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April 1, 2009 2:56:57 AM

I was about to go with a Gigabyte GA-P31-DS3L, however andyKCIUK informs me that this board isn't very good. I'm a bit dissappointed since this board got such good reviews at another site.

can anyone suggest a good mobo for me?
Please bear with me though as I'm on a very tight budget.

also, I'm not from the north america so I may have trouble finding some boards that y'all would suggest.
keep them coming though, and I'll try my best to find your suggestions at local stores.

if anyone cares, this is how my setup is looking.

Spoiler


Intel Pentium E5200
Cooler Master Hyper TX2 or Xigmatek HDT-S963 or nothing and just run on stock speeds if I'm really overbudget
Gigabyte P31-DS3L
Kingston DDR2 800 [Dual Channel] 2GB*2 or 2GB*1 if I go overbudget
Radeon HD 4830 1GB or 512MB if I go overbudget



I appreciate any help

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April 1, 2009 4:43:44 AM

ASUS P5QL PRO
BIOSTAR TForce TP43D2A7
GIGABYTE GA-EP43-UD3L
MSI P43 Neo3-F
a b V Motherboard
April 1, 2009 5:02:46 AM

If you read andyKCIUK's own thread, he obviously has little knowledge of how to OC. He was asking RJR for help on how to OC that mobo. He did have the E7200 up to 3.6Ghz. He was just playing with the PCIE freq, causing the mobo to crash and reset. Not everyone on here has extensive knowledge, so be careful who you listen to.

That being said, depending on your budget, I'd recommend one of these boards:

GIGABYTE GA-G31M-ES2L - $53
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-EP43-UD3L - $85
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS P5QL PRO - $87
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R - $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P - $115
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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a b V Motherboard
April 1, 2009 5:06:59 AM

Well am not sure about P31 board though...
But this board
Gigabyte G31 EG31M-S2L is the best low budget option for the E5200...

and +1 for the above suggestion if you can spare more cash...
April 1, 2009 5:38:11 AM

thanks everyone.
I could just get 2GB*1 RAM and/or a 512 4830 to get the ASUS P5QL PRO. Would that be a sound decision?

I should also be able to find the Gigabyte G31 EG31M-S2L


skimming some online stores, here's a couple more boards that fit my budget

foxconn P35AX-S
http://www.foxconnchannel.com/product/Motherboards/deta...

and
emaxx EMX-P43
http://www.emaxxtech.com/products.php?id=17

aside from being available to me and within my budget, they also have eSATA ports for portable HDDs
a b V Motherboard
April 1, 2009 5:56:45 AM

I would not recommend either of those boards, specially if you're thinking of OC'ng the cpu

Maybe these are better questions:
What is your budget?
What hardware do you need?
What hardware do you have and plan to keep?
What are the main uses of the PC?
April 1, 2009 8:48:10 AM

aford10 said:
I would not recommend either of those boards, specially if you're thinking of OC'ng the cpu

Maybe these are better questions:
What is your budget?
What hardware do you need?
What hardware do you have and plan to keep?
What are the main uses of the PC?


I'm trying as much as possible to emulate the 500 or 625 USD gaming rig. I'm hoping prices have dropped and could get the components as cheap as possible.

I'd be needing almost everything except HDD and possibly the CD writer if I'm over my budget.

I'm hoping to make a gaming PC.
April 1, 2009 10:38:04 AM

*sigh*
It's annoying that you guys give such great suggestions but either I can't find them here or are ridiculously priced.
i'm just gonna go with stock speeds on everything and just 2GB RAM. If I could haggle it from the vendor maybe an additional 2GB of RAM

my current setup:



CPU Intel Pentium E5200
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper TX2 < may not get if I run at stock speeds
Motherboard ASUS P5QL PRO
RAM Kingston DDR2 800 [Dual Channel] < either 2GB*1 or 2GB*2, depending on how much I can haggle
Graphics Radeon HD 4830 1GB < if I can find a 512 I'll probably go with that in invest in more RAM
Optical Lite-On 20X DVD±R SATA < whatever



just in case the p5ql is out of stock, would the p5k-se ( http://www.asus.com/Product.aspx?P_ID=I2f2e2yHI0XF2Vf9 ) be a good backup motherboard to buy?
a c 148 V Motherboard
April 1, 2009 1:25:40 PM

If you've decided to go with stock, you aren't going to like the E5200, which is a dog at stock. See if you can at least move up to an E7400.
April 1, 2009 1:46:34 PM

if I do, would the ASUS P5QL PRO be a sufficient board?

guess I'll not eat for a week or something. Should be easy with WoW or something :D 


EDIT:
A friend also suggeted this board GA-EP43-US3L with the Intel E7400 Processor.

a b V Motherboard
April 1, 2009 3:34:32 PM

Here is a build that runs $565. It's much better than the E5200 build range your looking at. The E8400 is better by leaps and bounds at stock speeds. The total price is well within your price range, so there is some wiggle room. You said you have a HD and cd drive. Do you have a DVD drive? If not you may want to add that for ~$25.

mobo - 115
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

E8400 - 165
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

4G DDR2 800 RAM - 60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video card 4850 - 120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - 55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case - 50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
April 1, 2009 4:34:29 PM

aford10 said:
Here is a build that runs $565. It's much better than the E5200 build range your looking at. The E8400 is better by leaps and bounds at stock speeds. The total price is well within your price range, so there is some wiggle room. You said you have a HD and cd drive. Do you have a DVD drive? If not you may want to add that for ~$25.

mobo - 115
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

E8400 - 165
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

4G DDR2 800 RAM - 60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video card 4850 - 120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - 55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case - 50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


the e7400 and the new mobo is actually already straining me too much that I might just go AMD, here's the link to my new thread more appropriately placed in another section. I would be running everything on stock at first then when I have more moolah or would need more power, I'd be OCing.

since I'm not from the US, prices are a little higher in my neck of the woods. So let's just say that my actual budget is 400USD instead of 500/625.
I blame import taxes <_<
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