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    Motherboard suggestions for Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 processor?

    Hi looking to upgrade motherboard, CPU and graphics card so that I can do some video editing using Adobe Premiere CS3.

    I'd like something mid-range in price and have my eye on the Q9550.

    As far as graphics cards go, Premiere seems to like nVidia so my current thinking is the GTS 250 PCI-e 512MB.

    Please can someone suggest a good motherboard to complement these two?

    I had thought that I couldn't use a non-SLI enabled motherboard but is it correct to say that as long as the motherboard is Intel P45, I can use a single nVidia card with no compatibility issues?

    (In that case, the Asus P5Q Deluxe would be around the right price range - £120 + VAT)

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    Re: Motherboard suggestions for Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 processor?

    P35/P45 would both be fine. In fact there's no particular reason why a P43 wouldn't do the job, it's not going to make a massive different which motherboard you pick, as long as it has the specifications you need.

    For instance, good overclocking headroom, or high quality onboard sound, or a certain number of SATA ports etc.

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    Re: Motherboard suggestions for Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 processor?

    The Q9550 is on the Scan Today Only website this weekend:

    http://www.scan.co.uk/TodayOnly/Index.aspx


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    Re: Motherboard suggestions for Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 processor?

    Quote Originally Posted by CAT-THE-FIFTH View Post
    The Q9550 is on the Scan Today Only website this weekend
    Thanks for the tip.

    It is available as a bundle with the following motherboards (prices include VAT)
    Asus P5QC £251.85
    Asus P5Q PRO, £255.29
    Asus P5Q-E £267.94
    Asus P5Q Deluxe £297.85
    Gigabyte GA-EP45C-DS3R £251.84
    Gigabyte GA-EP45-EXTREME £275.99

    Which of those would be best for a video editing suite containing 4 SATA drives + 1 eSATA?

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    Re: Motherboard suggestions for Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 processor?

    Quote Originally Posted by denbigh1974 View Post
    Which of those would be best for a video editing suite containing 4 SATA drives + 1 eSATA?
    Only the Asus P5Q Deluxe has eSATA and onboard sound so I think I've answered my own question!

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    Re: Motherboard suggestions for Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 processor?

    The P5Q-E has E-sata aswell. Q.Q

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    Re: Motherboard suggestions for Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 processor?

    ive bought the scan 'today only' pack of the ASUS P5Q-E & Q9550 on monday, great deal , came next day and it fly's
    it was an upgrade from a E6600 & ASUS P5B-Deluxe

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    Re: Motherboard suggestions for Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 processor?

    Should of got a UD3 Gigabyte board in my opinion.

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    Re: Motherboard suggestions for Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 processor?

    Quote Originally Posted by Terbinator View Post
    Should of got a UD3 Gigabyte board in my opinion.
    After a bit more research, I bought a Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R.

    It was £30 cheaper and had a very similar specification to the Asus P5Q Deluxe. (I don't need Crossfire.)

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