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    Default Best MicoATX Motherboards of 2008?

    hey everyone. im new to this forum. i have successfully built a hackintosh in the past using an ASUS P4P800 Deluxe mobo with a 2.8ghz P4 CPU. I gave that mac to my sister and now I need one for myself. I don't want to spend a lot, i know that might be a problem but I great at finding bargains. the only thing i am having a hard time deciding is the motherboard. yes i did search and yes i looked at the 10.5.2 compatibility list on wiki but that doesn't help me narrow stuff down. i really dont wanna patch anything (even tho i know i might need too). i think i am gonna stick with Asus just because i believe they are designed well and i have some experience with them. does anyone have any recommendations for microatx motherboards that are Asus? i was looking at this:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131288

    its an ASUS P5KPL-CM LGA 775 Intel G31 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

    what got me was the bus speed and the price. i pretty much know all the parts im gonna get except maybe the graphics card. i used a ATI radeon 9600xt on my old hackintosh and till this day i still cant get QE/CI enabled. i have given up (if you know a fix please point me the right direction). Anyway, im gonna get a Core2Duo to insure EFI support. Proly a 1 TB hd, dvd burner, 2 gig ram and proly an Nvidia card. i know the mobo is the crucial part of the hackintosh but i would like something cheap and that has as little patching as possible. something that works OOB would be ideal! i plan to run iAtkos on it, never really liked kalyway. anyway, any help would be appreciated.
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    Check this:

    Gigabyte GA-G31M-S2
    Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3
    ASUS P5B DELUXE

    Heres a guy with the same mobo

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    thanks for the quick reply. if a mobo is says it supports quad-core does that mean it will support the Intel Core 2 Quad? i mean it might be something obvious, but perhaps it needs to be a certain quad processor. still cant make up my mind.
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    Yeh it will support Core 2 Quad
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    Default What about the CPU?

    i thought i had a clear choice on the CPU. i want the intel core 2 quad but theres like 20 under that category! what do you guys think is more important, the bus speed or the cache? and the 65nm vs the 45nm core technology. im pretty sure i know what each does, i just dont know which is more important. basically im torn by the Q660 and the Q8300. if you have a CPU recommendation I would really appreciate it. maybe you have a better pick, i dunno. but let me know, someone! thank u!


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    Well the Processor wont affect your system, so you can pick any of them, just check your budget but I guess Q9300/Q9550 are the best without going to the extreme ones
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    i did some reading and found out the intel core 2 duo e8500 out performs a core 2 quad 9300 on a PC. i was wondering if anyone knows a good site that has done benchmarking with these processors but on leopard. leopard was suppose to be designed to take advantage of multicore, i just dont want to spend the money on quad core when a dual core can do it cheaper. i guess investing in a quad core wouldnt be so bad because eventually apps are going to support multicore but i want to see a performance boost right off the bat, not wait till the apps can support the quad core. a good place to get some benchmarks for hackintoshs would be nice. thanks so much!

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    They din't have the 9300, so I used the Q6600 for you to compare:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/d...,838.html?prod[2194]=on&prod[2184]=on

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    ok well i think i got everything. can someone take a look at my specs. im wondering i should do 8gb of PC2 6400 Ram or is that overkill?

    heres everything:

    http://secure.newegg.com/Shopping/Sh...px?Submit=view

    and this Bluetooth dongle, not sure if it will work but it says mac compatible.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Mini-USB-2-0-Blu...A1%7C294%3A200

    i didnt want to spend a lot on the adapter, hope it works! also, i already have a spare HDD so im good for now. ill probably buy it later. thanks in advance.

 

 

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