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    What mobo

    Im finally going to upgrade my computer I have been talking about it for months but next week is my birthday so I have decided its time to sort it out.
    I have already bought the ram(4 gb OCZ platinum 8000) and I am going to get a Q6600 chip.

    The problem I have is I dont know what motherboard to get. There seems to be so many options out there and its confusing.

    I will prolly do some overclocking as with that Chip it would be daft not to so I want a good overclockers board. i`d also like a decent about of SATA ports on board. Decent onboard sound would be a good thing too.

    I have been looking at the DFI x48 board I am not overly bothered about spending over 150 on a motherboard(I have spent close to 200 on the last 3 motherboards I`ve had ) What are ppls views on that board? What other boards are good atm? I really want the best oard there is with little compromise.

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    Re: What mobo

    I haven`t seen anything to suggest that X38/48 provides any real advantage over P35 (P45 is due out next month), except in Xfire situations. The X** chipsets are more power hungry and rarely seem to provide much in FSB increases over P35 or any real performance increase. I looked at many reviews and eventually plumped for an Abit P35 pro. To be honest, with the Q6600, you`re probably only needing max. FSB @ 400. I`d still go with the Abit Pro & spend your cash on something that will make more of a difference to performance (or spend the extra on a good soundcard).

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    Re: What mobo

    I looked a the IP35 Pro and the iX38 QuadGT.

    I went for the QuadGT it will support 1600FSB CPU's aswell. I also like the fact that it has its 'quirks' and makes it more fun. Bios 12 is also incredibly stable and it overclockes beautifully.
    I can get my Q6600 to 3,4ghz without any voltages increases
    I love it, (not biblically though : ) and it is the best buy i have made for a year.

    I am SERIOULSY onsidering X-Fire with 2 x 3870X2 aswell.

    In my view, the IP35Pro isnt a £100+ board. Its is decent value if found for less though.

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    Re: What mobo

    The upgradeability of cpu would be good as well.

    ATM im using an x1900xtx graphics so thats gonna be the next upgrade after this so the options for bells and whisltes there is good too.

    is the x48 chipset worth going for over the x38?

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    Re: What mobo

    Although I don't share Blitzens enthusiasm for the X38 board, it isn't bad at the lower prices I've seen ~£120, much more than that and I think it becomes a bit too expensive for my liking.

    It would be nice to have full speed crossfire of course which P35's can't do (4x only) and they I assume can't do 1600MHz FSB chips although they are pretty much all capable of such FSB speeds so whether a bios update will solve it I don't know.

    Needless to say that in a year all these boards will be obselete by a new intel socket so if you are planning on frequent chip changes you might as well stick with a cheaper board.

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    Re: What mobo

    is the x48 chipset worth going for over the x38?
    Not in my opinion......thats why i didnt get one.
    The only real difference is most (one or two exceptions) of the X48's are DDR3 only, and we all know what a massive price premium for virtually zero performance increase that stuff is.


    Mike doesnt share my opinions but i like the 'black sheep of the family boards'.

    The X38 QuadGT and before that i had a AW9D-MAX (975x board). They just seemed to me like the enthuiasts boards and they hold there value seriously well.

    I sold my AW9D-MAX in January fo £88. I paid £120 but had it for over 18 months. The IP35's will be going for pennies within 6 months i believe and thats another reason i stayed away.

    Nothing like a free upgrade

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    Re: What mobo

    Quote Originally Posted by Blitzen View Post

    I sold my AW9D-MAX in January fo £88. I paid £120 but had it for over 18 months. The IP35's will be going for pennies within 6 months i believe and thats another reason i stayed away.

    Nothing like a free upgrade
    It is a good point and I hope it works out the same for you with the X38.

    It's not really something I usually consider as I don't very often sell my old parts, I either keep them so long that they need to be recycled or give them away to people who need them more than ebay and my wallet does

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    Re: What mobo

    The Mrs keep the purse strings really close to her when its 'buy anything electronic' time. (if its a new handbag or a new pair of shoes its different though ....... for her not me btw ........ and i dont know Ronaldo)
    That why i like the different stuff as it almost always make a big chunk of funds for an upgrade.

    The X38 ended up costing me under £45 after seeling the AW9

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    Re: What mobo

    Gone for a Q6600 go SLACR and DFi DK P35 TRs myself. i couldnt justify spending DOUBLE that on a mobo that may give like an extra 200-300mhz at the top end it just didnt seem worthwhile.

    Also pairing with 4GB OCZ Plat 8000 2x2 kit

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    Re: What mobo

    I have no idea how those DFI P35's perform but they look freakin awesome lol

    My gf doesn't have control of my money yet, I just get the funny looks so far (you know.. like "what a nice pair of shoes or what a nice meal that new CPU could have been" )

    But I get buyers guilt anyway so I don't normally embelish

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    Re: What mobo

    you cant let the gf/wife control your cash, surely it should be the other way around! its no way to live.

    the DFi P35 board is okay - clearly not as good as the LT but should do 80% of what it can do and 100% of what i need.

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    Re: What mobo

    Whats the best manufacturer nowadays or is there much difference?

    MY last board was an asus but I keep hearing that the DFI boards are really good

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    Re: What mobo

    I would buy Abit at the moment, great support and fantastic quality boards.

    DFI are great and tend to favour the serious overclocker.

    Asus are great quality but the support in next to non existent.

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    Re: What mobo

    ABIT - Good boards but support has left the UK. I would think about someone different next time i buy becasue of this

    DFI - Great boards but very picky about which RAM and PSUs they like/dislike.

    ASUS - Not great CS but will it be worse than the new ABIT move? I dont think it will.

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    Re: What mobo

    I'm not so sure. ASUS are terrible for BIOS updates and the like, while Abits move to shut the UK office shouldn't have any effect on this.
    Pain the the ass to do RMA's, but I always go through the retailer anyway.
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    Re: What mobo

    Oh they finally left then?

    Hmmm I'd be considering asus then I think, I've had so few issues with them over a much longer time period than I've been using abit.

    The abit boards are still very good though, the dark raider being one of my favourites.

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