Which Motherboard would you recommend?

Hello all,

Just wondering which motherboard you'd all recommend for the following cpu. Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.00GHZ 45nm. The rig is primarily going to be for gaming. I will NOT be overclocking at all for the first year of use, MAYBE on year 2 but that's not a concern right now. I've been looking at a few different Asus and Gigabyte boards but I can't really come to a conclusion. Also to note, I'm not switching to DDR3 yet either. I realize the potential performance gains but I'm not willing to shell out the extra dough in the case of ram. So any input is greatly appreciated.

This is a rough idea but the rest of the components are as follows:

PSU: Corsair HX Series 620W

Ram: Corsair Corsair TWIN2X2048-6400C4 2.0GB (DDR2 - 800) 2X1GB

HDD: WD Caviar SE16 250GB SATA 3GB/s (x2)

Video Card: Asus EAH4850 /HTDI Radeon 4850 512MB PCI-Express 2.0

Optical Drives: (1) Asus DRW-2014L1T 20x SATA DVD±Writer w/LightScribe
(2) Asus DVD-E616A3T 16x SATA DVD-ROM

I haven't decided on a case yet either but there's a basic outline of what I'm looking to build, like I said thanks for the input guys!

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  1. GA-X38-DS5 with Ultra Durable enhancing OC capability with PCI 16x 2.0 in crossfire mode at 16x on both. link si http://www.twenga.co.uk/prices-GA-X38-DS5-GIGABYTE-Motherboard-188231-0
  2. I see you are building a gaming rig with a 4850, any plan on going Crossfire? I would suggest getting a 4870 instead if you want to play games at 1680x1050 or more.

    About motherboard, I think you can't go wrong with Asus P5Q line, the P5Q Pro is a great value, but so is the P5Q-E if you need/want the extra features.

    BTW, you know the E8500 (3.16GHz) is only 20$ more than the E8400?
  3. I'm still not sure on the vid card yet, but the 4870 had crossed my mind, as for the 8500, I know it's only a few bucks more but from the benchmarks and reviews i've read it's not really worth the $20 more unless all your goin for is overclocking, which I am not.

    The Asus P5Q line does interest me, I just wasn't sure if it would be a good choice for this cpu but I'll research them some more. Thanks for the input so far guys!
  4. I'm thinking seriously about the Asus P5Q - Deluxe.. would this be a good choice?
  5. I will answer that with 2 simple questions:
    What does it offer more than other P5Q models?
    Do you need those?
  6. hi,
    I was also looking motherboard for my system. I came to know about this store by seeing some forums.. After that i have decided to purchase One motherboard. Finally I have purchased 2 Intel BOXDP35DPM Intel P35 Motherboard for $98 only at mwave.com by Going through Rebation.com & By going thru Rebation.com, i have got 5% cash back.
  7. I got a DFI DK X38 in my rig, worked like a charm so far
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