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Thread: P35 S3G or P31 DS3L for E5200




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    Default P35 S3G or P31 DS3L for E5200

    Will I have a problem with any of these boards and that CPU without flashing bios or anything, looking for a preety much plug and play situation, rig will be for a friend of mine, rest of specs include a Coolermaster 520M modular PSU, RAM not decided yet, 4 sticks of 1 gig a problem on these boards?

    Also, what if ram is not on the RAM support list on the website? Will it work?

    GFX will be a 9600GT or a 9800GT


    Thanks, Filip
    Last edited by Filip; 01-22-2009 at 03:50 AM.

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    Default Re: P35 S3G or P31 DS3L for E5200

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    Default Re: P35 S3G or P31 DS3L for E5200

    Hi Filip ... If you want to assemble it, load an OS, and send it out the door, most modern hardware will allow that, if the components are chosen diligently. However, it's not going to be performing at an efficient level. But since you ask, I'd suggest two things in general from what you've provided ... avoid any modular power supply, and use 2x2gb memory instead of 4x1gb if possible.
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    My mainstream G.Skill memory isn't shown on the RAM compatability list, but it works great on my P35-S3G. The CPU compatability list shows that both the e5200 (M0) and e5300 (R0) are supported on this board with the current F5b BIOS. I've successfully used the F2, F4, F5a, and F5b BIOSs on my board. Flashing the BIOS has never been easier by using Q-Flash. There are instructions on how to use Q-Flash in a sticky at the top of this forum. As a word of caution, never, ever, use any online procedure (such as @BIOS) to update any BIOS. I learned that the hard way.
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    Also, if they aren't that good of a friend that you'd not update the BIOS to begin with, or learn to adjust the BIOS parameters to an efficient level, then maybe you should point them elsewhere, eh? I've already posted many threads about setting up my P35-S3G, following Lsd's expert guidance. If they don't answer your initial setup questions, I'll be happy to help. I have no comments about using EasyTune.
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    My P35-S3G and e2160 combo is limited to ~390fsb. As such, the e5200, with its wide range of multipliers, should be an excellent choice for this board. I'd hope to expect it to operate at 3.4gHz or more with full stability. But if I was buying a new motherboard today, I'd choose the EP45-UD3R. It's a more expensive and complex board, but will operated at much higher FSB speeds, and the P45 setup experiences have been very well documented here in the Tweaktown forums. hth
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    Default Re: P35 S3G or P31 DS3L for E5200

    Thanks for that, I have a Gigabyte X48 DS4 with an E8400 my self, and flashed a bios so im farmiliar with that. Gonna go 2 x 2GB Ram, probably 1066, Kingmax, seems to be the best bang for the buck. I also have a modular PSU so not seeing a problem with that, unless the P35 S3Ghas problems with that?!

    Also, seems that for you didnt have a problem with the E2160 on your board with any of the bioses. Looks good to me, probably this will be my choice.

    Also, he doesn't want to overclock, so I was thinking of an E7200 aswell.

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    Default Re: P35 S3G or P31 DS3L for E5200

    Well, then perhaps you're already aware of how simple the P35 chipset will be to setup, compared to your X48 board. There are fewer parameters to tweak, and mine runs very stable up to 390fsb. Nice board ... no regrets.
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    Since he won't be overclocking, then perhaps the higher cost of the e7200 can be justified for its higher default bus (266 vs 200). And 1066 memory would be beneficial if it's just a few bucks more than 800. My board offers 2, 2.4, 2.5, 3, 3.2, 3.33, and 4 memory multipliers. I would suggest G.Skill, and many others here recommend Mushkin, for their proven functionality. I'm not so sure how well the Kingmax will work. Perhaps it's on the compatability list, but it wouldn't be my first choice.
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    My anti-modular psu stance is just a personal preference. It should work as well on the P35 boards as any other. And Q-Flash has taken all the anxiety out of updating the BIOS. It's sweet.
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    The only PCI card I have in my system right now is a Promise Ultra100 TX2 IDE Controller for an extra disk. Otherwise, the audio, networking, and USB have all performed as expected. I installed my XP partition with AHCI Disabled, but my SATA disk runs great. I've not used the LPT or COM ports, and I was able to set them each to Disabled in BIOS. I normally set the Suspend Type to S1(POS). I have used S3(STR) successfully, but it's been a while. I'll try that again and let you know.
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