Recommend me a motherboard v.coreduo

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  1. Neuman

    Neuman New Member

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    Core 2 Duo E6400
    Corsair XMS 2 gigs (2x1gig)
    GeForce 7600GT
    Seagate 320 gig SATA drive

    Looking for a motherboard under $200. 680i chipset looks nice. Not a gamer, don't need something that overclocks to the exxxtreme! just looking for something that won't take a lot of fooling around with to get it to boot up the first time, and will be something i can put future upgrades into (see quadcore, etc).

    Thanks for any input!
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    well....is there older chipsets that are still highly recommended? im tossed back and forth about 680i because on one hand it's the newest....seems to have solid capabilities...and should last for a while. on the other hand i've heard a lot of complaints about the SATA support, and having to flash the bios to newest/bata versions to have it run best. *shrugs*

    on newegg i cant find a decent board that has a 5 star review. any of the newer stuff in my price range gets really good reviews but then has several people complaining about it, DOA, whatever.
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Do you plan on doing SLI at any point? If not, it gives you some great options. The Intel 965 chipset is excellent.
    I went with a micro-atx Intel board that has solid as a rock stability.

    It's the media series BOXDG965OTMKR, and it has everything but the kitchen sink on it,
    including 8 channel audio and support for Dolby Home Theater and also onboard firewire.

    They're $130 at zipzoomfly.com and unless you need extra pci slots or want to do SLI, it will do everything.

    And as extra slots go, it's not so bad.
    It has a pci express x 1 slot and two normal pci slots.


    Now if you want to overclock, that changes the picture a bit.
    Intel boards aren't known for being good at overclocking. Although
    I read about a highend 975 board that does pretty good.

    Other than that though, there's decent boards form Abit, Asus, DFI, eVga, Gigabyte, Intel, and Msi just off the top of my head.

    A lot depends on how much you would like to spend, but I would highly recommend the 965 chipset.
     
  5. Arya Stark

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    You can get MSI 965 Platinum for roughly $135 or MSI 975x for around $165 Platinum Power Up, both boards have great reviews from tomshardware.com.

    I personally am going with eVGA 680i board even though many consumers are having problems with them and hopefully I won't :x:
     
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    I went with an Asus p5b deluxe and it's been perfect. Some of the reviews say they got dead MOBOs but theres always a few bad ones it seems in most MOBOs. It's a good board though, has tons PCI slots and is SLI ready, it's around $190.

    Just make sure you get correct ram that either has the recommended timings or is on their quality assurance list. I had no problem with the bios and its a good board if u want to overclock.

    Only negative thing I found was the onboard sound is shit, I had to throw down $30 on a good 7.1 soundcard without all the other gimmicks, it had 5 stars on newegg and was good for sound, which is all I needed.
     

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