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    ASUS or Intel MOBO for Cor2Duo E7200

    I have an Intel Cor2Duo E7200 processor and would like to purchase a stable/reliable/compatible/all that other good stuff motherboard and RAM combo to compliment it.

    Here are the motherboards I was currently thinking of:

    ASUS P5Q DELUXE - http://www.asus.com/products.aspx?mo...11&l3=709&l4=0

    Intel DX48BT2 (http://www.intel.com/products/deskto...2-overview.htm)

    Intel DP45SG (http://support.intel.com/products/de...g-overview.htm)

    Probably use 4GB of Crucial Ballistix for RAM

    Any thoughts on stability / quality of one board vs. the other?

    I have read info online and both seem like good boards - I guess it would help to know what the use of the PC will be...mainly used for digital photo editing (large files with various layers) and, of course, e-mail/surfing the net.

    I have a few Seagate 500 GB hdd that I will be adding to it along with an 8600GTS video card (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130394).
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    I'm running that board (different version) with a C2D and haven't had 1 problem in the last year or so. I have a very small OC going on and have seen no bad effects.

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    Which board are you running?
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    I would say all 3 boards are high quality boards. The ASUS board will probably have a more customizable BIOS, but if your looking for good stability you wont really be messing with the settings so much.

    I would probably pick the Intel X48 board.

    As for memory for the Intel X48, the Intel site lists tested RAM:

    http://www.intel.com/support/motherb.../CS-028495.htm

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    Did not know that was there....do you know if Asus has a smilar site that would list "tested" RAM for the mobo?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TinyTim View Post
    Did not know that was there....do you know if Asus has a smilar site that would list "tested" RAM for the mobo?
    Click download, select OS and whatever they want and in teh list of downloads available it should say Qualified Venders, in there it should provide the info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tinytim View Post
    which board are you running?
    pq5 ws

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    Thanks for the input...I think I will go with the Asus board
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    Either are sound choices.
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    Well, I placed the order for the ASUS late last night at Newegg, should be here next week. I also ordered a few 1TB WD Black drives (5) to put into a raid 5 config for data storage with the OS being placed on a 74 gig WD 10k drive and 4 GB of Crucial Ballistix RAM (which was on the QVL of the Mobo)....now I am keeping my fingers crossed that the constant driver/memory issues will subside for a while....

    Many thanks once again.

    I think when I save enough dough I am going to just order a Dell Precision workstation and have my wife just use it for the photoshop stuff - sounds great in theory, but it never works out that way.
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    As much as I love Crucial....their Ballistix RAM can be touchy..often requires higher than standard voltage to run. Some mobo's have issues with that. I suggest standard Crucial RAM.
    I'd go with a pair of these..
    2GB, 240-pin DIMM, DDR2 PC2-6400 memory module
    CT25664AA800
    20 bucks per stick.

    Seasonic power supply too.

    Will this rig be mainly for storage?
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    Quote Originally Posted by YeOldeStonecat View Post
    As much as I love Crucial....their Ballistix RAM can be touchy..often requires higher than standard voltage to run. Some mobo's have issues with that. I suggest standard Crucial RAM.
    I'd go with a pair of these..
    2GB, 240-pin DIMM, DDR2 PC2-6400 memory module
    CT25664AA800
    20 bucks per stick.

    Seasonic power supply too.

    Will this rig be mainly for storage?
    Don't tell me that...I went with the Ballistix because it was on the QVL for the Motherboard...yes, will be used for storage, not workstation
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    Quote Originally Posted by TinyTim View Post
    Don't tell me that...I went with the Ballistix because it was on the QVL for the Motherboard...yes, will be used for storage, not workstation
    LOL If its test and works you're good, I'm sure the ASUS board has plenty of voltage options to support the chips.

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    Like Yard said... I wouldn't give it a second thought. You should be able to dial it in just fine. Enjoy your new rig!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Easto View Post
    Like Yard said... I wouldn't give it a second thought. You should be able to dial it in just fine. Enjoy your new rig!
    ok, I know who to look too if it does not work then....

    ///starts making note of Yard and Easto's addresses in-case this does not work///
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    Running a P5q-E here with memory in sig and it's a great board.......
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