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    Well, seeing as how it'll be the first thing upgraded in my system, I'm looking for some options . . .

    I'll be keeping the P4 until I can afford a Core 2 or otherwise, so I'm looking for a mobo that will support the FSB rating of the Core 2's, but one that I can continue to use my P4 for the time being . . .

    I'd like support for upto 4GB RAM, has excellent hardware monitoring capabilities, and a versatile BIOS that I can adjust settings with, and not mATX architecture. . .

    Preferably at least 2 PCIe x16 slots as I will be planning on crossfire in the distant future


    trying to keep my budget between $150 and $250, but I might be willing to consider a more expensive board - will also be getting a better CPU cooler, too - so feel free to throw some LGA775 recommendations there also, maybe even a cooler that will work with a future liquid cooling system (when I do that upgrade later, later on).
     
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    yeah, I'm sure it's the 775 - the Intel mobo currently in my rig only supports the LGA775 socket. That ain't a dumb question, though, we all know Intel's CPU line up is about as bloated as the yearly Federal Budget. :D
     
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    ga-n680sli-dq6
    it is going down in price, and will keep you going for ages while you upgrade
     
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    Asus p5k, Gigabyte Ds3 or a ABIT ab9pro
     
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    thanks for the recomendations so far . . . I'll check 'em out!

    Anyone else is still free to throw in their two cents!
     
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    Abit IP35 Pro or AW9D Max. Both are awesome boards, use solid state capacitors, are MUCH cheaper than any 680i board and overclock just as well.
     
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    Since you want to keep your P4 you would be fine with an Asus i965P based board like P5B Deluxe.
    I really can't recommend Gigabytes.
    I hate my DS4. It's simply fubared-out-of-the-box. :shadedshu
    P35 chipset doesn't support Netburst.
    It's Core2 only.
     
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    P4s are crap, and with C2Ds being so cheap (especially E2160s) Its a practical choice to save a smidge longer and pick a low end C2D up as well. Just doing a quick search I found a E2160 for £47, cheap as chips.
     
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    680i SLi mobos are pretty good
     
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    Very expensive though. They really dont offer much over the 975 or P35 chipsets. The extra £80 or so I'd spend on a 680i I would much rather buy a 2GB kit of DDR-2 800 geil black dragon
     
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    GA-965P-DS3 is a great board from Gigabyte. Its a brilliant overclocker for the core duos :)
     
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    Its not exactly the best board anymore, for very little extra the 975 or P35 chipsets offer better futureproofing and crossfire support, and as in the AW9D Max case, SLi support through modded drivers too.
     
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    last week they were particularly cheap...
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    sold out straight away though, but not before i ordered one for a friend:D
     
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    Crunching for Team TPU
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    Blimey.. may as well be giving them away at that!
     
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    yeah, not looking to 'keep-keep' the P4 - I'm sure it will end up back in my current board should I build up a media center rig - it's great for that IMHO, but for gaming and all . . . meh


    honestly, I'm looking for something wiht the 1333 FSB out the box, as I may shoot for a quad core - sure it might be a ton more expensive, but I wouldn't have to worry about upgrading the proc for 3-4 years (I'd hope!)


    . . . see, I'm hoping that a board with a much higher FSB than what I currently have, and better tweakability in the BIOS might allow for me to get by OC this P4 until I could afford the new proc - especially if I go the C2Q route

    still taking all this in, though - lots of good advice so far, I apopreciate it!!
     
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    and they overclock great :D
     
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    that brings up a question for me, then . . .

    Are there any compatibility issues between a mobo with an nVidia chipset and using an ATi GPU? I know an ATi chipset works flwalessly with an ATi card, just wondering . . .

    doesn't look that bad of a card, but specs claim onboard audio to be X-Fi - yet the topside pic of the mobo still has crabs :wtf: unless, the pic is outdated . . .


    Oh, BTW y'all, I've tried thanking everyone who's recommend a board or offered advice - but everytime I thi the 'thanks' button, it just signs me out of TPU :confused:
     
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    while we're still talking socket 775's here . . . I'm going to be buying a performance air cooler for the 775, one that I will swap over once I do upgrade to a true multicore proc. Currently, the two I'm looking at are:

    Zalman cooler
    Thermaltake cooler

    I'm kinda leaning towards the Thermaltake, simply because it uses 4 retaining pins as compared to the 2 used with the Zalman - but I'm not a big fan of those push-pin type fasteners, either. That, and I think the Thermal looks nicer, but that's just aesthetics. Thermal is quite a bit bigger, though . . .

    Any opinions?
     
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    zalmans a better cooler
     
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    I've heard as much before, too . . . has anyone tried this Zalman cooler, though?

    I guess I'm just a tick worried that only two fasteners for that much weight on a cooler hanging sideways might be of some concern at some point, y'know?
     

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