Best motherboard to oc a Q9550?

Bloodgod42

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A friend is getting a Q9550, now that they dropped, and is looking for a motherboard recommendation. I have been too busy tweaking my Q9450 on a asus commando for the past few months to keep up on the recent release of chipsets.

He wants a board that can provide very good oc abilities/potentials, without [H]ard cooling.

We have both been fans of asus boards for years and would like to keep our loyalty there, but I am open to researching other suggestions.

Thanks in advance. ;)

Aslo, has DDR3 become cost-to-preformance viable now? Does the 2000+ speeds there are finally reaching justify the cost yet? I know it didn't when I bought my board 8 months ago or so... :/
 

gwai lo

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Any of the P45's should be able to take you to the max and DDR3 isn't to the point where I would buy it, especially when cheap DDR2 can still max out most chips and setups.
 

vict0r

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I second any P5Q line of Asus .... the P5Q Deluxe for $199 at newegg is good.
However, if it was me .. a p5q-e would be good enough or the p5q pro ... and its a lill cheaper

but seriously go with an asus p5q line mobo
 

sethk

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Did you get a new Q9550? Can you tell us what stepping and batch you got? Intel announced a switch to the E0 stepping, but I'm not sure if those are available yet.
 

Bloodgod42

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Thanks everyone, I guess the P5Q is where its at. I appreciate the input. I have always valued and respected the opinions I get here. :)

sethk -Its for a friend and he hasn't bought it yet, but i can let you know when he does (just pm me)...should be in the next week or so.
 

samsonJS

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I just got a P5Q-E for my Q9450 ... it literally just arrived an hour ago so I haven't used it yet though.
 

DaddyDC650

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If you want the best board to overclock with, look no further than the BIOSTAR TPower I45. It's going for 149.99 and features 2 PCI-E 2.0 slots as well.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138118

My friend purchased this board and all he had to do was raise the FSB and leave every other setting on automatic. He has his Q6600 running @ 3.4Ghz this way. I'm sure he could get more if he actually tried.
 

gwai lo

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There aren't really any confirmed "best boards" to overclock with. Results have been similar across different models and chipsets even. Plus, a single instance of anecdotal evidence isn't much of a case for supporting that claim. ;)
 

Dangman

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There aren't really any confirmed "best boards" to overclock with. Results have been similar across different models and chipsets even. Plus, a single instance of anecdotal evidence isn't much of a case for supporting that claim. ;)

QFT
 

AthlonXP

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The P5Q pro is a nice chip, but overall the only thing it lacks is e-sata.
 
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