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Gigabyte, Asus, or MSI P55 board?

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August 27, 2010 5:56:51 PM

I’m planning to upgrade/buy a new computer. I already bought an Intel processor (i7 860), case, PSU (Corsair 650TX), cooler (H50). I’m down to motherboard and SSD. I've posted my SSD question on the Storage thread.


I’m looking for a P55 mobo that has USB 3.0, SATA III 6.0, eSata, and Raid support built-in that will come with my purchased core i7 860. Maybe I’ll do a little bit over clocking or not at all.

I’ve been looking at Newegg and found these options:

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

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

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

I’ll only be using 1 video card so the P55 bandwidth limitation is a no biggie.
However, I noticed that the MSI and Asus uses the PLX technology for bandwidth.
I know it could only be a marketing stunt but can you give me inputs regarding this?

I also though about buying a mobo that doesn’t have USB 3.0/SATA III integrated then just buy a PCIE add on. However, I heard that the addon does not supporter booting of the USB 3.0 – I would like to boot from USB 3.

I'm thinking about getting the MSI because it uses a realtek audio not like the Asus which uses the VIA one. I heard that the VIA one was not good.

What would you pick on those selections? Unfortunately, these are the only boards that have what I need. All other boards are more than my required budget. ($170).

BTW, I’ll be pairing it up 8gb Ripjaws cl9 ddr3 1600s.

Thank you.
a b V Motherboard
August 28, 2010 2:31:41 AM

love me some msi, had a asus board with a VIA VT1708S audio chip, was quite surprised, it was about on par with my previous alc883, still love realtech though, currently use a realteck ALC888, I SAY GO 4 MSI, 3 REVIEWS, all 5 stars, what more ya want?

and dont forget active phase switching
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a c 296 V Motherboard
August 28, 2010 4:42:03 AM

Hi.

1- ASUS
2- Gigabyte
3- MSI
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August 28, 2010 8:45:12 AM

^^
I second that. I'm not a lover of MSI. ASUS and Gigabyte are about on par but ASUS just edges it for me.
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August 28, 2010 11:57:21 AM

davcon said:
Gigabyte P55A-UD4P ATX LGA1156-$158.87
http://www.ncixus.com/products/index.php?sku=46488&vpn=...
MSI P55A-G55 P55 ATX -$121.49
http://www.ncixus.com/products/?sku=54097&vpn=P55A%2DG5...
Gotta like the price on the MSI GD65 though.


Wow, gotta love the cheap gigabyte board. However, the shipping cost defeated the purpose :( 


@ALL,

thanks guys. Anyway, my mind is almost made up on buying the Asus board. Gotta live with the VIA integrated sound card though. Good thing Microcenter has 2 in stock. I hope it goes down on labor day weekend.

On a side note:

I didn't sleep well thinking if I should wait for Sandy or not. After the Anandtech preview, my mind went crazy. But, I'd still go for my current build. Can't wait for 6-8 months anyway. I really hope I'm doing the right thing for not waiting.
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a b V Motherboard
August 28, 2010 12:38:36 PM

sandy will b here sooner than you think.......hehehehe
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a c 117 V Motherboard
August 28, 2010 3:36:44 PM

keplenk said:
Wow, gotta love the cheap gigabyte board. However, the shipping cost defeated the purpose :( 


@ALL,

thanks guys. Anyway, my mind is almost made up on buying the Asus board. Gotta live with the VIA integrated sound card though. Good thing Microcenter has 2 in stock. I hope it goes down on labor day weekend.

On a side note:

I didn't sleep well thinking if I should wait for Sandy or not. After the Anandtech preview, my mind went crazy. But, I'd still go for my current build. Can't wait for 6-8 months anyway. I really hope I'm doing the right thing for not waiting.

Lol! so i see NCIX plays the same game to American customers that Newegg does to it's Canadian customers regarding shipping cost.
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a c 296 V Motherboard
August 28, 2010 8:42:27 PM

^Shipping cost? I have to pay shipping cost plus importation cost (I'm not from the USA or Canada)
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a b V Motherboard
August 29, 2010 12:23:50 AM

+1, payin them companies to bring thing een for you is not nice, $3US/pound + customs tax
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