OsinO - no more advice needed.
Go with what he posted.
I have the same mobo, same vid, diff case, diff RAM, a Duo Core that can overclock to beat the pants off of that Quad and also the Duo has a faster BUS - but it all comes out to be about 1k-1.2k for a new rig.
The products listed are some of the best out there.
Can't go wrong.
/WH - how do you like that mobo!
Thanks, I think.
I went with the Quad because of the immenent implementation of multi-core processor use by games like UT3 and others. If it has more than 2 cores, you can use them. Also, the Quads are unlocked, so changing the FSB is easy-peasy and they overclock like mad according to all accounts. Ignore Bat's witty commentary - go Quad, baby!
Tim Sweeney: Unreal Engine 3's threading support is quite scalable. We run a primary thread for gameplay, and a secondary thread for rendering. On machines with more than two cores, we run additional threads to accelerate various computing tasks, including physics and data decompression. There are clear performance benefits to quad-core, and though we haven't looked beyond that yet, I expect further gains beyond quad-core in future games within the lifetime of Unreal Engine 3.http://www.pcgameshardware.de/?article_id=602522
ID Software added multi-CPU support for Quake 4 in patch version 1.2 and above which saw frame rate performance improvements of around 25% and above. Valve intends to add Multi-Core CPU support to their Source engine in Q1 next year before the release of Episode 2. Although besides pure frame rate improvements, Valve are not just thinking about the FPS numbers, they want to improvement the overall game play experience with vastly improved AI and physics.http://www.tweaktown.com/articles/976/valve_talks_about_multi_core_cpu_processing_in_source/index.html
The MB itself has been great.
A couple comments on it. Make sure you go in and check the voltages - standard BIOS setup was not auto for optimum voltages, I think it was set a bit lower. Changed it to auto and everything went from *WARNING* to "yeah, you're cool".
Also, seems like some folks are having a couple memory problems.
1) installing the OS with 4 GB installed. I just put in one chip (2GB) and put the second in after installing the OS.
2) having the memory in banks 0 and 2 instead of 1 and 3. I just used 1 and 3 as a precaution and had no problems at all with memory configuration or recognition.
The MB is also slightly smaller than most P35 MB, which is very nice! Also has 6 phase power design for more stability (most use 3 or 4 phase), among other things. Still wish it had firewire, but I just bought an add-in FW card at Fry's for $20. You can read all the fancy Gigabyte marketing stuff here:http://www.giga-byte.com/Products/Motherboard/Default.aspx
Edit - man, I MEANT GB for the RAM, how come nobody corrected me??? Oh, but you can't expect to wield supreme executive power just because some watery tart threw a sword at you.This comment was edited on Oct 12, 11:08.
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