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Building a new system: is X38 the obvious choice?

Discussion in 'Motherboards & Memory' started by VroomBang, Mar 14, 2008.

  1. VroomBang New Member

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    Hi everyone,

    I'm thinking about building a new mid-level system.

    I wonder if there's any point in buying a motherboard based on the new X38 chipset (or X48 for that matter), and not sticking to the P35 released in June '07.

    As you guys know, the X38 comes with a native 1600MHz FSB, 1200MHz DDR2 or DDR3, and the PCI-E 2.0 standard - 2 PCI-Express slots @ x16 (5Gpbs). Since I don't intend to mount 2 graphic cards (Cross-Fire or SLI), is there any point in getting the latest X38 chipset?

    Some mainboards based on the P35 are reasonably priced (e.g. Asus P5K, Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3, Gigabyte GA-P35C-DS3R) and offer some decent specs:

    http://usa.asus.com/products.aspx?l1=3&l2=11&l3=534&l4=0&model=1637&modelmenu=1
    http://www.giga-byte.com/Products/Motherboard/Products_Spec.aspx?ProductID=2748
    http://www.giga-byte.com/Products/Motherboard/Products_Overview.aspx?ProductID=2749

    Any thoughts are welcome!
     
  2. JC316

    JC316 Knows what makes you tick

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    If you aren't going with a crossfire solution, then get the P35 board. They overclock very well. I use the DS3L and love it.
     
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    wait for P45 or x48.
     

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