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getting new motherboard - which one?!?

Pinchy

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#1
ok, im sick of my current foxconn mobo and its lack of OC'ing so ive decided to upgrade :D;)...but there are so many choices :p

Ok firstly, im sticking with socket 478, i havent got too much $$$, so im not gonna upgrade my CPU, and i dnt need PCIe, cus ive got my X800 :D

well limitations: the only thing is price, i dont really want to go over AUS$100, but i *may* manage to squeeze in $150, depending on how much extra im getting for the $50 extra. I also dont mind new or used, as long as if its used, there isnt anything wrong with it.

Oh and i NEED sataII with it, another reason im upgrading this foxconn is that i just bought a 250GIG sataII, and it dusnt have sata on it :(...so i dnt want 100 bucks going to waste. i dont really care about RAID, cus i dnt know wat it is :p

yea also, one with some nice OC'ing potential :)...i havent got all these coolers for nothing :p

Im looking at the i875p chipset, cus thats really good :).

I like the gigabyte boards, like the Gigabyte GA-8KNXP, cus of the 6 DIMM sockets for RAM and the DPS, and all the cool features, but i hear the ASUS and ABIT boards in the same league are better overclockers.

so yea, any suggestions are welcomed and appreciated :D

Cheers :toast:
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To tell you the truth, you wont be able to get any of the highend 478skt mobo. they dont make them any more, and no one sells them any more. best chance is ebay (actually found the g/b mobo) but most of the sellers dont ship out to aust. (maybe you can make a special request). but you can get the asus P4P800-E Deluxe and maybe the abit ic7, but your best chance is the asus.
 

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#3
oh i can get either the gigabyte/asus/abit boards from australian ebay, most people around here still have their 478 boards, and are only starting to sell em now. i just wanna know which is the best of the three :p
 

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#4
asus is good and so is the abit so pick from those just whichever is cheaper
 

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so not the gigabyte one?
 

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ive read the asus one has better benchies...

although i like th g/b one cus of the 6 dimms :D
 

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the abit is supposed to oc better and runmore stable
 
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I think you already sold your self on Gigabyte Blue, and that's not bad. I do not have a lot of experience with Overclocking them. I do have a 754 at 2.55 which is OK and seemed easy to do and I might have gone further if I had better cooling for long term, but I keep it at the same clock 24/7.

I do have more experience with Abit's Bios interface and think it to be the best Bios interface period. ASUS is convoluted at times I think and I have one for my main rig, good board, weak sister Bios.

Still I would not go for Bios alone, Gigabyte has some quality, and I had occasion to test the customer support and it was very good compared to most that are very crappy, ASUS included.
 

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i guess each of the boards have their ups and downs.

should i just go for the board i can get the cheapest?
 
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ABIT IC7 beats all Socket 478 boards hands down...

ABIT = great for overclocking and stable

ASUS 800 series ( 865 PE and 848 ) worst boards ASUS ever been made....

Gigabyte GA IP1000PRO good board but lack of overclocking options and tweaks..

Go ABIT Go...
 
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i guess each of the boards have their ups and downs.

should i just go for the board i can get the cheapest?
That's a plan, as good as any other.. I do think you would be best with one you like then you are not second guessing yourself. ....You got what you wanted.
 
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Still..I would recomend ABIT..

with 2~5 $ price diffrence you can get THE BEST O.C-ing board..