Intel Chipset boards....

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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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. ^Agreed. Get a P35 or X38.
  4. 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)....
  5. question...does the X38 support DDR2?
  6. 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
  7. 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....
  8. 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.
  9. Does the Asus X38 support DDR2? can anyone confirm?
  10. There are several models. Look at the specs for the model you are interested in. It could be either DDR2 or DDR3 or both:

    http://usa.asus.com/products.aspx?l1=3&l2=11&l3=572
  11. 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.
  12. 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....
  13. Asus Motherboards...
    http://usa.asus.com/products.aspx?l1=3&l2=11&l3=572

    Intel Motherboards..Very Reliable... The board get old >10 years and it still run..
    http://www.intel.com/products/desktop/motherboard/extreme.htm?iid=mbd_body+dt_extreme

    Generally Asus & Intel boards that i use last > 7 years. I get tired of it and of course its obsolete but the boards still run. HD eventually fail and get replaced but these boards still run.
  14. 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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