I'm planning to buy an E8400. I need your opinion on a good motherboard for this CPU. I want that motherboard to support this CPU with its shipped BIOS because i don't have a previous CPU to update it.
I'm thinking of GA-EP35-DS3. What can u say about this motherboard?
Any help would be appreciated.
I'm planning to use this PC for gaming and office works. My budget is around $600 and i will use this PC for about 1-2 years.
I'm not going to use RAID and i need only 1 monitor and 2 hard disks.
I play only World of Warcraft and Sims 2. Do you think it is better to buy a more cheap CPU like E2200 or E4500 and overclock it to about 3.0Ghz? Will these CPUS bottleneck my Nvidia 8600GT. Are they enough for the video games i play?
Why it's not released in the USA - beats me. Maybe they thought they already have plenty of models. It's not like there's a shortage to choose from
I don't know the DS3 so I won't recommend it. It may be just perfect, but I don't know.
I do know the DS3R, it's one of the most popular boards on this forum. At Overclockers it costs only 7 pounds more than the DS3, and for the difference you get 8 SATA ports instead of 6. Maybe I'm biased here - I'm currently using 7 SATA ports in my own PC so a DS3 would not do for me.
Let me try to compare the features and get back to you.