i picked up a q9450 to build a backup rig and im having trouble deciding what chipset motherboard i want to get. its hard to find anything new except g41 boards and from what ive read there not the greatest for overclocking. are the x48 boards that much better. i want to use my ddr3 1600 memory. there are a couple asus p5 pro boards available but really didnt want to spend that much. there around $150-200.
need advice for best chipsets to overclock q9450.
Posted 14 February 2013 - 10:55 AM
Posted 20 February 2013 - 08:02 AM
The ASUS ones are great, but you get what you pay for, so they should be worth the extra cash.
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Posted 22 February 2013 - 06:52 AM
Well, if you really want one of the absolute best that meets all of your criteria, try to find the Gigabyte EP45T-Extreme.Probably the best cooling solution I have ever seen on a S775 board which probably helps lead to why it's a 500mhz+ C2Q and 575mhz - 600mhz+ C2D FSB OverClocker.
You are better off with a P45 based DDR3 board than an X48. Problem is, they are harder to find, probably because unlike the finicky X48 boards, they just plain worked and fewer people would give them up.
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Posted 22 February 2013 - 03:20 PM
P45 is good but I preferred X48 to it.
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Posted 22 February 2013 - 05:36 PM
The P45's worked well and where fairly easy to oc, the x48's would get just as good oc's (sometimes higher) but took a bit more work, just be careful of the p45's, a lot of them are ddr2 boards.. If I recall the Gigabyte boards where a little better then the asus ones in that era but both where solid oc'er's.
Posted 04 March 2013 - 08:23 AM
thanks for the help guys. I ended up finding a great deal even though one of the memory sticks was bad. I got a gigabyte ga-ep45-ud3r with 4-2gb 1066 sticks of mushkin blackline and a e8600 with fan and heatsinc for 158.00. which ended up being 113.00 after a 45.00 refund for the bad stick. it overclocks my q9450 to 3.5 with no problem. can't make it past there but thats another thread. now just gotta find another set of the memory or maybe just one stick. or live with 4gb.