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Gaming rig, help with mobo pls

Discussion in 'System Builder's Advice' started by ushy86, Aug 22, 2008.

  1. ushy86 New Member

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    Hey guys, so I'm here for my friend and we have selected parts for his $800-900 budget gaming rig. We picked out most of the parts easily but are having trouble with a not too expensive crossfire asus mobo, can you guys help us out... hoping to find one $120 max Canadian
    Anyways here's the rest of the rig:

    Psu - OCZ GameXStream 600W SLI ATX 12V Ver 2.2 Power Supply (Retail Box) $94.99 ($30.00 CAD Mail in Rebate)

    Hard Drive - 500GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 SATAII-300 7200RPM 32Mb OEM $79.99

    Gpu - Asus® Radeon EAH4850/HTDI/512M - Radeon™ HD4850 VPU w/ 512Mb DDR3& PCI Express 2.0 (Retail Box) $214.99 ($30.00 usd Mail in Rebate)

    Cpu - Intel® Core™2 Duo E8400, 3.00-GHz @ 1333Mhz w/ 6Mb Cache (Socket 775) (Retail Box) w/ Heat Sink & Fan $179.99

    Ram - OCZ 2Gb PC2-6400 DDR2 Dual Channel Reaper HPC Edition (OCZ2RPR8002GK) $79.99)$35.00 CND Mail in Rebate)

    Mobo -?

    Case - Antec® Nine Hundred Ultimate Gamer Case, Black $109.99

    Thanks a lot ahead of time !
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    Does it definitely have to be Asus and $120 or cheaper? If yes, look into the P5K (Pro). If not, then take a peak at the Foxconn P35A. Have fun building!

    http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=30025&vpn=P5K/EPU&manufacture=ASUS

    http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=24917&vpn=P35A&manufacture=Foxconn Group

    If you dont mind putting in an extra $20-30 go with what freakshow linked. Its a nice board, if not heres a few that would probably be just as good

    http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=31276&vpn=TP45 HP&manufacture=BIOSTAR

    http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=30495&vpn=GA-EP45-DS3R&manufacture=Gigabyte
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    P5Q Pro is pretty cool, but consider getting the P5Q-E is not too different. Sure, it only has 2 PCIEs that can reach x16 but three of those is just plain overkill in a budget perspective. Get the P5Q-E, just to save a couple of extra bucks. As for anything else, the 1200 case is a bit overkill for your setup as despite its size it doesn't even support E-ATX for futureproofing. That case is for hardcore builders who have tons of drives for media, get at least a 300 case as the only difference between the 900 is that it has no window, no LED fans, and instead of a 140mm top fan its a 120mm fan. The difference isn't far for half the price so go for that to save money. However, if you wanna go futureproof or hardcore, consider investing in a full tower case like the CosmoS or Lian-Li towers, those seem good for their price believe me. however, I recommend you to not get your motherboard and CPU just yet as CPUs with 1366 sockets are rolling out in September to replace the 775 sockets. Sure, the x58 motherboards may depress you but wait for the P55 or P53 motherboards.
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    thanks for the replies guys, is the p5q pro the same as this one http://www.pccanada.com/viewitem.asp?id=7895 ? If not does this one support crossfire ? And while I am here, how does the rest of the setup look like ? thanks...:)
    And btw we are picking up orders from instore so ncix or online shopping is not in our interest
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    Nope, the sales are different for NCIXUS, they suck. Check the sale page for Canadian's, we get some wicked Newegg-like deals up here:rockout:

    That mobo is the P5Q, it is not the P5Q-Pro, the Pro is a much better board. The non-pro does not have Crossfire.

    Edit: You would get the board I linked above for the same amount, shipping is only $8...and you will get it in 1-2 Days.
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    alright, thank you guys. We are going to have to alter some things on his build, he really doesn't want to push that budget. :laugh:
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    You are very welcome ushy. :)
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    I am surprised that this hasn't been mentioned, with the newer PCI-E cards, the Antec 900 can get a little tight depending on how you set it up. Also the case is know to get very dusty and has poor cable management. Not to say it is a bad case (I have one and I like it), just making sure you know everything you can about every product you buy.
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    The original P5Q does not support Xfire since it only has one PCIE slot, not even Hybrid Crossfire. If you are not looking forward to Crossfire, purchase this to save money. If you don't have that many drivers to put in your PC, like at least three optical drives, get the P5QPL-E to save a little more money. It's features are very similar to the P5Q except that it has the P43 chipset, more PCI slots than PCIE x1 slots, and 2 chassis fan connectors instead of 3. It's performance is barely anything to worry about as its pretty much just as good as the rest of the P5Q series in just about any game title. Again, I recommended waiting for CPUs with the LGA1366 sockets instead of rushing for one with an LGA775 socket. Trust me, the performance from these new CPUs will be something to regret for if you buy your parts right now.
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    ASUS P5Q Pro ATX LGA775 P45 DDR2 2PCI-E16 Crossfire 3PCI-E1 2PCI SATA2 Sound GBLAN eSATA Motherboard $158.54
    Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Dual Core Processor LGA775 3.16GHZ Wolfdale 1333FSB 6MB Retail $230.28
    Corsair XMS2 TWIN2X2048-6400C4 2GB 2X1GB PC2-6400 DDR2-800 CL 4-4-4-12 240PIN Dual Channel Memory $74.99
    Antec Nine Hundred Mid Tower Gamer Case 900 ATX 9 Drive Bay No PS Top USB2.0 1394 Audio $106.05
    Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 500GB SATA2 3GB/S 7200RPM 16MB Cache NCQ Hard Drive OEM $87.15
    OCZ StealthXStream 600W ATX12V 20/24PIN Active PFC ATX Power Supply 120MM Fan Black $79.99
    ASUS Radeon HD 4850 512MB GDDR3 PCI-E 2XDVI-I Video Card This item is warranted by the product manufacturer only. $227.79

    Check to delete an item YOUR TOTAL $964.79
    Shipping and final tax calculation will be calculated at checkout
    ALL PRICES QUOTED IN CANADIAN FUNDS
    Total Shipping Weight: 54.3 lbs

    Price is right about $900 CAD after rebates not inclucding shipping though.

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