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OK, I decided to start me own mobo topic here. I have looked through too many posts that I went from "not sure" to "I think I know" to "Information overload".<br />
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What I am looking for is a good conroe mobo that even a newbie like me can work on overclocking, but will be stable enough that I don't get myself into trouble. I have had some suggestions and gotten so much info from other posts that I am not really sure. <br />
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First, I keep hearing good things about the Gigabyte DS3. But I find two different ones, one with Northbridge P965 and one with G965. Is one better than the other?<br />
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Second, I like ASUS. I have had only ASUS in the past. I don't mind spending and extra 100 bucks if it is worth it, should I look at any of the ASUS boards, or even any other?<br />
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I am not to into most of the features I guess. I would like the option to have RAID. I don't think I care about SLI at all.<br />
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Anyway, thanks in advance for any and all replies. Maybe my head will stop spinning with some good direction here.
 

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Gigabyte DS3, with the P965 Express chipset. The G965 is the version with onboard video, which you want to avoid. Do note that the DS3 does not support RAID on the southbridge (only on the secondary SATA Controller)<br />
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Best pick for a reasonable however, is the <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813131045" target="_blank">ASUS P5B Deluxe</a> for $194.99. Excellent overclocking board and high quality. Capable of hitting high FSB with the Core 2 Duo chipset. There is a <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813131028" target="_blank">WiFi version </a>for $229.99<br />
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Rich with features, and overclocks your Core 2 Duo like crazy. Can't go wrong. Plus, you know ASUS BIOS is generally pretty easy to handle. And stability is proven.
 

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OK, the P5B Deluxe was one I was looking at, I am trying to figure out the difference between the P5B and the P5W. What make the W more expensive? Is it the 975X chipset, and is that worth the extra bucks?<br />
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Also, what about this piece of info on the P5B boards:<br />
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Notice: Only DDR2-800 memory supporting JEDEC approved 1.8V operation with timings of 5-5-5 or 6-6-6 is supported on Intel Desktop Boards based on Intel 965 Express Chipsets.

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</div>Does this mean that is the ONLY memory that will work? That doesn't seem right.<br />
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Thanks for the info.
 

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The P5W is based on a different chipset (Intel 975X). It's the high-edn chipset from Intel<br />
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P5W supports Crossfire at x8, x8 bandwidth (and SLI with modded drivers). However the P5B Deluxe is the better overclocker (will still run Crossfire/SLI, but only at x16, x4 bandwidth).<br />
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If you don't care about dual graphic cards, the P5B Deluxe is the obvious choice, otherwise, the P5W DH Deluxe is a good choice (still a very good overclocker)
 

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OK, thanks for that info. That does eliminate the P5W for me. I added some questions to my previous post. It is some info on newegg about the memory for the P5B, what is that all about?
 

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I have not heard many problems with RAM compatibility and the Asus P5B. I think most good DDR2 800 RAM will work just fine.
 

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OK, I just wanted to make sure I wasn't stuck with some special expensive RAM or some crazy thing. But any idea if the RAM I have now would work, I want to use it for a while until I can buy some new? I have the OCZ Gold series PC5400.<br />
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Thanks again for all the help, answering all my questions. You have been a great help.
 

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Calling P5B Deluxe owners with OCZ RAM <img src="/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" /> Not sure about it... so let's see if anyone has this combination
 

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Sounds good to me. Hopefully someone has tried it and will know. Or hopefully not and I will have an excuse to buy new RAM right away<img src="/images/smilies/cool.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Cool" class="inlineimg" /> .
 
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