1. Welcome to TechPowerUp Forums, Guest! Please check out our forum guidelines for info related to our community.

Best bang for buck?

Discussion in 'Motherboards & Memory' started by Scott1, Apr 7, 2008.

  1. Scott1

    Scott1 New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2008
    Messages:
    126 (0.06/day)
    Thanks Received:
    5
    Location:
    IL
    alright, me again, not im looking at mobos.

    i want cheap ones but are very powerful also.
    "More bang for your buck"


    im interested in:

    ASUS P5N-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

    GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX All Solid Capacitor Intel Motherboard - Retail
    only $90 but only 1 PCI-E 16X slot

    ABIT IP35-E LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail


    any ideas on a cheap gaming mobo.
  2. ShadowFold

    ShadowFold New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2007
    Messages:
    16,919 (7.07/day)
    Thanks Received:
    1,644
    Location:
    Omaha, NE
  3. Cold Storm

    Cold Storm Battosai

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2007
    Messages:
    15,014 (6.08/day)
    Thanks Received:
    2,999
    Location:
    In a library somewhere on this earth
    The best bang for a cheap buck is DFI Blood Iron. It only has one PCI E slot also, but I'm in love with it! Can hit 550 on 6 multi. and I'm working on the 10 multi with my q6700. I wouldn't tell a soul not to buy this board!
  4. cdawall where the hell are my stars

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2006
    Messages:
    20,648 (7.10/day)
    Thanks Received:
    2,971
    Location:
    some AF base
    the dfi or foxconn both are really good mobos
  5. farlex85

    farlex85 New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2007
    Messages:
    4,830 (1.82/day)
    Thanks Received:
    638
    I don't know gigabyte has been good to me, you might of just had a bad luck of the draw there. I think the ds3l is solid there. The abit is also good, as is the blood iron. I wouldn't plan on doing cf with a p35, as that second x4 slot will slow ya down. Bang for the buck crossfire and the more expensive x38 wins hands down.
  6. Scott1

    Scott1 New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2008
    Messages:
    126 (0.06/day)
    Thanks Received:
    5
    Location:
    IL
    im going with quadcore and SLI later on

    not crossfire.
  7. philbrown23

    philbrown23 New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2007
    Messages:
    1,231 (0.51/day)
    Thanks Received:
    147
    Location:
    vermont
    X38 Ftw!!!!
  8. cdawall where the hell are my stars

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2006
    Messages:
    20,648 (7.10/day)
    Thanks Received:
    2,971
    Location:
    some AF base
    the 790i boards are really expensive and only take ddr3...i don;t want to try and change your views but price to performance the 3870x2 or 3850x2 will destroy 9800GX2 (price to performance wise)
  9. farlex85

    farlex85 New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2007
    Messages:
    4,830 (1.82/day)
    Thanks Received:
    638
    Well......I don't think p35s work on sli, if they do you'll need 3rd party drivers, or maybe drivers in the future would allow, but I wouldn't count on it working well. And again with the x4 even if the drivers were perfect you'd be wasting a lot of money on that second card (especially if its a dual card).

    If your doing that, a 680i or 750i is the way to go most likely. If you can live w/o sli, p35.

    And yea I agree, a gx2 is just not worth it. x2 would be the way to go if you want dual (most likely ati will get the quad sli thing worked out before nvidia too).
  10. Scott1

    Scott1 New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2008
    Messages:
    126 (0.06/day)
    Thanks Received:
    5
    Location:
    IL
    any comments on the Asus?
  11. farlex85

    farlex85 New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2007
    Messages:
    4,830 (1.82/day)
    Thanks Received:
    638
    Don't do 650i, their chipsets don't play nice with the higher fsbs, which you will want so you don't choke your vcs. Get at least 680i, but I would go for the 750i.
  12. farlex85

    farlex85 New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2007
    Messages:
    4,830 (1.82/day)
    Thanks Received:
    638
  13. Scott1

    Scott1 New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2008
    Messages:
    126 (0.06/day)
    Thanks Received:
    5
    Location:
    IL
    well so far im going with farlex's unless there is a cheaper one that is better.
  14. ShadowFold

    ShadowFold New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2007
    Messages:
    16,919 (7.07/day)
    Thanks Received:
    1,644
    Location:
    Omaha, NE
    Well all I know is im avoiding Gigabyte unless its the only option or if its really cheap.

    I would go with that if you want to do SLi but I would pick up the Foxconn I linked and go with Crossfire ;)
  15. Paulieg

    Paulieg The Mad Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2007
    Messages:
    11,912 (4.41/day)
    Thanks Received:
    2,978
    Location:
    Wherever I can find the iron.
  16. Scott1

    Scott1 New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2008
    Messages:
    126 (0.06/day)
    Thanks Received:
    5
    Location:
    IL
    ill let you know im only on a $1000 budget.
  17. MKmods Case Mod Guru

    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2008
    Messages:
    5,697 (2.45/day)
    Thanks Received:
    1,748
    Location:
    Nevada
  18. Deusxmachina

    Deusxmachina New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2008
    Messages:
    526 (0.22/day)
    Thanks Received:
    55
    For non-SLI, it's hard to beat the IP35-e when it's often $65 after rebate and has a six-month track record. Something like the Blood Iron costs literally twice as much.

    I don't know if the gigabyte boards are still plagued with the 450fsb bug, so that might be something to consider.

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guest)

Share This Page