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ryan29121
10-31-07, 01:58 PM
Im about to build a new PC and im trying to decide whether the P35 or X38 chipsets will be best for me. Im on a budget but i was wondering if it is worth the extra money for the X38? Im looking at the ASUS maximus formula and it looks like it is packed full of features and it is easy to use (startup, etc.) but do all of them justify the extra $100? What is your opinion?

CaptNKILL
10-31-07, 02:08 PM
ryan, slow down on X38\P35 threads man. You can ask a few questions in one post. :) :D

Kain
10-31-07, 02:48 PM
Buy 'em both and decide for yourself. :D

DiscipleDOC
10-31-07, 03:10 PM
I thought I was the only one that noticed that...

cyntho
10-31-07, 03:12 PM
LOL I guess Kain missed the BUDGET part :D.

The P35 doesn't offer the PCIE 2.0 slot, which is more for "future proofing" yourself.

The X38 does offer all that and then some.

Consider it the initial high price of "the new thing."

I doubt there's much of a performance difference between the two at this day in age.

DRen72
10-31-07, 03:26 PM
I've done the research and if you are building today, then go X38. However, for those that already built with a P35 then there is no reason to upgrade right now.

CaptNKILL
10-31-07, 03:33 PM
I've done the research and if you are building today, then go X38. However, for those that already built with a P35 then there is no reason to upgrade right now.
I don't think X38 is worth it unless you have money to burn.

You'll pay well over twice as much for an X38 board compared to a P35, and it won't really make any difference.

DRen72
10-31-07, 03:57 PM
I don't think X38 is worth it unless you have money to burn.

You'll pay well over twice as much for an X38 board compared to a P35, and it won't really make any difference.CaptNKILL is right. I re-read your question carefully and if you're on a tight budget, you can't go wrong with P35.

buffbiff21
10-31-07, 04:04 PM
Wait for DFI's or Abit's budget X38.

Digital_Trans
11-01-07, 03:07 AM
X38 is great! spend the extra money! :captnkill:

zerobeta
11-01-07, 03:55 AM
I don't think X38 is worth it unless you have money to burn.

You'll pay well over twice as much for an X38 board compared to a P35, and it won't really make any difference.

Not all X38 Motherboards are so expensive today

Maybe DDR3 models?

I just checked for a few ASUS models, the P5E3 is about $330, but the P5E (DDR2) is about $230, which is not that much expensive than a P35 chipset, for example the P5K Deluxe.

qube
11-01-07, 05:45 AM
ABIT IX38-QuadGT, X38 its a nice board

ryan29121
11-01-07, 11:11 AM
I apologize for all the threads. I seem to have a problem where i think of more questions right after i post a question. I know i can edit the posts but then the titles wont match up. Ill try and watch what i post in the future. You guys are really helpful whenever i ask a question so i thank you for answering them and putting up with my random posting. As for the boards i got kind of a split decision on what i should do but i think that i got the right idea. Im considering the X38 board and i will see how much money i have to spend and weigh my options. Thanks again for the help on this topic.

mullet
11-01-07, 11:12 AM
ASUS X38 my next board.

hirantha
11-01-07, 11:14 AM
x38 board is great just make sure you get Vista 64bit installed unlike me :( .. you will be future rdy.

ryan29121
11-01-07, 11:25 AM
Any choice between the ASUS MAXIMUS FORMULA and the ASUS P5E x38 boards? Or do you preferr a different one? The highest im willing to spend is $279 and thats the price of the Maximusformula board. Do you know of any good ones for a good price?

cyntho
11-01-07, 12:17 PM
Yeah I can't find much of a difference between the ASUS MAXIMUS FORMULA (NON-SE) and the ASUS P5E (NON-DELUXE or P5E3).

I went to their website, and they all seem to have the same specs. The only thing that seems to be different are the heatsink layouts.

Does anyone have a clue as to what the differences between these are?

P5E Specifications: http://usa.asus.com/products.aspx?l1=3&l2=11&l3=572&l4=0&model=1873&modelmenu=2

MAXIMUS Formula Specifications: http://usa.asus.com/products.aspx?l1=3&l2=11&l3=572&l4=0&model=1889&modelmenu=2

hirantha
11-01-07, 01:30 PM
formula has water cooling block the other doesn't.. thats the only diff i see.

cyntho
11-01-07, 01:34 PM
There's two different Formulas. There's formula SE and formula non-SE.

Edit: I know the SE does water cooling and the non-SE doesn't, but for the life of me I can't see the difference between the P5E and the Formula. The only thing I notice on their site is that they called the additional things a different title.

mullet
11-01-07, 02:33 PM
ASUS P5E x38 FTW!!!!

cyntho
11-01-07, 03:39 PM
Mullet!

Why P5E vs FORMULA?!

(AND Watercooling is not a valid answer!, lol)

CaptNKILL
11-01-07, 03:56 PM
Not all X38 Motherboards are so expensive today

Maybe DDR3 models?

I just checked for a few ASUS models, the P5E3 is about $330, but the P5E (DDR2) is about $230, which is not that much expensive than a P35 chipset, for example the P5K Deluxe.
A good P35 board can be had for $100 or less.

I've yet to really see what the more expensive models offer over the cheaper ones other than maybe RAID, Dual LAN or built in wireless (things most people don't need).

mullet
11-02-07, 12:44 AM
Mullet!

Why P5E vs FORMULA?!

(AND Watercooling is not a valid answer!, lol)

I am scared of water. :p

Digital_Trans
11-02-07, 01:23 AM
Asus Maximus Formula SE X38 Yeah! I have it! Yeah! Yeah! umm......:headexplode:

ryan29121
11-02-07, 11:52 AM
Any P35 boards that are really good and really cheap? Im looking for a good mobo bc i dont want to deal with alot of problems and i heard the X38 was the least problematic. Thanks for all the help so far.