"GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard"
As you can see by my signature, I have that motherboard.
I'm not saying it because I own it but if you look it up on newegg it is an excellent choice
@x customer choice award.
I disregarded the bad reviews because I think the majoeity are from people that didn't do their homework.
On the Gigabyte site it clearly states "500W or better PSU recommended" .
[May not be exact wods but that is the gist of what it says]
Also with over 900 sold there were bound to be a couple of duds + another thing is the some bought the board & it needed a bios flash to run the CPU they tried to use.
Mine is a couple of weeks old & it came with F6 BIOS
I have already updated to F9 .
"SAPPHIRE 100255U Radeon HD 4670 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - Retail
Built in HDMI & PowerDVD / DVD Suite Bundled"
You might want to consider the SAPPHIRE 100248L Radeon HD 3850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814102794
Bang for buck it's the better deal with the 256 bit bus .
The ad shows DDR3 memory but according to PC Wizard mine came [today] with DDR4 .
The PC Wiz global performance shows it having 'Global video performance 1800".
My X1800 XL was only 1300 !
If you read the reviews complaing about the fan being slow it's supposed to be !
Mine runs at 25% at idle with a temp of 52C
[X1800 xl was 66C !]
Once again there are some bad reviews that didn't pay attention to the power requirements.
It also come with a adapter that goes on one of the monitor connectors for a HDTV cable .
On this list of fastest to slowest video cards it's # 26 , which isn't too shabby for the price !http://whirlpool.net.au/wiki/?tag=rmp_vds
On the power supply thing,
I currently have a "lead power" [made by CWT] 680W .
I am ordering OCZ StealthXStream OCZ700SXS 700W ATX12V / EPS12V ,http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16817341019
The Gigabyte EP45-UD3R has a 8 pin CPU power connector.
The PSU I have only has a 4 pin PSU connector
It works fine but I want the 8 pin (4+4Pin) as I'm going to better CPU shortly & don't want a power issue.
OCZ StealthXstream 700W,Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R , E8500, Arctic Freezer Pro 7, 3GB G.Skill PC8500,Gigabyte Radeon HD 4850 OC [1GB ], Seagate 250GB SATA II X2 in RAID 0, Samsung SATA DVD burner.