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    Motherboard purchase help.

    Ok I'm finally going to start my first build (well sort of found someone more experienced that can do it for me) but I can't decide on a couple of things.

    Here are the parts I have already got:

    Case: Antec Sonata III

    PSU: EarthWatts 500 Watt

    Memory: Kingston 8GB (4x2GB) DDR2 1066MHz/PC2-8500 HyperX Memory CL5 Unbuffered Non-ECC (CL5 5-5-5-15 - 2.2V) (waiting delivery within next 5 days worked out about £25 cheaper than similar spec from corsair and ocz)

    Hard Drives Samsung HD753LJ (750GB/7200rpm/32mb)
    Western Digital WD6400AAKS (640gb/7200rpm/16mb)

    Graphics Card PowerColor HD3850 512mb

    Sound Card Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi Platinum - Fatal1ty Champion Series with front panel

    Blu Ray disk drive Pioneer Blu ray disc player dvd/cd writer BDC-S02BK

    Now I'm 99.9% sure that I will go for AMD Phenom II X4 940 (around £188-£196) but now need to finalise my motherboard choice - I don't really want to spend a fortune ideally around the £100 but could spend less or I could go upto to £140 if really worth it.

    Want pc to have the ability in the future to be overclockable but not at the moment.

    Thinking of having a dual boot with ubuntu and win xp pro (£115) or should I just use ubuntu until windows 7 is released to keep cost down so I can actually get on with the build.

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    Re: Motherboard purchase help.

    This is a solid motherboard using the 790GX chipset:

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

    Some reviews:

    http://www.legitreviews.com/article/758/9/

    http://www.neoseeker.com/Articles/Ha...m_9950/28.html

    http://www.silentpcreview.com/article877-page8.html

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