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Can't Decide the Mobo: Asus vs Gigabyte!

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May 25, 2009 4:44:02 PM

General system parts is here:

GPU: HD 4870 521MB
CPU: E8400
Memory: OCZ Reaper 2×2 1066Mhz


But I can't decide the mobo. Asus and Gigabyte again. Two big mobo-creator.
For this system,

Asus P5Q PRO P45, Gigabyte EP45-DS3L P45 or Gigabyte EP45C-DS3R P45 ??

Which should I take???

NOTE: No CrossFire and No Overclocking!
May 25, 2009 5:04:37 PM

These are all fine boards. I would make sure each has the features I want and then buy the one that is the least expensive.
a b V Motherboard
May 25, 2009 5:07:06 PM

If no crossfire and no overclocking: DS3L and ddr2 800 ram instead of 1066
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May 25, 2009 5:29:16 PM

MaDMagik said:
If no crossfire and no overclocking: DS3L and ddr2 800 ram instead of 1066


Why 800Mhz instead of 1066??

And one more thing;

DS3L is supporting DDR2 but DS3R is supporting DDR2 and DDR3 that is an advantage?
a b V Motherboard
May 25, 2009 11:59:40 PM

Why 800 instead of 1066? It was just a suggestion,it really should depend what you want/need

1066s are basically good quality 800s that will overclock to 1066. Yep, and you have to do it yourself as the mobo will set them up as 800s(as thats what they really are). Also the difference in performance will not even be noticable, unless you run some specific memory benchmarks. In everyday use you wont see any difference.

So:

If you dont care about that and the price premium(around 20% where i live) on them than go with those reapers.
Especially if somewhere in the back of your mind you do consider some CPU overclocking at a point in future(and most people end up doing it anyway :) 

If you do care - go with CL5 800s, they will do just as fine

As for ddr3 on that platform - forget it, theres no advantage at all. Plus that mobo only has 2 slots for ddr3 so i dont see a point. And personally i stay away from all "hybrid" solutions. Go with ds3l or ud3l.
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