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Old December 16, 2007, 06:04 AM
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Gigabyte GA-P35C-DS3R is not an option, it'd rather stick to a dedicated board and avoid any potential problems

do you guys believe the extra $200 spent today on "upgrade insurance" buying a ddr3 board with pcieII worth the potential upgrades that will become available in the next 2 years?
It depends on how often you plan to upgrade. If your previous habits are any indication, I wouldn't bother trying to future-proof your motherboard too much. By the time you decide to upgrade again there will be "bargain" priced motherboards to support DDR3 and PCIe2.

As for where to throw that extra money........ I'd look for a decent set of PC2-8500 for around $100 (the balistix are currently around that price) and throw the extra into a dedicated sound card both for the improved sound quality, and for the slight performance bump you'll get from moving audio tasks away from the CPU.
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Old December 16, 2007, 07:24 AM
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Personally I think the P35 Asus P5K-E (wifi) is very solid and good value for money!
The Bios is well laid out with no messing about with F-keys.
Also has a cpu voltage damper to control vdroop and a high quality PCB associated with the more expensive deluxe model. Not as many heatpipes as the deluxe but it still runs cool at higher FSB~450. There are some great guides to guide you through the bios settings too.

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due to my previous positive asus experience I'm willing to give them another slice of my business.

so I boiled it down to the maximus@ $260 or the P5K @ $160

here is what my direct canada cart looks like:

Crucial Ballistix PC2-8500 DDR2 2GB 2X1GB DDR2-1066 CL5-5-5-15 240PIN DIMM Dual Channel Memory Kit $126


ASUS Maximus Formula LGA775 X38 ATX DDR2 2PCI-E16 3PCI-E1 2PCI 2GBLAN SATA RAID 1394 Motherboard $267

Thermalright ULTRA-120 Extreme 6 Heatpipe Cooler LGA775 Heatsink *Fan Not Included* $48

for a total of $441. I guess i can save $100 with the P5k and aside some of the fancy packaging and x38 i don't see much actual difference between them. Regardless of the funds I'm still leaning towards the maximus simply because the boards a full of support for this mobo and all o/c has already been done and documented so it should make my life easer.



Any last thought?

All those in favor say "I"
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dedicated sound.... never looked into this as i just recently got my 6.1 hooked up to the PC.

anything you'd like to suggest up to the $100 range? that would bring the p5k to the same price point as the maximus.

brings us to another point

would you prefer the maximus "package deal" or the P5K with dedicated sound card of your choice
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due to my previous positive asus experience I'm willing to give them another slice of my business.

so I boiled it down to the maximus@ $260 or the P5K @ $160

here is what my direct canada cart looks like:

Crucial Ballistix PC2-8500 DDR2 2GB 2X1GB DDR2-1066 CL5-5-5-15 240PIN DIMM Dual Channel Memory Kit $126


ASUS Maximus Formula LGA775 X38 ATX DDR2 2PCI-E16 3PCI-E1 2PCI 2GBLAN SATA RAID 1394 Motherboard $267

Thermalright ULTRA-120 Extreme 6 Heatpipe Cooler LGA775 Heatsink *Fan Not Included* $48


Any last thought?

All those in favor say "I"

I say "I" for the ram and cooler, but "nay" for the board. It's a great board and all, but the P5K-E and the DFI Blood Iron, and the IP35 can pretty much perform as well for a lot less cash.

But the Ballistix, especially the PC2-8500, is a great buy ! It's also on sale at NCIX for 94$ ...
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option B: NCIX


Crucial Ballistix PC2-8500 $95
ULTRA-120 Extreme $65
ASUS P5K-E $154
shipping $15
total $329




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Old December 16, 2007, 10:09 AM
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dedicated sound.... never looked into this as i just recently got my 6.1 hooked up to the PC.

anything you'd like to suggest up to the $100 range? that would bring the p5k to the same price point as the maximus.

brings us to another point

would you prefer the maximus "package deal" or the P5K with dedicated sound card of your choice
In the $100 range I'd look at the X-Fi Gamer (avoid the X-Fi "audio" line as you're just as well off with on-board) or if you'd rather not spend quite that much... look around and try to find an audigy2 card in the old stock bin.

I'm sure others will suggest something by azentech which might be a good choice but I'm not sure about the price point.

How are you currently set up? Do you run SPDIF to a stereo receiver? If so, don't dismiss the Audigy line because it looks like it lacks a RCA SPDIF O/P.... the top rear jack (white) is a multi-function plug which will perform RCA SPDIF with the inclusion of a mini to RCA adapater.
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no stereo receiver, i have a Logitech Z-5300e running onboard audio.
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Have you looked at these:
Mushkin HP PC2-8500 2GB 2X1GB DDR2-1066 CL5-5-5-18 240PIN DIMM Dual Channel Memory Kit
Mushkin HP2-8500 2GB Memory Kit Review

I have mine at 1.9v and 2T 4,4,4,12 at 1000mhz. Seem to work very well with the P5KE. the maximus is a great board but right now its a very expensive way to Oc a quad.

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anything else worth spending money on?
Creature comforts.

If you are happy with a computer that is 'behind the curve' then how about other areas to make the computing experience better: a better monitor, a wireless mouse, or even a more comfortable chair?
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