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Nitto414
11-23-08, 09:39 AM
I am unsure what motherboard to purchase.

I can't decide between:

ASUS P5Q Pro LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard

or

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard

I will be getting the following hardware to go along.

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB)
Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16
Thermaltake toughpower W0105RU 700W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Certified

I would like to get a crossfire supported motherboard so I could purchase another 4850 in the future.

I am just unsure about the ASUS board. I have read on here about people recommending them, but I have also herd they are unstable. I don't want to have to tweak things just to get the motherboard working properly. I want to be able to hook everything up, install COD4 and start playing.

*edit: whoops, almost forgot the processor.

Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W

saturnotaku
11-23-08, 10:26 AM
If you want Crossfire, get a board with the x38 or x48 chipset so you can have full bandwidth (x16) on both PCI-Express slots. The P45 will only do Crossfire at x8.

Nitto414
11-23-08, 08:26 PM
If you want Crossfire, get a board with the x38 or x48 chipset so you can have full bandwidth (x16) on both PCI-Express slots. The P45 will only do Crossfire at x8.

I looked at them and they seem to be out of my price range.

What would you recommend if I didn't want to go crossfire. Just a single card.

I would like to keep it under $120 ish.