My old ASUS P5N32-SLI Premium just took a dump on me, so I am looking for a replacement MOBO. I am not looking to OC at this time, but I like to leave that door open for the future. I am also looking for a board that is SLI ready (that the design has been thought out without leaving 1/16th" between the cards), as I would like to go 2x on my GTX-260 before summer. Beside that, I just want a board that is reliable and stood the test of time so to say. Price range anywhere up to 250-300 is fine with me as long as the board is stoat enough to last 2-3 years. Any suggestions would be appreciated!
I would send the board in for an rma to asus. Many have a 3 year warranty. Asus may send you a newer replacement board if your current board is out of production. In the meantime, get a cheaper newegg open box board while you wait for the rma. If you don't have any warranty left, look at the asrock boards, which is what I use. Asrock is an offshoot of asus. I use the p45ts-r, which is only $78. Asus has some rebates going at newegg right now. I don't recommend any brands for longevity; it's a crapshoot. Just handle your new board with an anti static strap (they cost about $1) and use a quality brand of power supply, such as seasonic, corsair, or pc power and cooling. I always replace the power supply when I install a new board if it's more than 2 years old.
Yeah, I looked at RMA'n the old MB, but it is out of warrenty sadly.
Thanks for the suggestion on the asrock boards, I will check them out. I have been a ASUS fan for years, and never had any problems with them, so that is mostly what I have been looking at so far.
I did forget to say above, although it is probably obvious, the chipset for the cpu is 775, and that this is mainly a gaming machine.
As for the PS, I already plan on picking one up, just havent decided how large to go at this time, as I want to make sure that it will be large enough to handle both gtx-260's, for after I get the 2nd card so I don't have to back track later on.
Sadly though the first board has alot of negative reviews on Newegg, but I am hoping that someone here might be able to shed some unbias light on this Mobo. It has all the features that I would like at this time, with the options to upgrade in the future to a higher MHZ DDR2 if I would like. The spacing on the PCI slots for SLI is large enough with room between them to fit in my PCI SB-Extreme card and maybe even a Killer NIC (something I am toying around about purchasing).
The second board is what am I leaning toward at the moment though, cheaper price, same function, even comes with a half decent sound card in the bundle package, lol, I know, sounds like I have already made up my mind, however I would still like to hear what everything thinks about these 2 mobo's
However I am still open to suggestions, and would appreciate any feedback I can get, positive or negative.