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Which motherboard is better to buy?

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March 10, 2014 10:49:15 AM

I have 2 options to get a motherboard, and I'm stuck choosing which one I should get.
This is the Asus one: http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=2...

This is the MSI one: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Which one is better?
The Asus and MSI are both mATX, but MSI has 2 PCIE slots instead of one, unlike the ASUS.
They are both 32GB MAX, LGA 1150, and PCIE 3.0.
It's tough, but can you help me out here?

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March 10, 2014 11:01:09 AM

They are similar but I'd go for Asus!
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March 10, 2014 11:02:05 AM

Hello... one thing I noticed that both have different Realtek audio Chip... also one board has the 7.1 audio full connections on the rear of the Board... the other will need special and front connection to complete a 7.1 speaker hook up.
Consider/visualize what you need and type of connections, and that basically is what will be the difference between same Chipset model boards.
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March 10, 2014 11:06:38 AM

Which brand do you prefer?

With a B85 based motherboard, you are unlikely to ever be able to use a second pcie graphics card effectively.
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March 10, 2014 11:08:35 AM

I don't generally like MSI motherboards, but in this case, having to choose between the two, I wouldn't get the Asus because it still has two old-school PS2 ports which will require adapter and are kind of a waste. The MSI has one, but at least there are additional USB ports right there as well. The MSI board also has analog audio outputs which will work with PC-based 5.1 or 7.1 speaker systems.

The MSI board has an additional PCIE x16 socket available, but it only operates at a max of 4x, so it's not ideal for crossfire or sli.

If you're trying to stay around $80 with the motherboard, the MSI is the way to go in this case.
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March 10, 2014 11:13:00 AM

ubercake said:
I don't generally like MSI motherboards, but in this case, having to choose between the two, I wouldn't get the Asus because it still has two old-school PS2 ports which will require adapter and are kind of a waste. The MSI has one, but at least there are additional USB ports right there as well. The MSI board also has analog audio outputs which will work with PC-based 5.1 or 7.1 speaker systems.

The MSI board has an additional PCIE x16 socket available, but it only operates at a max of 4x, so it's not ideal for crossfire or sli.

If you're trying to stay around $80 with the motherboard, the MSI is the way to go in this case.


Great answer. Thanks!
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