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    Need Advice for a New Motherboard..(proposed setup below)

    Good Morning/Evening,

    I'm looking for some advice on what motherboard to buy to get the best performance out of a new proposed system with:

    Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 Socket 775 2.13GHz (Bus Speed 1066 MHz)
    Graphics Card: ATI X1950 Pro (PCI-E 16x - Crossfire ready - 512MB)
    Hard Disk: SATA300 500GB

    Ive looked at the Asus Commando and Ive got to say that looks impressive, but before I go and spend about £130 on a motherboard I just want to know it could be the best motherboard I could get.

    I want it obviously to be able to handle the above components, but I want it to be crossfire ready, with at least 2 PCI-E slots - Ive seen the first is normally a 16x and the second a 4x slot. I also want 2 spare PCI slots. Price range to me doesn't really matter, but to me performance is what matters as I plan to run evil 6 week tasks as well as normal day to day tasks. Yes....I'm a computer science student with crazy AI ideas....but trying to find a motherboard today wasn't as easy as what it used to be....

    Oh and preferably an ATX form factor.

    Any recommondations?

    Thank you in advance.
    Peter

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    Like you I have been studying reviews and I went for an Abit AB9 QuadGT as my AB9 has been excellent. It will be delivered tomorrow.

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    +1 one on the Quad GT otherwise possibly an asus p5b deluxe or a gigabyte DS3P or DQ6

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      • Motherboard:
      • ABIT iX38 QuadGT
      • CPU:
      • Intel Quad Q6600 @ 3.6Ghz : 30 Degrees Idle - 41-46 Degrees Load
      • Memory:
      • 4 x 1GB OCZ Platinum PC6400 @ 4-4-4-12
      • Storage:
      • 2 x 500GB Samsung Spinpoints - RAID 0
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    I looked at these 4 motherboards for nearly 3 weeks before deciding:
    1. ABIT Quad GT
    2. ASUS P5B - Deluxe Wifi
    3. ASUS Commando
    4. ABIT AW9D-MAX

    I studied all the reviews and features vs price vs stability the AW9D-MAX came out on top. Its Cross-Fire ready (even though i like nVidia and will wait for the bios update for SLI)

    I really am impressesd with it and i'm very glad i made this choice.
    Last edited by Blitzen; 16-04-2007 at 12:46 PM.

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    Well as you want it crossfire ready may I also suggest an Asus P5W-DH. Very fast and uber stable.

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    ABIT AW9D-MAX I think wins this race....

    I think ill be going for the ABIT AW9D-MAX (with Wifi).

    Thank you all for all your help.

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      • Motherboard:
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      • CPU:
      • Intel Quad Q6600 @ 3.6Ghz : 30 Degrees Idle - 41-46 Degrees Load
      • Memory:
      • 4 x 1GB OCZ Platinum PC6400 @ 4-4-4-12
      • Storage:
      • 2 x 500GB Samsung Spinpoints - RAID 0
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      • GTX 285
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      • Operating System:
      • Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
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      • O2 premium @ 17mb
    Quote Originally Posted by MasterPJ View Post
    I think ill be going for the ABIT AW9D-MAX (with Wifi).

    Thank you all for all your help.
    Good choice......

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    oh well, I would have been another for the QuadGT if you were thinking of overclocking that E6400

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