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February 7, 2010 4:10:58 AM

I am building my 2nd computer right now and need help choosing a motherboard. Here is a list of the components I have chosen to use. I am not sure how many sata ports and pci... ports etc that I need. I don't want to overspend on a board, but I want to make sure there is space for all of my components. I already bought the case and power supply on special, so please don't hassle me on them, but if there are other items that you would disagree with let me know. And please no fan boy bla bla bla. I am all about bang for my buck and components that wont break down.

-cooler master rc-690 case
-CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC

-core i5 750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor
-G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
-Cooler Master Intel Core i5 compatible CPU Cooler RR-910-HTX3-G1 (not many options)

-2- POWERCOLOR PCS+ AX5770 1GBD5-PPG Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card- (for crossfire)

-2 - Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3250318AS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive (for raid 0 config.- for the os and software- windows 7)

2- SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - (for raid 1 config. for important docs, pics, home videos etc.)

-and possibly another 2tb drive for movies and junk.

-Rosewill RCR-IC001 40-in-1 USB 2.0 3.5" Internal Card Reader w/ USB port
-Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW
-Hauppauge WinTV HVR-1250 Hybrid TV Tuner /Video Recorder 1196 PCI-Express x1 Interface

-and possibly a sound card down the road

What mother board do you suggest for my components, Thanks. Jtoth77
February 7, 2010 1:18:54 PM

Thanks, The asus pro looks sweet. My one question on it is about the sata ports. I may have 5 hard drives and a few other devices so I may need more than 7 ports. Can you plug a sata 3.0 into a sata 6.0?
THanks.
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February 7, 2010 2:49:00 PM

Another option:
GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD4P LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard w/ USB 3.0 & SATA 6 Gb/s - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$184.99

Btw, the second mobo p55ibexpeak suggested will not support CF.

Also, the Cooler Master Hyper 212+ is a great HSF @ $30.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EDIT: If you really need all that space, which I somewhat doubt, replace the two 1TB F3s and the possible 2TB with two 2TB F3s in RAID 1:
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3EG HD203WI 2TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$179.99

Most people don't realize there is a 2TB F3, but only because it's labeled "F3EG" and rather obscure on Newegg.
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February 7, 2010 2:55:40 PM

jtoth77 said:
Thanks, The asus pro looks sweet. My one question on it is about the sata ports. I may have 5 hard drives and a few other devices so I may need more than 7 ports. Can you plug a sata 3.0 into a sata 6.0?
THanks.


SATA 6.0 is backwards compatible, yes.
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February 7, 2010 3:14:47 PM

Defintely go with the ASUS PRO. Also the Cooler Master Hyper 212 plus is a great cpu cooler for $30 and is better than the one you have listed.
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February 7, 2010 3:26:15 PM

mavanhel said:
Defintely go with the ASUS PRO. Also the Cooler Master Hyper 212 plus is a great cpu cooler for $30 and is better than the one you have listed.


Thanks for reading my first post.
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February 7, 2010 3:32:39 PM

blackjellognomes said:
Thanks for reading my first post.


You're welcome. I'm glad I could come here to please.
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February 7, 2010 3:50:18 PM

mavanhel said:
You're welcome. I'm glad I could come here to please.


Ah, but gratitude does not imply pleasure, especially not when belying intentions.
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February 7, 2010 5:41:42 PM

Thanks guys. Some good info. Still curious about the sata 6.0. Can you plug in a standard sata 3.0 device into the 6.0 port.
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February 7, 2010 5:48:43 PM

Also what do you guys think about the open box deals at newegg. This looks like a good deal

Open Box: ASUS P7P55D PRO LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard

for 125 + shipping?

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February 7, 2010 5:57:28 PM

jtoth77 said:
Thanks guys. Some good info. Still curious about the sata 6.0. Can you plug in a standard sata 3.0 device into the 6.0 port.


Yes, I mentioned that in my second post.

Also, that board is fine if you don't mind open box (I assume this is because of your budget?). Just remember that it lacks SATA III and USB 3.0, which will become mainstream in the next few years.
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February 7, 2010 7:12:34 PM

good to know. I guess the extra 20 is worth the future proof.
What do you think of the
ASUS P7P55D-E LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
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February 7, 2010 8:42:28 PM

jtoth77 said:
good to know. I guess the extra 20 is worth the future proof.
What do you think of the
ASUS P7P55D-E LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail


It's a great board, but if you are considering the open-box mobo @ $125, it may not be worth the $65. In order to justify the price difference, you have to consider whether you're okay with an open-box board and whether you think SATA III and USB 3.0 are worth the money. That's up to you.
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February 7, 2010 8:49:44 PM

what kind of problems have you heard of with buying open box products
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February 7, 2010 9:19:39 PM

jtoth77 said:
what kind of problems have you heard of with buying open box products


Well there's always a chance you'll get a non-functioning or disfunctioning product. Personally, I've never heard of it happening, but only because I don't hear much at all :p 

Builderbobftw, the Gigabyte board I mentioned earlier offers everything the EVGA P55 SLI does and more (ie SATA III and USB 3.0) at the same price. EVGA doesn't really make great mobos anyway, unless you consider aesthetics a priority.
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February 7, 2010 10:44:30 PM

Usually open box products are fine. The only thing you want to consider is chances are they opened the box to steal some goodies out of it. So if its a mobo that is open, make sure you dont need any of the connectors before buying :p 
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February 7, 2010 10:59:05 PM

Do open box things have warrenty?
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February 7, 2010 11:01:17 PM

blackjellognomes said:
Well there's always a chance you'll get a non-functioning or disfunctioning product. Personally, I've never heard of it happening, but only because I don't hear much at all :p 

Builderbobftw, the Gigabyte board I mentioned earlier offers everything the EVGA P55 SLI does and more (ie SATA III and USB 3.0) at the same price. EVGA doesn't really make great mobos anyway, unless you consider aesthetics a priority.


The EVGA 3x sli board is a pretty cool board. For my money, i would pick it over a P6t Deluxue at the same price. The 3x sli gives you the option to xfire or sli, while the p6t does not.
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February 8, 2010 3:37:41 PM

builderbobftw said:
The EVGA 3x sli board is a pretty cool board. For my money, i would pick it over a P6t Deluxue at the same price. The 3x sli gives you the option to xfire or sli, while the p6t does not.


Correct me if I'm wrong, but only the FTW 200 and Classified 200 versions offer 3x SLI. Both cost at least $300. No one mentioned the P6T Deluxe, and all the other boards recommended on this thread cost under $200.

Also, jtoth77 is looking to get two 5770s, why would he care for SLI? He probably wouldn't need a third card in the first place considering how powerful 5770s in CF are, and having a third card ruins the "bang for buck" of the build.

EDIT: Open box items usually have the manufacturer's warranty.
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February 9, 2010 1:55:43 AM

Best answer selected by jtoth77.
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February 9, 2010 3:57:23 AM

Thanks for the help, you guys are awesome. I have decided to go with the

ASUS P7P55D-E LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

It is priced well $145, has 9 sata ports, and will accommodate some future devices. Thanks, Jtoth77
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February 9, 2010 4:38:30 AM

jtoth77 said:
Thanks for the help, you guys are awesome. I have decided to go with the

ASUS P7P55D-E LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

It is priced well $145, has 9 sata ports, and will accommodate some future devices. Thanks, Jtoth77


Have you ordered already?! :ouch: 
Its second PCI-e 2.0 slot only runs at x4, which will hold back your second 5770. :( 
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February 10, 2010 12:39:33 AM

no I have not bought it yet. I did not realize the 2nd card slot ran slower. I may not even use it if the 5770 is powerful enough for some future games. I am not a huge gamer, but I do like good graphics when I play. With that in mind, maybe its ok that it runs at 4x. Do you see a better board in the 150 range?
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February 10, 2010 1:45:12 AM

I think you basically have four options:

-forget USB 3.0 and SATA III and go for a x8/x8 board for ~$150
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-find an open-box board with USB 3.0/SATA III and x8/x8 PCI-e 2.0 slots for ~$150
(Might have trouble finding one though, because they're so new)

-get a board with USB 3.0/SATAIII and x8/x8 PCI-e 2.0 slots for ~$190 but only buy one 5770 for now, then get another later when you have the money (and if you still think you need it).
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or

-forgo CrossFire altogether and get a board like the ASUS P7P55D-E you mentioned at $145, and get only one 5770 (this will also save you some money)

Personally I would go with the the either the third or fourth option. You might end up being happy with a single 5770 (I don't think you mentioned your monitor resolution so I can't say). Hope this helps.
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February 10, 2010 1:15:33 PM

Super good info, Thanks. I read some open box stories and I dont want to risk damage or missing parts. Paying the return shipping and the customer support hassles is not worth the 20-50$ savings for me. So the open box is out.
The first board was great, but is a micro atx so that is out. The 189$ board looks very very good, but a bit over budget. Maybe it will go on special in the next week or 2. I think the 4th option is the best bang. I am looking at this monitor.

ASUS VW224U Black 22" 2ms(GTG) Widescreen LCD Monitor w/ HDCP Support 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 5000:1)

Which advertises 1680 x 1050 res. Hopefully one 5770 can play games for years to come with no stuttering or quality issues. If not, hopefully a 2nd card (even at 4x) should resolve the issues.

I really liked that using the sata 6.0 and the usb 3 does not slow down the video cards like some of the Gigabyte boards.

I read something about a bracket issue with a lot of the lga 1156 boards and something about a Lotts (?) bracket or connector. Do you know anything about this? I was a bit confused.
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February 10, 2010 2:48:38 PM

Uhh, better of with a 5850. I have a 4870 1gb, wich is faster that a 5770, and it struglles at 1680x 1050 with settings/ CCC AA's all maxed out.
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February 11, 2010 2:29:35 AM

That is not what I wanted to hear. That card is bank. Your card is ranked #8 on the passmark benches. The 5770 is rated 14th. If your card cant run current games on max, then it will only be worse with upcoming games. I guess I need to reconsider my budget. Thanks for personal tip.
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February 11, 2010 6:21:29 PM

Yeh, No problem. Some games my 4870 1gb does realy well on, like MW2. I'm playing with 16 by 16 aa, 1680x1050 settings maxed, and i get like 80-100fps. However, in Crysis, I get 20 fps with 4x aa at 1680x1050 maxed out, so i relay can't max out Crysis with aa and get playable fps.
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February 11, 2010 8:38:44 PM

If your considering Gigabyte MOBO's, the UD3P is not much different than the 4P.
I just bought this combo for a new build and was also considering the 4P MOBO with the i5-750

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750 - Retail
Item #: N82E16819115215
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3P LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813128417
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$344.98....savings of $15
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