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Motherboard for Q6600

Postposted on Sun Nov 04, 2007 9:11 am

Hey guys, I need a motherboard for this setup that I'm putting together for a mate. Would really appreciate some help/opinions. I wanna take that Q6600 to 3.2GHz at least. I don't wanna spend too much on a motherboard. Probably around $150AUD (Australia Dollars) max.

Thanks in advance to any replies!

(NOTE: All prices below are in Australian Dollars)


CPU
Intel Core 2 Duo Q6600 (4 x 2.4GHz) G0 STEPPING - $269.00 (OEM - NO FAN/HEATSINK)

CPU HEATSINK
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme - $70.00

CPU HEATSINK-FAN
Scythe 120mm S-FLEX Fluid Dynamic Bearing Quiet Fan 1600rpm (SFF21F) - $26.00

MOTHERBOARD
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RAM
Corsair 2GB DDR2 TWIN2X2048-6400 (2 x 1GB XMS2) - $106.00
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Postposted on Sun Nov 04, 2007 11:33 am

Man I feel like answering the same question 20 times for the past week. :o :P

Everyone should be required a lesson in Googlefu/phpBBSearchFu. :lol:

viewtopic.php?t=54149
viewtopic.php?t=54469
viewtopic.php?p=771765#771765 (same recommendations anyway)
viewtopic.php?t=54571 (Aus build)

http://www.dansdata.com/askdan00024.htm (not checking with your fellow Aussies? ;))
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Postposted on Sun Nov 04, 2007 1:32 pm

i'd say get the dfi blood iron p35-t2rl
i pushed it up to 3.2 on stock voltages. thats a fsb of 400. its running at 3.4 right now which is 425 fsb with mild voltage bumps. i can get into windows at 3.6 just fine, but i gotta start upping the voltages to get it prime stable. this board has never froze during bootup or windows, its never failed to post, i've never had to reset the cmos. rock solid. and its got the wickedest post logo ever. it says "blood iron" on a red background with blood dripping off it and what looks to be some .306+ rounds scattered on the ground :lol:

the other good choice in that price range would be the gigabyte p35. great board... if its not doa. my buddy is a techie at ncix and he says they have the highest doa rate of any manufacturer. my roomate and another friend both got doa boards as well. but once they got working boards, they're awsome oc'ers. all solid caps and what-not. when they work they get my vote. and they're a little more user friendly at the bios level.
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Postposted on Sun Nov 04, 2007 1:44 pm

Mr. Bamboo Head wrote:the other good choice in that price range would be the gigabyte p35. great board... if its not doa. my buddy is a techie at ncix and he says they have the highest doa rate of any manufacturer. my roomate and another friend both got doa boards as well. but once they got working boards, they're awsome oc'ers. all solid caps and what-not. when they work they get my vote. and they're a little more user friendly at the bios level.
The DS3* boards have very good feedbacks in various forums that this supposedly high DOA rate should have bubbled through them already. The newbie level at NCIX is the same if not worse than newegg. I wonder if people just did not know what they were doing and ending up returning their boards? Most of those "enthusiasts" seem to come from AMD platforms and have no clue what they need to do without checking forums like TR. 8)
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Postposted on Sun Nov 04, 2007 2:42 pm

Any midrange P35 based Gigabyte or ASUS board will easily allow overclock even beyond 3.2
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Postposted on Sun Nov 04, 2007 2:47 pm

Flying Fox wrote:The DS3* boards have very good feedbacks in various forums that this supposedly high DOA rate should have bubbled through them already. The newbie level at NCIX is the same if not worse than newegg. I wonder if people just did not know what they were doing and ending up returning their boards? Most of those "enthusiasts" seem to come from AMD platforms and have no clue what they need to do without checking forums like TR. 8)

my buddy at ncix said he personally has to pull apart at least one system a week that he's just built due to doa boards. the ds3's prolly dont get that many doa's anymore; my roomates was a year ago. but my other friend (crazybus!) just got a doa p35 at the beginning of september. they're great boards... but they have a much higher than average doa rate.
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Postposted on Sun Nov 04, 2007 5:48 pm

ChrisDTC wrote:Any midrange P35 based Gigabyte or ASUS board will easily allow overclock even beyond 3.2
It's probably more about the chip than the boards. Most P35 boards should have no trouble going to 400FSB and beyond.
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Postposted on Mon Nov 05, 2007 12:25 pm

Hey guys,

Thanks so much for all the replies!! Truly appreciate it!!

I've got me eye on this board:

http://au.asus.com/products.aspx?l1=3&l ... odelmenu=2

I can pick it up for $168AUD

What do you guys think?
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Postposted on Mon Nov 05, 2007 12:47 pm

cappa84 wrote:Hey guys,

Thanks so much for all the replies!! Truly appreciate it!!

I've got me eye on this board:

http://au.asus.com/products.aspx?l1=3&l ... odelmenu=2

I can pick it up for $168AUD

What do you guys think?
Do you need chipset RAID? Do you need CrossFire? I would think a vanilla P5K should be good enough?
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Postposted on Mon Nov 05, 2007 1:29 pm

Flying Fox wrote:Do you need chipset RAID? Do you need CrossFire? I would think a vanilla P5K should be good enough?


Nah, I don't need those things. It's just that it's only $30 more then the vanilla board...

Also, 'Conductive Polymer Capacitors' come in handy when overclocking...right? lol
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Postposted on Mon Nov 05, 2007 1:32 pm

cappa84 wrote:
Flying Fox wrote:Do you need chipset RAID? Do you need CrossFire? I would think a vanilla P5K should be good enough?


Nah, I don't need those things. It's just that it's only $30 more then the vanilla board...

Also, 'Conductive Polymer Capacitors' come in handy when overclocking...right? lol
Vanilla != bad. Check the specs. The P5K has the solid caps too.

Looks like this round all Asus P35 boards are with solid caps, for now.
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