Hey everyone, I'm hoping to get some feedback on a motherboard selection for a brand new build I'm getting together. I know I want to go with either Gigabyte or Asus based on reputation/ratings, etc. I'm having a hard time making my final choice. Here are the other components I'm planning on using:
Case: Antec P183
Processor: Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield
Graphics: Radeon HD 5850
Power: Corsair 750 TX
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws 4 GB DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 640 GB
DVD/Blue Ray: Lite On
Wireless Card: Edimax 32 bit 802.11n
This PC will be in my living room connected to a plasma tv and used primarily for gaming, internet and watching Blu Ray movies.
I don't intend to initially use two graphics cards in Crossfire mode, but would like to keep that option open. I intend to overclock modestly, as I want to keep the noise level down.
Looking for some feedback on whether Asus or Gigabyte has the easiest to use/best overclocking utilities and which specific board you would recommend based on the build I'm putting together. Based on Tom's articles, I was leaning towards this Gigabyte board:
+1 for the Asus board.. Both of them are excellent and support overclocking to similar ranges with a very friendly interface.. It comes down to aesthetics (Asus is more pleasing in that department) and layout..
Both boards feature similar specs and overclocking options which are friendly even for novice overclockers.. The recommendation for Asus comes because of a more cleaner layout and better looking (personal decision i know)..
Thanks for the input guys. Sounds like lean towards the Asus but pretty much a coin flip. Since I currently have an Asus in the 4 + year old dinosaur I'm using now, and it's been pretty solid, I guess I might lean in that direction.