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Your opinion: Best MOBO/RAM for a Q9450 proc?

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July 17, 2008 5:55:46 PM

I'm building a new computer (like most people who ask questions here are doing) and cannot decide on a motherboard. There are so many options....here are my major requirements:

It's going to be a gaming machine/workstation.
Needs to support Crossfire in case i feel like getting another ATI HD4870 video card
Good onboard sound
No onboard video
Overclocking ability would be nice, but I'm not a hardcore overclocker.

Your suggestions? I have no real company preference either, although Abit/Asus/Gigabyte are my favorites.
a b V Motherboard
July 17, 2008 6:15:50 PM

It's between Asus P5E Deluxe X48 and Gigabyte GA-X48-DS4, IMO. Maybe aBit IX38 QuadGT. There are better but more expensive boards too, like the Rampage or DQ6.

RAM: DDR2-800 2x2GB. Corsair seems to do good work these days.

July 17, 2008 6:27:03 PM

i was going to recommend the GA-X48-DS4 too :) 
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a b V Motherboard
July 17, 2008 6:53:25 PM

A 4th for Gigabyte X48-DS4, unless you Need/want the 2 Extra SATA (JMicron) channels then you would need the DQ6 version.

I very satisfied with my DQ6. I have the two SATA DVD drives on the JMicron controller, 4 HDD's (Two Pairs of Raid0) on the Intel controller, and a Removable (Tray) IDE HHD on the JMicron IDE slot.

Had to include aznguy...
July 17, 2008 7:35:35 PM

Hmmm good info. Thanks. Will that motherboard work with intels upcoming new chip?
a b V Motherboard
July 17, 2008 7:37:11 PM

What, Nehalem? Absolutely not. No motherboard in stores today will work with Nehalem - those chips are wider and use more pins.
July 17, 2008 8:16:18 PM

Ok cool. Wasn't expecting it to but was hoping :) 


The more I read about that gigabye DS4 board the more I like it. Thanks for the advice guys.
July 18, 2008 3:03:25 PM

Hi there, read the above with interest as i'm starting to plan a build surrounding the Q9300. How would the asus p5k premium/wifi compare with giagbyte x48-ds4? I'm a complete noob and the array of motherboards is confusing me. I'm basically after the requirements as tmeltdown but would like onboard wifi, not fussed with overclocking either.
a b V Motherboard
July 18, 2008 3:11:52 PM

I wouldn't buy the P5K or any other P35-based motherboard any more. OK, maybe if the computer is not for gaming and it runs a card like 8800GT or HD3870 or less. For recent cards you should get something with PCI-E 2 slots.
You can always just buy a Wi-Fi card (PCI for example).

What's your budget? Will you play games on the PC?
July 18, 2008 3:46:25 PM

I own an evga 780i - absolutely love it. No problems - STABLE- OC q9450 to 3.2 on air - using corsair (2g x2) - gtx 260.
July 18, 2008 3:58:55 PM

OH, HERE IS MY SETUP

Vist64 | EVGA 680i | Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 @ 3.2 | XFX GTX260 | (2x2GB) 4GB Corsair XMS DDR2/800 | WD Caviar SE16 SATA 3GB/S | ZALMAN CNPS9700 | Antec Neo PS | ANTEC P182 GunMetal | Samsung 22" G2G 2MS
July 18, 2008 4:13:19 PM

Well budget is somewhat midline.

Here's what I bought:
ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler - Retail - $26.99

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 Yorkfield 2.66GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80569Q9450 - Retail - $329.99

OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2P10664GK - Retail - $109.99

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 English NA DVD - Retail - $277.49

Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Card - Retail - $90.99

SAPPHIRE 100243L Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire - $284.99

GIGABYTE GA-X48-DS4 LGA 775 Intel X48 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail - $224.99

Subtotal $1,345.43

Still time to change order if somone notices something totally F'ed.
I feel it's a pretty sweet setup though.
July 18, 2008 8:23:59 PM


That system is pretty sweet. :->
July 21, 2008 1:31:38 PM

I'm using zalman too - keeps it cool - but not as cool as i want... It might just be the cpu itself.
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