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MSI P6N SLI Platinum or Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 for computer?

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June 4, 2007 4:52:42 PM

Hi DIY Colleagues,

Which motherboard would perform best for my new gaming computer set-up? I was picking the MSI over the Gigabyte because the MSI has a firewall. I need to input video from a video camera to the computer and I heard firewall is the way to go.

Can you tell me which motherboard you would prefer despite it having a firewall or not? Please tell me why too. My setup is below:

Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 [Conroe, 2.40, 4MB, 1066, BX80557E6600]
Samsung SpinPoint T-Series HD501LJ HardDrive (500GB, 7200, 16MB, SATA3.0, NCQ)
Tuniq Tower 120 (35db)
NEC 7170A-0B DVD Read/Write
Corsair XMS2 2GB PC2-6400 [2x1GB, CAS4@2.1]
Antec P182 Gun Metal Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Foxconn FV-N88XMAD2-ON GeForce 8800GTX 768MV
Cooler Master eXtreme Power RP-650-PCAR [650W, 12V@18+18, 20+4]

Thank you for the benefit of your experience,
Luc
June 4, 2007 10:51:31 PM

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I need to input video from a video camera to the computer and I heard firewall is the way to go.

*hit head against wall*

Firewire is what I think you heard. Yes, it's the way to go.

P965 & 650i would do what you want, but DS3 doesn't have firewire. P6N has one in the back out of the box. You could buy a $10 ieee 1394 to go with the DS3.

Do you overclock?
June 4, 2007 11:54:19 PM

Quote:
Hi DIY Colleagues,

Which motherboard would perform best for my new gaming computer set-up? I was picking the MSI over the Gigabyte because the MSI has a firewall. I need to input video from a video camera to the computer and I heard firewall is the way to go.

Can you tell me which motherboard you would prefer despite it having a firewall or not? Please tell me why too. My setup is below:

Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 [Conroe, 2.40, 4MB, 1066, BX80557E6600]
Samsung SpinPoint T-Series HD501LJ HardDrive (500GB, 7200, 16MB, SATA3.0, NCQ)
Tuniq Tower 120 (35db)
NEC 7170A-0B DVD Read/Write
Corsair XMS2 2GB PC2-6400 [2x1GB, CAS4@2.1]
Antec P182 Gun Metal Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Foxconn FV-N88XMAD2-ON GeForce 8800GTX 768MV
Cooler Master eXtreme Power RP-650-PCAR [650W, 12V@18+18, 20+4]

Thank you for the benefit of your experience,
Luc


It is so easy to oc with gb. As a matter of fact, i crank up e 4400 to 2.5 on stock hs, it has never crashed a single time.
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June 5, 2007 12:12:11 AM

DS3 and a Firewire card/adapter for cheap. Winning combo there for just about anything you can imagine.
June 5, 2007 1:55:17 AM

:oops:  :oops:  :oops: 
My colleagues,

I can't believe I said 'firewall' instead of 'firewire' , I am thoroughly embarrassed so no need to say more.

Hey adding the firewire to the ds3 motherboard sounds great.

Thank you two for your patience and experience!

He He.

Best Regards,
Luc
June 6, 2007 2:05:51 AM

Maybe a little late but just finished a build with the MSI P6N Platinum and so far so good.

The build was very straightforward. Posted and booted on the first attempt with no problems.

The layout of the board was also very convenient. As a note, there are two firewire connections that come with the board. One in the front and an add-in port for the back.

Currently running overclocking tests - boosted the FSB to 1244 and left the multiplier at 9 for a 2.8GHz cpu speed. Ran Prime95 (2 concurrently running) for 8 hours with no errors. Now testing FSB at 1333 with a multiplier of 9 - posted and booted without issue and in the process of stress testing. Both overclocks were done without increasing any voltages.

Never tried a GB board but the MSI has been a good experience (so far).

Hope this helps.
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