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Old May 29, 2007, 05:40 PM
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Default I can't decide! Which mobo should I buy?

Asus P5B LGA775 P965
Newegg.com - ASUS P5B LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Asus P5B-Plus LGA 775 P965
Newegg.com - ASUS P5B-Plus LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
To my eyes they look so identical... I don't know which one should I choose for this system:

Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 2.4GHz retail no overclock
Either Corsair or OCZ DDR2 PC2-6400 4GB 2x2GB Dual Channel RAM
Antec P180 ATX Advanced Mid Tower Aluminum Case 4X5.25 1X3.5 6X3.5INT No PS W/ USB & Audio Ports
Antec SP-500 Smartpower 2.0 ATX12V2.0 20/24PIN 500W Power Supply
Sapphire Radeon X1950 Pro 575MHZ PCI-E 256MB 1.38GHZ GDDR3 Dual DVI-I TV-OUT Lite Retail Video Card
Samsung SH-S183A Black SATA DVD+RW 18X8X16 DVD-RW 18X6X16 DL 8X INT DVD Writer OEM W/ SW
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB SATA2 3GB/S 7200RPM 16MB Cache Ncq Hard Drive

...and probably 64bit windows os (either vista premium or xp).

Can either of mobos support these parts perfectly?
And what kind of soundcard should I get for either of these mobos for 2.1 speakers? (I heard onboard sound is horrible in these mobos)

Please help me! :help:

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Old May 29, 2007, 06:01 PM
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Brand ASUS
Model P5B
Supported CPU
CPU Socket Type LGA 775
CPU Type Quad-core / Core 2 Extreme / Core 2 Duo / Pentium
FSB 1066/800MHz
Supported CPU Technologies Hyper-Threading Technology
Chipsets
North Bridge Intel P965 Express
South Bridge Intel ICH8
Memory
Number of Memory Slots 4240pin
Memory Standard DDR2 800
Maximum Memory Supported 8GB
Dual Channel Supported Yes
Expansion Slots
PCI Express x16 1
PCI Express x1 3
PCI Slots 3
Storage Devices
PATA 1 x ATA100 up to 2 Devices
SATA 3Gb/s 5 x Internal SATA 3.0 Gb/s ports
1 x External SATA 3.0 Gb/s port (SATA On-the-Go)
SATA RAID 0/1
Additional RAID Controller JMB363
Onboard Video
Onboard Video Chipset None
Onboard Audio
Audio Chipset AC97 Codec
Audio Channels 8 Channels
Onboard LAN
LAN Chipset Realtek 8111B
Max LAN Speed 10/100/1000Mbps
Rear Panel Ports
PS/2 2
LPT 1
USB 4 x USB 2.0
S/PDIF Out 1x Optical and 1x Coaxial
Audio Ports 6 Ports
Onboard USB
Onboard USB 6x USB 2.0
Physical Spec
Form Factor ATX
Dimensions 12.0" x 9.6"
Windows Vista Certified for
Features
Power Pin 24 Pin
Features Notice: Only DDR2-800 memory supporting JEDEC approved 1.8V operation with timings of 5-5-5 or 6-6-6 is supported on Intel Desktop Boards based on Intel 965 Express Chipsets.



Brand ASUS
Model P5B-Plus
Supported CPU
CPU Socket Type LGA 775
CPU Type Quad-core / Core 2 Extreme / Core 2 Duo / Pentium
FSB 1066/800MHz
Chipsets
North Bridge Intel P965 Express
South Bridge Intel ICH8R
Memory
Number of Memory Slots 4240pin
Memory Standard DDR2 800
Maximum Memory Supported 8GB
Dual Channel Supported Yes
Expansion Slots
AGP Slots None
PCI Express x16 1
PCI Express x1 1
PCI Slots 3
Storage Devices
PATA 1 x ATA100 up to 2 Devices
PATA RAID 0/1
SATA 3Gb/s 6
SATA RAID 0/1/5/10 Matrix RAID
Additional RAID Controller JMicron JMB363
Onboard Video
Onboard Video Chipset None
Onboard Audio
Audio Chipset ADI AD1988
Audio Channels 8 Channels
Onboard LAN
Max LAN Speed 10/100/1000Mbps
Rear Panel Ports
PS/2 2
COM 1
USB 4 x USB 2.0
IEEE 1394 1 x IEEE 1394a
Audio Ports 6 Ports
Onboard USB
Onboard USB 3 x USB 2.0 connectors support 6 ports
Physical Spec
Form Factor ATX
Dimensions 12.0"x 9.0"
Features
Power Pin 24 Pin



There is a whole slew of differences, I posted the specs on both so you can have a quick look.
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Old May 30, 2007, 01:07 PM
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The P5B also has its overclocking features castrated.
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Old May 30, 2007, 02:30 PM
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I don't know if you intend to NOT oc your 6600 (what a waste that would be) but if you aren't going to oc it I am not sure why you need 6400 memory. And on oc'able mobo isn't needed either.
But as an oc'er, that would be a pity ... most 6600's will run at 3.0 without breaking a sweat.
And then you could join the HCF folding team and not waste all those nice c2d cycles

Or, maybe i just misinterpreted your OP.

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Of those 2, definitely get the P5B-Plus ... Given the numerous advantages of solid capacitors in addition to an increased feature set and higher-quality PCB, it's a no-brainer in my opinion ...

I'll never go back to a motherboard that uses electrolytic capacitors like the P5B ...
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