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Madpistol
12-05-08, 05:07 PM
The MSI P45 Platinum that we got was a dud.... worked one night, but after applying one tweak, it refuses to post or reset. I spent 30 minutes with MSI tech support, and they couldn't remedy the problem, so now I'm returning the motherboard to newegg... and I'm not getting it again.

I need a good motherboard for an E8400 Core 2, Radeon 4870 512MB and 4 GB of DDR 2. It also needs to be able to fit a Zalman 9700 LED CPU cooler. My only requirements are that it be around $200 (give or take), be stable, and easy to tweak and overclock. Preferably, I'd like one that you don't have to restart the computer 4 times for a botched overclock. Also, If it's a good Nvidia chipset, that's fine too as long as the drivers on it won't have any problems with the Radeon 4870. I've had good luck with my 680i SLI from EVGA so far, so I'll gladly consider a 780i or whatever.

Also, I'd prefer if it's from newegg.com, but it doesn't have to be if the price is right and the board is good. :)

Madpistol
12-05-08, 05:36 PM
This one looks nice:

ASUS P5Q Deluxe LGA 775 Intel P45 Intel Motherboard (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131297)

It got great reviews too! Has anyone had experience with this board? You don't see many Motherboards on newegg that get 5 eggs. :)

v3rninater
12-05-08, 06:24 PM
I've built at least 3 computers now with these series of Gigabyte P45's. Super solid board even after o/c'ing, love them!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128359
Single PCI-E

Or the SLI version..
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128358

Madpistol
12-05-08, 09:53 PM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128359

Damn, that's a really good price!!! I didn't realize they made P45 boards for around $120! :D

I'm sold, AND it's going to save me some money. Let's hope this one works better than that MSI POS.

mythy
12-05-08, 09:57 PM
urgh I would of recomended the asus p5k deluxe but since my board has killed over 5 sets of ram I cant recomend any thing asus :thumbdwn:

bacon12
12-06-08, 07:00 AM
I've built at least 3 computers now with these series of Gigabyte P45's. Super solid board even after o/c'ing, love them!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128359
Single PCI-E

Or the SLI version..
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128358

That board looks great for the price but the sata connectors are to far into the board. :thumbdwn:

The P5E deluxe is a great board as well. Mythy you kill that ram I traded you?

mullet
12-06-08, 09:19 AM
This one looks nice:

ASUS P5Q Deluxe LGA 775 Intel P45 Intel Motherboard (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131297)

It got great reviews too! Has anyone had experience with this board? You don't see many Motherboards on newegg that get 5 eggs. :)

:thumbsup:

mythy
12-06-08, 09:50 AM
yea bacon it now has errors on it :headexplode: The rigs still stable but its very hard to boot from a CMOS reset they need 2.2V and 5-5-5-16 timings with the transaction bosster off in order to run. I find it funny the rigs stable they report errors instantly. This motherboard KILLS ram OCZ, Crucial, Geil, Patriot none of them can withstand my motherboard and it pisses me off. I'd mail them in for a RMA but I dont have any replacement ram to hold me over...

snowmanwithahat
12-07-08, 09:39 PM
after looking around a bunch, that motherboard (gigabyte) seems to be a great buy. I have been in the market too and considering the ASUS board, but the gigabyte one just looks great compared to the ASUS one as far as price goes.... all i really want is to be able to hit 3.6ghz with a Q6600.

So from the perspective of another interested buyer, i'd suggest it, it's probably what i'll be getting when i order parts here in a few days

Madpistol
12-07-08, 11:51 PM
Oh, since I ordered that Mobo, I'm saving roughly $60, so I put in rush processing, and next day shipping. It says the motherboard should be here Tuesday. :D

snowmanwithahat
12-08-08, 12:09 AM
awesome ... let me know how it is, i'm going to be ordering tues. or wed probably... This is finals week for me so I don't have time to build a pc anyway.... I just need the parts to be at my house by next monday so I'm going to spend a little bit more time trying to figure this out. So far thought hat motherboard is getting my vote... It's only going to be about $360 to get the Q6600, motherboard and 4gb of memory... Already have a GTX 260 here.... haven't used it yet though :(...... stupid amd board.

v3rninater
12-09-08, 08:14 AM
That gigabyte is a great board it overclocks nicely and is very stable. I haven't even touched my vcore yet on my processor.

snowmanwithahat
12-13-08, 02:39 AM
so i got the gigabyte board isntalled today... it seems to be going very smooth, stil updating windows xp since i couldn't get a hold of a 64-bit edition of vista yet.

I don't have alot to say but the board seems solid in construction and well laid out for sure. we'll see how the overclocking goes