Hello, I'm building my first gaming rig and was wondering if I can get suggestions and opinions on which motherboard I should get. I am favoring the Asus brand because of the large support it has on many of its mobos as well as their reputation. I am trying to find a motherboard that is future proof. The mobos from Asus that I'm trying to choose from are:
Below are the list of the other parts that I will buy or have already been bought:
AMD Phenom II X2 555 "Castillo" Black Edition (Already bought)
Corsair TX850W (Already bought)
WD Caviar Black 750GB (Will buy)
Thermaltake v3 Black Edition Mid-Tower Case or Cooler Master HAF 922M ATX Mid-Tower Case (Will buy)
Diamond Radeon HD 5670 1024MB (Will buy)
LG GH22NS550R DVDRW Drive (Will buy)
Corsair XMS3 4GB Dual Channel DDR3 RAM or CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 or A-DATA Gaming Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333G (PC3 10666) (Will buy)
About the motherboard, I am building this rig on a budget, I bought the CPU and Power Supply from ebay for half of its retail price in brand new conditions. The total I am trying to spend on the rig is around $650-700. I want to know which motherboard to get that is better for the long run (because I will be upgrading not frequently though) as well as one with better features. If you have any suggestions on buying a motherboard from a different brand besides ASUS feel free to leave it in your response.
Get the one that cheapest but still does what you need it to do. I was faced with a similar problem when I got my board. I had the choice between EP45-UD3L and the EP45-UD3P, needless to say, I bought the UD3L because I didn't need the extra stuff.
It's all in preference my friend, get what you need to run what have.
Thanks for the quick response, now I have narrowed my choices between the ASUS m4a785td-v evo and the ASUS m4a88td-v evo. The ASUS m4a88td-v although is $20 more excluding the shipping that is. But I've read somewhere online that mobos with 16x/4x PCI-e slots will bottleneck your graphics card setup if you want run CrossfireX. I am not the most tech savvy, but I want a motherboard that will utilize the graphics card I buy to the max and not suppress its full potential.
Looked into it for you. The HD 5670 can use Crossfire without a CF Bridge, but you would need to have a x8 rather than the x4 that the grey slot provides. I'd just recommened getting a more powerful card rather than dual-5670s though.
Ahh I see. So pretty much the 4x slot is the one that will not fully utilize the graphics card potential like the 5670 right? And as long as I don't use a dual card setup like 2 5670 512mb as suppose to one 5670 1gb (use this on the blue slot) then I should be okay without worrying whether or not the graphics card being bottlenecked, right?
LOL pls do...Sweet okay looks like I'm going with the ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO then. It's $20 cheaper and pretty much has the same features as the other two mobos I posted. Thanks a lot for your help and Happy 4th of July!!