OK, so I'm planning to build me a new PC since my old rig is getting a little long in the tooth.
I've decided to go for an E8400 instead of a Q6600. And I want to get an x38 mobo so i can have full dual 16x graphics (and not be tied to just nVidia), but cant afford an x48. Also I plan to get either a single GTX260 or HD4870 (same price now here in England) and buy another one down the line when i have some more money.
But should I get a P5E or a P5E3 based mobo. basically, DDR2 1066 or DDR3 1333? I thought it was best to get the RAM and CPU FSB at the same speed, so am thinking DDR3 to match the E8400's FSB. Also get me a little bit of future proofing. But does the matching FSB's make that much differences. and does the higher latency of DDR3 make it worse than DDR2?
(plus who thinks the HD4870 is better then gettin a GTX260)
By default means you don't make changes to bios, but you can. That's what we overclockers do. At least, set the ram to specs. It should run at the rated speed. You might have to use a ratio on an intel-chipset mobo such as 1:2 = 666 x 2 = 1333mhz for ram.