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March 13, 2010 5:44:48 PM

I'm converting my old(er) E6600-CPU based computer into my HTPC, salvaging some parts (PATA DVD burner, PATA HD, Geforce 8800 GT), and making a new gaming rig.

I've decided on an Intel i5-750 CPU, though I've heard the i3-530 might also suffice.

I've looked at some mobos from this article:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...oard,2436.html
but think there are probably other good ones out there.

Needs:
*IDE support for my PATA DL DVD burner/older PATA HD
*PCI slot (2 hopefully) for legacy PCI cards
*5.1 audio (though it looks like just about everything surpasses that nowadays)

Plus/minus/meh:
*Don't care so much about SLI/Crossfire though I guess having the possibility later is nice. My single Geforce 8800 GT is okay for right now.
*Overclocking - if it's easy, great. Don't have a whole lot of experience with OC bios tweaking. Will only be using stock HSF
*USB 3.0?

Any thoughts? The Asus P755D has so many variants it's difficult to sort through (there are 14!). I think Gigabyte has some decent offerings too.

Cost $200 or less would be ideal.

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March 13, 2010 5:57:34 PM

waylo said:
javascript:%20void(0);I've looked at some mobos from this article:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...oard,2436.html
but think there are probably other good ones out there.


Abother good read:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/usb-3.0-performance...

Gigabyte’s P55A-UD4P cuts costs by using the processor’s PCIe 2.0 connections to host its high-bandwidth controllers. Two of the primary graphics card’s 16 PCIe lanes supply its USB 3.0 and SATA 6.0 Gb/s controllers, and Gigabyte disables six more lanes to make the upper slot an effective x8 interface. The USB 3.0 and SATA 6.0 Gb/s controllers revert to the chipset’s 2.5 GT/s lanes whenever two graphics cards are installed, to preserve the x8 transfers each graphics card needs for optimal CrossFire or SLI performance.

Hence I favor the Asus boards.....

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...
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