Best Motherboard for the Intel Core 2 Duo?

Mike2021

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I need help on choosing a motherboard for the Intel Core 2 Duo. I am going to use it for video editing. I have not chosen a chip yet, but i'll probably go with the E6420.(4mb cache) Still debating about it. Any ideas?

I am on a budget. I have $400 dollars for ram,psu,motherboard,core 2 duo,and hard drive. so if there is a cheap motherboard that exceeds what its worth, let me know.
 

RBBigDog

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The E6420 will take half of your budget ($200) and that won't leave much (in my opinion, "enough") for the rest of your parts (MB, PSU, RAM, and HD).

If your $400 budget is really that firm, then I would probably consider going with a E4400 or E4300 CPU instead. I've seen the E4300 under $120 now.....MWave.com as some good MB/CPU/RAM combos right now too (you could get those three parts for about $270....that's with the MSI MB below and 1GB of Kingston RAM). If you plan to run Vista, consider getting 2GB of RAM.

Below are the Motherboards I would consider if I was on a tight budget and only wanted to use one of the Core 2 Duo CPU's:

GIGABYTE GA-965P-S3
BIOSTAR TForceP965
MSI P6N SLI-FI

I think these are all good quality MB's and give you pretty good bang for your buck. There are cheaper boards out there, but (at some point) you will get what you pay for too.

Hope this helps a little.
 

Mike2021

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I am definately going to get the E6420. Now I just need the best motherboard for this chip. 140 dollars or less guys. Remember it's for video editing. So I need a motherboard that will be compatible with a variety of video cards. thanks again.
 

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I am going with a DS3 after looking at a lot more expensive boards. Its like $115, support for next gen CPU's, lots of people own them, so support should be good if needed. If at some point in the future u want to change the mobo, you will feel a lot better about dumping a $100 board as opposed to a $200 one.
 

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get a gigabyte DS3 965P
ram: try a-data vitesta , really cheap , but take the vitesta series, not vanila.

No offense, but ADATA sucks. I just had a friends machine crap out after one of his ADATA VITESTA sticks died. Had to reinstall XP and all that. Luckily, Newegg gave him a refund, and he got a 2gig kit for what he spent on the 1gig kit 4 mos ago.

Get Kingston Value Ram 2gb DDR2 667. Cheap and reliable
 

dobby

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yeah, but i would get corsair values select ram

Yea, but Corsair sucks......

im a K man thru and thru

what how can you say that, corsair are easily the best manufacturer of desktop standard ram, whether that be ultra performance, OCing and value.
if your gonna buy ram buy corsair, if you dont believe mestart up your own thread say "which is better X or Y" and you soon see suport is in the corasir camp.
 

billdcat4

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yeah, but i would get corsair values select ram

Yea, but Corsair sucks......

im a K man thru and thru

what how can you say that, corsair are easily the best manufacturer of desktop standard ram, whether that be ultra performance, OCing and value.
if your gonna buy ram buy corsair, if you dont believe mestart up your own thread say "which is better X or Y" and you soon see suport is in the corasir camp.

There is no definitive best ram manufacturer.

I know people who are stuck on OCZ, Crucial, Corsair. and Im a K man.

I have not had one problem with Kingston Value Ram, while the one time I tried Corsair, well that PC is very dead now.

Kingston ram seems to have a much lower rate of DOA that other manufacturers notably Corsair: here is the newegg ratings for 2gig ddr2 667 kits from both Kingston and Corsair.
eggs: 5 4 3 2 1
Kingston- 91% 6% 2% 0% 1%
Corsair - 75% 10% 3% 6% 6%

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductReview.aspx?Item=N82E16820134046

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductReview.aspx?Item=N82E16820145098



I think that part is pretty clear, eh?
 

Mike2021

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ok. what if there was no budget. what is the best mobo for the intel core 2 duo E6420. How about the p5b-e? Is that good enough? or is it almost the same as the P5b or ds3?