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    Motherboard choice help

    Hi there,
    Sorry for being a bit of a noob, but I desperately need some help choosing a motherboard. I have been looking at the Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 cpu because that seems to suit my needs very well. However, I need a motherboard which supports it. I have found the Intel BLKDG33TLM iG33 Express motherboard which supports the cpu of my choice but it only seems to have 1 pci slot (not pci-e). I have a pci sound card but I also want a pci card which increases your number of USB ports

    Could someone please advise me on the best motherboard which suits my needs:
    2 pci slots,
    8bg RAM
    supports my cpu


    Thanks in advance,

    Tom

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    Re: Motherboard choice help

    Really almost any mobo will do, Whats your budget?

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    Re: Motherboard choice help

    well i really don't know
    I don't know how much you have to end up paying to get a really good one. I plan to build a whole system from scratch. With all parts for the pc not including motherboard, it will come to around £450. Probably £100 max for the motherboard.

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    Re: Motherboard choice help

    Do you need it to be Micro ATX and with On Board Graphics?

    If so how about the Gigabyte GA-EQ45M-S2
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Gigab...-Micro-ATX-VGA

    Quote Originally Posted by tom.c.3 View Post
    ...but I also want a pci card which increases your number of USB ports
    How many USB ports do you need?
    With many boards you can add this to get more ports.
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Gigab...ort-USB2-Cable
    Last edited by LegacyOne; 31-05-2009 at 06:42 PM.

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    Re: Motherboard choice help

    Quote Originally Posted by tom.c.3 View Post
    Hi there,
    Sorry for being a bit of a noob, but I desperately need some help choosing a motherboard. I have been looking at the Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 cpu because that seems to suit my needs very well. However, I need a motherboard which supports it. I have found the Intel BLKDG33TLM iG33 Express motherboard which supports the cpu of my choice but it only seems to have 1 pci slot (not pci-e). I have a pci sound card but I also want a pci card which increases your number of USB ports

    Could someone please advise me on the best motherboard which suits my needs:
    2 pci slots,
    8bg RAM
    supports my cpu


    Thanks in advance,

    Tom
    I would also advice you to have a look at the Phenom II X4 955BE which has similar performance to a Q9550 at stock speeds and is cheaper:

    http://techreport.com/articles.x/16796

    http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cpu...tion-cpu-am3/1

    There are quite a few 790GX based motherboards for under £100 which will do the job:

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Index.aspx?NT=1-0-31-391-0

    You could probably get an X4 955BE,8gb of DDR2 and a 790GX motherboard for around £350.


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