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.
More aboutyour opinion mobo q9450 proc
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.
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...
Hmmm good info. Thanks. Will that motherboard work with intels upcoming new chip?
What, Nehalem? Absolutely not. No motherboard in stores today will work with Nehalem - those chips are wider and use more pins.
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.
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.
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?
I own an evga 780i - absolutely love it. No problems - STABLE- OC q9450 to 3.2 on air - using corsair (2g x2) - gtx 260.