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October 29, 2007 2:54:21 AM

Hey guys,

Sorry to do this to you all but can you please help me choose the right motherboard?

I am looking to build a budget gaming system:

Currently I am mlhm5's recommendation's:


CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX - $83.9 + $20MIR - ZipZoomFly [...] e=10006757


GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L LGA775 Intel - $98.99 - ClubIT
or ABIT IP35 which is $89.95 at MWave + $20MIR [...] ia=BA23929


OCZ Platinum Revision 2 2GB (2x1GB) DDR2-800 - $79.99 - $44.99 after MIR - ClubIT [...] 8301&nav=3


Intel Pentium Dual Core E2160 - $77.99 - easy OC (yeah I know you said no, but it is so easy to OC to 3.0GHz which is really speedy eliminating the need to purchase a more expensive CPU) ClubIT


Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3GB - $110.99 - ClubIT

DVD Burner:

Samsung 20X SATA DVDRW - $29.99 - NewEgg [...] 6827151153

Video Card:

MSI GeForce 8600GT OC 256MB 128bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video - $109.99 - $89.99 after MIR

I have a case:

so the total would be 588.85 - 75MIR = 513.85

that considers this MB: GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L LGA775 Intel, is there another or better choice for the money, especially considering the OC plan? Also, what would you do to go above and beyond stock cooling?

Thank you very much for your help in advance,


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October 29, 2007 11:18:24 AM

I'd go for the abit board and try the stock heatsink. It might be ok. I use zalman fan mate II rpm adjusters (about $7) and turn the rpm setting to about 3000. I hate noise.
October 29, 2007 11:37:30 AM

Personally, I would go for IP35-E since it overclocks about the same as some other P35 boards. Sure the flagship boards will beat it out, but for how much more & by how many mhz? Especially if I were on a tight budget.