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Old December 15, 2007, 09:43 PM
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Last time I was in a pc shop picked up a p4/850xl. That was my first rig if you would call it that but it was home built and has served my needs. Now it's just getting real painful so I’ll retire it to a webbox. You can see I'm the guy who rides the end of the waive as I'm just a moderate user who thinks 1280x1024 is decent

I know this topic has been beaten to death on all the boards and perhaps why I'm having this much trouble with my decision. I have a q6600 and 8800gt on the way.

Hoping you guys can help me pick a proven board that can take a mild 24/7 o/c and will last problem free for a few years.

What would you pick if you had to choose one board from the P35's X38/ddr2, X38/ddr3. - I hope I said this right
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Old December 15, 2007, 09:50 PM
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Depending on how much you want to spend you can't go wrong with Gigabyte's DS3.

NCIX.com - Buy Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L ATX LGA775 P35 1333FSB 1PCI-E16 3PCI-E1 3PCI SATA2 Sound GBLAN Motherboard.
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Old December 15, 2007, 10:12 PM
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Well assuming you don't need RAID then the above board is fine. If you do need RAID, then you'd want this one:

NCIX.com - Buy Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3R ATX LGA775 Conroe P35 DDR2 1PCI-E16 3PCI-E1 SATA RAID Sound GBLAN Motherboard - GA-P35-DS3R In Canada.

And since DDR2 is quite cheap, you might as well go for 4GB.
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Old December 15, 2007, 10:29 PM
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NO more than 500 on the rest, all I need is a mobo mem and some cpu cooling.

so the DS3L or
DS3R both look like solid p35 contenders and leave me with some $200 beer cash.

let's just you you don't drink all that much . . anything else worth spending money on?





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Well if you want something with more spice one of these should suffice:

Abit IP35 Pro ATX LGA775 P35 DDR2 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 3PCI SATA2 RAID Sound GBLAN 1394 Motherboard

Gigabyte GA-P35-DS4 ATX LGA775 P35 1333FSB 2PCI-E16 3PCI-E1 2PCI SATA2 Sound GBLAN 1394 Motherboard

MSI P35 Platinum ATX LGA775 P35 DDR2 2 PCI-E16 3PCI-E1 2PCI SATA2 Audio GBLAN 1394 Motherboard
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I've has that asus on my mind but that packaging turns me off, makes me think the extra $100 is going to packaging and that shiny heat pipe.

looks like you've reaffirmed some of my choices. $100 one way or the other won't kill me

DS4 is $75 cheaper then the asus but i do like the audio card more then on board and it does come with some interesting software.

What memory would you suggest i pick up with these
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I'm going to offer a vote against that MSI board (see sig). In a nutshell, I've found that its power delivery system is inadequately cooled, and its heatpipe system is rather ineffective unless you have a fan blowing directly down on it.

Aside from that, does your budget include a power supply? Whatever was powering that P4 rig probably has no business in your new rig.
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never been around any MIS boards so i never gave it any consideration.

I have a q6600 and 8800gt on the way, NCIX specials got to me . the 500max is for the mobo ram and cooling

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Might input this board. Gigabyte GA-P35C-DS3R - $161.52. This board does support DDR3 if you wish to upgrade to that in the future.

As for memory I vote for these Crucial Ballistix PC2-6400 2GB 2X1GB DDR2-800 CL4-4-4-12 - $79.99 on sale now. The chips used on these are quite possibly Micron D9's which are excellent overclockers.
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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?
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