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    Newer Intel CPU/Asus Motherboards

    Has anyone built any GS3 systems with the newer P4/LGA775 CPUs with Asus boards (P5GD2, P5GD1, P5GDC)...? Problems? Sheer bliss? Just wondering.

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    Re: Newer Intel CPU/Asus Motherboards

    Searching a little bit, I found limited non-G3 machine reviews. Mostly positive. Said the CPU runs on the hotter side. DDR2 didn't provide much of a gain. But the NCQ Maxtor/Seagate reviews were mostly positive. One said they were louder drives.

    But I'd still love to hear from someone who's using it for G3.

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    Oh great. I do my research and figure out exactly what I want in my new machine and then y'all throw this in!!! It looks like the prices are comparable to the socket 478 motherboards and processors. Anybody have any other opinions? I was all set on the ASUS p4c800 e Deluxe, etc., etc. I wonder if these new ones are going to be a great advantage.

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    Re: Newer Intel CPU/Asus Motherboards

    Well, for better or worse, I ordered a P5GD2 and an NCQ drive. The ignorant novice that I am, It'll probably take me a while to get it built, configured, installed and used...but I'll report what I can about stability.

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    Re: Newer Intel CPU/Asus Motherboards

    I'm doing new research, but does anyone know if the other features on the newer boards are better than the p4c 800e deluxe also?

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    Re: Newer Intel CPU/Asus Motherboards

    Quote Originally Posted by Danimal
    Oh great. I do my research and figure out exactly what I want in my new machine and then y'all throw this in!!! It looks like the prices are comparable to the socket 478 motherboards and processors. Anybody have any other opinions? I was all set on the ASUS p4c800 e Deluxe, etc., etc. I wonder if these new ones are going to be a great advantage.
    I built a machine in 2 months ago using the P4C800e dlx with 2 GB RAM. There are always new things coming around the corner. For the latest technology you pay a premium price and only you can decide whether you want to jump onboard the new bandwagon or not. New technology may not imply it's superior - yet. For example the new DDR2 memory will be superior to DDR - eventually. But it might be a good idea to get a DDR2 board it you want to upgrade the RAM in the future.

    It's a balance betwen price - performance, your willingness to test new technology, your future upgrading plans etc. I will not upgrade my new machine at all, but buy a new one 3-4 years from now, getting the 64bit advantages with 64bit OS, better RAM, better disks, ... . To me that makes sense, but to you it might not be the best path.

    just my 0.02...

    /Chris
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    Re: Newer Intel CPU/Asus Motherboards

    Allmoge, Thanks, I was just complaining anyway. I was just interested in the fact that it seems that that new technology didn't seem to be all that expensive compared to the p4c800e deluxe and processors for them. I have no desire to test the new technologies and gamble, but I thought the prices looked good for being new technology, unless I'm missing something.

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    Re: Newer Intel CPU/Asus Motherboards

    I priced it out and there wasn't that big a difference. I thought the drive specs might be a good thing...and might give me a little extra room to grow. It was just an uneducated guess.

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    Re: Newer Intel CPU/Asus Motherboards

    Right now there is little difference performance wise between DDR and DDR2. Actually latency is high on DDR2.. for now.. but they run cooler and have a higher data rate..

    Funny thing is a P4 3.2Ghz 540 (Socket T) version is cheaper than Prescott/Northwood counterpart. This is of course more than made up by the added cost of DDR2 and PCI-e cards but if I was getting a new P4 based system I would seriously think about building one around the newer chipset simply due to better upgrade path.

    I've already built a few for some happy clients (aka composers).

    As for NCQ SATA drives I've so far tried Seagate's Barracuda 7200.7 (160GB). Load times in G3 are shockingly fast on a hyperthreaded system. The big benefit is with large orchestrations containing dozens of big instruments (this on a workstation w/ 2GB DDR2). Noise is low on Barracudas but these things can get hottt under heavy load so cooling is important.

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    Re: Newer Intel CPU/Asus Motherboards

    Gulliver...if these things run hotter...if I've got a OS drive and a Barracuda NCQ drive for samples, do you think I'd need more than one case fan?

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