Trying to make a mobo choice...
I'm putting together a new system in early-mid March and am looking for some advice on what mobo to get.
The PC will be strictly for gaming (RTS, MMORPG, no FPS) and I intend to put the following parts in:
- E8400 processor
- EVGA 8800 GTS 512 (this may change as there could be some upcoming releases from NVidia, I would like to use step-up to get the next gen GTX when it is available)
- 2 GB corsair dominator pc-8500 w/fan
- 620w corsair PSU
- Single 500gb-750gb hdd
- Arctic cooling freezer pro 7
- Silverstone TJ09 or TJ04 case (is the TJ09 overkill?)
I'd like to overclock the E8400 to at or around 3.8-4 ghz. All that said, should I splurge for an expensive mobo like the Asus Maximus Formula x38, or will a cheaper board like the Gigabyte p35-ds3l suffice?
It would be my first experience with overclocking so I want durable hardware (although I don't plan to push it too hard). Does a current 8800 GTX have enough space in the p35-ds3l? Does anyone expect the size of the 9800 GTX to be bigger? (this one I don't really expect anyone to have info on, but I figured I'd ask)
Thanks for any and all input!
PS - My budget is between $2000-2200 so if anyone has suggestions other than what I have listed I am completely open to them.
Personally I recommend the GA-P35-DS3L from gigabyte. Awesome OCing mobo.
I recommend the Abit IP35-Pro
Why all those great parts and not choose a great HSF? Don't get me wrong, the AC7 is a very good cooler - but I would personally go for a higher-performance model, like the Ultima 120.
Board? DS3L, hands-down. Need a high-end board? Asus Maximus Formula would be my choice.
I would also recommend the GA-P35-DS3L.
It was pretty easy to get my E8400 to 4.0 Ghz and over with pc2-6400 memory. See sig. It should be even easier with the memory you've spec'd.
Cheers, and good luck on your build.
Nobody goes for the underdog :( Always asus or gigabyte :( *sigh* poor abit *sniff*
[off-topic]My last, last, last board was an Abit, the As8-3rd Eye...[/off-topic]
Thanks everyone for your input, its greatly appreciated!
You will be VERY happy with the TJ09 should you get it. It is a case that will be with me forever...tear.....
In terms of HSF. AC F64pro is good. But it is not the ideal choice. Go with the Thermalright U120 Extreme. Put a nice quiet Scythe or Noctua fan on it, and enough said. It will perform, and continue to perform.
Another poke for the Gigabyte!
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