I am planing on buying the ASUS P5Q-EM for my new system, and i want to know 2 things...
1. Is This a Good Motherboard, i know it isn't the best, but for general purpose and
gaming how is it?
2. On the RAM specifications for the board it says it supports 667/800/1066 (O.C) does
this mean if i get 1066 RAM that i need to over clock the motherboard? Since i don't
know if i should get 4GB of 800MHZ or 4GB of 1066MHZ?
Welcome to the forums! Yes- good board- Just in case you weren't aware, it is a m-ATX format board (small form factor).
As for memroy- if the difference between decent 800 and 1066 RAM is only about 10 dollars (which it usually is), you might as well go for the 1066 just to be sure you have any extra headroom you might want. Are you planning on overclocking the CPU at all?
Are you going to build the PC yourself?
Why a Matx Board for $170 when your gonna put it in a mid tower (antec 900)?
Are you using the PC for Home Theater (since the p5q em has HDMI and opitcal) ?
Since your not worry about a mid tower chassis, i suggest you get the Asus P5Q-E for $176, an ATX mother board is a lot easier to work with and last lots of room for upgrade and better chipset cooling. Or you can take a look at the p5q pro for $140
Those OCZ Platinum XTC rams require quite high voltage for it to come alive, i personally own the OCZ platinum 800mhz 2gb.
With the P5Q EM you wont have enough system fan headers for the antec 900 fans. That means you be stuck with using antec tri-cool fans or you need to get one of those fan controllers
From my personal experience, P5Q series have a really easy overclock features.
yes i plan to build it my self.
and i'm using my mobo for many uses. from gaming to movies ect.
and i'm looking at the motherboards you suggested and i'm strongly considering them.
but at the same time i'm also considering a different chassis.
you should get a different case, a lot and i mean a lot of people have antec 900 i know its a great case and all , but i personally dont like flashy cases and it has no floppy mount . Yes thats right, i still use floppies .