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HELP need advice on which mobo to get?

By gnrspecialties
Feb 15, 2008
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  1. I have searched and searched for a motherboard comparison of all options on the net with no luck i am building a new computer to replace my existing and with the new technology im dumbfounded i am computer savvy but want to know the ins and outs and whats best for the buck anyone? help me please the only thing i have right now is the coolermaster 830 stacker which is an awesome case i want ddr3 sli capable
  2. Bruce2

    Bruce2 Newcomer, in training Posts: 117

    Here is the advice I gave a couple of thread down; just in case you missed:


    What's your budget? What level of PC are you aiming to make? (High end gaming, mid-range work/gaming or budget PC) What kind of games?

    The best thing I can recommend is to check out and follow the guides on sites like www.tomshardware.com or www.anandtech.com or from gaming magazines. All of those do their "best gaming PC", often in different price brackets.

    Look at the brands and chipsets that they recommend. You tend to see the same brands and configurations, so this is the best way for a newbie to dip their feet in.

    Alternatively - look at the configurations of some online vendors (NOT big names like Dell etc that use their own components, but ones that use off-the-shelf components) and use those as a guide.

    The reason I'm not recommending anything specific for the moment is that people have a lot of their own personal favourites. These may not necessarily the best components for your budget or needs.
  3. gnrspecialties

    gnrspecialties Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    motherboard

    I am buying piece by piece I have a cooler master stacker 830 awesome case i built my last one about 4 years ago and realize i need to catch up with technology I use the computer for karaoke and music with my dj service so a great board with media in mind am purchasing a seperate sound card from esi but i want to get a great board and work around the mb ddr3 is a def and room to grow ?
  4. gnrspecialties

    gnrspecialties Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    motherboard

    and i was wondering running sli 8600 gts xxx video cards dual is this just as good as the 8800 gtx ?
  5. AYTRIX-TEC

    AYTRIX-TEC Newcomer, in training Posts: 65

    I would get an 8800GTS for SLI. as for a motherboard if you MUST have DDR3 then i recommend the following.

    Asus Maximus Extreme, iX38,
    S 775, PCI-E (x16), DDR3 1066/1333/1600/1800, SATA II, SATA RAID, ATX. however this board has crossfire and not SLI.

    hope this helps

    James
  6. Mekaonija

    Mekaonija TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 129

    No the 8800 GTX would murder SLi 8600 Gts.

    Even an 8800 GT can out preform SLi 8600 GT's for about the same price.
  7. Bruce2

    Bruce2 Newcomer, in training Posts: 117

    For your application, computing power, ram and sound card seem to be the priority. One 8600gt is way beyond you need, not mentioning SLi. I would invest in the best sound card out there and other audio equipment.
  8. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,284   +24

    Get a good sound card, like the Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS and a cheap, fast CPU like a Core 2 Duo E4500 along with a similar mobo like the the Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L and you'd be good to go. Onboard graphics should be more than enough for you IMO. DDR3 is not a good idea unless you're into OCing or need extreme performance benefits, which I don't think you do. Cheap DDR2 is easy to come by and a 2GB kit can be had for less than $50 easily.
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