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    Motherboard Recommedations

    Hi Peeps

    Im going to be moving to a C2D setup soon and i really want to have a play with raid on a gaming system. can anyone recommend a board thats decent at clocking and got a half decent raid chip on it.

    i have around £75 to spend on it.

    many thanks

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    • Dreaming's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Abit IP35 Pro
      • CPU:
      • e6300 @ 2.8ghz
      • Memory:
      • 4gb Corsair XMS2 PC6400
      • Storage:
      • 500GB Western Digital for OS + 1500GB Seagate for Storage
      • Graphics card(s):
      • BFG 8800GTS OC2 320MB
      • PSU:
      • Antec Neo HE 550
      • Case:
      • Lian Li PC A05B
      • Operating System:
      • Windows Vista Home Premium x64
      • Monitor(s):
      • Samsung 22" 226BW
      • Internet:
      • NTL 4Mb/s
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=433274 perhaps?

    Has a fairly good bios now, overclocks well according to the reviews, in the right price range and the 'Pro' version uses the ICH8R (raid version) intel controller. Can't see anything wrong with it really, except for lack of bundled accessories (my asus came with wifi, a remote control, some weird thing where you can plug an m3 player into it and soud comes out the system speakers when it's turned off and all sorts of nonsense - cost £150 though).

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    • zephod's system
      • Motherboard:
      • MSI Z77
      • CPU:
      • Intel i3570k @4.2ghz
      • Memory:
      • Corsair 8GB DDR1600 White LP
      • Storage:
      • Lots
      • Graphics card(s):
      • HD6870
      • PSU:
      • Coolermaster silent pro 600W
      • Case:
      • Corsair Obsidian 550D
      • Operating System:
      • dozeXP / ubuntu 13.10 / win7
      • Monitor(s):
      • Benq 24" 1080p
      • Internet:
      • 20mb
    Great choice...even if i do say so myself. Get the pro not the std though, seem worth it for the small difference in price.

    Otherwise,

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=551602

    apparently overclocks very well...not tested. But I don't think iits as good as the abit. Spending a little more and getting the ASUS p5b-deluxe should maybe be considered aswell?

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    The 650i boards are pretty good. Iv got the asus which costs about £70:

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=529752

    The Fatality is meant to be good as well:

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=543993
    PC Spec: Asus P5N-E SLI NF650i SLi | Intel Core 2 E6600 | 2GB (2x1GB) Corsair Twinx XMS2, DDR2 PC-6400 (800) 240 Pinn, Non-ECC Unbuffered CAS 5-5-5-18 EPP DHX | 1.22TB (2 Internal, 1 External) | 256MB MSI 8600GT, PCI-E (x16), Mem 1400 MHz, GDDR2, GPU 540 MHz, 2x Dual Link DVI-I/HDTV | 520W Corsair HX Series Modular PSU, ATX, EPS12V | Coolermaster Praetorian 730 Silver | Philips 17" and Samsung 32" LCD 720 HD

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    • zephod's system
      • Motherboard:
      • MSI Z77
      • CPU:
      • Intel i3570k @4.2ghz
      • Memory:
      • Corsair 8GB DDR1600 White LP
      • Storage:
      • Lots
      • Graphics card(s):
      • HD6870
      • PSU:
      • Coolermaster silent pro 600W
      • Case:
      • Corsair Obsidian 550D
      • Operating System:
      • dozeXP / ubuntu 13.10 / win7
      • Monitor(s):
      • Benq 24" 1080p
      • Internet:
      • 20mb
    650i boards dont o/c as well in reviews ive read. If you aren't after SLi then avoid them...will get a better board for your money out of a 965.

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    I would say go with a 965 board as they give great performance/cost ratio and 650i as said is really only fo nVidia's SLi manopoly.

    P35 boards hitting the market though, may want to wait a month+ and see if what else they have to offer. So far only Asus and Gigabyte have boards on the market and the Gigabyte DS3 cheaper boards ain't had much said about them yet.

    Reviewers seem to be fine combing DQ6's and P5K Deluxes.

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