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E8400 need a new mobo, advice much appreciated

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September 16, 2009 1:44:02 AM

I have a decent system, but unfortunately my mobo sux. Its an Intel, so I cannot OC the bios at all. When my last PC died I was in a pickle and needed to get it up and running that day, so I went with what the local PC shop had on the shelves.

Im going to be purchasing a new mobo soon and a decent cooler (air) so I can get a hefty OC on the proc.

Im looking for advice, mobo brand / after market cooler. (nothing too crazy I dont feel like spending as much on a mobo as I did my GTX285)

But info is much appreciated. Also whats a realistic goal for OC'ing an E8400 for daily gaming and use?

Thank you kindly~ my system is below:

E8400 C2D 3.0Ghz
DDR2 800Mhz RAM
GTX285
OCZ600SXS PSU



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September 16, 2009 2:08:10 AM

Gigabyte makes the EP45 UD3L atx board which is highly recommended by several posters. MSI makes the G45M-FD if you need a micro atx board for your case. Both are $94.99 with free shipping at newegg. I use an asrock p45 ts-r which is about $20 cheaper but doesn't overclock as well.
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September 16, 2009 2:09:34 AM

I've used this board with an E and a Q. It has gotten excellent reviews (check Anandtech eg), OC's well. While use of OC software isn't recommended, ET6 (included software) gave me a 1-click OC from 3.0 to 3.6GHz if I recall correctly.

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $115 after $20 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Not SLI compatible, Crossfire only.
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September 16, 2009 11:02:55 AM

3L - 6 SATA ports, 1 PCI-e X16 socket - $95
3P - 8 SATA sockets, 2 PCI-e X16 sockets (physical) that change to 2 X8 sockets when both are used - normally $135.

I have one of each. Both good motherboards.
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September 16, 2009 2:20:13 PM

Im eyenig the GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard

What a realistic OC on a E8400 with this mobo.

How does it fair with a STOCK cooler and an Aftermarket?


Appreciate the responses very much!!
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September 16, 2009 7:56:43 PM

*bump* :hello: 
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September 17, 2009 12:39:00 AM

Thank you kindly for the response, and link.
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