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    Motherboard Choice?

    I'm looking to replace my computer which sadly passed away a month or so back - currently stuck with a 2ghz P4 with 512 ram - the pain!!

    Anyway, I've decided on a C2D processor, not hugely fussed about the speed (considering a 6420, although I may drop to save a bit of money). Also decided on an 8800GTS 320 - had been deliberating between an X1950 Pro or an 8600GS(?), but decided to spend the extra and get the better card.

    To the point, though - motherboards. I'm trying to keep costs down, so looking to spend under £100. SLi isn't a must, although at some point in the future, who knows - if a reasonably-priced mobo includes SLi, I'm not going to turn it down. Basically I'm looking at sourcing the lot from the kind people at Scan.co.uk, hopefully via their 'Mixit for Me' thingie. Any suggestions?

    On a side-note, will I see much performance decrease if I drop to 667mhz ram? There's a £20+ price difference between 2gb of that and 800mhz ram. Worth the extra money?

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    asus p5n's and gigabyte -ds3's are good boards my favourite board atm though is abit AW9D-Max

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      • Motherboard:
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      • Memory:
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      • Graphics card(s):
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    Ah yes, I'd looked at the P5N-E for use with an Nvidia card, looks very nice, and has good reviews...

    As for the memory and processor questions, is it worth paying the extra?

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    Depends what you plan to do with it. If you're fussed about getting the maximum overclock, then yes, worth 20 for the memory. If you don't mind only a 'good' overclock, then no.

    As far as the processor - the performance difference between the E6420 and the E6320 isn't huge - and for gaming you are nearly always bottlenecked by the GPU by the time games come out that demand more from the CPU.

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    P5B Deluxe or Gigabyte DS3
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    Someone is selling a P5W DH Deluxe in classifieds for 70 quid at the moment.

    That's a SERIOUS bargain. Amazing board, so many features.
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    AW9D-MAX Wifi.

    Seriously good, stable board and full of features.

    Not cheap but you get what you pay for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shaithis View Post
    Someone is selling a P5W DH Deluxe in classifieds for 70 quid at the moment.

    That's a SERIOUS bargain. Amazing board, so many features.
    No use as he only has 2 posts.

    I can't recommend anything other than the P5B Deluxe - best motherboard I've had from ASUS for eons.

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    Ill 2nd the P5B deluxe. spend the extra £20, it will be worth it

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      • Motherboard:
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      • Memory:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harkin View Post
    Ill 2nd the P5B deluxe. spend the extra £20, it will be worth it
    More than £20 unfortunately - it's ~£50 more from Scan.

    I take it that the classifieds require a certain number of posts? Don't suppose my posts on ADSLGuide (Now ThinkBroadband) count?

    Must admit though, I do like the fanless design on that mobo, plus the on-board wireless access point could come in handy at times...

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    Is this the one u looked at? http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=443853
    I just added to the £100ish u said u wanted to spend, but still a great board at a good price. Plus if u gonna use wireless its an added bonus

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    • holdaway's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus P5N-E SLi
      • CPU:
      • C2D E6420
      • Memory:
      • 4Gb named RAM (2 types, I forget which, tho)
      • Storage:
      • 250gb + 500gb external
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Nvidia 8800GTS 320
      • PSU:
      • 650watt
      • Monitor(s):
      • Samsung 20.1"
      • Internet:
      • BeThere, running at ~10mbps
    Ah, I see what you mean...

    Any idea if the Zalman ZM460B-APS would support an 8800GTS? Sorry, I'd post a link, but until I have 5 posts I can't!

    Planning to get an E6320 now - it's £25-odd cheaper, and I can't see the extra 200mhz improving things all that much, surely?

    Oh yes, and would it be better to go for a bigger-name 8800GTS rather than the Point Of View jobbie in the hot deals section of the forum? ~£20 difference, but having a BFG or XFX card...
    Last edited by holdaway; 24-04-2007 at 05:22 PM.

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    The only difference is the warranty and factory overclocks. The card itself will be nvidia reference design so identical independent of brand.

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    • holdaway's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus P5N-E SLi
      • CPU:
      • C2D E6420
      • Memory:
      • 4Gb named RAM (2 types, I forget which, tho)
      • Storage:
      • 250gb + 500gb external
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Nvidia 8800GTS 320
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      • 650watt
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    Ah, thanks for that - I shall look into the warranty information once I've got home.

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    Not really sure bout the Zalman, doesnt say any specs in Scan, but I do know that this Corsair is reallly good and stable/reliable http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=446788
    Not sure either bout Cpu, loads of guys on here with more experience shud chip in when they get around to it, might help if u say what it wud be used for ie gaming/overclocking etc.
    8800Gts is an 8800Gts, just look at the clock speeds and memory speeds and compare, sure there are a few bargains around, and check if POV have a lifetime guarantee etc I know BFG does

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    the bfg oc an xfx xxx cards have the shader clock overclocked which has shown to give a big improvement in performance plus the bfg has a lifetime warranty.

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