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Old 11-19-2008, 11:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am looking for two good motherboards.

One for programming/work stuff and one for gaming.

I am used to dell but I did build a pc about 15 years ago.

In general I am thinking....

#1 work - Vista 64, DDR2, Raid 1, NVidia 9500 gt

#2 game - Vista 64, DDR2 or DDR3, Raid 0?, NVidia 9800 gt

Intel, Asus, or Something else?

Is the P45 chipset the right idea?

Any suggestions or ideas would be great.

Thanks,
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Old 11-20-2008, 03:25 AM   #2 (permalink)
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P45 is a good chipset and Intel cpu is best if overclocking (there motherboards are generally overpriced and bad at OC) if not then a couple of the AMDs come into the running. Want to go into detail about budget? size constraints? Are these two seperate pcs as they don't have to be...

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Old 11-20-2008, 12:42 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for the info.

I do prefer two pc's.

Just set up a Asus P5Q + Q9300 + 4gb DDR2 800.
Am I correct that this is kind of weak for gaming?

I am looking for a better mobo, cpu, & mem
combo for gaming for about $500-750.

Maybe I am clueless and a SLI board
with q9300 and DDR2 would be better.

Any ideas?
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Your clueless .

That would be great just add a decent graphics card like the 4870 (possibly a 4870x2) and you will gaming like the best of us. With a $750 budget you can get a decent gaming computer but adding a gpu to your current one would be much better performance.
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How about a gtx 260?
They are really marked down.

I do need two pc's but I could
build a slower one for work.
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e8400 or e8500 for gaming
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The Gtx 260 is ok but get the Evga 216 version if you want to go nvidia way. The 4870 is the best single gpu on the market. In a dual gpu environment (crossfire/ sli) nvidia 280's win if you go to Tom's Hardware: Hardware News, Tests and Reviews and look up the latest gpu charts it may help you decide

Btw ignore the last comment from third shift I think he just read the first post non of the details
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no I read it. Why a q9300?


edit: He wants two pc's so how is a q9300 good for gaming???
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Multi-threading is becoming more present in modern games and with a Q9300 its a 45nm so virtually the same as the E8400 in terms of manufacturing process therefore it should reach similar clocks (less 100-200mhz due to the heat from the extra cores).

"Just set up a Asus P5Q + Q9300 + 4gb DDR2 800"

He already owns it which would make it an ideal platform to add a gpu to and convert into a gaming pc. Coding and programming doesn't normally need such hardcore hardware as a gaming pc.

kbaird what OS are you running atm? what resolution is your monitor? do you have an aftermarket cpu fan?
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similar clocks? no. Its a quad. You'll need a good board and the low multi will not let that happen. 3.7 is about where it stops
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