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March 26, 2008 12:42:02 PM

I am looking for a good reliable performance based intel chipset board with these specs:

2+ PCI slots
16x PCI E
1x PCI E (for sound card)

4+ USB ports
4+ SATA
1+ IDE

support for DDR2, and for Core 2 Quad CPU.

Which fit that category?

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March 26, 2008 9:09:28 PM

ALOT

x48
x38
P35
P31
G35
G33
G31

Although you will have to check on the IDE port as some of these chipsets dont have IDE port, however, the mainboard manufacturer usually will add a controller onboard to support the IDE drives.
Id suggest a Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L as its cheap and has all of what you need
March 26, 2008 11:41:21 PM

chookman said:
ALOT

x48
x38
P35
P31
G35
G33
G31

Although you will have to check on the IDE port as some of these chipsets dont have IDE port, however, the mainboard manufacturer usually will add a controller onboard to support the IDE drives.
Id suggest a Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L as its cheap and has all of what you need

The new x38 boards all have IDE ports. Not sure about x48s, but they probably do too. X38 costs $200+ right now, and p35 costs $100-$250, although you should get a higher end p35 if you want to run 45nm quad. You really shouldn't get any less than a p35.
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March 27, 2008 12:34:52 AM

^Agreed. Get a P35 or X38.
March 27, 2008 6:19:58 AM

I have a P35 already from gigabyte but it is faulty...killed one of my drives and acts wierd during operation....and dont have time to send it back for a replacement....

im more and more interested in the X38 (ASUS range)....
March 27, 2008 6:54:30 AM

question...does the X38 support DDR2?
March 27, 2008 7:21:57 AM

If you want stablity and do not plan to overclock these boards from Intel will meet your needs.

Intel DG33BUC - $115
Intel DG33TL - $140
Intel DP35DPM - $125
March 27, 2008 8:29:25 AM

absolutely, I NEVER overclock and dont advise it personally.
However I DO need PCI slots (standard) as I have PCI Cards....so looking for 2 PCI slots as a minimum but from what I have seen with the newer Intel boards, they are non existant for obvious reasons....
March 27, 2008 9:08:14 AM

The P35 and X38 boards normally will have 2 PCI slots, at least for some that I know: like ASUS P5K (P35) and ABiT IX38.

Some of X38 boards support DDR2, some support DDR3, and some support both.

I'm using ABIT IX38 myself, it has 4 DDR2 slots.
March 27, 2008 9:32:53 AM

Does the Asus X38 support DDR2? can anyone confirm?
March 27, 2008 11:27:55 AM

firehawk_1 said:
Does the Asus X38 support DDR2? can anyone confirm?



Most X38 boards support only ddr2, ddr3 is still rare, on any chipset. DFI makes a x38 board that supports both.

If you don't overclock, a cheaper p35 will done fine.
March 27, 2008 12:03:19 PM

true but the gigbyte board I have has a P35 chipset and has slightly put me off even though its not a chipset problem. I guess im looking for performance rather than the media range....
March 27, 2008 5:51:19 PM

firehawk_1 said:
absolutely, I NEVER overclock and dont advise it personally.
However I DO need PCI slots (standard) as I have PCI Cards....so looking for 2 PCI slots as a minimum but from what I have seen with the newer Intel boards, they are non existant for obvious reasons....


I do not understand why you said "....so looking for 2 PCI slots as a minimum but from what I have seen with the newer Intel boards, they are non existant for obvious reasons...". What are the reasons PCI slots are non existant on newer Intel boards?

All the boards I have suggested are retail boards with three year warranties and all have a minimum of two standard PCI slots. I've assembled computers for friends and family using the boards I have suggested.

http://www.intel.com/products/motherboard/DG33BU/index.htm
http://www.intel.com/products/motherboard/DG33FB/index.htm
http://www.intel.com/products/motherboard/DG35EC/index.htm
http://www.intel.com/products/motherboard/DP35DP/index.htm

The DG33TL has one PCI connector. My mistake for including it the original suggested list. I do not know if the DG35EC board is available. It could be a Q2 '08 released board.


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