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
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.