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Old 03-23-2007, 07:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I need some help off people in deciding which mobo to choose for my build - i will primarily be using it as a gaming rig and with overclocking in mind.

So far the components ive fixed on are:
C2D E6600
Sapphire ATi radeon 512mb graphics card
G.Skill ram 2GB NQ Series
Corsair 620W HX series
Barracuda ES 500GB 16MB 7200RPM

The boards i have been looking at are made by ASUS, i just want to know which out of the selection they think is best for my build please.

ASUS P5B
ASUS P5B-P
ASUS P5B-E plus
ASUS P5B-V
ASUS P5B Deluxe
ASUS P5W DH Deluxe

Can someone also please explain to me the ASUS idea of this fanless design with stack cool and heat pipes??
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Old 03-23-2007, 07:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Don't limit yourself to Asus but out of all of those I love the P5B-E
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Old 03-23-2007, 07:34 PM   #3 (permalink)
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i understand there are mobos from makers like gigabyte DS3 and DS4 for example and i suppose i could use one of those but what are the advantages of using these over asus because i really dont know.
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The DS3 isnt as good as the P5B-E alltogether becuase it doesn't support RAID 5 or so. Still they both OC very well.
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Old 03-23-2007, 09:30 PM   #5 (permalink)
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What about the DS4 is that better than the P5B-E?? And is there any point in getting a P5B-E Plus when comparing it to a DS4 or DS3?
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I don't hear of the DS4 that much really. I don't think it's worth it to get the Plus. The P5B-E is an awesome board and overclocks awesome and has all sorts of cool features. It's an overall better board than the DS3 but of coarse about 25 bucks more as well.
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Old 03-24-2007, 07:34 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Well looks like the ASUS P5B-E will be the board for me maybe. As the plus looks like overkill and the DS4 is more expensive but has similar features.
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Old 03-29-2007, 10:51 PM   #8 (permalink)
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The asus heat pipes are supposed to capture the heat as it comes off the core and carry it through to the pipe and dissepate it, sorta like a heat sink. Not sure how effective it is tho...
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