GA-P35-DQ6 vs. GA-P35C-DS3R

nate313

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GA-P35-DQ6 vs. GA-P35C-DS3R

I'm building a D.A.W. (Digital Audio Workstation) and need help with which MB is better overall. The difference between the 2 boards seems to be the DQ6 has 2 PCI-E slots x16 x8 (DS3R has 1 PCI-E slot x16), 2 PCI slots (DS3R has 3 PCI slots), 3 IEEE-1394 (DS3R has none), All copper silent pipe/Crazy Cool (DS3R has heat sink on N. & S. bridges) 4 E-SATA2 by cable (DS3R doesn't have any).

DQ6- $236.97 (newegg)
DS3R- $158.91 (zipzoomfly)

Cost is not an issue, Quality and lowest noise are! DS3R is a newer board and more future proof but the price difference has me confused. Why is the DS3R (newer board and supports DDR3 Ram) so much cheaper?

basic plan:
Q6600

Artic Cooler Freezer 7 pro 92mm (or something quieter that is small enough to fit MB)

X-fi Hi-fidelity (requires 1 PCI slot)

Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2x1GB) DDR2 800 Dual Channel kit

2 Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320 Sata2 or
samsung T series 500GB

CORSAIR CMPSU-520HX or
Seasonic 650W High-Efficiency Power Supply

decent video card (not too important I dont play PC games much)

PS- When I order from newegg/zipzoomfly/amazon how do I know what MB revision I'm getting? example DQ6- rev. 1.0,1.1 or DS3R- rev 1.0, 2.0????


Thanks in advance!
 

BUFF

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both boards came out at the same time.
The DQ6 is definitely the better board overall but may be overkill if you don't need the features.
 

sycshk

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Quality and quiet is the issue then you aren't gonna look at gigabyte. They aren't the best boards anyway. Here are the websites to the items you'll be needing:
Water cooling
http://www.gigabyte.us/Products/LiquidCooling/Products_Spec.aspx?ProductID=2364&ProductName=3D%20Galaxy%20II
Motherboard
http://www.asus.com/products.aspx?l1=3&l2=11&l3=534&l4=0&model=1739&modelmenu=1
Graphics Card
http://www.leadtek.com/eng/3d_graphic/overview.asp?lineid=1&pronameid=352
Super Quiet Case with Performace
http://www.coolermaster.com/products/product.php?act=detail&tbcate=17&id=2584
PSU that'll supply your needs even for upgrades
http://www.antec.com/us/productDetails.php?ProdID=27850
A fan for your RAM even if you don't choose Corsair
http://www.corsair.com/products/dominator.aspx