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I want to build a new comp. I'm looking for a m/b under $200. I don't overclock and onboard sound is not necessary as I'll be using a Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic sound card. I also want to use an Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor. I need it to be rock solid with no issues in a simple just-add-components-and-cards way.

Any recommendations?

Also, what's a good, somewhat fast, decently priced memory to use with it? I would like to start with 4GB and expand to 8 (by using 2 X 4GB sticks, then adding another 2 X 4GB).

Thank you!

Edited by Julio, 13 December 2008 - 08:49 PM.

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I want to build a new comp. I'm looking for a m/b under $200. I don't overclock and onboard sound is not necessary as I'll be using a Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic sound card. I also want to use an Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor. I need it to be rock solid with no issues in a simple just-add-components-and-cards way.

Any recommendations?

Also, what's a good, somewhat fast, decently priced memory to use with it? I would like to start with 4GB and expand to 8 (by using 2 X 4GB sticks, then adding another 2 X 4GB).

Thank you!


First off, I think you mean 2x2GB, otherwise you would have 8 and 16GB of ram. THat being said, Intel motherboards sound like EXACTLY what you are looking for. They tend to lack in the overclocking options department but as a trade off tend to be SUPER rock solid stable.

On top of that: Intel Mobos on Newegg. If you look at the prices, they are ALL lower than your cutoff (except for the X48 motherboard which tends to be their super high end model).

Edited by PedroDaGR8, 13 December 2008 - 09:34 PM.

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Thanks! Which of these two do you think is better:

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813121094

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813121351
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Thanks! Which of these two do you think is better:

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813121094

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813121351


http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813121351

This one, it is a newer chipset, it has PCIe 2.0 ports (double the speed of 1.0 while backwards compatible), more PCI slots, more PCIex1 slots, the same number of PCIex16 slots and similar or better stats on all of the other things as well. The only thing it lacks is onboard video, not much of a loss in my opinion. Most use a video card anyways.

That being said it is an ATX board while the other one is mATX form factor, so if you need the smaller that is the only option (out of the ones you gave me)
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Yeah, I messed up with the micro. Ok, so:

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813121304

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813121351

Will either of these support my current
Intel LGA 775 Pentium 4 630 3.0GHz CPU, 800MHz FSB, 2MB L2 Cache, EM64T, w/ HT
&
DDR2 4GB(4x1024MB) 533MHz PC2-4200 Non-ECC CL4 240-Pin Unbuffered DIMM
until I upgrade the cpu & memory?

I really appreciate all the help.

Edited by Julio, 13 December 2008 - 10:34 PM.

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Yeah, I messed up with the micro. Ok, so:

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813121304

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813121351

Will either of these support my current
Intel LGA 775 Pentium 4 630 3.0GHz CPU, 800MHz FSB, 2MB L2 Cache, EM64T, w/ HT
&
DDR2 4GB(4x1024MB) 533MHz PC2-4200 Non-ECC CL4 240-Pin Unbuffered DIMM
until I upgrade the cpu & memory?

I really appreciate all the help.


Hehehe :). Your first one is a mATX again. Though either of these will support your Pentium D chip. If you want to make sure on the form factor, on the newegg pages click the specifications tab and scroll down to:

Physical Spec
Form Factor

It will say Micro Atx (sometimes abreviated as mATX) or ATX or EATX etc.

Edited by PedroDaGR8, 13 December 2008 - 11:02 PM.

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OH MAN!! :) :)

I guess I'll just go with this one:

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813121351

Thanks.
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