I'm speculating about a new build so I need some advice on the motherboard. I heard Gigabyte is reputable for high-quality manufacturing and good overclockability so I decided to choose between Gigabyte motherboards. The candidates are:
The most pertinent issue is whether I should attain the support for DDR3 or not so maybe 1-2 years down the road when DDR3 is cheaper I can upgrade. If DDR3 support isn't worth it should I go for the DS3R or DS3L? Thanks in advance.
Those are all really good mobos. I personally have the gigabyte EP35C - DS3R. I'm running ddr2 for now but will upgrade down the road to ddr3 when the price comes down. I have NO problems with this board. I love this board -- OC's easily w/out any problems. Its been the best most simplest board I've worked with. I didn't even upgrade the bios. check my sig for more info. The p35 - ds3l is also another really good mobo. If you compare price to performance....that is the mobo to get....you just won't have the extra features. I've built a computer for a friend using the ds3l. It's an amazing board for the money. I'm actually debating on getting that one or another ep35c ds3r to pair with an E8400. It doesn't matter which one you choose...though I do recommend the ep35c ds3r.
Most likely DDR-3 will be more affordable on early to middle next year but the actual performance gain from DDR-3 on existing structure would be less than 10% while you pay 100% more now and at least 50% more on early next year. I agree with Dagger and Shadow to have your DDR-3 when the Nehalm is popular and that would be your time to forget the FSB and existing CORE 2 ^^.