I have been considering for sometime between two possible boards for my new system. The Asus P4C800-E Deluxe and the GA-8KNXP(rev 2.0) and after reading the threads on both boards at various forum sites, I am still at a loss for deciding, and hoping someone could answer some of the questions/concerns I have. I want my new system to last some time and offer compatibility and reliability.
I have no need for a RAID array at the moment, but in the choices of the two boards the Manual for the Asus board actually tells you how to set one up, while the Gigabyte does not. How hard is it really?
Can you have a setup like so; A P-ATA Drive has the main drive (i.e. Has the OS on it) and a single S-ATA drive connected for data/games/database install?
After reading the associated threads, the components of the Gigabyte seem to be far superior (especially with regards to the raid controller), and the althought I have never had an issue with my current Asus board (CUV4X) I am concerned with the number of issues folks are having with the P4C800-E over the 8KNXP boards. Or am I just reading too much into it?
Is the type of RAM I get really going to be a major issue, as I plan to not do any overclocking in the near future with the system, but may later on? I am considering 1 GB Kit Corsair TWINX1024 3200C2 RAM Kit versus 2 X 512 MB Kingston RAM (exact one not sure) PC3200 ... And note I am in Canada, not the USA. :cry:
System specs for the possible build:
GA-8KNXP or Asus P4C800-E Deluxe
1GB Corsair or Kingston PC3200 RAM
WD 80GB IDE
2 X Seagate Barracuda SATA 7200RPM Drives (RAID) unless I can get away with one drive in a non-RAID setup
HIS Excalibur 9600XT 256MB w/DVI & TV Video Card
SB Audiology 2 ZS
LG-GSA 4082B DVD Burner
LG 52X32X52X CDRW
Thermaltake W0013/14 Silent Pure 480W PSU
ICute 302 Case
Any answers, thoughts or suggestions are welcome!
Thanks in advance.