I am building a new intel gaming system and having trouble deciding on motherboards. I have read reviews after reviews after reviews and have almost settled on a motherboard EVGA but having little doubts as this forum seems to encourage the P35 chipset. After reading a couple reviews on the some of the P35 chipsets i can't say that i am impressed, however i am the first to say that some of the techy mumbo jumbo goes over my head.
I currently have an XFX 7800GTX graphics card which i will improve in a few months for DX10 compatibility. Like i said i am a pure gamer and everything else comes second, and know DX10 games are in development i wish to be ready when the time comes.
I would really appreciate if some of you could offer opinions on motherboards for me, which chipset is best for gaming, what i should look for etc etc.
I'm not going to finalize my choices until after the July CPU price cuts, but I am also going to build a new PC, and no mobo absolutely stands out as the one I want. My limiting factors are that the case I have on order for it is Micro-ATX, and the budget for CPU + mobo + RAM is probably $400-$500. This pretty much rules out DDR3 memory. Ability to overclock is non-essential, but may be a step I take in the future depending on CPU. All drives will be SATA. The PSU will be a Mushkin 550 modular (like in my .sig), assuming it fits (which will be verified when the case arrives tomorrow).
Hmmm, I didn't think I affected the purpose of the thread, to get ideas on motherboards. I didn't think my opinion would count for much against the research you've already done.
You've already bought DDR2 RAM, so that rules out DDR3-only boards for you too (ruled out for me on cost).
I have ruled myself out on DDR3 memory for now because of cost as well, although not ruling myself out for future use of DDR3. Although i am only interested in going SLI route in graphics and therefore that rules me out for the P35 i believe, however if someone has stats etc on the benefits of crossfire/P35 setup then i may be swayed.
How much improvement will DDR3 memory be over DDR2? Especially when concerning games.
...about the P35 mobos. They will only support one PCI-X slot going at the full 16x; other would only be 4x. I'm nowhere near as twitchy as some folks on here, and I can't imagine I'd want Crossfire or SLI with something like the 8800GTX available (I may buy an 8800GTS/320 and be really impressed). If you want SLI, I think there are chipsets that support 16x on two slots, but don't remember which one(s).