Motherboard specification

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         I am planning to buy a system with Intel Core 2 Duo as the
processor. I wanted to know which is the best motherboard for this. I
searched in other forms (Google search :-)  ) for this info, I was not
able to determine which feature of motherboard have to be considered
( I mean I am not familar with the technical terms used to describe
the motherboard) for selecting. I want my system to support (without
getting struck :-) ) some software which require high processing and
latest games :-), So can you please tell me which feature of the
motherboard has to be considered for selection.

Also I wanted to know whether all motherboard support a specific
graphics card, or should this be considered while selecting a

Till now I have read INTEL DG965RY is the best but I want to be sure
of my selection.

Thanking in Advance.


Re: Motherboard specification

On Sun, 9 Nov 2008 07:26:26 -0800 (PST), Ashwin

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"Best" in what respect?  Anything that is supposed to be
compatible will work.  

Best overclocking?

Best upgrade path in the future?

Best resistance to high ambient temperature?

Best price considering longevity?

Best price without considering longevity (would be replaced
again for an upgrade in a couple years)?

Best color to match your other parts?

Best support after the sale?

Best combination of bus slots of the parts you already have?

There is no one overall "best" board, or else there'd not be
so many to choose from.

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First determine your total budget.  Subtract a reasonable
amount, somewhere in the neighborhood of $75 to $150 USD and
with what remains of the budget, determine which other parts
you need and how much is remaining for the processor.  Pick
the processor and with that in mind, which motherboards
support it, preferribly getting one that is a current
generation instead of last generation unless the budget is
very tight.

Any decent board supporting the CPU you pick will all "high
processing" and "latest games", assuming you also have ample
memory installed and buy (or already have) a decent PCIe
video card.

Basic features depend on exactly what high processing means.
In general any current generation motherboard that supports
over 4GB of memory and has a 16X PCIe slot for the video
card is a good start.  It ought to support 1066 FSB or
higher, have enough slots for any further add-on cards you
might install.

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If you intend to use only one graphics card, not Crossfire
or SLI configurations, then any modern motherboard with a
16X PCIe slot should work with your choice of PCIe video
card.  There are rare incompatibilities but they are
exceptions rather than the rule, are things you would
research once you have settled on specific makes and models
of parts as a last step before buying.

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Intel 965 chipset is now old, pick a more modern motherboard
like P45 chipset or P35 to save a little bit of money if you
want an Intel chipset.

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