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Asus P5QC Motherboard?

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  1. muckmail

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    I am looking at motherboards to build a new desktop system. I am looking at the
    Asus P5QC Motherboard on ebay to check out the price range. I have noticed that
    some sellers have some good combo deals on with these boards. Usually their
    deals come with Windows 7 and Quad core processors. It is something to
    look at but maybe there is an alternative.
    Maybe I should look at alternative boards. Is there any other good mother boards
    that I should look at? Is there any other venders I should look at for the best
    deals?
    I am looking for an good dependable, somewhat up to date board but not
    the latest and greatest.

    Thank you,
     
  2. Triple6

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    I'd look at newer boards, the socket 775 is dying off pretty quick and has been superseded by 3 new sockets from Intel with another one coming soon. I'd look at newer platforms that supports Core i3, i5, and i7's and DDR3 RAM, or look at AMD.

    Also be sure that the Windows 7 is legit and includes the product key/license. If its a pirated copy its useless.

    Whats your budget and what parts do you need? Or do you need a whole system?
     
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    What motherboard brands and model numbers would you recommend?
     
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    Here's a Gigabyte AM3 motherboard with current and near future processor support, with DDR3 support and decent integrated video: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131673

    AMD Phenom II X555 Dual Core CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103846

    Crucial 2x2GB RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148327

    Windows 7 64-bit: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

    You didn't provide your budget, the use for the system, or if you had any parts you could re-use.
     
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    Something that runs Visual Studio, AutoCAD 10 and various other programs.
    No 3-modeling. No gaming. Something Economical that gives the bang for
    the buck. I have not determined the amount I want to spend so I am
    compartive shopping.
    Seems like ebay has some high prices for used stuff. It looks like someone
    could do better. I do want a 4 memory slot motherboard. I could get by without
    Windows 7. Maybe a fast running XP machine.


    Thank you,
     
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    Prices you mention don't look too bad.
    Would it be necessary to use Windows 7 in this system or would XP be good enough?
    I have several hard drives but the are parallel ribbion drives. They are not serial drives.
    I might be able to get a computer cabinet with power supply.
    I would probably need to add a heat sink and fan to the list.
     
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    Retail processors come with a heatsink/fan.

    Most new motherboards still have one PATA/IDE connector available that can support 2 older drives.

    Windows XP will work, you just won't get the full use of the 4GB of RAM not any of the improvements of Windows 7.

    Make sure the power supply is newer model with the proper power connectors, sufficient wattage, and of good quality.
     
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    If is price issue I would suggest P8H61-LE/CSM - $7x Socket 1155 which support i3 / i5 / i7..

    You can buy with no end CPU and later can upgrade to i7 2600K ...
    This one have only 2 slot but you can put 2x4GB still less than $100..
    G840 - $8x
    i3-2100 - $11x
    i5-2500K - $21x
    i7-2600K - $32x
     
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    Yes, I want to get the best bang for the dollar and keep it economical.
    It is strange, I have noticed that ebay prices are higher than new egg prices for
    the GA-880GM-UD2H AM3 AMD motherboard.

    Thank you,
     
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    Aside from the power supply which is not the greatest unit, its a decent package - a tad older but still current.
     
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    Probably do better buying parts instead of a kit.
    I think I have a couple of cases & power supplies that I can use but
    I will need check power supplies in them to see if they are good.
    I have a couple of good hard drives that I could use although they are not
    serial drives. I don't think I need that large of drive.
    Thank you,
     
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    Some newer boards have only one or no PATA/IDE drive connectors so watch out for that - if you use a PATA/IDE HDD and a PATA/IDE optical drive it can be sometimes hard to connect them both with a single IDE cable.

    Also an older PSU may not have the proper connections for new system, or deliver the required power for modern system.
     
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    What is a good motherboard/processor outfit for windows XP? A hardware combo outfit that will allow XP (32 bit ver) run at its peek.
     
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