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    Hello all, as you all know, I am getting an Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 in August, and I am looking for a new motherboard. It has to be around the $200 mark, with 2 PCI Express slots, 4 SATA ports minimum, 6 really optimally, at least 2 PCI slots and up to at least 8GB DDR2 RAM. Can anyone help me?

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    Does this board exist? Here in UK Maximus cost me nearer the $300 mark.
    Reading around there would seem to be a need for easy control of NB volts together with fsb volts when using this processor

    My point is that you should have a good look at the bios features when deciding this. Which bios is easiest to get to grips with the different terminology for each feature. Do you prefer for example the "normal" plus xvolts method or entering a value.

    As a relative newcomer to this "sport" I have been amazed by the difference in bios by different manufacturers
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    I'm not sure if you can find a X38 or X48 for under $200. I'll keep an eye out for you.

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    ASUS P5E LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Intel Motherboard



    I think that's pretty nice @ ~$190

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    I wouldn't buy an open box mobo, just don't trust the previous buyer poking around the board. Ask youself, why did they return it?...hmmmmm.

    That's why it's cheap, missing parts.
    How much is for a brand new one?

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    Ohhh.. I dont know the concept of newegg.. didnt know they sold used parts. Then I would most definitely not buy it either. My bad :$

    The price for a new one is $210 I believe.

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    I've started lurking around for a few snippets of info and started to compile an x38/x48 list of possibilities.

    Not spent too much time so far nor finished digging so will try to edit as I find out more

    as for your specific sata pci pcie requirements I'll let you look at each and whether you can have both at the same time.

    Comments here are specific to q9450 and are made by various users


    Gigabyte ga x48-ds5
    ga-x48t-dq6
    x38 ds4
    x38 dq6

    asus rampage formula
    loadline calibration problems on this board (bsod off load)

    maximus formula
    I've seen 8*470 on this but it is hard work

    p5e
    probably the strongest results so far (below)

    dfi lpltx38-t2r lanparty
    450fsb limit likely on c1 stepping.May be as low as 435

    lpltx48-t2r lanparty
    420fsb limit on 45nm quads probable. new bios may help


    snippets of info re 9450 absolutes no, but good guidance or warning comments seen

    cpuvolts max = 1.45
    1.40v fsbt kills 9450
    Then I read about running 9450 c1 at NBvolt =1.79
    fsbvtt =1.5v for 475 =1.55v for 483 =1.65v for 487Mhz fsb on air
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    Hmm it does seem risky getting it that far, would say 3.2GHz be easier to do? Thanks for all of your help so far

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    Do you want to push the overclock? I'm not seeing heat issues just much more difficult to balance the various volts. you can't just throw volts at it. I reckon that you will get 3600 on the right board. The multiplier issue doesn't help.

    Have you already got pci items? I ask cos on maximus at least it's easy to loose slots under double width graphics
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    Yes, I have a Wireless N PCI Card and a Soundblaster Audigy SE Sound Card.

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    I have seen a report of 500fsb with the Maximus.
    You still have enough PCI slot with only one double slot video card, unless if you goind SLI or Crossfire then you have to give up the Wireless adapter or the sound card.

    The best choice is get a board with built-in wireless adapter so you don't have to use on board sound chipset.

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