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CaptNKILL
02-05-06, 04:43 PM
I guess I should probably start asking now since I plan on upgrading my video card for Oblivion within the next 5-6 weeks and I'll need a PCI-E board.

As you can see from my sig, I overclock. So I'm looking for a board that can stand to have the bus speed cranked up as much as possible, while having good RAM dividers to keep my memory stable (and as close to the default clocks as possible... right now my ram is underclocked so I can OC my CPU, Id rather not have to do that in the future).

Dual LAN would be good, but not necessary.

Stability stability stability.

Plenty of features.

Performance.

Good warranty\support.

Maybe good looks\fancy extra stuff :D

Good board layout.

Reasonable price.

I dont need SLI support at all... I dont plan on ever getting SLI because I dont have the money for it and theres a good chance I might even be going ATI as my next video upgrade. I also dont plan on getting any expensive PCI-E cards (physics, sound, whatever) any time soon either, so I really dont need any more than one PCI-E 8x\16x slot. If the price is right, why not, but if I have a choice between saving $20 and an extra PCI-E slot, I'll take the $20.

I was looking at this, and its quite a bit more expensive than Id like, but it sure is pretty :wonder: :
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813136152

This is also nice, its real cheap and its pretty much identical to my current board except for the updated chipset:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813123258
The only thing I would be worried about is overclocking. If I dont get as lucky with this one as I did with mine, I'll be disapointed.

Then theres this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813136163
Only because its pretty cheap and Ive heard good things about DFI.

I liked my old NF7-S 2.0 a lot, so this crossed my mind:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813127222

This seems pretty decent too. Its SLI, but for this price I dont mind:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813128301

keith33
02-05-06, 05:17 PM
If you overclock heavily the Ultra-D will give you the most flexibility I think. Personally, I wouldn't go with a Gigabyte board just because of bad RMA experiences. Good luck with whatever you do.

CaptNKILL
02-05-06, 05:41 PM
If you overclock heavily the Ultra-D will give you the most flexibility I think. Personally, I wouldn't go with a Gigabyte board just because of bad RMA experiences. Good luck with whatever you do.
Yeah Ive used Gigabyte boards before and I wasnt terribly impressed and their support was non existant (they dont respond to emails at all). And Ive pretty much narrowed it down to the DFI Ultra-D and the cheap Epox one. Its just a matter of if the $55 difference is worth it :o

Lots of USB, dual LAN, great looks, good overclockability, nice layout, nice round cables... dammit, I dont want to spend so much money but I think I'll have to :p

Roadhog
02-05-06, 06:39 PM
$129 for a mobo isnt bad... Have you looked at the Asus A8N32-SLI or what ever it is.. Now thats a nice board.

This Beast of a board - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813131568

CaptNKILL
02-05-06, 06:46 PM
$129 for a mobo isnt bad... Have you looked at the Asus A8N32-SLI or what ever it is.. Now thats a nice board.

This Beast of a board - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813131568
Bleh... Ive used Asus boards and they are always overpriced and have a lot of poorly designed features. They usually seem buggy too. Cant say Ive heard anything better about the A8N32 either. Thanks for the suggestion but no Asus here. :o

Absolution
02-05-06, 07:27 PM
i love the dfi board

ive built 4 computers for friends that have that board :p (3 sli, 1 ultra d)

CaptNKILL
02-05-06, 08:00 PM
Hmm... do you think setting the FSB (HTT) to 300-315 would be possible with the DFI board? I had some problems trying to do it on my board. I used the calculator on THIS (http://www.blurbdesigns.com/OcCalc/calc.htm)page to figure out a good setup for my system and I think itd work really well if I had my HTT set to 300Mhz, 8.5x CPU multiplier and a 133 (2\3) memory divider for 201Mhz DDR and 2550Mhz CPU.

I want my system stable above all, but if I can pull my RAM speed up to what it should be thatd be awesome. I dont like having it underclocked, it makes me feel like im getting cheated out of my memory bandwidth :p

CaptNKILL
02-06-06, 10:55 PM
Anyone know? 300-315 HTT speed on the DFI board... can it take it?

jAkUp
02-06-06, 11:08 PM
Yes, alot of people are hitting those speeds.

Out of all those boards the DFI is most suited to your needs, the Epox comes in second position. :)

The Abit of late is not the Abit of past, I would stay away from them for now. At least until Jonathan Wendell stops giving Abit suggestions :D

CaptNKILL
02-06-06, 11:30 PM
The Abit of late is not the Abit of past, I would stay away from them for now. At least until Jonathan Wendell stops giving Abit suggestions :D
Hahaha :D

"Yeah, n... put that there... er something. Ya, that looks tits... ok, put my name on it... ya, good. Im gonna go play a game... leave the check on the table... kthnxbye."

I think I am going to go with the DFI board. Unless of course EVGA has a sweet combo deal with the 7900 at launch :D

Rytr
02-06-06, 11:30 PM
The DFI Ultra D I had was fast with the right ram. Bios should be more matured now and not so picky with ram. I just got the EPoX board and so far it's good with no problems.

FraGTastiK
02-07-06, 11:39 AM
Sorry I did not read all the posts above I'm in a hurry.

Consider A8N32-SLI.I bought one two days ago and I'm loving it.OC's good looks nice lots of features.I LOVE IT!

Best Mobo I've ever owned!

check my sig Captn.

|MaguS|
02-07-06, 12:48 PM
Anything from DFI, First DFI board I have owned and it is already my favorite board ever. Its so stable and has options for every need... man and the recovery of a bad bios is soooo easy.

DFI 4 Th3 Win!

DiscipleDOC
02-07-06, 01:03 PM
I'm using the non-SLI Epox board (Check the Sig)...I have no complaints for it. I may go witht the SLI version later down the line...