can't decide on motherboard picked out cpu

Gigabyte GA-965P-S3 or Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 (difference ???? anyone???)
ASUS P5B Socket T
MSI 975X Platinum Socket T (this is the only board i'd spend for over 200 bucks for - not for sli but because the features look impressive)

I was dead set on the asus until I saw the gigabyte s3 for like 135 and has more features than the asus one.

Any opinions on the gigabyte? I know the asus will probably work fine.

I've decided on getting a pentium D 915 to save some money. i'll save up for conroe much later.

I got everything picked out besides motherboard and hoping maybe someone here can help. Maybe something you bought that you really like?

I've had great luck with asus as i have a p4p800 motherboard right now and its worked great.

thanks!

ps: seriously! whats the difference between the 2 gigabytes!
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductCompare.asp?SubCategory=280&CompareItemList=N82E16813128017%2CN82E16813128012%2CN82E16813131030
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    seriously! whats the difference between the 2 gigabytes!


    http://forums.anandtech.com/messageview.cfm?catid=29&threadid=1908025
  2. ASUS P5W DH Deluxe
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    ASUS P5W DH Deluxe


    I was just pointing out the differences between the 2 Gigabyte boards, not making a recommendation. I don't have a Conroe (Still waiting to see how Kentsfield and AMD's 4x4 will pan out), so I can't recommend anything. :cry:
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    I've decided on getting a pentium D 915 to save some money. i'll save up for conroe much later.


    If you're planning on upgrading to a conroe with the mobo you buy now ... then pick the mobo with 975x chipset instead of the 965 in the gigabytes you have chosen.
  5. intels p965 is newer than the 975x. if you look there really isn't much of a difference between the two.

    anyway if i could i'd delete this post but i've made my decisions and i hope it helps someone out there that are unsure.

    Quote:

    I've decided on getting a pentium D 915 to save some money. i'll save up for conroe much later.


    If you're planning on upgrading to a conroe with the mobo you buy now ... then pick the mobo with 975x chipset instead of the 965 in the gigabytes you have chosen.
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    intels p965 is newer than the 975x. if you look there really isn't much of a difference between the two.

    anyway if i could i'd delete this post but i've made my decisions and i hope it helps someone out there that are unsure.


    From what i've read the 965 ICH8 uses the smaller 90nm process. In theory it should generate less heat.
  7. i have a 965-dq6 board and its amazing, and supports upcoming 4 core, but it probly outa ya price range. but i say go for it
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    intels p965 is newer than the 975x. if you look there really isn't much of a difference between the two.

    anyway if i could i'd delete this post but i've made my decisions and i hope it helps someone out there that are unsure.


    I've decided on getting a pentium D 915 to save some money. i'll save up for conroe much later.


    If you're planning on upgrading to a conroe with the mobo you buy now ... then pick the mobo with 975x chipset instead of the 965 in the gigabytes you have chosen.

    Oh god .... that's right isn't .... . I wasn't considering the fact that it was newer.

    I was heavily thinking about the 975x chipsets being a higher-end one while I was reading the post that it somehow crept into my answer that the extreme version would last you longer than the desktop (more standard) version.

    Anyway , I read this not too long ago. It must have somehow slipped my mind. I'll include it here for later reference , as you say.

    http://forumz.tomshardware.com/hardware/975X-P965-motherboard-Conroe-sytem-ftopict192394.html

    http://www.anandtech.com/mb/showdoc.aspx?i=2797

    http://www.tomshardware.com/2006/05/22/six_975x_enthusiast_motherboards_for_today_and_tomorrow/page48.html

    Hope this helps people with the aforementioned chipsets problems.
  9. Thanks for that. I'm currently trying to work out which one I need for a new C2D build and was completely lost before I found this thread!

    Very helpful.
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