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Any recommendations for a new motherboard?

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January 16, 2009 1:07:56 AM

Hi

I'm going to order a new motherboard in a few days, but I haven't really decided on anything specific yet..

It has to fit with these components (that I already own):

RAM: Corsair XMS2 Dominator 2 x 2 GB
CPU: Core 2 Quad Q9500 8 MB (Intel Boxed)
GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX280 (I've heard, and experienced, that this model can't fit in some MBs - something to be aware of)
HDs: 2 x SATA HD (2x120 GB)
... and, of course, a dvd-reader/burner.


I'd primarily be using this system for gaming, and I'm willing to pay for a "upper-range" MB - but feel free to mention several MB, so I have options.


Thanks!

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a b V Motherboard
January 16, 2009 1:30:12 AM

Do you want to add a second GTX 280 later? How about a third?

If one card is enough, something like GA-EP45-UD3R.
For two, eVGA 750i.
For three, eVGA 780i.
a b V Motherboard
January 16, 2009 1:33:50 AM

BTW, here are the PSU recommendations for systems with 2 or 3 GTX 280 cards:
http://www.slizone.com/object/slizone_build_psu.html


I think your 120GB disks will bottleneck the system. What model are they? Recent 640GB disks from WD and Seagate are twice as fast as the WD 120GB disks I used to have in my previous PC.

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January 16, 2009 2:19:07 AM

Another one to add to aevm's list is the asus p5q pro, but that gigabyte board is a very nice board.
January 16, 2009 7:03:32 AM

Thanks for the answers!

Yeah, my HDs are pretty old, and I am going to replace them - next month, if everything goes as planned.

A single GTX 280 is probably enough for me. I will look into the other boards though - If they're not much more expensive, I might just buy one, just to be on the safe side.
January 16, 2009 7:25:25 AM

If you're willing to pay for "upper range", then Asus P5Q-E is excellent as well--a bit better than the Pro.
a b V Motherboard
January 16, 2009 12:48:14 PM

True, the P5Q-E is very good stuff. That being said, it's a bit weird to combine P5Q Pro or P5Q-E (both Crossfire boards) with a GTX 280. If you want to keep the multi-GPU option you'd need a P5Q Pro/P5Q-E/GA-EP45-UD3P with a HD 4870 1GB (or similar), or a 750i/780i motherboard with a GTX 280. That is, Crossfire MB +ATI card or SLI MB+nVidia card.
January 16, 2009 7:12:04 PM

Thanks for the advice mates - I'll look into it, and post again if any questions pop up.
January 16, 2009 8:32:36 PM

Quote:
GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX280 (I've heard, and experienced, that this model can't fit in some MBs - something to be aware of)


The GTX280 will fit in any standard PCIe x16 slot. However, it's the small cases that do not allow this. Said card is ten and a half inches long (10.5).
January 16, 2009 11:47:43 PM

pcgamer12 said:
Quote:
GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX280 (I've heard, and experienced, that this model can't fit in some MBs - something to be aware of)


The GTX280 will fit in any standard PCIe x16 slot. However, it's the small cases that do not allow this. Said card is ten and a half inches long (10.5).



Yeah, like I said, I've experienced it myself. That was on a ASUS P5Q Deluxe MB - I'm not 100% certain that it was the cause of some problems I had, but there's no need to risk it - better just buy one with plenty of room!
a b V Motherboard
January 17, 2009 4:47:20 AM

If you're cheap enough to re-use RAM, then you'll probably want a high-value motherboard. The ASRock P45XE is packed with features for $95.
January 17, 2009 7:02:53 AM

Duly noted - although my RAM is only a few months old and haven't been used more than a few days (long story...).
January 17, 2009 10:52:59 AM

aevm said:
True, the P5Q-E is very good stuff. That being said, it's a bit weird to combine P5Q Pro or P5Q-E (both Crossfire boards) with a GTX 280. If you want to keep the multi-GPU option you'd need a P5Q Pro/P5Q-E/GA-EP45-UD3P with a HD 4870 1GB (or similar), or a 750i/780i motherboard with a GTX 280. That is, Crossfire MB +ATI card or SLI MB+nVidia card.

+1 to aevm

However, if you're content to use just 1 GTX 280 and upgrade with single video cards all the way, it doesn't hurt to use P45 "Crossfire capable" mobos. In that case, a good mobo is a good mobo.
January 17, 2009 3:06:14 PM

Are you overclocking? If you are don´t go with a 750i motherboard, the low FSB (usually 1333 MHz) will not let you go very far with a Q9500 CPU because it uses 1333 MHz FSB at stock speed, look for a motherboard with support to 1600 MHz FSB, if you are overclocking that is.
a b V Motherboard
January 17, 2009 7:30:08 PM

^ True that if OCing. Get a 780i. Or may be get a P45 board if planing to run only single GPU. Or may be you might be able to sell the 280 and get a P45 and a 4850/4870 so you can CrossFire.