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May 3, 2008 4:36:48 AM

I am building my own rig for the first time, it will be a high end system with a qx9650 and a 9800gx2.

I still don't know if i am getting ddr2 or ddr3, but i am not going for SLI so i want a intel chipset mobo.

So what motherboard should i get if i am going ddr3? What about ddr2? Keep in mind this is my first mobo and i never overclocked before (but i want to learn) or worked with any BIOS, so i would like one that doesn't cause me much problems and is easy to work with.

I would really appreciate any help

Thx :) 

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a c 136 V Motherboard
May 3, 2008 7:11:47 AM

Go for DDR2
Its cheaper than DDR3 + the difference isnt much.I say go for a good P35 board like
ASUS P5K-E WIFI
ASUS P5K
GIGABYTE P35 DS3R
GIGABYTE P35 DS3L

All of them are good
a b V Motherboard
May 3, 2008 7:25:39 AM

Isaac_MM said:
I am building my own rig for the first time, it will be a high end system with a qx9650 and a 9800gx2.

I still don't know if i am getting ddr2 or ddr3, but i am not going for SLI so i want a intel chipset mobo.

So what motherboard should i get if i am going ddr3? What about ddr2? Keep in mind this is my first mobo and i never overclocked before (but i want to learn) or worked with any BIOS, so i would like one that doesn't cause me much problems and is easy to work with.

I would really appreciate any help

Thx :) 


if your overclocking why bother with the QX9650 when you can get a cheaper model that will be just as fast when overclocked?

dont touch anything from MSI, go with a P35 based board from ASUS or Gigabyte, like Maziar said.
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a b V Motherboard
May 3, 2008 9:54:46 AM

Maziar said:
Go for DDR2
Its cheaper than DDR3 + the difference isnt much.I say go for a good P35 board like
ASUS P5K-E WIFI
ASUS P5K
GIGABYTE P35 DS3R
GIGABYTE P35 DS3L

All of them are good

Not forgetting the six from Abit, none of which usually turn up in the 'help I have a problem' type posts ;) 
May 3, 2008 10:57:41 AM

Also I would recommend an X38 motherboard for the better stability at higher FSB speeds. I realize it's only a few hundred MHz faster, but why not if your going to get a QX9xxx processor anyway
a c 136 V Motherboard
May 3, 2008 10:59:00 AM

yeah iforgot the ABIT IP35 PRO :D 
a c 136 V Motherboard
May 3, 2008 12:37:28 PM

Maybe newer CPU support for the XE version ?
a b V Motherboard
May 3, 2008 1:01:49 PM

Other than a 1600 FSB the specs look the same as the PRO, maybe I'm missing something. *shrugs*
a b V Motherboard
May 3, 2008 11:58:04 PM

Maziar said:
yeah iforgot the ABIT IP35 PRO :D 


I still dont trust ABit :( 

I still got a ABit BH6, and a BP6 :D  :D  :D 
May 4, 2008 1:23:43 PM

Haven't seen the XE available anywhere yet. Has anyone else?
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