Q9550 Motherboard combo

sonofjenova7

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I recently ordered an Antec P180 mini case and Q9550 cpu. The P180 mini means I'm stuck with a matx motherboard so that's why I'm on the forums. I'm planning on getting a graphics card soon (4850-4870 or whatever is a good deal...using a 19" monitor).

My target budget for a motherboard is <$100 and I was seriously considering a GIGABYTE GA-G31M-ES2L, here's the link:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128357

So I'm looking for a cheap matx that has decent overclocking abilities for the cpu, and reliable. Any input or suggestions for other boards?



Other thoughts:

- Might be using a Zalman 9500A (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118223) in case anyone has any mounting issues with the heatsink. I know I had trouble putting it on my current Soyo motherboard (northbridge heatsink fins were in the way).

Anyone out there have a q9550 + GA-G31M-ES2L combo and have information to share?
 

xthekidx

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I have used the GA-G31M-ESL2 in a recent build and I was quite pleased with it. Very easy to use, booted right up no issues whatsoever. That being said, its a very basic budget board, and for a Q9550 I think you would want something a little better, especially if you want to OC. Look at these, you want the ICH10 or ICH10R SB for OC'ing:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131353
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813186162

If you won't OC and will just run your Q9550 stock, then that Gigabyte MB will probably be fine.
 

sonofjenova7

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Thanks alot for the suggestions. I was wondering what differences there are in terms of G43 and G45. I read something about video processing but is that for onboard graphics users only?

Besides that, the ASUS seems pretty appealing partially because of its name, but it's also nice to have a PATA port. That and the pictures of the Foxconn show a lot of lopsided parts. It may not reflect build quality but still feels deterring.
 

xthekidx

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The difference is that the G45 has more expandability, like ram slots and PCIE slots. It also has a different SB which makes the G45 overclock a little bit better.