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July 12, 2007 6:34:24 AM

Hi everyone!

I'm not very skilled at building computers nor do I have too much knowledge on how to build computers, but I am interested in upgrading my motherboard as well as overclocking my processor. Currently I'm using an intel 965ss which does not allow me to overclock, therefore, I am interested in upgrading it.

The boards that interest me are,
GA-P35-DS3R (gigabyte)
GA-P35-DS3P (gigabyte)
GA-P35C-DS3R (gigabyte)
P5K (Asus)
Abit (IP35 Pro)
P35 Platinum (MSI)

I have also found some 680i boards from eva-g that seems to be pretty good as well, but I heard the p35 was the newest chipset. Currently I'm running a e6400 that I want to over clock to 2.8 if I can, and I'm using a MSI 8600gts card. At first I wanted the SLI function, but I heard there is no point in having SLI unless you play with a screen resolution bigger than 1920 (which I don't). Therefore, I thought the p35 boards would be the best, but I'm not sure which one of the boards would be the best from above. All of them seems to be pretty nice and I already have my own sound card so I don't care about the on boards sound. I will also plan to upgrade my ram when I install vista ultimate in a few months.

Currently I have these stats onmy computer.
CPU-Z 1.40 report file
Number of processors 1
Number of cores 2 per processor
Number of threads 2 (max 2) per processor
Name Intel Core 2 Duo E6400
Code Name Conroe
Specification Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU 6400 @ 2.13GHz
Package Socket 775 LGA
Family/Model/Stepping 6.F.6
Extended Family/Model 6.F
Core Stepping B2
Technology 65 nm
Core Speed 1598.4 MHz
Multiplier x Bus speed 6.0 x 266.4 MHz
Rated Bus speed 1065.6 MHz
Stock frequency 2133 MHz
Instruction sets MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, EM64T
L1 Data cache 2 x 32 KBytes, 8-way set associative, 64-byte line size
L1 Instruction cache 2 x 32 KBytes, 8-way set associative, 64-byte line size
L2 cache 2048 KBytes, 8-way set associative, 64-byte line size
Chipset & Memory
Northbridge Intel P965/G965 rev. C2
Southbridge Intel 82801HB/HR (ICH8/R) rev. 02
Graphic Interface PCI-Express
PCI-E Link Width x16
PCI-E Max Link Width x16
Memory Type DDR2
Memory Size 1536 MBytes
System Manufacturer
System Name
System S/N
Mainboard Vendor Intel Corporation
Mainboard Model DG965SS
BIOS Vendor Intel Corp.
BIOS Version MQ96510J.86A.0816.2006.0716.2308
BIOS Date 07/16/2006
Memory SPD
Module 1 DDR2, PC2-5300 (333 MHz), 512 MBytes, Corsair
Module 2 DDR2, PC2-3200 (200 MHz), 256 MBytes, Hyundai Electronics
Module 3 DDR2, PC2-5300 (333 MHz), 512 MBytes, Corsair
Module 4 DDR2, PC2-3200 (200 MHz), 256 MBytes, Hyundai Electronics
Windows Version Microsoft Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 (Build 2600)
DirectX Version 9.0c

Can someone please direct me in the best path to a computer with the newest chipset that is very easy for me to over clock? I don't mind too much about SLI, nor do I really care about the ddr3 ram function. It would be nice to have both of these editions, but once again, they're not my top priority. What I do want is my current ram to work with this new motherboard or until I can upgrade my ram. Hopefully the overclocking functions will be easy as well because I am a noob to overclocking. (I sorta want to buy the zalmancpu cooler as well for proper cooling of my computer when I over clock)

My budget for the motherboard is below 200 dollars. Any comments or suggestions is welcomed and much appreciated! Many thanks!

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July 12, 2007 9:20:52 AM

Hm, 965ss not overclockable... weird, it's a 965, but can't say anything as have no knowledge about his one. P35 is an "upgraded" 965P and is well overclockable.

P35 will support upcoming Penryn/Wolfdale 45nm Intel processors (that is the "new" side of the story), while with 680i is not that clear if they actually would. However, if you do not intend to upgrade your CPU in autumn or a bit later, I would suggest there is no problem to order a mobo with 680i or with P35.

Agree that SLI not really needed, particularly if you plan a 8800 GTS - enough for you to "fly".

If you really want both SLI and DDR3 you will have to wait for new motherboards to be manufactured, since current SLI boards do not have DDR3 support.

Intel chipsets do not support SLi of course, but they evidently support ATI's CrossFire. Well, at this point P35 has CrossFire capabilities, but those are rather unimpressive (one PCIe is at x16 "speed", while another at only x4). It seems that in August the new Intel chipset x38 will come out - that one will suport full (2x16) CrossFire. In my opinion, with a 8800GTS (and even with only one 8600GTS) there is no need to wait for that.

Well, my personal preferences go with Gigabyte first, Abit second and Asus third - with one remark that I own a (P35-DS4) Gigabyte now.

To cut the long story short, I would go for a GA-P35C-DS3R since:
1. it supports future Intel proccessors (whenever you decide to upgrade, even if in some distant future),
2. it has 4 DDR2 slots for current use (which is enough and identical to other modern boards)
3. and it has 2 DDR3 slots, which would allow upgrading to DDR3 in the future when this memory is working properly.
July 12, 2007 9:24:58 AM

P.S. 8800GTS is just a suggestion, 8600GTS is just fine, as I wrote above. However, check the compatibility of your VGA MSI 8600GTS with the new mobo before purchase.
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July 12, 2007 9:51:28 AM

Flip a coin or pick whatever one looks the best. Normally that's not the way to go but all of those boards are good. Just so you know all of the Nvidia 600 series boards OC quite well and are 1333 and 45nm CPU ready as well as allowing SLI.
July 12, 2007 2:10:37 PM

T8RR8R said:
Flip a coin or pick whatever one looks the best. Normally that's not the way to go but all of those boards are good. Just so you know all of the Nvidia 600 series boards OC quite well and are 1333 and 45nm CPU ready as well as allowing SLI.

I found out that T8RR8R is right that 680i will also support Penryn with a BIOS update. (Not sure about all 650i though, T8RR8R) - EDIT: correction, T8RR8R is righT, as all 600i will support 45nm. Voted for T8RR8R post myself.
July 12, 2007 2:49:58 PM

:bounce:  Mad props!
July 12, 2007 3:08:45 PM

Thanks for the quicks responses guys. Well I still have a few more questions about the board. So far I have taken interest in the GA-P35C-DS3R and the 680i from eva-g. Now, for my graphic's card compatibility, I think it will be fine. My card is a pci-e and so is the board. My fans are really loud on my computer (the vantec tornado), but I would also like my motherboard be able to control the fan's speed. Does these newer boards come with the function to slow down the fan's speed or do I need a fan controller? Will my current ram fit in to this new motherboard as well?

In addition, if I was to purchase a zalman cooler, how do I know if it will fit in my case? Do i check the specifications of the fan and my case or is it a motherboard thing? (Should I also use the Arctic Silver 5 Thermal grease that is supposedly really good or is there going to be grease with the motherboard's box?)

These are the four boards I have in mind currently, EVGA 122-CK-NF68-A1 EVGA 122-CK-NF67-A1 EVGA 122-CK-NF63-TR GIGABYTE GA-P35C-DS3R
July 12, 2007 3:12:24 PM

The abit IP35 Pro is probably the best but will also be the dearest & personally I'm not impressed by the MSI.
Best to look at the features, decide what you need & if you're willing to pay more for something that you probably will never use.
Even abit's IP35-E (cheapest P35 that I know of here) will do 500fsb with supporting equipment.

& that brings us onto your RAM - your PC2-3200 is already overclocked just running your E6400 at stock & it almost certainly will be your limiting factor.
I would recommend picking ub 2x1GB DDR2 PC6400 or better whilst it's cheap.

edit: in terms of onboard fan control abit's uGuru on the Pro is by far the best offered by any mobo mfr

July 12, 2007 3:19:33 PM

If you want to OC to the moon the P35 boards will be what you want. If you want to OC outside our atmosphere the Nvidia boards will get you there. Not all P965 board will OC because of the limitations of the BIOS, however all the boards you're looking at will do you good.

If you have no intentions of using SLI then I'd probably stick with the P35 but if there is a chance you'll ever want to use 2 GPU's then get the board that allows you to do so. I'd rather have the longer upgrade path then a higher OC limit, but that's just me. GIGABYTE GA-P35C-DS3R would be my vote because of the DDR3, even though it's too expensive to bother with the ram right now it probably won't be that way in a year. It'll be less of a bite in the butt when you change out that single G80 that was $260-400 than 2 G80's that cost $520-800 together. At the same time though having the ability to upgrade to another GPU is nice because if you bought 1 8800GTS 320 right now, then by the time that starts to struggle you could plop a new one in and it'll be ALOT cheaper than buying the new hotness.

What case are you looking to put the Zalman into?
July 12, 2007 5:45:50 PM

I'm going through this same decision process as we speak datwunguy -- so I feel your pain in wanting to make the right decision. In my trolling of the other boards on this forum -- it seems a good majority of opinions rest with what resolutions you normally run. I myself am still trying to weed through threads to determine if a single GPU solution on a P35 board will be more cost efficent in the long run than plopping a single card into an SLI board now and adding a second later on. Hard to say really - but I've been eyeing the P35C-DS3R myself. You might want to look at the Asus P5N32-E Plus if you decide to go SLI. It is a 650i board but supports dual x16 SLI at a cost less than some of the 680i boards.

I'll be keeping my eye on this thread as it will surely help me as well :-)

July 12, 2007 5:48:47 PM

My advice would be to sleep on it for a few days.
July 12, 2007 10:59:58 PM

Currently I'm using this xion case,

and I'm looking to purchase this fan as well. (zalman CNPS9500)

I heard the reviews for this fan was top of the line and that I could overclock to pluto. (Lol sorry, just trying to continue that atmosphere/moon joke the other guy was talking about)

However, I do notice that my liberty powersupply blows hot air down on to my processor, thats why I bought a 120 mm fan for the front of my computer as well as the vantec 92mm tornado. (Yes this fan is incredibly loud, thats why I really need a motherboard that has fan controller to save me money from buying a fan controller)

Therefore, I am interested in the gigabyte board, GA-P35C-DS3R
The abit board and the Asus pk5 board.

I think I have also decided not to go into sli. I am not planning to get a new screen larger then my 17 inch anytime soon. Therefore, I'll probably go for the boards without the SLI.

I also have another question on the abit board. I haven't heard too much of the abit board, but the board's layout sounds interesting. What is the difference between the abit ip35 pro and regular version? (Regular)
(Pro version)

Last but not least, only one person has given me feedback on my ram chips. Will they work with these new boards? I will gets ome pc6400 ddr2 ram chips soon. (Any suggestions for those? Can I overclock those too on my new board? I do have a liberty 400watt power supply that is very very very stable)

Much thanks once again
July 13, 2007 12:52:56 AM

well, as someone else said, are you upgrading the processor next year?? if so then go for a P35 and new memory and a new PSU if you get a 8*** series(video card)
July 13, 2007 1:33:10 AM

Do I really need a PSU if I have a liberty 400 watt? The ratings for the PSU were so high thats what I purchased it.
July 14, 2007 5:35:55 AM

I'm sorry to double post, but can someone please answer my questions from above? Much appreciated for the help!
July 14, 2007 6:43:29 AM

YES you can use that 400W PSU, BUT it depends on what else you have in your system.

What CPU
How many sticks of RAM
How many HDD
How many fans, and what kind of cooling

Basically you can go to and figure it out.

You have enough amps on the PSU and that calculator brings in a recommendation of around 330W, so I'm sure you'll be ok for now. Just don't any OCing and you'll be ok.
July 14, 2007 3:45:15 PM

Aww man, I really thought this power supply would be able to support my OCing. (

I bought it because of the stable stats that it had. I just want to over clock my e6400 to 2.8 or so. The "extreme" website you just provided requires me to pay to use the wattage calculator = (
I'm also going to be running 4 sticks of ram, 4 hard drives, 1 8600gts card, 3 fans (90, 92, and 120mm) and 2 dvd drives.

I am still concern with the items that I am looking to purchase. Will my xion case
( [...] 6811208009 )
fit a zalman cooler?
As well, will the p35 boards with the picky ram chips it can only accept use my current rams?
July 15, 2007 1:12:39 AM

You don't have to pay just to calculate your wattage, and the amps on your PSU will run what you want. Also I'm pretty sure the Zalman 9500 cooler will fit that case since it's a little smaller than the 9700 that I have and the motherboard you're looking at doesn't have the socket right at the edge of the board like some.
July 15, 2007 5:44:47 AM

Thanks t8rr8r, you almost answered all my questions. I was wondering can you also teach me a little of how I overclock my ram/processor? This is probably the wrong section to ask this question, but I was just thinking of changing the timing on the clock frequency and the ram's timings. I don't know how the voltage thing works nor do i understand how much psu watts do i need. once again, i'm using the ernermax liberty 400w
July 15, 2007 5:44:53 AM

Thanks t8rr8r, you almost answered all my questions. I was wondering can you also teach me a little of how I overclock my ram/processor? This is probably the wrong section to ask this question, but I was just thinking of changing the timing on the clock frequency and the ram's timings. I don't know how the voltage thing works nor do i understand how much psu watts do i need. once again, i'm using the ernermax liberty 400w
July 15, 2007 9:29:32 AM

Nice double post. You should probably be able to push your FSB to about 375 on that much power withought having to do anything with voltages but if you need to you'll want to give your Vcore a little nudge up if the system isn't stable. Also you'll get to a point where you'll need to give your northbridge voltage a little nudge too. If you want to reach a maximum FSB you'll need to turn off all of optional technologies such as EIST, C1E, XD, and any kind of automatic voltage or FSB features. You'll also need to change the multiplier/divider on your ram. Explaining and understanding the ratio is much harder to do so I suggest when you get to the BIOS you just get to the ratio portion and adjust as needed(play with it).

If you want to OC you need to make sure you're stable under load and one way to do that it to run Orthos Prime. It'll test both cores 99-100 of there load which is when your temps will increase to there highest. Just don't push those temps past 65 and you'll be fine. Speaking of temps, you'll want to use a program call core-temp, you could also use TAT. They are both much more accurate temp monitors than any BIOS temp reader.

Since you only have 400W to play with and you have an 8800GTS I wouldn't recommend going crazy with the OCing. At stock speed the C2D chips run @ 65W max, but when you OC those wattages will go up. The reason I said 375FSB before is because that's all your PSU will probably take on a day to day basis. In my opinion I wouldn't OC past 333FSB for day to day usage 'till you get a better PSU.
July 16, 2007 3:33:05 AM

Sorry but I'm using an 8600 gts. Does that change my voltage/settings a lot? I heard the 8800gts will take more energy, but my 8600gts is factory overclocked.

I did not really understand what you said about the OCing and stuff up there, but I'll just give it all try and push my cpu a little. I'm not sure how to increase the voltage and I have absolutely no knowledge of what the fsb feature/function is.

I also have no idea what the esit, c1e, or xd functions are. I was just planning to use the nvidia control thingie to up my cpu speed as well as my gpu speed and then perform stress tests on them
July 16, 2007 10:22:12 AM

Sorry, I was thinking 8800GTS the whole time.

Graphic cards have nothing to do with overclocking the CPU unless you don't have enough power, in which case since you're running the 8600GTS and not the 8800GTS you'll be using less power from your PSU that can be applied to your CPU overclock.

As far as OCing goes let me start with the basics.

1) Start with a system that you know is running the way it should before anything else. Run MemTest overnight, Run Orthos Blend overnight, run CoreTemp to check your temps, and get good cooling. Get comfy with your BIOS.

2) As a rule of thumb you'll want to turn off all kinds of automatic CPU controlling functions such as C1E, EIST, Virtualization and so forth. You do that in the BIOS. Some board come with software to OC from Windows. Some of this software is good, most is not. No BIOS reads the temps that you want to know.

3) The front side bus(FSB) is the speed that the entire system communicates at. By increasing this number(frequency) you are in turn increasing the entire speed of the system.

4) Each CPU has a specific multiplier built in. This number CANNOT be changed unless you get the "extreme" series of processors. The forumula for CPU speed is (Multiplier#)xFSB=CPU speed. For example an e6400 has a multiplier of 8, so what we do is...8x266=2130, aka 2.13Ghz. An e6600 has a multiplier of 9 so that's 9x266=2394, but we just consider that to be 2.4Ghz. Also each motherboard with have some slight variance to it's 266. It could be 266~267, as long as it's close nobody cares.

5) On Intel based systems there is something we call "quad pumped" FSB, which is a stupid number to advertise but it make things sound better because it has a bigger number and bigger is better???(not really). Why do we even have a "quad pumped" number? It's because on Intel based system the actual CPU doesn't have it's own memory controller hub (MCH) also known as a northbridge. On AMD based system they have one built in so they would be "double pumped". So far we have addressed 2 pumps of the "quad"(which is 4 pumps). The other 2 pumps comes from the fact that ALL DDR is double data rate. So no matter what ram you have or kind of system(intel/AMD) your ram will count for 2 of the pumps.


6) The Quad Pumped number is what confuses everyone so pay no attention to that, because like I said it's stupid and bares no real importance when it comes to OCing.

7) Unlike the CPU with it's locked multiplier, RAM speed is changed by the FSB and by changing a setting in the BIOS called the cpu/memory ratio. Basically this can be a divider or a multiplier. RAM is just like the tires on your car, they have a rated speed. Meaning you can go up to that speed, BUT any speed over that rating is not warranted by the manufacturer. So if you increase your memory speed over it's highest limit then you are overclocking your ram. What happens though if you don't want to OC your RAM, but you want a higher FSB? You then have to change the multiplier/divider of your ram. The easiest ratio to understand and explain is the 1:1 ratio also known as sychronous. When you have a FSB of 266 you'll then be running your CPU FSB at 266 and your ram at 266. However since RAM is DDR you'll always multiply that by 2 so you'll have 533 RAM. So what is the point of having 800Mhz RAM in a system that's only running it at 533? There really isn't but with a multiplier of 2:3 you'll be running your CPU at 266 and your RAM at 800. Another thing to do if you have RAM that's higher than 533 is to run it the 1:1 ratio and increase the FSB to the speed of the ram.

8) If you didn't understand that, just go into your BIOS and play with the ratio. Just remember since ram is like tires on your car, you can always go slower than your top speed but its not safe to go faster than your top speed. Also when I say DDR that could be DDR, DDR2, DDR3... and so on. The effect of doubling the speed doesn't change. Each generation of DDR is just more energy efficient and has a higher top speed.

9) RAM also has timings. Which can best be explained by the manufacturer of your RAM. The higher speed you go the looser or higher the timings go. You don't really want to play with these unless you really know what you're doing and I can't explain it.

10) So what you'll want to start out with is moving your RAM multiplier down so you can get some room. What I mean is if you have 800Mhz RAM you'll want to adjust the multiplier so it's running at 667 or 533 or lower.

11) Start to crank on your FSB. Going from 266 to 333 is a place good start. From there you'll want to save your settings in your BIOS and restart. Load to your OS and use OrthosPrime in blend mode to make your CPU work to 100% and to test your system stability, while that's going you'll want to also be running CoreTemp to check your core temps. These temps will be hotter than the ones in your BIOS. The temps in your BIOS are meaningless. Do NOT let your CPU go over 70. It won't pop at that temp but there is no point in running it that hot. I personally freak out at 65. They will pop at 85+.

12) Let Orthos run for at least an hour to make sure your system is stable, if it's not you'll get random crashes. Orthos will warn you of the smallest errors and stop it's loading function Let Orthos run for at least an hour to make sure your system is stable, if it's not you'll get random crashes. Orthos will warn you of the smallest errors and stop it's loading function.

13) If everything is stable and not overheating, you can increase the FSB farther. I'd probably jump to 360, but after that I'd probably adjust the FSB but only by 5-10 at a time. You will get a to a point where you need to increase your voltages.

14) What happens if your system isn't stable or you hit a wall? You can up the voltage of your CPU or up the Voltage of your Northbridge. Remember the northbridge is what controlls all of these Memory Ratios and FSB's so if you make it do more work than it's supposed to you might need to give it some more fuel(voltage). As far as upping the voltage goes, you'll want to make small adjustments. For the CPU 1.3V is pretty normal, but 1.5V is pretty high, take things in .25V steps. Know your chipsets stock voltage. Increasing the Voltage really raises temps too. If you ever want to water cool and OC, you'll need a way to cool your Northbridge as well.

15) When you know it's all stable you can then proceed to a higher FSB, but remember to not go much faster than your ram. Keep an eye on your temps(crucial). Adjust and tinker as needed. As long as you don't overheat things you're pretty much good to go. If all else fails try resetting your CMOS. Read your motherboard manual on how to do that.

16) About POWER. Remember the higher speed you force things to run, the more energy they will use. If you make your PSU work too much all the time it'll burn out just like a lightbulb, but usually alot more violently. Also PSU's are known to take your valuable goods(RAM,MOBO,CPU,GPU) with them to the grave when they die.

17) Ask questions.

18) Sorry about any spelling bloopers. It's 6:24 am and if you can't get past a word that's not spelled right or a sentence that isn't quite right then you can just go to hell. Have a nice day, good luck.
July 16, 2007 8:13:46 PM

Wow, I'm speechless, you must have taken well over 15 mins to type that seeing that it took me about 10 mins to read (and process it). I think understand 90 percent of it, but I'm still confused on the fsb. I'll probably end up just increasing the fsb to 333 and then perhaps go no more than 350 from then on.

I'll make sure I'll keep an eye out on the temps of my system, but I what I'm most concerned is my PSU supplying enough energy. I know its very stable (seeing that I paid 80 bucks for this enermax liberty), but if I have to increase the voltage and such, I have no idea how do i check if my psu will be able to supply enough energy frequently? I'm the kind of computer user who likes to leave his computer on for about 24/7 with one or two days in the week where i turn it off overnight.

A few posts above, someone showed me a website to check if I have enough power in my psu, but I didn't use the website correctly or perhaps I was just clicking on the wrong links...

Much thanks for long and very well detailed instructions. I think I'm pretty much good on how to work things out from there on. I'm only concerned if my psu is able to supply enough energy now. I have a few parts that I'm going to purchase soon and I'll reply tonight with a list.

(I am quite curious though, how does the Artic silver 5 thermal paste work so well? I heard it decreases temps by a lot compared to other thermal paste. Is it that large of a difference? And if I was to remove the Psu, do i scrap off the old glue or what kind of alcohol to scrub the old glue off?)
July 17, 2007 12:58:39 AM

Once you start to tinker, change one thing at a time and see how it affects the system. If the system hangs then it's easier to know what isn't working right and you can undo your last change. Right away once you change a few things all of that jargen up there will make so much more sense. It's one of those things that are easier to understand if you see them done instead of having them explained.

I plugged in all your system specs along with a few other do-dads like cold cathodes and a sound card, basically you can OC to around 390FSB without any issues as long as your board will go that high and your cooling is enough. You can OC farther but I wouldn't recommend it for 24/7 use unless your get some more power. You have the amps, but not the watts.

I dunno if Arctic silver is really worth it since I change my crap so much it's a little bit of a waste of money however some people swear on the stuff as the holy cup, so it might be worth it to you to give it a shot. Anytime you remove your heatsink from your CPU you'll want to clean it off using 90% rubbing alcohol and a couple(10) Q-tips. I actually use carborator to clean it off, although I've never heard if it's good or bad for the CPU, but it sure cleans it off quick. Then I'll use a little 90%+ alcohol on a Q-tip to finish off the job. Carb cleaner does have some oils in it and I want to make sure those are gone as well as any residual thermal paste.
July 17, 2007 4:41:06 AM

Once again thank you t8rr8r for the detailed responses! Well I had plans on purchasing the DS3R from gigabyte, but the board is so picky on the ram, I couldn't find any good prices. Thus, I looked into the Asus p5k and I do not see any ram specifications.
Would a pair of these rams fit into the asus p5k seeing that there is no ram specification?

And after trying to study that wattage page again, I realized its quite simple in how to use it. It said I need about 390 wattage, which seems to fine with my 400 watt. I don't plan on over clocking too much. Maybe from a 2.14 to 2.5 or 2.8 if I could.

Btw: what is tdp stand for on the wattage page? (and how do i know if my computer is a high end or regular desktop?)

I am however, curious, if I could use two different units of psu for my computer? I'd use my regular psu for the whole computer, then hook up my fans+graphics card to my other hard drive. Will this work or would I need the 24 pin to go in something?
July 17, 2007 9:20:38 AM

TDP is thermal design power

& in answer to your earlier question " What is the difference between the abit ip35 pro and regular version?"
primarily uGuru (hardware monitor/fan control/LED POST reporter), a 2nd Gb NIC, different layout (2nd physical x16 PCI-E slot, SATA ports turned side on), 2 eSATA ports.
July 17, 2007 10:25:18 PM

Thanks for all the help everyone. I think I'm pretty much set. I just want to confirm if these pair of rams will fit in to my new asus p5k motherboard. [...] 6820145034

If anyone has better suggestions for ram for a decent price then feel free to post them. Otherwise, thanks once again for all the help =]
July 18, 2007 2:28:48 AM

Hey T8RR8R, Im was pretty shocked on how helpfull all of your posts have been that Ive read. Im in the middle of a completly fresh build, with a budget of 2k. I was wondering if your could email me and we could tlak about wha tcomponents Im choosing and such. Thanks man, bye.
July 18, 2007 4:24:01 AM

Sorry not to be specific, but I'm planning to purchase the ASUS P5K LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

Along with the zalman 9500 (which is confirmed to fit in my xion case by a user from above)
And the CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Ram chips
As well as some A/S 5 thermal paste

This isn't too much for my budget right now. I'm just checking that my current ram chips will fit in with this motherboard thats all. =]

July 18, 2007 1:47:10 PM

I'd probably go with either of these 2 boards over the P5K,

GIGABYTE GA-P35C-DS3R, it just allows you to use DDR3 at a later on. I don't think DDR3 is worth it right now, but having the upgrade path is nice.

GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3R, same price as the P5K and just as feature-full. Gigabyte is known for having really good boards and ASUS seems to be slipping a little lately on the BIOS end.

If you decide to stick with the ASUS board check out their QVL on their website for that board. It'll show you all the ram modules that are 100% supported.
July 18, 2007 8:45:56 PM

the Asus has shown in all the reviews to use noticeably (30W) more power than the abit & Gigabytes.
If you're marginal on your PSU that could make a difference.

& yes, you can get secondary PSUs to power your gfx card seperately.
July 19, 2007 4:51:47 AM

Well I have a new proposition to look at today. I have a powersupply that I can pick up from my friend that is 550 watt from antec, but its one of the older models and it has been used for 4 months.

Here are the stats for the PSU.

I think psu is not as stable as my enermax liberty 400w, but it does produce more watts.

I also looked into the ds3r and p35c version of them as well. However, I really can't find some decent rams for them that are of good price. If you do have decent rams for a good price on newegg with good speeds and timing then please share with me. It would save me so much trouble! (I also tried to look on the gigabyte website for the ram listings, but half the pdf file doesn't load?)

Please advise me to either go with the 550w antec or keep my enermax liberty 400w... and if there are good rams for the ds3r, please feel free to post them. Perhaps I looked in the wrong places for the ram.

(So, if I can use two different PSU's to power my system. Would I plug my 24 pin from my Liberty 400w into my whole system, then use my 275 watt from dell (also a stable PSU) to power my graphics card/fans without plugging the 4 pins into the mobo?)

Once again much thanks to the two posters up there. Especially t8rr8r.. your of great help!
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July 19, 2007 1:26:12 PM

Great stuff from t8rr8r on overclocking, but DON'T use carburetor cleaner to remove thermal compound. It contains oils that get into the same cracks the thermal compound is supposed to fill, preventing it from working properly. Use only the 91% alcohol.
July 19, 2007 1:53:50 PM

So is it confirmed that these two pieces of ram will work on the ds3r board? Because if it does work, will my DDR2, PC2-5300 (333 MHz), 512 MBytes, Corsair ram chips work as well? I'd liek to take my old ram and put it into my new system.

And the other question I still had was about how to use dual PSU and if it is recommended. (or should I put that older version of th 550watt antec psu?)
July 19, 2007 3:54:32 PM

Onus said:
Great stuff from t8rr8r on overclocking, but DON'T use carburetor cleaner to remove thermal compound. It contains oils that get into the same cracks the thermal compound is supposed to fill, preventing it from working properly. Use only the 91% alcohol.

That's true about carb cleaner, I usually just use that to clean off all the old thermal paste, then I use 90%+ alcohol to finish off the job. I'm gonna go back and edit that part in, I guess I missed it before.
July 19, 2007 4:33:04 PM

Sorry for the double post guys, but I thought I'd address this with along everyone else.

JacobTMason said:
Hey T8RR8R, Im was pretty shocked on how helpfull all of your posts have been that Ive read. Im in the middle of a completly fresh build, with a budget of 2k. I was wondering if your could email me and we could tlak about wha tcomponents Im choosing and such. Thanks man, bye.

I don't want to sound rude but I'd rather keep it in the forums for a couple of reasons...

:pfff:  1) CRAP MAIL: I don't want 30,000 emails from people sending junk, signing me up for porn sites, giving me viruses and all that. I would also hate to have a bunch of people on here giving up their email addresses to the public viewer.

:non:  2) LIABILITY: When people start emailing back and forth it becomes more personal and I don't want to be held responsible of you don't understand something and end up blowing up your computer that catches your house and fire and burns down your whole entire town.

:hello:  3) PUBLIC INFO: When you ask a question it's possible that someone else has the same question or possibly has a lack of understanding about something. So when we toss back and forth info and question on here you'll also helping your fellow geek :) 

:??:  4) MISTAKES: We all make mistakes and although I try and edit mine as much as possible, sometimes it's just not gonna happen. I'm on here the most later at night between 8pm and 4am, and the later it gets the more retarded I get. So the later it get's the more often I leave things out or make more typos. ALSO sometimes I like to get totally drunk and messed up and I wouldn't want to take it out on someone through email.

5) ENGLISH: If you don't have at least 3rd grade level spelling and grammar skills things get too confusing, although I will admit this isn't really only an email problem it's a universal internet forum issue. Typos and mistakes happens though.

6) SEARCH: This is also one of those non-specific email things. Don't ask questions on here or through email that could easily be solved by a simple search of google, yahoo, msn...the list goes on. Try and find out on your own 1st.

There are some occasions that I will converse through email though and they are...

1) If you have the hardware board I do and have questions, or you could help me then you could email me with prior notice....right now I'd like to know if I could put a water block on the southbridge with an 8800GTS.

2) If you are part of my family you can email me(duh).

3) If I see your posts on here a billion times, then maybe it'd be ok if you ask so nicely.
July 19, 2007 11:17:37 PM

Lol, thats nice to know what kind of method you guys use to clean your processor. I'll just probably use some rubbing alcohol to clean it off, otherwise i'll just scarp it off. I'm not too concerned with the old glue and stuff.

I still have my three questions though. Seeing that it is confirmed that these ram chips will run on the ds3r mobo, which of the two companies will be better? The crucial or the g skill? (I don't know why but i didn't see neither of these two items on the gigabyte website.)

And my second question is, will my old pair of SDDR2, PC2-5300 (333 MHz), 512 MBytes, Corsair ram chips work as well? I'd like to take my old ram and put them into my new system as well.

And for my last question, I am still in an indecisive stage in to whether to use two different PSU's or purchase an antec single 12v rail 550 watt PSU for 40 bucks? (I have about 4 psu's at home, but i want to really really confirm if it is possible to use two psu's on one computer. I've never seen it or heard about it thats why I'm a little indecisive.)

Thanks for the quick responses you guys. I'll be purchasing my parts by tonight so I hope all my questions are answered asap.
July 19, 2007 11:44:57 PM

I'll leave the PSU and mixed ram speeds questions to someone else with more experience. My gut feeling is that although you can put your old slower ram into the board it will affect the overall speed - is that right guys?

In terms of preference, I'd go with Crucial for the proven reliability and D9 Micron chips. I'm getting the same for my new system next week - except I'm buying it in the UK for £85 rather than from newegg for $85 - which means I'm paying exactly twice the price!!
July 21, 2007 5:06:39 AM

can someone please help me choose a good ram with my board? I'm pretty sure I'm getting the gigabyte ds3r because I don't plan on purchasing any ddr3 chips soon.

Is it also true how the new p35 boards have a built in music licensening checker?... in which if i dont have the licenses to the song, my computer the board would not let me play the song?
July 21, 2007 4:05:01 PM

damn it, the crucial mail in rebate passed last night, now I have to look into another good deal pair. Should I still go for the crucial memory, or would a pair of these fit the ds3r board?

(Sorry to continually ask if my ram chips will fit. The pdf file on the gigabyte site is only loading half the document every time i click on it and thus I can't search for the pc800 ram chips.)
July 21, 2007 6:52:18 PM

That link I posted was supposed to be the list from Gigabyte but there's a message saying the links have changed, etc. Must've happened today!

I've just had another look and (this is strange) the model above, the DDR2 1066, is listed as compatible (but it's in the DDR2 800 section!). I assume that if that one is supported then the 800 should be but you may want some further clarification.
July 22, 2007 7:14:44 AM

lol, once again, I'm sorry to constantly ask, but which ddr2 1066 ram chips are you talking about?

Will these work on my board?

and please provide a link to good rams for my board for a good price plz. (or the 1066 chips you were talking about)
July 25, 2007 4:55:26 PM

Did you ever find a good pair of rams for mobo? I think the [...] 6820227231 from OCZ will work because that is what I'm planning to purchase if I get the GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3R.

Interesting build you have here, very similar to mine.
July 26, 2007 8:59:01 PM

gigabyte's website won't have all the rams supported just because there are just too many on the market for them to test them all. try sticking with a well known name. I'm planning on a very simalar build to yours basing it on the ga-p35-ds3r also. I'm matching it with an e6750 and an evga 8600gts. I"m reusing hard drives and sound cards but I"m going to upgrade my psu to a modular unit and the last thing I need to figure out is the ram. I'm either going to go with crucial or ocz. which ever will have the better price for 2 gigs. right now the ocz gold is only 63 bucks at newegg after MIR.