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Troubles picking a motherboard for Core 2 duo

Posted: Thu Feb 15, 2007 2:41 pm
by dwarefy
Hey I'm new on this forum and after having bad answers from french forums I decided to try the english ones :P

So forgive me if my level of english isnt as good as what you can see normally but I'll try to be good.

I'm hesitating between 3 mobos wich are

Asus P5B Deluxe : Bundle seems quite interesting but I've read some audio problems, maybe it was on old version and now all is fixed, that I dunno

Gigabyte DS3 (forgot the complete name): Way more affordable than the P5b deluxe. The bundle seems straight and I read good reviews

MSI 965P Platinium: Same thoughts as Gigabyte's one :P

The price goes that way:

Asus 222$ CAN
Gigabyte 169$ CAN
MSI 173$ CAN

Thanks you


Posted: Thu Feb 15, 2007 2:43 pm
by dicecca112
Overclocking wise the Asus and Gigabyte would be best. I'm personally partial to ASUS, but Gigabyte OCs just as well. If you get the Gigabyte board be warry, that board does not like Micron D9xxx Ram. It will not boot

Posted: Thu Feb 15, 2007 2:52 pm
by dwarefy
Is Micron a kind of RAM manufacturer ?

'Cause I never heard of them

And what's are Asus and Gigabytes pro's and con's

And for the sound problem I've heard too much about ?

Posted: Thu Feb 15, 2007 3:23 pm
by dwarefy
Also what worth the MSI 965P platinium

'cause the bundle seems PRETTY interesting (usb bracket,round cable)

Equal as the DS3?

And I know there is 2 DS3 (rev 1 and 2) which one is better (I think latest loose a PCI port for a pci express one)

Posted: Thu Feb 15, 2007 5:59 pm
by Schwarz
Personnaly I went Asus.
I got myself a Asus Commando.
I do know for a fact that the P5B is a pretty crazy overclocker.
I didnt' try the gigabit one.
I would go for Asus or Gigabit.
MSI used to be good but I don't think much of the now.
The only board I had from MSI was an old board that was supposed to support AGP x8 back in the days and it never actually did :p
If you have the money get yourself a Commando board.
I have my Pentium D 805 2.66Ghz to 4.0Ghz right now.
Very nice board too.

Micron is a chip manifacturer.
They usualy make the memory chips on ram sticks.
D9s are my favorite.

Posted: Thu Feb 15, 2007 6:23 pm
by dwarefy
I have to agree this motherboard seems REALLY cool but I find it too expensive :S

If I want this card I'll need to change my CPU for a 6400 even a 6300 (I have a budget for my next config)

I need motherboards as good as the p5b deluxe

But no one answered me about the audio problem I've read about

Posted: Thu Feb 15, 2007 8:29 pm
by Schwarz
I personnally have friend that own P5Bs and they dont seem to be having sound problems.
But it is something I should look into...

BTW what is your current CPU ??

Are you planning to overclock ?

Posted: Fri Feb 16, 2007 3:36 am
by largon
I can personally recommend Gigabyte DS3/4.
P5B seems to be much more popular though...

Posted: Fri Feb 16, 2007 7:18 am
by dwarefy
My CPU is a old pentium 4 1.7 Ghz so I need to change my motherboard :P

When I speak about the P5b its the deluxe version right.

Largon you have the DS3?

I heard there is 3 revisions, the latest is the best no?

Posted: Fri Feb 16, 2007 7:22 am
by Zoogle
They've fixed most problems with D9 memory w/ the latest DS3 bios. People are not having problems hitting 500Mhz FSB with their D9s.

Posted: Fri Feb 16, 2007 7:38 am
by dwarefy

A other question

Are SATA optical drives faster than IDE one's?

And can I plug a front firewire on it? (cable from the case)

Posted: Fri Feb 16, 2007 7:58 am
by dwarefy
The asus p5b-e plus seems good too and cheaper than the p5b deluxe