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post #1 of 5 Old 09-16-2008, 07:33 AM - Thread Starter
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I am really struggeling with which motherboard to get.

I will be using a seperate video card(8800GTS)
and a seperate soundcard (X-Fi Fatality)
it also needs room for a TV tuner card

socket 775 for a Q9550
support for 8gb ram

be able to o/c the CPU to around 3.4ghz with as little heat as possible

and of course, mATX

preferable sockets are:
1x pci-e 16x (must have)
1x pci (must have)
2x pci-e x1-2


my main question is, for my needs is G45 worth it? and if so which board is best? Asus, Gigabyte or Intel.

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A couple of people are complaining of the black screen problem with the combination GeForce card+G45 mb (ASUS P5Q-EM and Intel DG45ID). See this post. GIGABYTE G45 mb may not suffer from this problem because its PCIe x16 slot is connected to the SB and works only at PCIe 1.1 x4. The Intel board completely lacks OC options in BIOS.

Which 8800 GTS card, the older 320/640MB model or the newer 512MB model? As this occupies two slots, only two slots are left, possilby one PCIe x1 slot and one PCI slot. Possible choices are

- ASUS P5Q-EM (hopefully you don't see a black screen)
- DFI LANPARTY JR P45-T2RS
- One of the upcoming GeForce 9300/9400 mbs (September 23rd; ASUS, GIGABYTE, MSI etc.)
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thanks do you know if the P45 has suffered any similar problems (ie the DFI LANPARTY JR P45-T2RS)?

it is the 512mb ocupying 2 slots, hence the pci-ex1 (1 or 2 slots) 2 slots will just allow me future flexability when I change my card

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I haven't heard any problem with JR P45-T2RS.
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thanks guys, looks like that'll be my board unless anyone else has more info

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