Yeah I don't care for ASUS onboard sound solutions. I use ASUS Xonar and X-FI on my main systems. I have a later ASUS VIA sound chip on a P45. It works fine. The latest Realtek drivers seem to have a lot of cutsy gimmicks. I prefer the premium sound cards for my purposes. I doubt I would buy a MB because it used a Realtek sound driver.
I like the Gigabyte myself. The whole line of UD series both for Intel and AMD have been excellent in my experience. I do have to say Gigabyte and Asus are both generally of the highest quality and either would be a good choice. Sort of the BMW/Mercedes or Ferrari/Lamborghini debate.
And if I understood you properly badge...you wouldn't buy Realtek over VIA?
I wouln't buy a MB because it used a cute Realtek driver. I would buy a soundcard if it were my main system. Otherwise I could care less VIA, Realtek, Soundmax, etc. onboard. It's not by coincidence these chipmakers do not make 'premium' soundcards like the Xonar or X-FI. They are cheap, basic sound solutions. Be interesting to see a professional comparision of some the onboard solutions. I suppose there is a standout amongst them.
Well I agree with Badge on this one. I use a soundcard and have for years. However in building computers for others to me Realtek sounds best.
As to your other posts....I am not really sure about that Eco memory. Just not familiar with it but I have used the Ripjaw in a build a few weeks ago and was happy with it.
Looks like you did your research and got some good advice. In my opinion I would get the cheapest of those hard drives and add a SSD when you have the money.
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.
Thus, users with a single graphics card must sacrifice half of its peak bandwidth to enable 5.0 Gb transfers to the USB 3.0 and SATA 6.0 Gb/s controllers, while those with two cards must live with 2.5 Gb/s bandwidth limits on USB 3.0 and SATA 6.0 Gb/s controllers. Neither of these sacrifices is huge or even noticeable on most of today’s hardware, yet anyone trying to future-proof their system could be left cold.