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  1. beyond_amusia

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    Okay, my mobo went out today and I need some advice on what to get. The board must be able to run DDR 800 RAM 4 GB or more (4+ slots), a Pentium D 925, have 3 or more PCE slots, a PCIe x16 slot, tons of USB ports, firewire, and have atleast one PATA. It must also be under $100 and be geared towards gaming. Long shot, but I figured you guys would be great at helping me track down a good board. ^_^
     
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    Gigabyte UD3 boards are probably a good place to start looking.... UD3R?
     
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    I dunno what number qualifies for "tons of USB ports"... well, first board that comes to mind spontaniously is the P5B Premium by Asus
     
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    asus p5k [not SE, anything normal or better]
     
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    The GigaByte GA-EP45-DS3L is also a good and cheap solution.
     
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    Well based on your needs I would go with a 775 board with the 650/680/850 chipset. The 650 and 680i's are right at $100 and support everything you want. The 750 is $30 more but is a better chipset with more upgrade options.

    Personally I wanted the XFX 680i when it came out. It's $99 at Tiger Direct:
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3839553&CatId=2541
    They also have the XFX 750 for $99 so I would personally go with that:
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4316659&csid=_27

    Personaly I just sold a P45(waaaaaay better) for $100 so I would look for a good used one here. Maybe even throw up a WTB thread and you'll definitely get a better bang for your buck.

    Lastly is SLI a must? Will you have multiple graphics cards? That can make all the difference.
     
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    Npe, SLI and Crossfire are not an issue atm.
     
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    asus p5k has crossfire, no SLI, extremely good performance, FSB 600mhz on air.
     
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    ^^^fact
     
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    Last time i checked the Blood Iron line of mainboards had many issues.....
     
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    I owned 2 Blood Iron boards, and both overclocked well, and were stable as a rock.
     
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    Well a quick google should provide countless links with overclocking issues and more.
    Either case i know people with Blood Iron mainboards and they wish they had bought something else.
     
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    oh yeah, aside from 600mhz fsb on air, you can also count on the p5k being around 50 bux used.

    blood iron, i almost got one of those.... REALLY almost, couple dollars cheaper on the p5k saved me tho yay
     
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    That "quick google" would show true for most low end enthusiast boards, especially Asus. It's the nature of that particular market. Manufacturers try to fit a lot of performance on the cheap, so you often have some QA issues, so it's hit or miss.
     
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    True, this may be the case for every low end model, but considering you pay a bit more for the DFI name which stands for Overclocking you would expect it to have less problems than other low end mainboards but it doesn't.

    Personally i think that a ASUS or a Gigabyte mainboard are the best solutions when talking about low end ( and high but that depends ).
     
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    Well, we all have our favorites and personal experience. Up until my Maximus Formula, I had nothing but problems with low-mid enthusiast boards from Asus. I had to RMA two of them w/in a month of ownership, including a "Black Pearl".
     
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    Well i never did have a low end ASUS, only high ends. But i did have many DS4 / DQ6 models by Gigabyte and although mid / high end they were all winners.
     
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    my last board was Asus and had a lot of isses, like, if i bumped a cable in the read of the tower, it'd instantly reboot, so sometimes, the Realtek thing would say i am plugging and unplugging audio cables for 5 minutes non stop... I think I will avoid them (another Asus I had... the onboard NIC died after 3 days of use).

    EDIT: I am sitting at the bar looking at these suggestions. ty. ^_^
     
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    If your sitting at a bar, then drink up :toast:
     
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    I am trying - waiting for my friends to get me a beer, lmao.
     
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    hmmm... I think I will get Asus after al... the ASUS P5Q SE PLUS - it's a good deal, I feel... If it's rotten, I will RMA.
     

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