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May 18, 2010 12:03:19 AM

I'm building a new system and I'm finally starting to get to the point where I need to decide what motherboard I should get. I'm looking to buy my motherboard within the next week or two. Preferably by the end of the week, but I'm in no rush. I don't know much about motherboards (and as it is I'm playing catch up with everything else) so absolutely any advice would be appreciated.

The system is going to be a gaming rig/ work PC. I'm probably going to be using photoshop mainly for work with after effects and video editing being potentials further down the road.

What I have so far:

Coolermaster HAF 922
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

Corsair HX650
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

What I need to get:

ASUS DirectCU 5850 (will purchase in 2 weeks to a month)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor (will decide with best motherboard option): i5-750 or 1055T
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a c 236 V Motherboard
May 18, 2010 12:36:37 AM

i5 750 - ASUS P7P55D-E Pro

X6 1055T - ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB 3.0
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a b V Motherboard
May 18, 2010 1:24:40 AM

If you are seriouslly involved using after effects, photoshop etc then i'd recommend you getting a nvidia card ( recommending a GTX 470).. As far as the motherboard and cpu are concerned, gaming is more or less same with the upper range of processors so its better to let the apps decide the purchase.. More cores will surely help (in which case the above recommended AMD setup is very good) but adobe softwares generally tend to work better with the intel architecture.. Its recommended you push for an X58 setup.. The i7 930 along with gigabyte X58A-UD3R and 6 GB of DDR3 ram will give you an awesome platform for your gaming and work..
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a c 302 V Motherboard
May 18, 2010 1:27:10 AM

^+1 To the i5 and ASUS P7P55D-E Pro

But for the 1055 i would go with the Gigabyte 890FXA-UD5 less price and similar performance that the Crosshair IV.
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May 18, 2010 6:58:23 PM

saint19 said:
^+1 To the i5 and ASUS P7P55D-E Pro

But for the 1055 i would go with the Gigabyte 890FXA-UD5 less price and similar performance that the Crosshair IV.


So the P7P55D-E Pro is pretty much the end all be all for the i5-750?
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a c 302 V Motherboard
May 18, 2010 7:06:57 PM

Yeah, the P7P55D-E Pro IMO is one of the best mobos that u can get for the i5-750 in a very good price/performance relation.
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a c 236 V Motherboard
May 18, 2010 7:16:34 PM

^+1... I agree
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May 19, 2010 12:48:19 PM

Would a different motherboard be a better fit if crossfire wasn't in the mix anymore?
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a c 302 V Motherboard
May 19, 2010 8:07:01 PM

Well, in that case u can go with a P7P55D for Intel or M4A79XTD Evo for AMD.
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May 20, 2010 5:40:31 PM

I really appreciate everyone's input on what mobo would be best for me. I have one final question to add before I make my decision. When I first started building this PC I went to a local shop where the clerk designed a system for me according to my budget. He recommended a GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 (linked below) as the motherboard I should go with. What are your opinions on this mobo and how it stacks up to the other ones listed in this thread?

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
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a c 302 V Motherboard
May 20, 2010 6:45:04 PM

Well that mobo is obviously more cheap, but doesn't have some features that the other one have.

The big difference is that the mobo that ur local store recommend to u only have one PCI-E x16 2.0 line and other one that is PCI-E x16 BUT only can run at x4. That mobo also support Crossfire, but a lowest speed that isn't good for performance. The P7P55D-E Pro can handle the Crossfire @ x8 that is a good speed.

What mobo u should buy? Always look for the future, maybe in other months u want add another GPU for Crossfire.
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May 21, 2010 12:54:42 AM

saint19 said:
What mobo u should buy? Always look for the future, maybe in other months u want add another GPU for Crossfire.


I've decided to listen to tecmo's original advice and go with one of those two cards once I decide which processor is truly right for me. This one component is the only thing holding me back at this point so once I know which processor is "the one" I'll be ready to go out and finalize my rig.

Edit: I've made a big note of how many people have suggested the i5-750 as the processor to go with, but I haven't decided finally because everyone also keeps saying to future proof the board and from what I've been able to gather, the 1156 socket is about to become obsolete while the AM3 socket is supposed to have some longevity to it.
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a c 302 V Motherboard
May 21, 2010 3:29:40 AM

Well, that's true the AM3 socket have more future proof and future compatibility with futures CPUs.

In my case, i have a old AM2+ mobo and I'm running an AM3 CPU without problems. In this case, AMD is much better that Intel, because use the same socket for many years.
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May 22, 2010 3:26:21 AM

saint19 said:
Well, that's true the AM3 socket have more future proof and future compatibility with futures CPUs.

In my case, i have a old AM2+ mobo and I'm running an AM3 CPU without problems. In this case, AMD is much better that Intel, because use the same socket for many years.


Do you think it'll be worth going AMD just for the one upgrade to bulldozer or should i just go with the 1156 chipset and get a new platform when they announce the new ones in a year or so?
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a c 302 V Motherboard
May 22, 2010 3:39:55 AM

That depends of u and ur budget, if u have enough money to change all ur components every time that Intel comes out with a new socket and a new platform go with the i5.

But if u want a solid rig with a very good price/performance relation and with the possibility to upgrade component by component without problems, the way is AMD.
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May 22, 2010 4:23:17 AM

Has anything been said about an AM3+ type socket? I mean, if I'm gonna have to replace the mobo in a couple years I might go intel now and just go with whatever's best in two years. After all, the i5-750 was selected by THG as the best gaming CPU.
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a c 302 V Motherboard
May 22, 2010 4:30:36 AM

If that's ur decision is fine for me. The new AM3 socket maybe comes out in 2011, the AM3r2
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a c 236 V Motherboard
May 22, 2010 4:49:34 AM

I agree with your decision to go with the i5 750.. It will last you two years gaming no problem outside a possible GPU upgrade. Just remember, games are now just starting to require a dual core and how long have they been out? A powerful quad core like the i5 750 will last long enough.
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May 22, 2010 4:52:38 AM

saint19 said:
If that's ur decision is fine for me. The new AM3 socket maybe comes out in 2011, the AM3r2


Will the current x6 and the upcoming bulldozer processors be compatible with AM3r2? That kind of future proofing is something I can actually buy into.
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a c 302 V Motherboard
May 22, 2010 2:51:16 PM

Yeah, bulldozer will be compatible with the AM3 socket and current CPUs, even, some AM2+ mobos can support the X6.
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May 22, 2010 5:37:04 PM

saint19 said:
Yeah, bulldozer will be compatible with the AM3 socket and current CPUs, even, some AM2+ mobos can support the X6.


I meant the opposite. Will they be compatible AM3r2? Will the Phenoms that just came out also be compatible with AM3r2?
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a c 302 V Motherboard
May 23, 2010 2:57:00 AM

The AM3r2 will be the same as AM2+ (AM2r2 code name), so I think that will be supported, BUT AMD has not say anything about that yet.

The difference is that AM3r2 comes out with the Phenom II X8, 32nm and 8MB L3.
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