Hello... I am currently looking for a good [budget] mobo for the shiny new e8400 that I will buying tonight [ ]. Here is what I am looking for in a motherboard, and I have no preference to what company it is from:
2 PCI-Express 16x slots. Don't care if it's more, I won't use them. PCI-E 1.1 is fine. There really isn't much of a performance different between 1.1 and 2.0.
4 DDR2-800 slots... der
An esata port would be nice, though I dont care.
Good audio! At least Realtek AC888!
The Two motherboards that I am looking at ATM that are in my ~$150 price range are:
Assuming I will only use 2 PCI-express slots, is there really any reason to get the P7N over the P6N? I will only be doing some mild overclocking... meaning I will probably only OC my e8400 up to 3.4-3.6Ghz. Will the P7N have more upgrade room in the future? Meaning support with 32NM+? The P6N right now just got support for the e8400, and I will probably have to flash the BIOS out of the box. Thanks.
holy crap I didn't think about that. I forgot that most Nahelems would use a new socket. And I came this: <--> close to ordering the P7N over the P6N, (right now!) which costs ~$50 more because of a special deal. I probably won't upgrade for 2 years anyway, and theres no way that 775 will have some new processors by then. No way it's worth the money. P6N it is, thanks dude.
Since I'm in the same situation you are in (or were), I'm curious how the mobo worked out.
Failed. The MSI P6N SLI Platinum would not boot with an E8400 even with a BIOS update. I already lost enough money RMA'ing all sorts of crap, so I went for a much cheaper (good overclocker) GA-EP35-DS3L. The Gigabyte board booted right away. Very dissappointed with MSI, especially when they say it should work.