Spec Check: What Mobo?

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OK here is my provisional spec that I would like to buy:

Intel Core 2 DUO E6600 "LGA775 Conroe" 2.40GHz (1066FSB) - Retail £173.99
(£204.44)
GeIL 2GB (2x1GB) PC6400C4 800MHz Ultra Low Latency DDR2 Dual Channel Kit (GX22GB6400UDC) £109.99
(£129.24)
Gigabyte GA_965P_DS4 (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard £94.99
(£111.61)
Scythe Ninja Plus Rev.B Heatpipe CPU Cooler (478/754/939/940/AM2/LGA755) £29.99
(£35.24)
Sub Total : £408.96
Shipping cost assumes delivery to UK Mainland with:
City Link Parcel Next Day (Delivered Mon-Fri)
(This can be changed during checkout) Shipping : £8.25
Vat : £73.01
Total : £490.22


I am confident I have chosen well with the CPU, RAM and Cooler but I am not so sure about the motherboard. I have gotten a little behind on the latest developments so I no longer know which is the best board to go for any more.

One thing I do know is that the 680i is a disaster area - at least from what I have read on here and elsewhere. So I wont entertain a board with that particular chipset. Any other suggestions are welcome and I don't mind spending a bit extra on a different motherboard, but I don't want to go crazy.

So, almighty minds of OcUK, find me a mobo!

Requirements:

I intend to overclock the bejesus out of the E6600. I am also moving to WC in the near future so I need a board that can do silly overclocks :D

Plenty of SATA ports as a number of HDDs are going in soon.

Thanks for any help :)

SiriusB
 
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Are the reviews given for that board accurate? I never would have expected an 80 quid board to be so good. I was always under the impression that the really good clockers would be the 100 quid + boards.

Are there any other recommendations?

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I think the Gigabyte is a sterling choice - however the Asus 650 allows you to decouple the FSB of the chip and the memory speed, if i recall correctly. If you are going for the supreme overclock/tweak then it has much to recommend it over the stable and mature gigabyte.
 
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I've just bought the PN5-E Sli board and i cant fault it. I jumped straight in and clocked my e4300 to 3.2Ghz @1.4Vcore. The best £80 i've spent since my last trip to Hamburg.
 
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Ooof so I have a choice between the Asus and the Gigabyte now. Sometimes asking for recommendations gets you no where :p

[Hamburg is great, isn't it! :D]

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Oh it just sucks to be building a new PC! :D I can't afford a new one and have to live pathetically and vicariously through building them for my friends and complete strangers on the internet ... I am an overclocking beggar! :(
 
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i keep getting my wife checking my basket giving me a dissapointing look and walking away (it started at £800 and is now at a firm £1375.... ooooops)
but as i told her one of my hdd is now faialing ill have to get 2 of them lol
 
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I am hoping for once that a new build/upgrade doesn't turn out to be obsolete a fortnight after I build it!

At least C2D has a future ahead of it. *waits for Quad Core to stop being silly prices*

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