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ASUS P5Q3 Motherboard, or?

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March 8, 2009 11:10:34 PM

I've been doing a ton of research on motherboards looking to upgrade my older Intel D655PERL/Pentium 3. I've decided I don't want to spend the money on i7 just yet, mainly because I can't find an i7 motherboard that supports legacy gear that I want to transfer, so I'm looking at DDR3 boards, and finally focussing on one, the ASUS P5Q3. I was going to choose Intel's E8400 CPU. Any reason not to choose this board/CPU combo? (Although it was one drawback for me, only 2 PCI slots...so I'll have to dump my fax/modem....)

I'm NOT a gamer/pc'er, just want a very FAST, very RELIABLE system.

I could use a graphics card recommendation too....

FWIW: These are my legacy components I want to transfer to the new board:

Floppy Drive (Still need it for my RAID card)
Sony R/W DVD (IDE)
PCI 1: Sound card (need its analog audio out for my external amplifier)
PCI 2: Fax/Modem
PCI 3: Raid card

I did post this in the "Homebuilt" section too....

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August 12, 2009 10:01:34 PM

Bare Bones here, but, ECS Elitegroup has solid boards - like the 945GCT-M/1333 which contains good Video, good LAN, good Audio, SATA, USB. Throw your Floppy and DVD in to a chassis and run with this $35 board. This is now slightly old, so you may find a better deal. I realize this is an old post, but maybe I could help.
August 13, 2009 8:31:21 AM

DaveF1953 said:
Bare Bones here, but, ECS Elitegroup has solid boards - like the 945GCT-M/1333 which contains good Video, good LAN, good Audio, SATA, USB. Throw your Floppy and DVD in to a chassis and run with this $35 board. This is now slightly old, so you may find a better deal. I realize this is an old post, but maybe I could help.




thanks for your reply. I finally decided to go with a Gigabyte X58 i7 board, the EX58-UD3R. The cost differential was not all that significant to me after I priced everything out. It's been fast and reliable and I have been happy with my choice. Well, with one exception - the gigabyte board has only 2 PCI slots, one less than I wanted, so I don't have my PCI RAID card installed. I know the mb has a RAID array, but I didn't configure it -- (and I have reason to regret not doing so).
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