First, I'd like to say that the OCC forums have been a great resource and have provided a wealth of information to me over the past few months. I've been reading a lot, but this is my first post. I've recently started planning a new system build. The goal is a budget system I can use for gaming as well as home video/picture editing and such. I have a 20" LCD right now that I don't plan on replacing and run most games at 1600x1200 and 1280x1024. My budget is a soft $700 or so (slightly flexible given shipping, tax, and price fluctations). I'm focusing on the Intel e2160 or e2180 and planining on OC'ing to 3-3.4 GHz if possible. My question is which mobo do you all think would be best considering budget (~$100 for the mobo) and my desire to OC? I don't know if I'll be able to hit those numbers without raisint the vcore, so that's something I'll need to consider. I was set on the Gigabyte P35-DS3L as of 2 weeks ago, but it has gone up in price and looks like it will be replaced by the EP35-DS3L. I've read some accounts of people having problems oc'ing on this mobo.
My current planned builds looks like this:
CPU - Intel e2160
Cooler - Cooler Master Hyper TX2
RAM - Wintec Ampo DDR2 PC2-6400 2GB x2 (4GB)
HDD - Seagate Barracuda SATA 500GB
Video - Asus Geforce 8800GT 512MB
Case - Antec Sonata III w/500W Earthwatts PSU
PSU - Antec Earthwatts 500W PSU (Incl. w/case)
ODD - Philips Multi DVD-R/RW
OS - Windows Vista Ultimate 64 (Already Have)
I've seen that the e2180 is now only about 2 or 3 bucks more than the 2160, so I may go that route, but my biggest indecision still has to do with the mobo. As I mentioned, I was originally set on getting the Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L a couple weeks back. I found it for ~$70 and it had really good reviews. It is now over $100 on the egg and it appears it is being replaced by the new GA-EP35-DS3L. I've read some accounts of voltages resetting after restart, etc. Does anyone know if this appears to be widespread or maybe just isolated cases. For now, I've narrowed my mobo options to the following:
DFI BloodIron P35-T2RL
I'm definitely open to other options. My goal is a cheap system that I can OC an e2160 or e2180 safely to 3.0-3.4 GHz. RAID isn't a necessity, but a nice-to-have I guess for the future, although for a ~$100 mobo, I can always upgrade that in the future if necessary.