Which mobo should I go with???

Hi everyone...

I am building a new gaming rig and after quite a bit of study I have finally settled down with the following:

Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115036

SAPPHIRE 100270SR Radeon HD 4850 X2 2GB 512-bit (256-bit x 2)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102809

CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145214


Regarding the mobo, I thought I should go with a p45 chipset and now I cannot decide between the two below:

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128358

ASUS P5Q-E LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131296


Can anybody please shed me some light on how they are different and which one would be a good choice. I will be looking to overclock and crossfire to support gaming and multiple HD screens.

Thanks in advance!!!
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  1. Well general recommendation the Gigabyte...
  2. We always pay particular attention to the number and
    layout of expansion slots, because those issues are
    important to us, particularly for future expansion.

    The P5Q-E has three x16 mechanical slots, whereas
    that Gigabyte motherboard only as two.


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128358

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131296


    note under Newegg's specs for the ASUS motherboard:

    2 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots, support ATI CrossFireX technology, at x8 link
    (black at max. x8 link)
    1 x PCI Express x16 slot at max. x4 link(black)


    Personally, I much prefer 3 x16 PCI-E slots + 2 legacy PCI slots + 2 x1 PCI-E slots
    as the optimal layout for expansion slots on PCI-Express motherboards.


    You can also get "Ferrari performance for a Mustang price" from ASUS :)

    For example, with the ASUS motherboard, you can install twin video cards
    AND use a third x16 slot for a high-performance RAID controller.


    (stuff like that :)


    MRFS
  3. newbiegaMER said:
    Hi everyone...

    I am building a new gaming rig and after quite a bit of study I have finally settled down with the following:

    Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115036

    SAPPHIRE 100270SR Radeon HD 4850 X2 2GB 512-bit (256-bit x 2)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102809

    CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145214


    Regarding the mobo, I thought I should go with a p45 chipset and now I cannot decide between the two below:

    GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128358

    ASUS P5Q-E LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131296


    Can anybody please shed me some light on how they are different and which one would be a good choice. I will be looking to overclock and crossfire to support gaming and multiple HD screens.

    Thanks in advance!!!


    i would pick the asus
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