G31 vs P45 chipset

Hi all,

1) I need to decide between three Mobo: Asus P5KPL-CM (chipset G31), Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3L (chipset P45) and MSI P45C Neo-FIR (chipset P45).
Which one is the better chocie?

I'm posting a link to the intel comparison between the two chipsets: P45 and G31 (I doesn't see a big difference betqeen them - maybe someone can explain).

http://compare.intel.com/pcc/showchart.aspx?mmID=34470,30686&familyID=10&culture=en-US


2) The POint of view nVIDIA Geforce 9300GS 512MB PCIe - it's a good choice?

Thx,
misi
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  1. 1) the P45 chipset can handle crossfire, and more sata devices, usb devices etc. and the G31 is for uATX boards.

    2) no, unless you only watch SD video and don't play any games whatsoever.
  2. 1. Avoid MSI rubbish, go with the Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3L, although the ASUS P5KPL-CM is a great cheap motherboard

    2. for basics the 9300GS is a good card, but not for gaming
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    Go with the Gigabyte.

    2. Its no good, the 9300. Its mainly used as an integrated chipset. Why not a 9600GT? If its too pricey, a 4650 will do. 4670 is $60
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    2. Its no good, the 9300. Its mainly used as an integrated chipset. Why not a 9600GT? If its too pricey, a 4650 will do. 4670 is $60


    What about Gigabyte nVIDIA 9400GT 512Mb or ZOTAC nViDIA 9500GT 512MB (+40$)?
  5. As you can see by the comparison chart, the P45 is a performance board that supports more memory, DDR3, and more USB ports. With the new X58 boards on the market, you could probably find a Gigabyte P45 board for a low price. For the video card, upgrade to a 9600GT, low price and enough GPU for most applications and video. ZOTAC is a good brand, I have one and it has worked well.
  6. what are you using it for, if it's for gaming the lowest gpu you'll want is a 4670 or 9600gt.
  7. Yeah, like I said in my previous post, why not get the 9600GT or a 4670? Why are you intent upon 9300,9400? You get GDDR3 with 9600GT which is a major advantage over the DDR2 9500GT. The 9600GT outperforms the 9500GT by quite a margin. Like HW 98 said, what are you using it for?
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    Like HW 98 said, what are you using it for?

    It's for basic using - video, surfing and somes games (but it's not the prior use).
  9. yeah 4670 then since it has HDCP and will perform better when outputting blu-ray.
  10. again, go with the gigabyte and a better video card. check out this month's charts...

    http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/radeon-geforce-gtx,review-31554-6.html

    you can see how low down it is. What are you looking to spend in the graphics card?
  11. He just said video. @ OP, do you use blu-rays or just DVDs? Either way, 4670 is the way to go.
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