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    Which Motherboard?

    Which Motherboard:
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Biost...-SATA-RAID-ATX

    or

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Asus-...-SATA-RAID-ATX

    I've already bought 4gb 800mhz Ram and plan on using q6600 maybe overclocking to 3.0ghz.
    I'd like to save some money, so the cheaper one is winning me over, along with SLI which I would much prefer.

    But would like your thoughts, which board?

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    Re: Which Motherboard?

    Wouldn't bother with SLi right now. Crossfire has some worthy setups though

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Biost...-SATA-RAID-ATX

    Cheaper biostar P45 which would do nicely.
    Last edited by staffsMike; 07-12-2008 at 06:07 PM.

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    Re: Which Motherboard?

    Quote Originally Posted by staffsMike View Post
    Wouldn't bother with SLi right now. Crossfire has some worth setups though

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Biost...-SATA-RAID-ATX

    Cheaper biostar P45 which would do nicely.
    I'll take that option then.

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    Re: Which Motherboard?

    Hi,
    I have just used the Biostar HP in a clients build,
    And, first time overclocking, i got an e8200 to 4.4GHz superpi stable using an AF7, not too hard
    Some people say its picky with RAM but, i got the PC6400 OCZ platinum to 1100mhz,


    Just me...........

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    Re: Which Motherboard?

    Quote Originally Posted by GeorgeStorm View Post
    Hi,
    I have just used the Biostar HP in a clients build,
    And, first time overclocking, i got an e8200 to 4.4GHz superpi stable using an AF7, not too hard
    Some people say its picky with RAM but, i got the PC6400 OCZ platinum to 1100mhz,


    Just me...........
    Heh, thanks mate, probably wouldn't overclock the ram at all (or perhaps not too far... ) and for £25 cheaper seems like the better deal.

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    Re: Which Motherboard?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aden View Post
    Heh, thanks mate, probably wouldn't overclock the ram at all (or perhaps not too far... ) and for £25 cheaper seems like the better deal.
    Go for the cheaper one then if your not fussed on OC. So long is has a warrenty

    My last Asus board turned up DOA not being able to POST properly.

    No one manufacture is safe from failures, just some have more than others.

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    Re: Which Motherboard?

    Ok, still havn't made my mind up.. just dont want to make a bad decision for my build.

    So here goes for the final decision.

    Which sub-£110 motherboard, probably off here:
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Index.aspx?NT=1-0-92-548-0

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    Re: Which Motherboard?

    Hard to say. For your needs the cheaper biostar is perfectly good. None of the other boards offer a noticeable benefit other than all solid caps as far as I can see.

    You would be better off spending more on one of the Asus boards with all the fussy little extra which you will never use

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    Re: Which Motherboard?

    Quote Originally Posted by staffsMike View Post
    Hard to say. For your needs the cheaper biostar is perfectly good. None of the other boards offer a noticeable benefit other than all solid caps as far as I can see.

    You would be better off spending more on one of the Asus boards with all the fussy little extra which you will never use
    Cheap Biostar it is..

    It came down to your comment, me looking into the full spec and practicallity of my choice as well as a review telling me the Thermalright large heatsinks dont fit in the expensive biostar too well.

    So I'll be ordering the Biostar T45 HP shortly then and hopefully it'll perform well. I suppose by saving £25 on the motherboard, i can look into purchasing another 4gb ram before xmas

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    Re: Which Motherboard?

    Well the thing is, it has to run 1600MHz by design. Your chip at the modest 3.0Ghz only needs 1333MHz. So it's not going to stress the board very much at all.

    Filling all the RAM slots might though but again not really without any overclocks on them.

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    Re: Which Motherboard?

    Quote Originally Posted by staffsMike View Post
    Well the thing is, it has to run 1600MHz by design. Your chip at the modest 3.0Ghz only needs 1333MHz. So it's not going to stress the board very much at all.

    Filling all the RAM slots might though but again not really without any overclocks on them.
    Not going to overclock the Ram, though 4 x 2gb will be fine?

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    Re: Which Motherboard?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aden View Post
    Not going to overclock the Ram, though 4 x 2gb will be fine?
    What OS will you use?

    64bit then 4 x 2Gb is great

    32bit then 4 x 2Gb is wasted (you won't see over half of it)

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    Re: Which Motherboard?

    Quote Originally Posted by blueball View Post
    What OS will you use?

    64bit then 4 x 2Gb is great

    32bit then 4 x 2Gb is wasted (you won't see over half of it)
    64bit Vista

    Half of the Ram should arrive tomorrow..

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    Re: Which Motherboard?

    Go with the Biostar. Or spend a little more and buy one of the nicest/reasonably priced P45 boards there is - Asus P5Q Deluxe.

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    Re: Which Motherboard?

    Sticking with Biostar as the P5Q Deluxe is about £130 i believe, which is over my budget.

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