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Discussion in 'Motherboards & Memory' started by xubidoo, May 25, 2008.

  1. xubidoo

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    hi im hoping some1 can recommend a decent budget board for my 2nd PC (see sig)

    i just bought a new gfx card for my main PC ,and id hoped to put my old G80 8800gts 320mb into it ,but the board in use currently is an AsRock and unforuntantly for some reason wont accept the 8800 properly :(

    so i thought i may as well by a new board that will make better use of the 8800.

    pls dont suggest Asus ,as i have had so much bad luck with them i'll never touch an Asus again.it needs to be reasonably cheap as its only a backup PC and doesnt need a top end board.if anyone has a suggestions for a budget/reliable board it would be great.

    preferably id like it to be £70 or under as i dont really want to spend a fortune on a backup machine.

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  2. quickie New Member

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    Have you looked at the Gigabyte P35-DS3L? I'm slightly bias since I own it, but read the reviews, it's actually a pretty nice budget board. I think a newer EP35-DS3L is being phased in, has some energy saving feature.

    Btw, have you updated the bios on ur Asrock to the lastest?
     
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    yes its on the latest version :( ,i did email Asrock and they said they tested a MSI 8800 320mb and it was fine,but mine isnt ,maybe cos its an OC version ive no idea.
    I was intending to get a new board anyway at some point to oc the cpu more,this problem has simply made me decided to do it earlier than originally planned.

    will take a look at that Gigabyte board,heard good thing about GB boards ,altho i was under the impression they were quite expensive.
     
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    Whats 70E in USD? like 140? You can get a DFI Blood Iron/Lanparty for that much. For a little cheaper look at ABIT's P35 boards they have really good reviews.
     
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    £70 could get you a decent board do you need or want a crossfire/sli board?
     
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    not bothered about sli/xfire at all tbh ,its for my single 8800gts thats sitting unused cos the asrock board i have doesnt want to play :)

    £70 = roughly $130 ish ? ,obviously if its cheaper then all the better,checked price of the mentioned Gigabyte and thast roughly around £60 ,so is a possible.
     
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    I wouldnt get the DS3L. Get a Blood Iron or ABIT.
     
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    oh ABIT i seen a few of those.

    dont buy from overclockers.net they are pricey ill try and find you a board on EBAY, ebay is fine if you use pay pal
     
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    Any particular reason why not ? they seem a ok board ?

    i already have an Abit IP35-E in my main PC ,but its kinda edging towards my limit ,was kinda hoping for something a little cheaper if poss.
     
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    Me and alot of other people have had DS3L's just die. Out of nowhere they just stop posting. Google it.
     
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    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/MSI-P6N-SLI-F...yZ108978QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
    MSI P6N SLI 8x NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI
    £39.99 + £10.01 for postage


    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/GIGABYTE-S-SE...yZ108978QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
    Gigabyte P35 chipset 1 pci ex, board revision 1.0
    £49.99 + £5.99 for shipping


    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/MSI-P6N-SLI-V...yZ108978QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
    MSI P6N 650i chipset runs at 8x in sli mode Version 2
    £49.99 + £7.99 shipping


    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/EVGA-NVIDIA-6...yZ108978QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
    EVGA 680i sli full 16x
    £55.95 + £6.01 shipping


    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/DFI-INF-Blood...yZ108978QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
    Blood iron P35 chipset single pci ex
    £61.95 + £14.95 shipping

    the p35 chipsets are good overclockers but id get the EVGA board since its a steal for full SLI
     
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    if ya want a cheap f off board that will just fit your E2160 and has a pci express slot i could find a ABIT or something

    is it a P35 chipset in general your looking for?
     
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    something that will OC well with my E2160 ,id like to get 3.0ghz out of it :)
    and ofc the reason im changing is so i can use my 8800gts 320mb

    P35 is fine ,anything newer will cost a lot more than im willing to spend.
     
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    My opinion goes to the Blood Iron, but I might be a touch biased!
     
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    thanks oli_ramsay ,decent price with good reviews ,is icurrently top of my list atm :)
    just wat im after really ,cheap,stable and oc well and my 8800 should be fine.


    the DFI does indeed look good but its a bit to expensive for wat im after really,as this is only for my 2nd PC.
     
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    if you want to get a good single slot board go for a blood iron because at the price of the msi board you can get a blood iron for about the same or a little more
     
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    Ive built 6 systems with the p35 ds3l in the last 2 months. I havent had any dead ones yet. Only drawback I can tell from the mobo is no raid. I was getting them for $90(us) and they were overclocking good. I wouldnt be a whole lot concerened about the brand of motherboard as long as its asus,gigabyte,msi,abit,or dfi. I would be concerened about chipset and it would be p35 or 965p. ALLEN
     
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    The MSI P35 Neo2 has RAID, Xfire (1 at 4x), heatpipe cooling, excellent overclocker, stable as hell, black PCB :p, 6 fan headers, reset CMOS button... It's basically a MSI P35 Platinum without the crazy rollerocast heatpipes. P.S. Might be a SLIGHTLY biased opinion as I love mine lol :D
     
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    If you look at my system specs, I got my e2160 to 3.0Ghz (333*9) without raising the stock voltage. But generally, those e2160 are good overclockers and 3Ghz should be a very reasonable goal. Any P35-based motherboard will get you there.

    And like Allen337, I havnt experienced any problems with the P35-DS3L. The board has moderate overclocking features, in keeping with the price.
     
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