As you may remember in an eariler thread I had (now lost) I'm planning on building a new system. The Mobo I'm now looking at getting rather then what was suggested (Asus P5KE Wifi) is the Gigabyte X38-DS4, with Raid, Crossfire, Dual Gigalan, PCIe 2.0, 1200 DDR2 Dual Channel, everything I want, except for SLI (Not a huge bother because Nvidia do GX2's)
I'm just wondering what you guys think about it, and if anyone has the motherboard, would they recommended it, or if I should stick with the P5KE Wifi?
The Price of this Mobo is 199 AUD CPU will be an E4500 (Cheap, and good CPU) Ram will be PQA 2GB Kit (Dual Channel) 1066MHZ HDD will be either Maxtor (Yes I know about them) or Seagate 250GB (Maybe in raid given the cheapness of it now)
PS. Incase you missed the link to the mobo I'm looking at, its here...GIGABYTE - Product - Motherboard - Overview - GA-X38-DS4
EDIT-- Also, as you all know the 9600GT has been released, At the spec's of it, its faster then my 8800GT, yet has lower SP, do you recommended I keep my 8800GT or replace it with a 9600GT (Worth 245 AUD 512MB)
EDIT-- I also forgot, the CPU I'm looking at getting has a FSB of 800MHZ, How would that impact performance, compared to say an FSB CPU of 1066MHZ, given that my RAM will run on an FSB of 1066MHZ Would the impact be huge? Or bearly noticable? Aside from obvious reasons such as its more powerful, in terms of FSB speeds, would I be better off buying an E6550 with a FSB of 1333 which will then bottleneck my RAM (Being only 1066) or should I try to get an E6600 which has a FSB of 1066, the same as my RAM FSB, hence a very minimal bottleneck? (Leaving the obvious clock speed, and cache aside, only speaking about FSB here)
If it helps, the system will be a multi purpose system, server at Lans, heavy gaming machine, heavy use general purpose machine (Internet etc), relativly heavy use Image Manipulation and Film Manipulation machine, and a heavy use Developer machine (HTML, C++, VB, PHP, etc)
That gigabyte mobo is good, go for it. As for 8800GT vs. 9600GT, I would stick with 8800GT because is faster even if it's older than 9600.
keep the 8800. It is faster than the 9600.