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Which ASUS mobo should i pick ?

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April 19, 2007 5:23:00 AM

whats the best asus mobo for my needs and budget ?

$100-$150

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
supports C2D
nice added features,
nice cooling, power design
no SLI
no onboard vid card.
minimal problems
user firendly,

thanks alot !!

i might be picking the ff:
E6600 C2D
2 gb ram
200 sata drive
cheap nvidia card (temporary) will upgrade to 8800 gts in 3 months.

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April 19, 2007 6:32:52 AM

on a side note.... the p5b deluxe is around $10 cheaper from the pn32 SLI...... so.. should i just get the p32n sli ?

or is there something im missing ?
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April 19, 2007 7:02:50 AM

I believe the PN32 is an Nvidia chipset. The P5B Deluxe is an Intel 965 chipset. I believe the 680i chipset will perform close to the Intel 965 and 975 chipsets. The nvidia chipsets are for SLI.
a b V Motherboard
April 19, 2007 1:07:45 PM

Either the P5B or P5B-E fits your description.
April 19, 2007 2:09:38 PM

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.
April 19, 2007 7:48:41 PM

My vote goes to the P5B-E plus, solid capacitors and 8 phase power will make the board last forever.
April 19, 2007 10:26:45 PM

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 ?

and i dont quite get the 965 or 975 or 680i ? whats that ? help very much appreciated.. thanks !
a b V Motherboard
April 19, 2007 10:50:22 PM

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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:

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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.
April 20, 2007 1:48:06 AM

well, as of right now, i dont have the cash nor the need, but might take that into consideration in the future .

on a sidenote, which is better, p5b deluxe or p5n32 sli ?

and why does the crossfire fail at 965 ?
a b V Motherboard
April 20, 2007 1:57:12 AM

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.
April 20, 2007 2:07:47 AM

aaahhh !!! now i got it! i might review more on crossfire next time....

also, IGNORING the dual vid card (SLI / Crossfire)

which of the three is the best ?

p5b - plus
p5b - deluxe
p5n32 SLI ?

pros and cons if possible, coz even if i read the specs, i dont quite understand it... thanks in advance !
a b V Motherboard
April 20, 2007 2:43:24 AM

Based on your original post, the P5B or P5B-E should suit you just fine...
April 20, 2007 3:45:21 AM

yeah, im also inclining on those... but the p5b and p5n32's price difference is really minimal...

so.... narrowing down the choices..... p5bdeluxe and p5n32... ignoring SLI / CROSSFIRE feature...
April 21, 2007 2:51:14 AM

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?
April 21, 2007 7:15:32 AM

what kind of sound issues ? and whats HTPC ? so... a cheap sound card would suffice ?
April 21, 2007 3:52:58 PM

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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.

HTPC = Home Theater PC
April 21, 2007 3:59:01 PM

well... should i just buy a cheap creative sound card ? which one btw ? (p5b deluxe or p5n32 sli deluxe---not the PLUS one )
April 22, 2007 3:24:12 AM

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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).
April 22, 2007 7:04:20 AM

pls correct me if im wrong with my conclusion:

since SLI isnt really that much needed (no stellar performance gain - cost efficient)

having the highest card is better than two lower high end card at SLI.

since the p5n32 produces more heat... it would be wise to choose p5b deluxe because of that... so OC is better at p5b deluxe ?

other than that... am i missing something ? thanks alot !
a b V Motherboard
April 22, 2007 12:59:27 PM

You are correct.
April 22, 2007 2:11:26 PM

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?
April 22, 2007 2:39:06 PM

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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?

Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3
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.
April 23, 2007 12:11:45 AM

philippines.....unfortunately, most of the mobos that are available are low end ones.... so.. i might have a hard time looking for one... good luck to me..

gonna buy the 6600 later though after work.
April 24, 2007 12:37:14 PM

yay ! i got myself the p5b-e plus since there are no more p5b deluxe and p5n32.... is the p5b e plus good ? whats the difference between this and p5b deluxe ? thanks !
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