 also, the 920 isn't getting a new revision and is being discontibued from what I understand. It won't be out of stock for a while, but they aren;t going to update it. So if you want a C0, you would have to get a 930 or better. As to where, well, that's kinda a crap shoot. Best bet would be to order from Newegg the first week of March.......give them time to sell out the old and restock with the new.......but there's no gauruntee

Which 945 board are you looking at? I would recomend the P5LD2, and I would hazard a guess that you should see at least a 260-270 FSB as long as temps and the PSU don't hold you back. You may be able to go higher, and likely will, but hard to say for certain.
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I was looking at the ASUS P5LD2 or Gigabyte GA-8I945P-G But I dont know if I should get those or the deluxe /pro versions of the same board - does that make much diffrence? Also i need firewire support of some type - thanks!
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Well, I am still on vacation, just checking in from a SLOW 26.4 dial-up connection, so it would take me hours to research the differences in the standard and deluxe. LMAO

But usually the difference bewteen standard and deluxe is in extra's like onboard sound, firewire, extra USB, that kind of thing.

Go to the ASUS website, load up 2 pages, one with the P5LD2, and one with the P5LD2-Deluxe and compare the listed features. You'll be able to see what the extras are easily that way.

I always recomend ASUS, best manufacturer out there IMHO.
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As to where, well, that's kinda a crap shoot. Best bet would be to order from Newegg the first week of March.......give them time to sell out the old and restock with the new.......but there's no gauruntee
I hope you mean May 2006, and not March 2007 LOL

And go here: http://usa.asus.com/products_compare.aspx
pick the LGA775 / Intel 945P chipset and both MoBo's will show up. Add them to the compare, and everything will be neatly side by side

At first glance, the Deluxe has a second PCI-E Slot (NOT SLI certified!). and extra SATA ports. Read this review and pay attention to the dual PCI-E x16 slots that are not SLI, but can be used for quad displays.

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The board features two PCI-E x16 slots that can be hooked up to video cards, however SLi is not officially supported. Instead, you can connect the two cards to four display units and enjoy quad view. Keep in mind that you can run the secondary video card at either PCI-E x4 speed by disabling the onboard x1 slot or at PCI-E x2 speed.
If you want that functionality, then Deluxe, otherwise I see no reason personally.

Link to review: http://www.tbreak.com/reviews/article.php?id=379
    
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=/ Gah.. It seems I need deluxe for firewire..What about that gigabyte board? Is that any good for overclocking? Also will I have to do anything to these boards to allow a 9x0 to run on them? I heard one of the ASUS boards (955x I think) needed a flash for it to work..thats too much of a hassle for me because I dont have another socket t processor.

No news on C0 stepping presler dual cores eh?
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I don't know too much about gigabyte... just check their site for features.

For ASUS compatibility, check here:
http://support.asus.com/cpusupport/c...us&model=P5LD2

You can check by board or CPU. Seems like both the P5LD2 and the P5LD2 Deluxe might need a flash (unless you're lucky and they ship with a new BIOS... not a big chance!)

EDIT: I just found out there is also a P5LD2 SE. This one is hard to find (does not even show up when you drill down ASUS's product site), but is listed as compatible with the 950 (revB1) for ALL Bios versions. I think the board is brand new, and maybe not yet released in the USA

EDIT2: http://www.asus.com/products4.aspx?l...22&modelmenu=1
    
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Thanks so much..Gonna try and track one of those down...As long as it has firewire, checking on that now.

EDIT: No good on firewire =/ Looks like I will go with the gigabyte =/
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