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February 22, 2011 10:06:49 PM

Hello.


I'm currently in this situation: I am going to buy a GTX 560Ti GPU. I have ATM. the Intel Core2, QUAD 2,33Ghz CPU.
To avoid bottleneck, I'm going to Overclock my CPU. I cannot do this atm. Since I'm using a 650i SLi mobo.
So I searched for a new Motherboard, and found this one: Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3LR


Now my question

Is there a motherboard I can purchase that works better than the Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3LR but cheaper - or slightly more expensive, but much better?

Better: I'm thinking OC wise - I'm aiming for 3Ghz +/- on the Quad 8200 2,33 Ghz. With COOLER MASTER HYPER 212 PLUS as aftermarket cooler.

Also, I'm currently using DDR2 800Mhz ram. Will I need to buy new ones, and if so.. Which?
I read RAM are affected by CPU OC. And as mine are DDR2 and 800mhz, it might be time for an upgrade in the RAM department also?

Help much appreciated!
February 22, 2011 10:11:21 PM

1. not yet, not until mar - april
2. not sure shop on new egg, tiger direct or ebay
2a. U will definitely need new ram. Research the Mobo spec for QVL list to see what ram is available for that mobo.
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February 22, 2011 10:42:21 PM

Just to be clear:

Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3LR Is an excellent option?

Any recommendations for new RAM?
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February 23, 2011 12:09:34 AM

What do you mean by it's a stretch? :o 

I'm also currently looking at this one: ASUS P5E Deluxe Ai any comments?
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February 23, 2011 12:19:16 AM

Meaning calling any LGA 775 motherboard "Excellant" is a stretch as they are EOL and don't compete with modern boards. It is still a good board but just not excellent by today's standards... IMO
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