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FastRedPonyCar 05-29-08 01:55 PM

Find me a gaming motherboard for this CPU/RAM
 
Intel E8400
And this ram

I'd prefer to keep it under $250~$275 max.

Intel chipset HIGHLY preferred. I don't care about audio, esata, etc. I just need a good core board that overclocks well and can give good results gaming and doing audio/video encoding, etc.

I know that there are some boards that support DDR3 and DDR2 and future upgradability would be nice but if that will greatly reduce the choices or require spending more than I want, I can live with DDR2 only.

OH and no plans to go SLI. I've got an ultra right now and only plan to upgrade when there's a single card out there that offers substancial performance gains over a single 8800 ultra.

Medion 05-29-08 02:20 PM

Re: Find me a gaming motherboard for this CPU/RAM
 
Here's the two I'm considering right now.

DFI LANPARTY DK P35 - $129.99

Pros:
-Intel P35, so rock solid stability and reliability
-solid state capacitors
-thin IDE/FDD cables (these are a godsend for cable routing!)
-ALC885 (Realtek's best codec atm)
-black PCB is sexy

Cons:
-horizontal SATA connectors, these usually piss me of unless you have the clip cables
-no firewire
-ORANGE!?

ABIT IP35 Pro - $179.99

Pros:
-Intel P35, so rock solid stability and reliability
-solid state capacitors
-excellent passive cooling!!!
-dual LAN
-eSATA

Cons:
-thick IDE cables
-Realtek ALC888, not as good as 885
-horizontal SATA connectors, these usually piss me of unless you have the clip cables
-long video cards can block the IDE/PATA connector
-no firewire

FastRedPonyCar 05-29-08 02:22 PM

Re: Find me a gaming motherboard for this CPU/RAM
 
Orientation of SATA slots isn't an issues
Audio isn't an issue
color of board, I could care less as long as it's got performance
Not using IDE or floppy so that's not an issue

I just need decent passive cooling as I'd like it to be quiet and solid reliable overclocking performance.


EDIT: how would those fair against the asus P5E besides being lower price?


EDIT 2: WOAH, SPDIF IN on the Abit board would be a GODSEND for me. Looks like it just took the top of the pile.

Medion 05-29-08 02:28 PM

Re: Find me a gaming motherboard for this CPU/RAM
 
Quote:

Not using IDE or floppy so that's not an issue
Still gotta plug in your optical drive(s).

Quote:

EDIT: how would those fair against the asus P5E besides being lower price?
I couldn't give you an honest answer to that one. I'm on a personal boycott of ASUS right now :)

FastRedPonyCar 05-29-08 02:30 PM

Re: Find me a gaming motherboard for this CPU/RAM
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Medion
Still gotta plug in your optical drive(s).



I couldn't give you an honest answer to that one. I'm on a personal boycott of ASUS right now :)

?? Why? I use a pair of SATA dvd drives.

Medion 05-29-08 02:31 PM

Re: Find me a gaming motherboard for this CPU/RAM
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by FastRedPonyCar
?? Why? I use a pair of SATA dvd drives.

NICE :)

FastRedPonyCar 05-29-08 03:55 PM

Re: Find me a gaming motherboard for this CPU/RAM
 
Now to decide if the IX35 QuadGT is worth the extra $20 or so....

hmm...

evox 05-29-08 09:02 PM

Re: Find me a gaming motherboard for this CPU/RAM
 
ASUS Maximus Formula? :)

P35 chipset is bit dated to buy now. It offers great featureset, but it makes more sense buying one of the current offerings. nVIDIA 7xx/Intel X3/4x etc.

dxx 05-29-08 11:16 PM

Re: Find me a gaming motherboard for this CPU/RAM
 
Me, I'd not bother at all. If you've already got the 3.4GHz Core2Duo you list in your sig, the best you can expect from the E8400 is 600MHz extra. That's about, what, 10% difference in CPU-bound tasks? For the trouble and expense you'd have to go to to do the upgrade (which I appreciate will be off-set by reselling the old parts on eBay or whatever), it doesn't seem all that worthwhile. Me, I'd hold onto my pennies, wait until the summer's out, and spent what you haven't spent on drunkenly seducing women on the new Nehalem and Socket sixhundredbillion chipsets.

bacon12 05-30-08 12:08 AM

Re: Find me a gaming motherboard for this CPU/RAM
 
If you could swing $289 then this one is on my intel wish list.

mullet 05-30-08 12:50 AM

Re: Find me a gaming motherboard for this CPU/RAM
 
ASUS P5E is good for dual core along with the ASUS MAXIMUS FORMULA.

The P5E is almost the exact same board as the MAXIMUS FORMULA but the P5E does not have the NB/SB temp sensors that the MAXIMUS FORMULA has and a few more options.

The ASUS RAMPAGE FORMULA has way better Bios options if you are thinking about getting a 45nm Quad Core later.

The P5E I have now with a X3350 is stable at 425x8 and that about it.

FastRedPonyCar 05-30-08 07:28 AM

Re: Find me a gaming motherboard for this CPU/RAM
 
Reason for the upgrade is becuase my dad needs another pc built for someone at his office and what I've got in my system is more than plenty for that and it would let me put some of the $$ in the build budget towards a new mobo/cpu.

I know I wouldn't see a drastic increase in speed but since the opportunity is presenting itself with little to no cost to me and the fact that I really really really need that SPDIF input, I can't see why I shouldn't.

None of the other X38 (besides the other abit board) or Nvidia boards have digital audio input.

I read a lot of reviews and comparisons and I really don't see that much of a performance difference between the P38 vs X38. If there is, the spdif input will still outweigh the performance difference. I do more recording than gaming anyways.

That and the IP35 pro has been around long enough that it's bios has been tweaked to perfection by now and I read through like 30 pages of an owners/overclockers thread regarding that board over at the Abit forums.


EDIT: Oh and today newegg has a $50 rebate on that mobo.. SCORE


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