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Windows 7: Need a new MB & probably CPU I'm a lot out of date, suggestions please

22 Nov 2011   #11

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Trapper View Post
I came across the ASUS P8P67 MB here:
with 8GB memory for 382.63.

I would like to get away from noisy fans if at all possible and according to the user review the supplied fan is quite noisy, is there a quiet fan or can heatsinks be used on this CPU & board?
Or an equally specked board that does not use fans at all would be better?

I do not know if the chipset is okay or even if the board is fairly new, as I do not want to buy an older board. Can anyone give me an opinion of this or better for the same money? I am quite happy sourcing from multiple suppliers to keep the costs down.

In the blurb on the OC page as above it states:
Note - Please note that adding in additional memory to the spare slots will require new BIOS settings and the maximum clock speed attainable may be significantly reduced.
What does this mean in plain English 'practical' terms?

Updating the BIOS on the overclocked bundle range will void the warranty on the overclock. If you update the BIOS we will no longer be able to provide support for configuring and maintaining the CPU overclock.
I read this to mean that if I upgrade and use 8gb memory I will require a new bios, but in doing the upgrade they will no longer provide support (or guarantee the MB)?

Keep 4gb no problem use 8gb and warranty is voided????????
It looks to me like that is an already overclocked PC, sold to those who want overclocking but don't want to set it up themselves.

Do you want an overclocked PC?

The first blurb means that if you add more RAM on your own after purchase that may possibly not exactly match the original RAM, it may affect the overclock and require you to fiddle with BIOS settings in an attempt to maintain the overclock.

Overclockers pretty much have to fiddle with the BIOS--that's how it is done.

A simple upgrade from 4 GB to 8 GB should NOT require a new BIOS, but it may require new BIOS settings, depending on the characteristics of the new 4 GB set.

So, the way I read it, upgrading from 4 to 8 does not void the warranty. On the other hand, flashing to a new BIOS does void the warranty.

That's a good motherboard. The P67 chipset is quite new, superseded only by the Z68, which has only minor differences.

The fan and heatsink included with the 2500k is unobtrusive at ordinary work loads. As the work load increases, the nature of the noise changes to a higher pitch. You may or may not find that annoying.

Overclockers tend to ignore noise in their quest for speed, but you can certainly replace the included Intel heatsink and fan with another that cools better if need be. Most overclockers would do that as a matter of course.

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23 Nov 2011   #12

Windows 7 Professional 64bit

Overclocking was not an option I had originally thought of and on reflection have decided not to follow this route, but it was an interesting possibility.

I have no idea why I like this board more than any other, I do not understand much of the specs or what they mean in practical day to day usage, and that does not help me, hence my pestering of you poor guys.

Okay, I like the easy BIOS, the seemingly good spec and I like the colour.

I don't know if I am right but can you use mixed memory with this board? I have 4x1gb sticks of 184 pin DDR2 I think, DIMM which I would rather keep as they are quite new, I can then update later or would I need a new set? There are only 2 PCI slots but could live with that.

Can you connect a CD/RW unit with an older type ribbon cable connector? Or can you get an adapter lead?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Nov 2011   #13

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

If you are referring to the Asus P8P67, it requires DDR 3 RAM and I don't think it has any connectors for the old style ribbon cables. Most motherboards released in the last couple of years are going to require DDR3.
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