Need some mobo suggestions (parts listed)

Cthulhu

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hey there... i'm looking for some motherboard suggestions for my new build. i don't need a super fancy board: no sli, don't necessarily need firewire...etc. i'm looking for one for a max price of 100-ish. will be overclocking slightly, looking to go up to 2.8 possibly 3.0ghz. parts are:

antec p180b
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16811129017

8800gts
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16814130082

e6600
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16819115003

gskill ddr2 800
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16820231098

enhance 500watt
http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=PS-E5150GH

sooo....that's the basics. just need a pretty basic board to go along with this...but i DON'T want some pos that is gonna give me problems. just need you guys to point me in the direction of some decent stable boards. thanks in advance! :D
 

TigerLord

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You plan to OC? I strongly advise not to buy any ASUS boards unless you deal with a good retailer that will replace the board themselves. ASUS is ran by a bunch of brainless monkeys and offer the worst customer support in the industry. I might be biased because I got burned twice in a month, and I am still waiting for a RMA I sent about 7 weeks ago. So if you can, stay away.

Since memory is cheap now, if you want G Skill, get the HZ (black one) version. They're micron d9mgh chips, and OC very well. How about active cooling for those rams while you are at it ? :D

The best high-end board I would say is the 680i or the Commando from Asus. EVGA has amazing customer support, but you do pay a premium (which I think is absolutely, ABSOLUTELY worth it) for it.

Besides, having a SLI board leaves room for a future 2nd card. Are you sure a 500W will suffice though for a GTS and your other pheripherals ?
 

Cthulhu

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i do plan to overclock, yes. but only a little, nothing major...2.8 MAYBE 3.0 like i said. i've only ever had one asus board, and that was many moons ago. since then, i've had pretty much exclusively used abit and haven't had any issues.

with such a minor overclock, i'm pretty confident the 800 ram will suffice.

not looking for a high end board though...just a basic, solid and stable board. as far as sli, i don't have any plans to get a new monitor anytime soon (19" LCD). and running any game out or that will come out in the near future at 1280x1024 definately won't require sli by any means. =)

power supply will be fine i think, just those parts plus a burner. anyone else think that it'll be an issue?
 

BUFF

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what's your budget?
an AB9 QuadGT is something like $130 at Newegg now albeit it's not a basic mobo but it is a very good one. Also the P35 based abit mobos should be in retail in a couple of weeks.
 

BUFF

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If you don't mind the double-step boot the IB9 is $70 after MIR at newegg.
Pretty hard to beat that for a 965.
 

kirbyrj

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If you don't mind the double-step boot the IB9 is $70 after MIR at newegg.
Pretty hard to beat that for a 965.

I just got an IB9 and it's a pretty good board as long as you get the 1.2 bios or the 1.3 beta. The double-boot thing is kind of weird, but the board works perfectly.
 

silent-circuit

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$50 doubles your VRAM -- I would definitely go with the 640, in hope of some future-proofing.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130071

Also, if you spend $150 (after $10 rebate) you can get the board I have, which will give you another slot for SLI in the future, and the 680i overclocks well. Put a Tuniq 120 on that E6600 in a few months and you could be flying. Yes, it's about another $100 total up from what you intend to spend, but unless you're going to be building again in a year or less, that kind of expandability makes sense. Fair warning though: This EVGA board does not OC quad cores at all. It will run them just fine, but not OC. OCs Duos like a champ in my experience, though. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188019

Also: no worries about your RAM. The thing to do (I have found) at least with the C2Ds is to link and sync the RAM, then just increase FSB until you end up with DDR2-800 timings again. Of course, this will probably require increasing vcore and an aftermarket cooler, but 2.4Ghz will treat you just fine until you can spend $50 or so on a good cooler.
 

Cthulhu

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If you don't mind the double-step boot the IB9 is $70 after MIR at newegg.
Pretty hard to beat that for a 965.

link to the board you're talking about? who makes it? also, what is the double step boot you're talking about?
 

Cthulhu

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$50 doubles your VRAM -- I would definitely go with the 640, in hope of some future-proofing.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130071

Also, if you spend $150 (after $10 rebate) you can get the board I have, which will give you another slot for SLI in the future, and the 680i overclocks well. Put a Tuniq 120 on that E6600 in a few months and you could be flying. Yes, it's about another $100 total up from what you intend to spend, but unless you're going to be building again in a year or less, that kind of expandability makes sense. Fair warning though: This EVGA board does not OC quad cores at all. It will run them just fine, but not OC. OCs Duos like a champ in my experience, though. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188019

Also: no worries about your RAM. The thing to do (I have found) at least with the C2Ds is to link and sync the RAM, then just increase FSB until you end up with DDR2-800 timings again. Of course, this will probably require increasing vcore and an aftermarket cooler, but 2.4Ghz will treat you just fine until you can spend $50 or so on a good cooler.

thanks for the suggestions, but i'm not willing to go higher on the video card or motherboard. what i'm asking for are suggestions on decent, stable boards...but MAX of 105 dollars. the board you suggested i'm not interested in, don't need or want sli and 150 is more than i want to spend. there have to be some nice no frills boards out there... =/
 

TigerLord

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Seriously, you buy a high-end video card, rams and cpu, but you are being cheap on the mobo. You'll regret it later.
 

kirbyrj

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link to the board you're talking about? who makes it? also, what is the double step boot you're talking about?

Here's the link:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813127018
The double step boot means you push the power button, it turns on, then appears to turn off, then turns on again, beeps, and boots. It's kind of strange, but I haven't had any problems with the board.

Seriously, you buy a high-end video card, rams and cpu, but you are being cheap on the mobo. You'll regret it later.

I don't really see how you'll "regret" buying the IB9. It's a P965 board and falls in the same category as the DS3 and Biostar Tforce 965PT. It's worked pretty well for me so far.
 

Cthulhu

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Seriously, you buy a high-end video card, rams and cpu, but you are being cheap on the mobo. You'll regret it later.

i'm not being cheap. i'm being realistic. i don't need a high end motherboard with all the bells and whistles. i need a solid and stable board...and you don't need to spend 250 dollars to get that. any other suggestions?
 
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