core 2 duo - best motherboard NOT for overclocking

doogiehowser

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hello,

I'm looking for a really stable motherboard for a core 2 duo e6600.

I will not be overclocking it. Mainly I'm gonna be using this new computer (Digital Audio Workstation) for audio production -recording/mixing, etc.

Can anyone recommend me a very stable motherboard that has worked for your e6600?? something that wont give me problems and will be stable for years to come.

about budget, I would like to keep my Mobo budget no more than $150. (I've heard the intel D975xbx Mobo are stable but it is priced at $200).

I'm a newbie at building custom computers and any help is appreciated.

thanks.
 

quantumsheep

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hello,

I'm looking for a really stable motherboard for a core 2 duo e6600.

I will not be overclocking it. Mainly I'm gonna be using this new computer (Digital Audio Workstation) for audio production -recording/mixing, etc.

Can anyone recommend me a very stable motherboard that has worked for your e6600?? something that wont give me problems and will be stable for years to come.

about budget, I would like to keep my Mobo budget no more than $150. (I've heard the intel D975xbx Mobo are stable but it is priced at $200).

I'm a newbie at building custom computers and any help is appreciated.

thanks.

You don't need something such as a 975xbx, you'd be fine with an Asrock 945 model. In the UK you can get one for around £40 (around $70)! You should only be looking to purchase something as expensive as the 975xbx if you're into overclocking, which you stated you weren't.

Here's a good example of a nice cheap stable motherboard:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813157092

This one is priced at $57, and will do EVERYTHING you want it too do.
 

doogiehowser

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to be honest, I 'm a little weary about getting a $57 Mobo for a $308 CPU. I've had some bad experiences with cheap motherboards in the past and common sense tells me to get something a bit better quality. This computer will be used for audio projects and stability is a must.

Really I'm willing to spend from $100 - $150 for a quality, stable motherboard.

btw, i thought none of the intel MoBo's allowed overclocking since it voids the warranties for the CPUs ?
 

doogiehowser

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that gigabyte Mobo looks solid....except that it doesnt have firewire and I definitely need firewire....

any other suggestions?
 

fatcat

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No matter which one you pick, I would go for the 965 chipset since it's pretty much the latest technologies. True, you can go with older chipset like the 945, which are cheaper, but I think it's best to pair the latest technologies together.

Asus P5B-E is a pretty good choice and I think it has firewire as well, I don't know the price by heart by it should fall within you budget.
 

zjohnr

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If you want a solid board with no thought of any overclocking ever, why not go with an Intel motherboard. That should certainly be conservative enough, no? And while I don't know, I've been told that Intel boards are stable.

I'm in the US so the link below is to a listing on newegg.com because it's "what I know how to use". It costs ~$113US shipped. It uses the P965 chipset and has firewire.
Intel BOXDP965LTCK Intel P965 Express ATX

-john
 

halcyon

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This thread is precisely on time as I'm also looking for a mobo for a hobby-related audio workstation. I was considering getting the Gigabyte 965P-DQ6 with a Xeon 3070 or E6700 or X6800. Firewire remains important. Is there any reason not to get the DQ6, I figured it'd be an solid foundation for a year or so. I will eventually want to do some overclocking...it is indeed a hobby machine. :D
 

Newf

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The only reason NOT to get a DQ6 would be if you planned on using ATI Crossfire. 965 chipset boards with 2 PCI-E slots run the primary through the northbridge @ x16, and the secondary through the southbridge @ x4.
So if you will not plan to use Crossfire, the DQ6 is an excellent (and expensive) motherboard.
It offers quiet heatpipe/sink cooling, good connector placement, very tight 12 phase voltage regulation and high quality caps.

Take a look at the similar DS3 and see if it fits your needs. It is quite a bit cheaper but also uses good quality parts. Both are good overclockers.
 

halcyon

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...and soon my Dell XPS 600 Pent D 840 will be relegated to the task of home file server and word processing...a suitable task for the Pent D 840 I'm thinking.

I'm trying to resolve whether to get the Xeon 3060 or Xeon 3070...it seems like the 3060 is the better price/performer but the 3070 is simpler a little faster. $200+ faster I doubt...but still...I'm wanting the 3070. :roll:
 

halcyon

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Why the Xeon rather than the E6xxx?
The specs seem identical. Is the HSF on the Xeon better?

I think the Xeon is just a newer stepping/revision with some slight increase in peformance. I figured its worth the extra couple of bucks to get the later revisions, so that's why the Xeon.
 

rts_fan

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If you want a stable system with no overclocking, get an Intel board. I found this board after doing some research for a friend. If you delete the idiots who try to use the wrong RAM (and then blame the MB) or try to overclock, you'll see that the board actually gets rave reviews.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813121052
Just heed Intel's guideline for the RAM. Basically, save your money and buy 1.8v "value" RAM, not the performance stuff.
 

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I,m using an Intel DG965WH board and it rocks(make sure you use RAM on Intels QVL),great multimedia features.Check out my system,it runs like a Swiss watch!

C2D E6600
Intel DG965WH
ASUS EAX1950PRO 256MB
KVR800D2N5K2/2G Kit Dual channel
WD 250GB YS SATA II 16MB
Seasonic S12 550W PS
Plextor 755
XP PRO SP2
 

halcyon

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I decided on an Asus Striker Extreme. It seems solid so far, it'll take this cheap Corsair Dominator C4D RAM to 880Mhz @ 4-4-4-12 1T...something the Gigabyte GA-965P DS3 couldn't do...and then there's the features. I'm not one to seriously overclock (I'll never take this Xeon past 2.93GHz) but it seems this board has a bunch of options for overclockers.
 

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