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Need a New Mobo Please Help

By Skoalm1nt
Jan 11, 2010
  1. So i was looking at maybe upgrading to a ddr3 775 socket version mobo but don't wanna upgrade inless it will give my computer more power/and make it faster.
    I am currently looking at 3 mobo's

    First is the
    ASUS P5E3 PRO LGA 775 Intel X48 ATX Intel Motherboard

    Second is the
    GIGABYTE GA-EP45T-UD3LR LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard

    And Lastly
    GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard

    Either way im in need of new mobo/ram and was wondering if the CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Would be compatible with the first two mobo's.

    Please help me out as i need to put the order in today.
     
  2. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    Motherboards do not offer a performance increase of any sort. The CPU, RAM and GPU are the ones that matter the most. You would be better off saving up for an LGA 1156 motherboard and CPU along with that DDR3 RAM. You would get a big jump in performance IMO and it will be money well spent too.
     
  3. Skoalm1nt

    Skoalm1nt TS Rookie Topic Starter

    It would not work for my core 2 duo E8200 processor and i don't plan on upgrading my processor anytime soon as it hasn't failed on me yet.
     
  4. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    Then do not bother getting a new motherboard unless does not overclock as well as you would like, and if you will need SLI/Crossfire support in the future.
     
  5. Skoalm1nt

    Skoalm1nt TS Rookie Topic Starter

    why not bother as long as it's a upgrade?
     
  6. Skoalm1nt

    Skoalm1nt TS Rookie Topic Starter

    the ASUS P5E3 PRO LGA 775 Intel X48 ATX Intel Motherboard

    is looking pretty nice to me tho idk what do you think?
     
  7. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +9

    Some upgrades don't lead to any performance benefits, that's why.
     
  8. Skoalm1nt

    Skoalm1nt TS Rookie Topic Starter

    so buying this new mobo won't increase performance along with ram over my old lan party dk p35 series with 2 sticks of 1G ram.
     
  9. Tehoste

    Tehoste TS Member Posts: 56

    I've got the GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 and i really like it. I bought it for $180 Canadian. It's pretty easy to overclock with if you do that sort of thing.
     
  10. Skoalm1nt

    Skoalm1nt TS Rookie Topic Starter

    im looking to maybe upgrade to ddr3 tho would there be a drastic change or???
     
  11. Tehoste

    Tehoste TS Member Posts: 56

    I've had it for about 8 months after my dfi lan party died. I use 4x2gb crucial ballistix tracer. Faster/, i don't know. I didn't notice much of a speed difference with a new mobo
     
  12. Skoalm1nt

    Skoalm1nt TS Rookie Topic Starter

    my dfi lan party only allows 800 of ram which is not alot at all so i can't get good ram so im thinking of getting ASUS P5E3 PRO LGA 775 Intel X48 ATX Intel Motherboard and upgrading that with some ddr3 ram to make loading times faster.
     
  13. Tehoste

    Tehoste TS Member Posts: 56

    Asus makes really good boards. If you've got you're heart set on it you should get it. There may not be a drastic change in loading times. what kind of ram do you have now?
     
  14. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    Load times are helped more by a faster storage drive; consider buying an SSD to that end.

    DDR3 does not help performance much, if at all. (over DDR2 that is)
     
  15. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,258

    Going from the P35 chipset to X48 or P45 probably wouldn't net you much of a performance gain at all. If you plan on an overclocking and fine-tuning adventure then the Gigabyte boards are loads of fun. Can't speak of the Asus board as I've never even seen an P5E3 Pro, let alone used one-Although I seem to have sorted out a minor problem for a user of that board http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic141038.html If it's up for serious consideration it might be worthwhile sending josean777 a pm to find out their experiences with it.
     
  16. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +9

    @ Skoalm1nt - Consider what Rage advised earlier. Keep the money for the motherboard for now. Save up for a new processor like the Core i5 750. Then you'll be able to justify the expenditure. With your present setup, a new motherboard and DDR3 RAM will hardly provide any performance benefits.

    If you need a motherboard immediately, consider getting something minimal to satisfy your basic requirements. The E8200 is a good processor that OCs pretty well. However, if you're a heavy gamer or run CPU intensive aplications, you'll be better off in future with a Core i5 or something similar.
     
  17. Skoalm1nt

    Skoalm1nt TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Core i5 or core i7?
    which one should i get for gaming?
     
  18. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +9

    I think that a Core i5 should be good enough. Also depends on your budget...
     
  19. Skoalm1nt

    Skoalm1nt TS Rookie Topic Starter

    core i5 750 plus which mobo?
     
  20. Skoalm1nt

    Skoalm1nt TS Rookie Topic Starter

    also antec vs cooler master which 1. i want to have low ping and better framerates.
     
  21. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +9

    What's your budget?

    I like the MSI GD65 motherboard. Set it up for a friend recently. Tons of features for its price.

    What do you mean Antec Vs Cooler Master? PSU or case?

    For the PSU I would look at Corsair. BTW, could you post your system specs in this thread. It would help us give better advice...
     
  22. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    I'm partial to Gigabyte; their support is also better than MSI's and build quality is also better overall. The GA-P55-UD3R is what I'd recommend.

    And FYI, the case or PSU will not affect your latency; that is decided more by your NIC (if you use your own ADSL gateway to connect to the net) and by your connection itself.
     
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