I'm having an extremely hard time finding the perfect motherboard. I intend to use this system for gaming and multimedia.
- LGA 775: Planning to put in a Q6600 (I already have it)
- P45 NB (I prolly wont have crossfire but leaving that option open for a 22" widescreen) (x48 is TOO expensive for me)
- Looking for 8 pin CPU power source, 24 pin MOBO power source (not too sure but I think utilizing all pins will help in the OC?) (PSU I already have supports it)
Need to spend less than $200 on it which really limits me!
I plan to OC (good passive cooling/pipes for NB/SB) so I need an unlocked BIOS with good customer support.
With that said, I've been looking on newegg and I haven't found one that is substantially better. I don't really care about brand of MOBO, but rest assured that a good mobo with the listed specs will not be manufactured from lets say ECS or Foxconn (nothing I have against these brands)..
I would GREATLY appreciate your help. Looking to buy from newegg (I receive items in 1 day!!!)
On the x48 chipset, looks like the DFI DK X48 is lowest at 220 w/ 10 shipping + tax (has better ratings and greater savings than the MSI)
On the x38 chipset, looks like the DFI DK x38 T2RB is lowest at 175 w/ 10 shipping + tax (not a fan of DDR2/DDR3 supported MOBO's)
Compared with Asus P5Q-E at 160 w/ FREE shipping + tax (but running p45 chipset)
I can help out here. Compare the P5Q Pro with the P5Q -E. Look at the pics closely. Note the areas around the CPU especially. This is why you get better voltage options and a beefier BIOS in the -E and higher boards.
The -E is the more serious OC board, and has a few other features as well. It's about the best choice in your price range... but there is also a Gigabyte board that is just slightly more, with some nice features.
I had my P5Q -E up to 533 FSB, and I think it might have been stable there if it had not been for the bad RAM... that was on air too.