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

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.
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  1. 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.
  2. i was going to recommend the GA-X48-DS4 too :)
  3. 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...
  4. Hmmm good info. Thanks. Will that motherboard work with intels upcoming new chip?
  5. What, Nehalem? Absolutely not. No motherboard in stores today will work with Nehalem - those chips are wider and use more pins.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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?
  9. I own an evga 780i - absolutely love it. No problems - STABLE- OC q9450 to 3.2 on air - using corsair (2g x2) - gtx 260.
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. That system is pretty sweet. :->
  13. Rampage
  14. nice setup, swap the cooler for a Zalman CNPS9700 if you want to overclock sometime in the future & also get some arctic silver thermal paste.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118019

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835100007
  15. 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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