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30/8/08 1:26:34 AM
I'm stuck in the situation where my p5b vanilla really doesnt like my new E8500 all that much. It runs and the latest asus bios supports it, however it does seem as if it's not really meant to be on that board. With so many changes including socket changes expected at some stage I'm not too keen on changing motherboard now, but this thing is annoying me and i'm struggling to get 1mhz stable overclock on it. In aussie dollars I'll spend up to $200 but no more. Important things for me in board are:
PCIx 2.0 16x (doesnt necessarily hvae to have 2 of them)
2 original pci slots that are accessible after 260gtx goes in.
Intel chipset is a must for pro tools usage.
Firewire a +
Has to be a very stable overclocker for new gen 45nm 1333fsb cpus, and 1600fsb support would be a plus (although that might mean x48 chipset which would be hard given the funds).
DDR2 comp.

I need advice guys please! If there's anything I've missed out I aplogise, it's late :)

Edited by Enerjex: 30/8/2008 1:27:15 AM

Edited by Enerjex: 30/8/2008 1:28:14 AM


30/8/08 9:54:39 AM

Gigabyte EP45-DS4P maybe ...

Even a Gigabyte EP45-DS3 would probably do.

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30/8/08 4:41:25 PM

I'd go for a Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3 board, be in the L(ite), P(ro), (R(aid) or just the plain vanilla.

tantryl seems very fond of the EP43 versions, too. My understanding is that they're pretty much the same as the P45 boards, sans crossfire (but don't quote me on that.)

Look at hte vanilla DS3 model. I think you'll find it has everything you need and want. I doubt you'll use any features found in the P/R models. The L model may suffice, too, but I wouldn't hold my breath for it to have firewire.

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31/8/08 2:47:07 AM

the Asus P5Q is a sweet board, although it's their 'vanilla' p45 offering, it has heaps of extras - 8 Phase power, solid Jap caps, 6x ICHR10 slots, 2x Silicon Image slots, Firewire, 8 channel sound.
it only has 1x 16x PCI-E 2.0, but, it also has 2x PCI-E x1, and 3 PCI slots.
last time I looked, they're $155 at MSY.

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