Motherboard Questions & Help Me Find a Mobo

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Cunjo

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I've had the CPU and everything else picked out for a while. It was just the MoBo I was hung up on.

Black Cooler Master CM Stacker Full Tower w/ Side Window Mod, 4x 120mm fans, 1x 80mm fan, red cathodes, 3x 4-in-3 device modules
Corsair 620W PSU
Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe
Zalman 9700 LED CPU Cooler
Arctic Cooling MX-1 Thermal Compound
2 GB G.Skill DDR2 800
EVGA GeForce 8800GTS
4x WD Caviar 250GB SATA HDDs @ 7200RPM (RAID10)
Samsung DVD+-R/RW // CR-RW Drive
Creative Soundblaster Audigy SE 7.1
D-Link Wireless-G
ViewSonic OptiQuest 20.1" HD Widescreen LCD
Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard
Logitech MX518 Optical Gaming Mouse
Creative Inspire 90 Watt 7.1 Surround Sound Speaker System

Full list here:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersio...ble+Intel+nVIDIA+Gaming+System+-+RATE/COMMENT
 

Cunjo

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Ok...

Well, it's a nice MoBo. The optional northbridge fan isn't as loud as some say it is, but it also isn't very effective. It made almost no difference in temp whatsoever.

It only has TWO USB port connectors on the motherboard, which is one fewer than I need (since it only supports four extra USB ports, and my case has six). I'm still looking for a workaround for that.

The BIOS (v1.0) is a bit unwieldy, and while it does overclock pretty decently, the controls are a bit unintuitive, especially the core voltage, which seems to have little in common with the ACTUAL core voltage other than that raising the voltage in the BIOS makes it go up (though by how much is uncertain).

I got my Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Date/Batch# L709 A441 overclocked to 3200MHz (which is about the max for a 2007 C2D chip) on 1.392v with a Zalman 9700 air cooler, using the BIOS settings of 1423MHz FSB, 0.1125 cVolt, 711MHz RAM clock, timings 4-4-4-12. Stable when Orthos tested 12 hours.

It runs Super Pi 1M 19 iterations in 15 seconds flat using only one thread.
My current 2.2GHz ACPI P4 laptop by comparison takes 1 minute, 29 seconds.

Overall a nice board, but I don't recommend it if you have more than 4 case USB ports to plug in!
 

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It runs Super Pi 1M 19 iterations in 15 seconds flat using only one thread.
My current 2.2GHz ACPI P4 laptop by comparison takes 1 minute, 29 seconds.

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