I'm looking to build a new computer. It'll be strictly for gaming so I'm designing it around the E8500 (going to overclock it as much as I can, and wait for Nehalem to drive down quadcore prices before I get quadcore which doesn't help much in games anyhow). So with the processor in mind for an upgrade to quadcore in about 12 months, I want to get a decent motherboard. Price is a limit, so I don't want an X48. I do want PCI-E 2.0 though, and the capability of DDR3. That leaves me with the X38 chipset (I think).
However, DDR3 isn't a good investment for me right now. It looks like the nVidia motherboards have cheap PCI-E 2.0 support and, whilst I don't see myself wanting to use Radeon cards in Crossfire instead of nVidia cards in SLI, I can't find a motherboard that is X38, SLI and takes DDR2 and DDR3.
I've been looking at the Asus Maximus Extreme as the motherboard solution. It's apparently good for overclocking, stable, and the X48 boards have lowered the price. Here's where I'm confused: the Asus site lists it as DDR3 complaint (link
). However under the Intel X38 Chipset heading it says it can support DDR2 800/667. I wanted to get OCZ 2x2gb
RAM which looked good for overclocking, but it's 1066.
So, the question is ... will the motherboard support that RAM? If not will it support other DDR2 RAM or am I misinterpreting the X38 chipset blurb?
Are there any X38 proper PCI-E 2.0 SLI motherboards out there that overclock well, support DDR2 and DDR3, and that won't break the bank?