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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-07-2007, 12:14 PM Thread Starter
 
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Mother Boards

Yup, I know I'm asking alot of questions about PC's lately, but it's been a while since I built mine, so out of touch with it all, I've got most of it nailed down apart from motherboard choice.

I'm going to use an Intel E6600 processor and want an Intel chipset.

I had my eyes set on the 975X chipsets, being the highest there. So I was going to get an Asus P5W DH Delux, but I see it only supports 3 SATA drives, when I need 4.

So the next best thing I can see is an Asus P5B with the P965 chipset, will take 6 SATA drives and as a bonus, alot more USB ports. It doesn't have all the features of the other board, but then I guess that was alot of features I probably wouldn't use.

So, I'm not sure of the differences in these chipsets and what they can offer me. Any advice and pointers? Thanks.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-08-2007, 02:10 AM
 
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Re: Mother Boards

I'm not up-to-date on computer hardware (been about a year and a half since I last built mine), but I defintely think you should stay with ASUS boards. Solid products...
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-09-2007, 03:43 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Mother Boards

Yeah, too right, some of the best boards I've used are Asus.

Just been looking at them again, and the P5B doesn't have any provision for firewire, so I've got my eyes on the P5B-E-Plus, which has 6 SATA connections, 10 USB and firewire at the back, plus provision for another firewire socket. I need firewire for my Motu interface.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-09-2007, 03:47 PM
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Re: Mother Boards

Like Wade, it's been a while since I kept up to date with computer hardware, but I have used DFI boards for the past few years, mainly because their overclocking potential is great. Even if not overclocking, they make top quality products.
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Like Wade, it's been a while since I kept up to date with computer hardware, but I have used DFI boards for the past few years, mainly because their overclocking potential is great. Even if not overclocking, they make top quality products.
Yep, when I built my machine, it was down between the ASUS A8N-SLI Premium or the DFI NF4 Ultra-D...

I ultimately chose ASUS, as I was able to get it cheaper than the DFI.

Either way, both are great. The DFI's are extremely good overclockers though , if that's your thing. I'm still able to get an extra 400MHz out of my 3700+ San Diego on the ASUS, though, using a Thermalright XP-90 heatsink.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-09-2007, 08:09 PM
 
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Re: Mother Boards

for all your computer needs http://www.tomshardware.com/ there are charts of mobo's and all different goodies. They have many chipset reviews and everything. It helped me buy my comp
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