Hello everyone i am new here and hopefully i will be here for a long time, i am looking for a good motherboard to fit my new E5200 Dual Core CPU. This is going to be my second build, my primary use for this PC will be gaming and i am still in search for parts etc.
Games i will be playing will be Left 4 Dead, DoD Source, and many MMORPGs. I am on a budget, but if its needed i may get it. the reason i picked a e5200 is because it seems like a better bang for the buck.
A graphics card can be suggested too, i am looking for one that i can stay with for a long time.
I'd go with Gigabyte on this one. It's tried and tested and you're guaranteed to get a nice big OC out of the cpu. I'd go for the GA-EP35-DS3L or the GA-EP43-DS3L unless you want to go big, so get the p45 version. I've reached so far 3,83Ghz OC perfectly stable on my EP43 and I still haven't messed with the memory or NB voltages or the GPU. There's great potential in this chip.
Well, I have a Gigabyte matx board that's really nice. Your better off with the Asus board though. I would have gotten Asus but they didn't have a matx board with voltage control in my price range. They only have really good one that cost a lot.
The gigabyte board I have costed me $53 dollars to get to 3.9 ghz. If you want to try it out it's really good, but read up on the features to make sure it has everything you want/need.
Yeah, the Gigabyte matx board is totally worth it. I wouldn't spend much money for a board and that cpu. Not necessary, and it's a perfect board really. As long it has everything you want, then it's really nice. Although, just one thing kind of got to me. It only supports two fans, one for your cpu and one for you case. So, if your running more then one system fan, you need a splitter like this. You could plug it into your power supply, but then it runs at full speed.
Why get the EP35?? For 2-3 dollars more, you can get the EP43 which is basically the same but has the much better ICH10 instead of 9. The max fsb is 1600 which is more than enough for a good OC and it supports ddr2 up to 1200 OC which is enough. Plus it has all solid capacitors and it's designed to use all the new power saving options for the new 45nm CPUs.