whats the best asus mobo for my needs and budget ?
i just need a mobo that would last 3 years...
dual channel for memory
good onboard sound card
might overclock in the future
good solid mobo
nice added features,
nice cooling, power design
no onboard vid card.
thanks alot !!
i might be picking the ff:
2 gb ram
200 sata drive
cheap nvidia card (temporary) will upgrade to 8800 gts in 3 months.
i recently purchased the asus p5b-e and it is working flawlessly and I recommend it, a lot of folks recommend the deluxe model but unless you need the features why bother. as usual it overclocks ok too.
correct me if im wrong... but it seems that the p5b deluxe supports CROSSFIRE ..... so does that mean i can have 2 ati vid cards ? like sli ?
Yes, but don't do it. See below:
and i dont quite get the 965 or 975 or 680i ? whats that ? help very much appreciated.. thanks !
The numbers you list identify the Northbridge chipset on a given motherboard. 975 and 965 are Intel, 680i is NVidia.
You can only run NVidia SLI using an NVidia chipset motherboard.
You can run ATI crossfire on both ATI/AMD and Intel chipset boards that have 2 PCI-Ex16 slots.
The Intel 975 will run crossfire well. So will the ATI/AMD chip boards. The 965 will not run it well. Do you really care? It does not sound like you have the cash to buy 2 high-end video cards, or the need for it.
It doesn't fail. It does not run well. The 965 chipset allows 16 lanes from the primary PCI-Ex16 slot, but only 4 from the secondary PCI-Ex16 slot.
The 975 chipset allows both slots 8 lanes, a more effective and balanced approach.
The Asus boards have sound issues. But, getting a pci sound card solves that problem. If you are using the computer for a HTPC and use up the slots for a tuner card and sound card, you still have one pci slot left, right?
what kind of sound issues ? and whats HTPC ? so... a cheap sound card would suffice ?
Apparently, there's a crackling and the sound is slightly distorted. I believe this is due to the onboard sound controller which is an ADI codec. These codecs are in most of the newer Asus (p965, at least) boards and they all have the same crackling, popping sound with the onboard audio. Other motherboards use the Realtek codecs and don't have the problem. I assume a sound card will help avoid the problem but that uses up a PCI slot and if you don't already have a sound card, you have to spend a bit extra, right? But, don't quote me on the solution as I'm only guessing on that. I've read about the onboard audio problems though from a review on the board. I also read on another forum, people who had bought Asus boards discussing their onboard sound problems.
well... should i just buy a cheap creative sound card ? which one btw ? (p5b deluxe or p5n32 sli deluxe---not the PLUS one )
Google the two boards and read the reviews. This site probably has reviewed both boards.
The P5N32 board is probably better if you're heavily into gaming. The other board is a good all-purpose board, I think. Since, I want a board for HTPC, I'm choosing between P5B-E and the Deluxe as far as Asus goes. I read that the nvidia chipsets (e.g. P5n-series) produce more heat so I want the other chipsets since I'll be wanting low-heat (due to video intensive tasks).
alright! thx alot !!! im still looking for the p5b deluxe still.. cant find any where here in my place....
any alternatives by the way just in case?
Biostar Tforce 965PT
MSI P965 Platinum
Abit AB9 Pro
DFI P965-S (not that avail. yet?)
The boards above are the ones I'm considering besides the Asus P5B series.
Where are you located that you cannot find the P5B Deluxe? I thought that was a very common board. If there is a board you can't find or it's not available in your area, you could always check ebay. I am quite sure that board is available via ebay. Try to go with a seller who has a 99% rating or better.