q6600 OC to 3GHz or more
4gm DDR2 800 ram
I've looked through the P45, P43, P35, X38, X48 chipsets and understand their differences.
I don't need X38/48 because I won't crossfire
I don't want P35 because it does not have PCIe 2.0 @ 16x
And I've decided P43 would be perfect if only it overclocks well (and apparently they don't)
So I'm left with P45 simply because it can OC better.
And out of the P45 boards I've been reading into the ASUS, Gigabite, and ASrock.
I don't actually have a preference between the brands, but by now after all the research I'm getting dizzy and decided to just go for ASUS, for no other reason than I am getting quite sick of reading reviews......
But then I am STILL left with the choice of:
And that is just what I found from newegg, god knows if there are anymore. My question is, what are their main differences? I assume they only differ in certain features, but looking at their web site, they don't even tell you the differences!
P5Q = ddr2, single card
P5Q Pro = ddr2, x8 crossfire support
P5Q SE = ICH10 instead of ICH10R, however I can't remember whats the difference, no
P5Q SE-R = Same as SE but with ICH10R, uh, can't find a difference from the P5Q one.
P5Q Deluxe = Same as P5Q pro but with x16 crossfire support
P5Q Premium = Same as P5Q Pro but with quad crossfire support.
Both the P5Q Deluxe and Premium claim to provide x16 for two cards, with the Premium one having support for quad.
I have no idea if they can actually do that, I'm guessing they can since their price is a lot higher than the rest. And that's the whole point - they are in the same price range as x38 and x48 motherboards, so why not go for those?
I personally have p5q se and it has just one pcie 2.0 slot but for my games single card will be fine so I went with it. When I bought it from newegg it was $99 so it was a good deal considering the mobo uses p45 chipset
Well the Premium just gives each slot 4x bandwidth when you use all 4 of them, not very ideal, the deluxe gives 8x to the first slot, and 4x to the other two, While the pro gives each slot 8x, and the other boards just have one 16x slot. Of course for any of these boards it's likely that the first slot gets 16x bandwidth if it's the only one used. I say get the P5Q or the P5Q Pro.
I'm debating between the P5Q SE/R and the P5Q PRO. I checked out their QVL (Qualified Vendors List) for DIMM's and see that the highly recommended Mushkin isn't on the list. Would it be a problem going with the Mushkin ... or would I be better off using one of the Corsair's on the list? Also, both boards support 16GB - but right now the 4GB DIMMs are really out-of-the-ballpark expensive ... does anyone think they'll drop into the "reasonable" category anytime in the near future? Or will DDR3 just push that idea aside?