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Good micro ATX mobo for Core i7-860?

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October 28, 2009 5:37:12 PM

I'm building a new Core i7-860 rig inside this mATX case:
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

I'm designing my system to be power-efficient and relatively cool running, with 1 single budget graphics card (Radeon HD 4550). The main task of my system is image and video processing (Adobe lightroom, Photoshop CS4, Premiere Pro). I don't play games.

Can someone recommend a good mobo? I'm looking at the ones on newegg and tigerdirect:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

The only requirement is that it must have a eSata port, beyond the standard goodies and expansion options. The most popular board on Newegg seems to be the GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD2 LGA 1156:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It's got one PCIe 2.0 slot, a PCIe 4x slot, and 2 regular PCI slots. I assume that's enough for my 1 video card. Although later on when USB 3.0 becomes standard I'll need an expansion card for USB 3.0. Are these enough expansion slots?

Can I just go with this one, or is there something I should look for?


October 28, 2009 9:22:05 PM

anybody?
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