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* Help * needed on P45 Motherboard (Asus or Gigabyte)

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December 22, 2008 5:39:13 PM

Hi. I am currently building a new *Gaming* machine, and considering which motherboard I should get. I have already purchased GTX 260 and I don't think I will need 2 cards because I am only running 1440x900 --> so intel chipset is good. I am considering getting Q6600 and overclock it to 3.2-3.5 (if possible). I will really appreciate if all of you professionals could answer a few questions of mine.

(1) I am considering P45 board for its price and over-clockability (if there is such word). I am also only gonna use 1 video card, so I am really gonna need one PCIe2.0x16 slot. Do I really need an extra x8 slot on some of P45 boards?

(2) Right now, I am considering either one of those: (a) GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R - 115 AR, (b) GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P - 100 AR FS, or (c) ASUS P5Q Pro - 115 AR. Do you guys have any preference or all of those are equally good?

Thank you so much for your help. I will actually ask another question regarding memory in another thread, but if you could, please tell me want you think too. (a) OCZ Reaper HPC 2x2gb 4-4-4-15 for 25 AR FS, or (b) CORSAIR XMS2 DHX 2x2gb 4-4-4-12 for 40 AR FS. Thanks
December 22, 2008 5:59:18 PM

I prefer Gigabyte, because in my experience they tend to be higher quality, and they also tend to overclock a tad better. But both asus and gigabyte are great choices for overclocking the p45.
December 22, 2008 6:02:00 PM

I too would say go with Gigabyte, I got sick of RMAs.
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December 22, 2008 8:41:22 PM

December 22, 2008 8:57:53 PM

Yes go with the GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P. I have this board and it works better than my ASUS P5K Pro board. The only thing with the GIGABYTE board is that the front audio cable for your case will block a PCI Express x1 slot, there is no power LED to the board.
December 22, 2008 9:01:08 PM

I own the asus p5q pro and the ocz memory . Never had a problem with either . Nice price on that memory after mib .
December 22, 2008 9:02:26 PM

I'm running P5Q Pro with Mushkin Redline RAM. If you want the ASUS equivalent with only 1 video slot, then it's P5Q (which is also a tad cheaper, depending on where you get it).

You've nailed down the top choices for the usual P45 suspects. If you want 16 phase power on the mobo, then consider Asus P5Q Deluxe or Maximus II Formula.

Your listed Corsair memory is great. Consider also Mushkin or G.Skill.
December 22, 2008 9:06:21 PM

i vote for gigabyte.
December 23, 2008 1:12:25 AM

I, too, vote for Gigabyte.
December 23, 2008 1:19:29 AM

Either of the two Giga's should work fine.
December 23, 2008 2:14:53 AM

i have ASUS p45 board, not the P5Q Pro though. (i have P5Q deluxe). Its pretty solid, i can hit 3.8ghz prime stable on air cooling with q6600.
December 23, 2008 11:13:38 PM

Thank you so much for your input. It seems like all those boards are great choices. I am just gonna see if there is any good deal around and get either one. THanks!