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February 17, 2009 5:22:41 AM

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=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE 100270SR Radeon HD 4850 X2 2GB 512-bit (256-bit x 2)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...


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=N82E168...

ASUS P5Q-E LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


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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a b V Motherboard
February 17, 2009 5:45:43 AM

Well general recommendation the Gigabyte...
February 17, 2009 2:11:05 PM

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=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


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
February 17, 2009 8:55:19 PM

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=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE 100270SR Radeon HD 4850 X2 2GB 512-bit (256-bit x 2)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...


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=N82E168...

ASUS P5Q-E LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


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
!