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August 2, 2009 5:31:25 PM

My goal: I'm building a rig that will start off using a E5200 Wolfdale with 4GB DDR2 RAM.

In a year or two I plan to OC the CPU to 3.5GHZ+. Should I get better cooling for this? For ex:

Eventually, as a last push, I plan to replace the CPU with a good quad core. For this I will need a mobo that will support the E5200 Wolfdale and support overclocking as much as possible.

I'd like to avoid changing mobo's so it will have to support a quad core as well. Unless of course, it is advisable to simply get a cheap E5200 mobo now and then when I switch to quad core, get a cheap quad core mobo in the future.

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August 2, 2009 9:26:25 PM

If you won't overclock it now, then you don't yet need that noisy HSF. For overclocking, you could buy a Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P or GA-EP45-UD3R. Most motherboards support Quad Core CPUs.
August 3, 2009 3:22:10 AM

Which one will allow for the best overclock?
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August 3, 2009 3:57:58 AM

The P45 supports either DDR2 or DDR3 memory. Once again, official support is limited to JEDEC approved memory speeds up to DDR2-800 or DDR3-1066. Unofficial memory support by the manufactures is available for speeds up to DDR2-1366 and DDR3-2000 depending on the supplier. Gigabyte claims support for DDR2-1366+ on this board and we were able to hit DDR2-1300 with a less than impressive memory kit.

I will be using

CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-8500C5 - Retail RAM. Will this RAM fit either EP45-UD3R / EP45-UD3P?

I also found another board $40.00 cheaper. The EP45-UD3L.

Basically lookin' at the EP45 UD3L, UD3R and UD3P. Can you tell me the main diff? I checked the specs and they all run socket 775, Core 2 Duo / Extreme and Quad, DDR2 1066 RAM.

Edit: Holy ***, just noticed the EP45-UD3P supports P4! Does this mean I could still use my old school P4 3.0Ghz HT cpu? =) =)