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Old August 11, 2007, 11:14 PM
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Default Overclocking friendly mobo on a budget - need help

Ive been searching for some budget friendly mobos that hopefully will have some good overclocking. So far i have three choices to make

Asus P5N-E SLI
Gigabyte GA-965G-DS3
Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 (whats the difference between the 2 gigabytes?)

Can anyone give me some insight on theses mobos. Also im open to other recommendations as long as its within around the $160 range
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Old August 11, 2007, 11:30 PM
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i would get a P35 board like asus p5kc its in your price range too
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Old August 11, 2007, 11:47 PM
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the asus P5K motherboard is around 150-160$ depending where you look, and pretty much no matter what the p35 chipset gives you more features and overclocking functions then you'll even need.
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Old August 12, 2007, 12:18 AM
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Although I like my P5N-E SLI, I'd have to recommend the P5K too. The P5K-SE is quite cheap.

965G = onboard graphics = worse OCing.

I've heard good things about the Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3.

If you get a P5N-E SLI, you have to either stick a fan(s) on the northbridge heatsink or replace it. I have the Noctua NH-U6 with 60mm(thin) Panaflo fan.
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Old August 12, 2007, 01:38 AM
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Go with a P35 chipset if you can as it will give you support for the newer 1333 FSB CPUs.

Just read a review on the EVGA 650i board which I think said it had support for the newer chips as well, so it would be worth looking into (you can never have too many options).

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Old August 12, 2007, 08:02 AM
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Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L. Love it. And cheap: 94$. Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L ATX LGA775 P35 1333FSB 1PCI-E16 3PCI-E1 3PCI SATA2 Sound GBLAN Motherboard - DirectCanada
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Old August 12, 2007, 09:07 AM
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I suggest:
Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3R
Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3R ATX LGA775 Conroe P35 DDR2 1PCI-E16 3PCI-E1 SATA RAID Sound GBLAN Motherboard - DirectCanada
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Old August 12, 2007, 11:22 AM
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Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3.

That can support the 1333FSB chips. Also a super popular OC'ing board.

P5Ks are OK, but they are ugly compared to the pretty gigabyte boards

Both the P5K and that board will offer very good functionality and OC'ing.

Good luck - picking just the right mobo SUCKS because there are just so much to choose from!
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