I'm looking for a really stable motherboard for a core 2 duo e6600.
I will not be overclocking it. Mainly I'm gonna be using this new computer (Digital Audio Workstation) for audio production -recording/mixing, etc.
Can anyone recommend me a very stable motherboard that has worked for your e6600?? something that wont give me problems and will be stable for years to come.
about budget, I would like to keep my Mobo budget no more than $150. (I've heard the intel D975xbx Mobo are stable but it is priced at $200).
I'm a newbie at building custom computers and any help is appreciated.
You don't need something such as a 975xbx, you'd be fine with an Asrock 945 model. In the UK you can get one for around £40 (around $70)! You should only be looking to purchase something as expensive as the 975xbx if you're into overclocking, which you stated you weren't.
Here's a good example of a nice cheap stable motherboard:
to be honest, I 'm a little weary about getting a $57 Mobo for a $308 CPU. I've had some bad experiences with cheap motherboards in the past and common sense tells me to get something a bit better quality. This computer will be used for audio projects and stability is a must.
Really I'm willing to spend from $100 - $150 for a quality, stable motherboard.
btw, i thought none of the intel MoBo's allowed overclocking since it voids the warranties for the CPUs ?
No matter which one you pick, I would go for the 965 chipset since it's pretty much the latest technologies. True, you can go with older chipset like the 945, which are cheaper, but I think it's best to pair the latest technologies together.
Asus P5B-E is a pretty good choice and I think it has firewire as well, I don't know the price by heart by it should fall within you budget.
If you want a solid board with no thought of any overclocking ever, why not go with an Intel motherboard. That should certainly be conservative enough, no? And while I don't know, I've been told that Intel boards are stable.
I'm in the US so the link below is to a listing on newegg.com because it's "what I know how to use". It costs ~$113US shipped. It uses the P965 chipset and has firewire. Intel BOXDP965LTCK Intel P965 Express ATX
This thread is precisely on time as I'm also looking for a mobo for a hobby-related audio workstation. I was considering getting the Gigabyte 965P-DQ6 with a Xeon 3070 or E6700 or X6800. Firewire remains important. Is there any reason not to get the DQ6, I figured it'd be an solid foundation for a year or so. I will eventually want to do some overclocking...it is indeed a hobby machine.
The only reason NOT to get a DQ6 would be if you planned on using ATI Crossfire. 965 chipset boards with 2 PCI-E slots run the primary through the northbridge @ x16, and the secondary through the southbridge @ x4.
So if you will not plan to use Crossfire, the DQ6 is an excellent (and expensive) motherboard.
It offers quiet heatpipe/sink cooling, good connector placement, very tight 12 phase voltage regulation and high quality caps.
Take a look at the similar DS3 and see if it fits your needs. It is quite a bit cheaper but also uses good quality parts. Both are good overclockers.
Thanks for the feedback. I actually ordered the DS3 yesterday as it seemed to get more positive reviews on NewEgg than the DQ6. I found a nice Syba firewire card that actually has the header http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1681... ...which makes for a complete solution for my needs.
...and soon my Dell XPS 600 Pent D 840 will be relegated to the task of home file server and word processing...a suitable task for the Pent D 840 I'm thinking.
I'm trying to resolve whether to get the Xeon 3060 or Xeon 3070...it seems like the 3060 is the better price/performer but the 3070 is simpler a little faster. $200+ faster I doubt...but still...I'm wanting the 3070. :roll:
If you want a stable system with no overclocking, get an Intel board. I found this board after doing some research for a friend. If you delete the idiots who try to use the wrong RAM (and then blame the MB) or try to overclock, you'll see that the board actually gets rave reviews. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...
Just heed Intel's guideline for the RAM. Basically, save your money and buy 1.8v "value" RAM, not the performance stuff.
I decided on an Asus Striker Extreme. It seems solid so far, it'll take this cheap Corsair Dominator C4D RAM to 880Mhz @ 4-4-4-12 1T...something the Gigabyte GA-965P DS3 couldn't do...and then there's the features. I'm not one to seriously overclock (I'll never take this Xeon past 2.93GHz) but it seems this board has a bunch of options for overclockers.