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Old February 6, 2008, 04:23 PM
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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.
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Old February 6, 2008, 04:31 PM
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Personally I recommend the GA-P35-DS3L from gigabyte. Awesome OCing mobo.
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Old February 6, 2008, 04:32 PM
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I recommend the Abit IP35-Pro
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Old February 6, 2008, 04:45 PM
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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.
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Old February 6, 2008, 04:46 PM
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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.
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Nobody goes for the underdog :( Always asus or gigabyte :( *sigh* poor abit *sniff*
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[off-topic]My last, last, last board was an Abit, the As8-3rd Eye...[/off-topic]
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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.
Thats another part I've been floundering back and forth with. Anandtech has a pretty favorable review of the Freezer Pro 7 (AnandTech: Arctic Cooling Duo: Alpine 7 & Freezer 7 Pro Attack Value) which led me to believe that it was probably adequate for my needs since I'll have pretty good case airflow with the TJ09 and fans on the ram etc. I don't really know though since I haven't done any overclocking.. I imagine the Ultima 120 would give my CPU etc. a longer life due to lower temps? I'm not concerned with getting a huge overclock.

Thanks everyone for your input, its greatly appreciated!
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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.
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Old February 6, 2008, 05:53 PM
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Another poke for the Gigabyte!
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