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Jsunn
09-04-08, 09:49 AM
Hello All,

I am currently looking for an inexpensive, quality motherboard for my wife's computer that I am going to be building.

I am going to be running Vista Ultimate, 2GB DDR2 Ram, E6600 proc, 7600GT video card. This is going to be her homework PC.

Onboard sound is OK.

The most Important requirement is stability and reliability.

Thanks for your recommendations.

-Jason

Feyy
09-04-08, 10:56 AM
I recommend anything from Intel :)

Jsunn
09-04-08, 11:02 AM
Feyy, anything a little more specific?

I have just used nvidia boards.

-Jason

Absolution
09-04-08, 11:32 AM
Any Intel P35, P45, P43, X38, X48 chipset that is cheap enough for your needs will do you just fine. Most come with a decent set of features.

I'd recommend Gigabyte.

Tr1cK
09-04-08, 11:58 AM
I think Biostar makes some great low priced boards. Go for a P43 or P45. I bought the P43 board from them for $90. It is very stable and fast. I had to RMA it due to me overclocking my quad so high that I popped a voltage regulator. It should be back in tomorrow and I'm adding some cooling to the new boards voltage regulators which should keep them from popping again. It you are not overclocking it, it should be perfectly fine.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138122

mullet
09-04-08, 12:09 PM
$104.99 ASUS P5K PRO (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131275)

Good price, solid state compositors, mature bios.

Jsunn
09-04-08, 12:24 PM
I like the ASUS.

-J Thanks Mullet

Dazz
09-04-08, 04:28 PM
What about the Asus P5QL-E (P43) cheap 8 voltage regulators for stable power and quad cores should be decent for overclocking if need be. Passive cooled for quite running

Jsunn
09-04-08, 04:36 PM
Any advantage from one ASUS to the other??

-Jason

Starscream
09-04-08, 05:17 PM
If you want something CHEAP and reliable get an Asrock Wolfdale-1333-D667. They should be available anywhere for $50-$60.

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Wolfdale1333-D667%20R2.0

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157119

45 bucks at Newegg.

mullet
09-05-08, 12:08 AM
Asus P5QL-E (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131322) Could be good but the 24pin mobo power connector is in the middle which sux and the mosfets have no heatsinks on them so any OCing may not be good, not to mention the bios is not as mature as the P5K. Just a thought.

Tr1cK
09-05-08, 06:31 AM
Asus P5QL-E (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131322) Could be good but the 24pin mobo power connector is in the middle which sux and the mosfets have no heatsinks on them so any OCing may not be good, not to mention the bios is not as mature as the P5K. Just a thought.

I'm sure it will OC fine for a few hours until a mosfet pops like mine. :p I did get the little chip coolers you recommended for them this time around.