I'm having a hard time deciding between 2 motherboards...
Asus P4P800 Dlx for $180AUD, or the Gigabyte 8IK1100 for $173AUD...
The Asus has more features to help me overclock, but the GB uses the 875P chipset with Intel's PAT (performance boost of 3-5%). It also comes with the Norton Internet Security 2003. There is also an 8IK1100 V2 (???) for $183AUD, or the GA-8IPE1000 Pro2 (865PE), which according to the shop, is just a Pro with Gigabit LAN, for $154AUD... All Asus 875P's are $300 plus minus 20, and are out of the question.
One of my largest concerns is overclocking. I intend to get a 2.6Ghz 800FSB, and hope to overclock it to over 3.2Ghz... I know a lot is dependent on luck, but I've heard that some motherboards are better for overclocking. I've seen from Overclockers.com that many of the overclockers who've overclocked their 2.6 to the high 3's and low 4's use the Asus P4P800Dlx, but I'm not sure about the Gigabyte's... So, are the Gigabyte's good for overclocking?
Some of the more experianced people here might differ from my opinion. I own a p4p800, it is very stable, allows me to set all the settings i want to set and is faster than all other 865pe and 875p mobos, accept the p4c800! It, sadly died on me not to long ago, but i will still recommend it. I haven't worked with a 8lK1100, but tried out a 8GPNXP-DUO recently. I was very dissapointed. I could'nt even set the latencies by hand, the board sets them by spd, and that's that. By the way, PAT is active on the P4P800, asus only calls it hyperpath
I would get the DFI LanParty Pro875 in either the socket 478 or T, depending on if you are using you old proc or buying one.
It overclocks just as good, maybe better that Asus, and is a better deal. $160 on NewEgg.
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