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    Default Buy or not to Buy

    I am a daily Follower of this Gigabyte forum
    and Enjoy the learning curve....amazing help extended to peoples
    in need of guidance....and an incredible commitment and dedication
    to solve problems......

    to the point where I have compiled all my equipment for a new rig
    but scare to go the final steps and get the Motherboard....
    I am Clearly interested in the GA EP45 UD3P for the positive feedback
    in many review.....ultimate goal is to Overclock to 3.8g.....but worried after all the Horror stories of some user getting 2nd or 3rd board or tthe one Having to try different set of memory PSU....

    Is this an acceptable % of defective products, compared to other MB manufacture

    Please give me some more reason........to get This Board.....
    I clearly need the last push....

    Thank you In advance

    Michel
    Core 2 Duo E8400 (E0)
    Gigabyte EP45-UD3P (F9 Bios)
    Cooler Master V8
    Corsair Dominator 1066 PC2 8500 C5 2x 2gb w/cooling fan
    (5.5.5.15 at 2.1v)
    Western Digital 640 blue caviar (2 unit)
    Palit Hd 4870 sonic dual cooler
    Cooler Master Silent pro 700w
    Cooler master RC 690 w/ 6 fan 120mm

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    Default Re: Buy or not to Buy

    Save yourself a lot of grief & just go with Mushkin XP2 memory. I'm not trying to start a flame war, but my memory was auto-detected correctly at 2.05 volts (per SPD) and full rated speed. It runs fine at 2.02 volts up to ddr2-1100. You don't have to guess if MCH voltage should be 1.24 or maybe 1.05 volts. The Mushkin forum is excellent. The staff at Mushkin respond promptly and provide suggested memory settings if you ask.

    The audio ALC-889A provides excellent sound using my 5.1 Z5500e Logitech speakers, even though setting it up is a bit quirky.

    My Mobo has been problem free since day 1. I've had my share of multiple reboots, but that's because I've been tweaking at the limits.

    I chose the UD3P over the UD3R based on the additonal features that I might use in the future, and it was only $15 more expensive.

    Every mobo has some "issues", no matter who makes 'em. With the caliber of the support on this forum, I don't see how you can go wrong.

    The Cooler Master RC 690 is a great middle tier case. I'm using four additional SlipStreamer 140 mm fans, 2 in the top and 2 in the side panel. If you also want to install an 80 mm fan to cool the underside of the cpu, you'll need to find one that is 15 mm thick, not the standard 25 mm thickness.

    Keep in mind that many of the problems you've seen posted are from people that didn't get things quite right with their bios settings. Even with the best mobo/cpu/memory combo there is always a chance that one of the components might be faulty.
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    Default Re: Buy or not to Buy

    Yes, all boards have their respective Quirks and DOA instances.

    I say buy one, you will be fine with the specs listed, if you would like alternate suggestions let us know

    You will be able to do 3.8-4Ghz with ease

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    Well I Take An appointment with you LSDmeasap.....
    as soon as i pick up the Mobo.....
    you will take me by the hand...to the 4ghz hight....
    until then..thank you for your words of advise...

    Michel
    Core 2 Duo E8400 (E0)
    Gigabyte EP45-UD3P (F9 Bios)
    Cooler Master V8
    Corsair Dominator 1066 PC2 8500 C5 2x 2gb w/cooling fan
    (5.5.5.15 at 2.1v)
    Western Digital 640 blue caviar (2 unit)
    Palit Hd 4870 sonic dual cooler
    Cooler Master Silent pro 700w
    Cooler master RC 690 w/ 6 fan 120mm

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