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What memory and m/b best serve e8400 cpu?

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January 28, 2008 3:31:00 AM

After reading several forums Ive decided to go with a P35 over the X38.However im torn over the P5K-E/WIFI-AP and the Gigabyte GA-P35-DS4/rev2.1 at clubIT(newegg has rev2.0)Im not sure of the difference though.Or even the new EP35-DS3P. And what about memory.I keep hearing about deviders and cpu frequency.I was going to go with ocz reaper ddr2-1066 or even 1150.I dont mind spending 100+ for good ram.And I like oczs customer support as you can always talk to a real person.They suggested that ram to me the other day.Im probably going to get a EVGA 8800gts.(512-P3-N841 A3)and step up to 9800 in 90 days if they come out soon enough.Or if the asus TOP version becomes available Ill go with it.Sorry I got off topic.Whats the deal with the memory?Is it really important to sink cpu & mem these days?Wouldnt 1066 be an advatage in performance? One last thing! BIOS. Idont have a usb flash drive and im not going to buy a celeron --so there.I do have a WD usb mass storage device though.If I have to flash will that work? Im upgrading from a A8V FX57 agp system so I have most of everything I need.Sata will be a pain with xp though.Itried to do the floppy F6 thing last new xp install and it didnt work.Any way which board and mem is good.I have a $900.budget.And thanks you guys for any advise.Ill be ordering in two weeks.

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January 28, 2008 10:43:45 AM

Google them & go to their manufacturers' specs.

P5K-E would be a better overclocker at the expense of dealing with a lot more settings in bios.

If you don't overclock, get any value PC2-6400. If you do, get Ballistix, Firestix, G.Skill HZ, etc.
January 29, 2008 12:10:39 AM

you will need another CPU that works to flash the bios, or the machine wont post with the E8400 and therefore can't get into bios to update it.
You can sometimes have the retailer update it for you for $10 or so before shipping.

Memory: Crucial Ballistix DDR2-800.
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January 29, 2008 2:22:39 AM

The P5K-E I just got posted fine with the E8400. A BIOS update might still be a good idea, but BIOS version 906 (the version that came with the MoBo) saw the CPU no problem and posted.
January 29, 2008 2:28:40 AM

not all retailers will be shipping a 09XX bios with asus motherboards yet, but you can always ask them before you buy. Good to know they're keeping them up to date.
January 29, 2008 4:23:32 AM

This is true. Should have specified that I ordered my P5K-E from NewEgg last week.
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