I'm looking to buy me a new motherboard, and I will get one in the next week or so (waiting is not an option ) I've had my eyes on Gigabyte EP35-DS3P, heard it's a really good mb. Now I'm a hardware n00b, and I was wondering will this mb work with 9800 GX2? I'll also get 4G Ram (don't really now brand or anything so some tips there would be nice), 500 gig disk and 650W CPU (feel free to recommend the brand as well).
Anyway, the point is Gigabyte EP35-DS3P YAY or NAY.
I would reconsider the use of Mushkin ram with a Gigabyte board, its not on the QVL list for this board, and based on previous personal experience, I would go with a vendor on the list, as I encountered significant issues when attempting to use Muskin ram on the DS3R. The board is a good board, I would consider a power supply like the Corsair HX-620 or the Enermax MODU82+ 625, both well rated efficient power supplies with modular cabling systems.
Do you plan on overclocking the processor much? With a multiplier of 8, DDR2-800 memory can get you to 3.2Ghz w/o overclocking the memory. If you wish to overclock higher you will need to go with more fsb like DDR2-1066. I'd recommend going with the DDR2-800, and trying to find a pair with low "timings" (ie 4-4-4-12). I have Patriot Extreme 4gb 4-4-4-12 and it works great (on a different MB though FYI) and even will overclock decently if I wanted to keep it OC'd. Otherwise, look into OCZ and Corsair, or others on the official list as Saunders points out.
The MB is fine, although a little pricey for a P35 imo.. getting fairly close to X38 prices, are you sure you need what the "P" model has? Maybe another less expensive version like the DS3L would work and save you some $?
About the PSU, PC Power and Cooling, Corsair, and Antec are my votes. Sites like Hardwarecanucks and johnny guru have all kinds of info on them, especially in the forum area.
No, don't think I'll be overclocking. Never done that and don't want to mess something up. Are X38 models better? Cos' I want to get me a machine that will last for a while, a couple of years of not needing to switch components (especially mb) would be nice ^^
There's no issues with DS3P and Mushkin RAM. I tested my friends 4 2GB sticks "Extreme" 996580s with memtest86 on my GA-P35-DS3P (rev 1.0 F9 bios). It took forever but they worked at the specified voltage and at 4-4-4-12 timings.
The DS3P only has firewire and the second PCIEx16 slot (x1/x4 electrical) over the DS3R so think about it. You might not need it. And the cooling on the EP35-DS3P looks less capable than the EP35-DS3R but it has a heatpipe.
Well I don't think I'll be needing antoher PCIEx16 'cos I don't think I'll be doing crossfire, and I'm planning on getting GX2 which should be enough for a while. Gonna check that EP35-DS3R as well.
Thanks again guys for tips.