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Good Intel DDR3 motherboard for around $170-$220?

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May 6, 2010 8:16:07 AM

What would a good Intel DDR3 motherboard (priced at around $170-$220) be? Planning to use for a gaming rig.

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a b V Motherboard
May 6, 2010 8:40:03 AM

Which CPU are you planning to use? All LGA 1156 and 1366 motherboards use DDR3. For LGA 1156 I'd pick the ASUS P7P55D-E Pro, for LGA 1366 I'd pick the Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R. If you're talking about LGA 775, the only boards which use DDR3 AFAIK are boards based on Intel's X38, X48 and nVidia's nForce 790i Ultra SLI chipset.
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May 6, 2010 9:04:19 AM

Lmeow said:
Which CPU are you planning to use? All LGA 1156 and 1366 motherboards use DDR3. For LGA 1156 I'd pick the ASUS P7P55D-E Pro, for LGA 1366 I'd pick the Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R. If you're talking about LGA 775, the only boards which use DDR3 AFAIK are boards based on Intel's X38, X48 and nVidia's nForce 790i Ultra SLI chipset.
Planning to use Intel Core i5 750 (2.66GHz) QUAD 95W, I'm also not that computer savvy, so I don't really know much what you're talking about. But what motherboard should I get with my i5?
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a b V Motherboard
May 6, 2010 10:09:57 AM

Well, the Core i5 750 uses the LGA 1156 socket. The motherboard that I recommend is the ASUS P7P55D-E Pro, if you are planning to use two graphic cards in CrossFireX/SLI, otherwise the ASUS P7P55D-E LX if you are only going to use one card.
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May 7, 2010 10:20:20 PM

Would like a reply soon, just say which is superior or suggest a better motherboard.
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May 8, 2010 3:41:49 AM

What video card(s) do you plan on using?

Both of those boards have pros and cons when compared to each other.

The ASUS P7P55D-E Pro has:

USB3.0 and SATA3 (although SATA3 may not be that great on p55 boards from what I've read) which the other doesn't.

USB 3.0 is extremely fast compared to the old USB 2.0 standard and will be something you definitely want in the near future. (I wouldn't buy a new motherboard right now that didn't have USB 3.0)

The ASUS P7P55 WS SuperComputer has:

An NF200 chip on it, this provides more PCI-Express lanes to augment those already on the i5-750. This is only noticeably beneficial if you plan on running at least 2 ATI Radeon 5870s in crossfire, which are $400 dollar cards apiece. (It may even be arguable that even then it isn't necessary.)

In layman's terms:

if you're not dropping at least $800 on graphics cards to warrant the WS SuperComputer, I would get the P7P55D-E Pro especially because it has USB 3.0 while the WS SuperComputer does not.
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May 8, 2010 5:32:11 AM

A single XFX 5870, no crossfire. With the reviews on the P7P55D-E Pro, I figure there would be a more reliable/quality motherboard out there. People seem to have a lot of issues with it. Also read that the motherboard screeches, definitely don't want a motherboard that does that.
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a b V Motherboard
May 8, 2010 7:22:08 AM

If a single Radeon HD 5870 is all you're going to be using, then I'd get the ASUS P7P55D-E LX.
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May 8, 2010 8:46:33 AM

Lmeow said:
If a single Radeon HD 5870 is all you're going to be using, then I'd get the ASUS P7P55D-E LX.
Don't really care too much for it, wanting to get a higher-priced mobo ..Can't really find any high-rated 1156 motherboards that are around what I want to pay other than the supercomputer, which is overkill... Picked out http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... and http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... , what should I get?
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May 8, 2010 12:23:00 PM

Are you reading a pile of negative reviews that I'm not seeing?

While I understand your concern for wanting to spend your money on the best part...

On newegg if the product has four eggs+ you're probably in good shape.

The vast majority of reviews any board on newegg is going to have a couple people that get DOA boards, whether from shipping or actual defects. It's also going to have a couple reviews from morons who do not know what they are doing with their hardware. Big surprise, but every board you've linked has this on their reviews.

To be perfectly honest, every single board linked in this thread will work great for you. Personally, I would go with one that has USB 3.0 as a feature.
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May 8, 2010 1:59:12 PM

Could someone experienced single one out? Not going to crossfire.
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May 8, 2010 7:25:09 PM

Lmeow said:
Which CPU are you planning to use? All LGA 1156 and 1366 motherboards use DDR3. For LGA 1156 I'd pick the ASUS P7P55D-E Pro, for LGA 1366 I'd pick the Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R. If you're talking about LGA 775, the only boards which use DDR3 AFAIK are boards based on Intel's X38, X48 and nVidia's nForce 790i Ultra SLI chipset.

okay I plan on building a pc I have the intel i5-660 duel core @ 3.33ghz and have allready gotten 2-geforce gts250's @ 1gig each and want them both to run at full speed. Is the asus p7p55d-e pro a good motherboard for my setup?
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a b V Motherboard
May 9, 2010 3:44:18 AM

d3v1ous said:
okay I plan on building a pc I have the intel i5-660 duel core @ 3.33ghz and have allready gotten 2-geforce gts250's @ 1gig each and want them both to run at full speed. Is the asus p7p55d-e pro a good motherboard for my setup?


Please don't hijack other member's threads. If you want some build advice, start your own thread.
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a b V Motherboard
May 9, 2010 3:50:13 AM

coree said:
Could someone experienced single one out? Not going to crossfire.


I think you have a couple misconceptions. The price of the motherboard doesn't signify that one is better than another. Also, the reviews on newegg have to be taken with a grain of salt. As was mentioned, most customers give ignorant reviews.

One of the biggest reason the two motherboards you are looking at, are more expensive, is because they have a 2nd PCIe 2.0 slot. Since you're not planning to xfire, you don't need that 2nd slot. You'll just be paying for something you won't use. Here would be my recommendation.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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May 9, 2010 8:44:13 AM

aford10 said:
Please don't hijack other member's threads. If you want some build advice, start your own thread.


sorry,didnt mean to step on toes. I did start a thread but really never got an answer :( 
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May 9, 2010 10:53:27 PM

aford10 said:
I think you have a couple misconceptions. The price of the motherboard doesn't signify that one is better than another. Also, the reviews on newegg have to be taken with a grain of salt. As was mentioned, most customers give ignorant reviews.

One of the biggest reason the two motherboards you are looking at, are more expensive, is because they have a 2nd PCIe 2.0 slot. Since you're not planning to xfire, you don't need that 2nd slot. You'll just be paying for something you won't use. Here would be my recommendation.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Since I'm intending to use the motherboard for a while, I'd rather buy one that's priced higher. Still prefer if someone experienced just picks one out or suggests something better around their price range.
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May 9, 2010 11:07:37 PM

Are you trolling us?
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May 9, 2010 11:15:33 PM

And how would I be trolling you? Just wanting to make sure I get the best mobo possible in the stated price range.
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a b V Motherboard
May 9, 2010 11:19:59 PM

coree said:
Since I'm intending to use the motherboard for a while, I'd rather buy one that's priced higher. Still prefer if someone experienced just picks one out or suggests something better around their price range.


That's fine. It's your $$. Out of the two you are looking at, the Gigabyte board is better.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a b V Motherboard
May 10, 2010 7:18:18 PM

Yep, and there's a good deal on the Gigabyte right now.
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May 10, 2010 11:12:22 PM

aford10 said:
Yep, and there's a good deal on the Gigabyte right now.
But which should I use?
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