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Q9450, 9800GX2, 8GB DDR2 MOBO PLEASE?

 
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FSX



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 02, 2008 2:28 pm    Post subject: Q9450, 9800GX2, 8GB DDR2 MOBO PLEASE? Reply with quote

Hi all!

I am an FSX fanatic and run the Simulator through 4 cores and therefore have invested in the Q9450. I am also going to use the 9800GX2, with 8GB of DDR2 running either XP 64bit or Vista 64bit. Either or it will be a 64bit Operating System to take advantage of the 8GB of DDR2. FSX will use about 3.5GB of that and the rest will use up the other internal and external pieces of equipment I will be using such as Active Sky X, X Graphics, Live ATC, Skype etc.

FSX is one of the most demanding games on the market and I have been looking at numerous motherboards but am getting discombobulated with the compatibility issues. I have a budget of £300 for the motherboard.

Any help on the matter would be much appreciated?
Any suggestions on the rest of the set up feel free to add..

Case
Hard-Drive
Graphics Card (will be using 9800GX2)
Sound Card
Power Supply
RAM (8gb of the fastest DDR2 please)
Motherboard
Processor (Q9450 quad)
OS (XP 64 or Vista 64)
Fan


From my browsing online and brain storming I have made a small shortlist of motherboards. You may not need to agree or disagree but any help and advice on the matter would be much appreciated?

ASUS Rampage Formula X48: http://www.awd-it.com/scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=3691
Gigabyte GA-EP45-DQ6: http://www.awd-it.com/scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=4233
Gigabyte GA-X48-DQ6: http://www.awd-it.com/scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=3722
DFI Lanparty UT X48-T2R: http://www.awd-it.com/scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=3811

I dont think I can wait for the P45 so I suspect the above 4 are the top end motherboards to handle a Q9450 and 8 GB of DDR2 (please donít persuade me to buy just 4Gb) with the 9800GX2 on Vista 64bit.

I am also not going to wait for the GTX280, however , I believe I can upgrade to it in the future and it will be compatible with the above motherboards if I remove the 9800GX2.

Many many thanks in advance any help is much appreciated.
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FSX



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 02, 2008 6:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quiet in here.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 03, 2008 5:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anyone else wish to pick the best motherboard for my set up?

ASUS Rampage Formula X48: http://www.awd-it.com/scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=3691
Gigabyte GA-EP45-DQ6: http://www.awd-it.com/scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=4233
Gigabyte GA-X48-DQ6: http://www.awd-it.com/scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=3722
DFI Lanparty UT X48-T2R: http://www.awd-it.com/scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=3811

Many thanks again.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2008 12:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK thank you all for your help so far. I am now at the stage of investing in my RAM. Can anyone recommend me the fastest and best 8GB of DDR2 (4x 2GB). I am going to overclock the Q9450 to about 3.2ghz per core using the Asus Rampage: http://www.afterdawn.com/hardware/product_details.cfm/4971/asus_rampage_formula

Can someone please help me choose the best, I am not so concerned about the money but instead being able to overclock the Q9450 and having the most powerfull RAM to support my PC running a 64bit as powerfull as possible and helping FSX go as fast as possible. I use CS3 and Cubase as well.

Many many thanks again.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2008 6:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wouldn't recommend overclocking any hardware. Memory is categorised by it's safe working speeds, if you go over this it may work, however you will limit it's life and increase the numbers of errors it will make.

Chances are you will not be able to tell the difference whether it is overclocked or not. Sure you can measure the difference, but the noticeable difference as you use the PC will be negligible.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 2008 4:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have found the following 6? Does anyone know if I am on the right tracks or suggest any more thats better, or if so from the list below which one is the best or are any better ones out there?

G.Skill 4GB DDR2 PK PC2-8500C5 (2x2GB) CAS5 Dual Channel Kit (F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK): http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MY-023-GS

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1000 (PC2 8000):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231145

4GB (2x2GB) Corsair TwinX DDR2 PC2-8500 (1066):
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=782925

4GB (2x2GB) Corsair TwinX XMS2, DDR2 PC2-6400 (800):
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=632574

Hynix 240 Pin DDR2 PC2-8500 - DDR2-1066: http://www.offtek.co.uk/ddr2.php?subcat=70&subgroup=1&memtype=DDR2-PC8500

and 2Gb Team DDR2 PC2-9600 1200MHz Xtreem Dual Channel kit CL5:
http://computers.pricegrabber.co.uk/laptop-memory/m/32883735/skd=1/search=ddr2%25209600/st=product/sv=title/

Thanks in advance.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 2008 6:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From the Rampage manual I have copied this:

System Bus: 1600/1333/1066/800 MHz
Memory: Dual-Channel memory architecture
- 4 x 240-pin DIMM support unbuffered ECC/ non-ECC DDR2 1200*/1066/800/667Mhz memory modules
-Supprts up to 8GB system memory

*The DDR2 frequency reaches 1200MHz after overclocking

Thank you again.
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