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ASUS P7P55D-E Pro vs. MSI P55A-GD65

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October 11, 2010 7:43:55 PM

Hey everyone. I'm upgrading my system (New CPU, RAM and MoBo) and am trying to narrow down the MoBo. The CPU I'm going with is the i5-760, and this will be a gaming rig.

I think I've narrowed down my motherboard choices to the Asus P7P55D-E Pro and the MSI P55A-GD65

I'm looking for input on anyone who may have one of these boards or experience with Asus or MSI boards or maybe a suggestion for a different board. I currently have an EVGA MoBo and have had nothing but trouble with it so I don't think I would consider another.

Thanks :hello: 
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October 11, 2010 7:55:59 PM

I lean more towards Asus than MSI - and between the two i'd go with the P7P55D-E Pro (duh lol).

Both boards offer just about the same features - and price is only about $10 (on newegg).

Have you considered maybe trying a x58 based board?
October 11, 2010 8:04:40 PM

Thanks Gekko!

Aren't the x58 chipsets only made for the 1366 socket boards? I would love to go with an 1366 i7 if just for the hyperthreading but I'm already pricing myself over what I originally wanted to spend... as tends to happen with me ;) 
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October 11, 2010 8:15:49 PM

Welcome Newcomer! :) 

Clearly, the ASUS P7P55D-E Pro but I don't see the P55 as a good alternative to save <$100 USD versus the more robust X58 and ^yes it requires the i7 9xx CPUs.

I would suggest the ASUS P7P55D-E Pro Crossfire or for SLI the EVGA P55 SLI | 132-LF-E655-KR.

X58 vs P55 Cost Comparison / difference $46:
ASUS P6X58D-E {207}+ i7950 {299} = $506 // CF or SLI
ASUS P7P55D-E Pro {180} i7-860 {280} = $460

Good Luck!
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October 11, 2010 8:16:56 PM

Not a problem mate =)

lol - what's your total budget?
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October 11, 2010 8:18:02 PM

jaquith said:
Welcome Newcomer! :) 

X58 vs P55 Cost Comparison / difference $46:
ASUS P6X58D-E {207}+ i7950 {299} = $506 // CF or SLI
ASUS P7P55D-E Pro {180} i7-860 {280} = $460



Ah well i see you got a step ahead of me lol x) ^+1
October 11, 2010 8:24:19 PM

Well I wanted to stay WELL UNDER $400 initially but that has gone out the window.

As of right now I sit at:
ASUS P7P55D-E Pro ($180)
Intel i5-760 ($209)
G.Skill Ripjaw 4GB DDR3 ($75)

For a grand total of ($464)

I'll wait for the components to go on sale... there's always a sale or rebate right around the corner with these things :) 
October 11, 2010 9:19:36 PM

stlredbird said:
Well I wanted to stay WELL UNDER $400 initially but that has gone out the window.

As of right now I sit at:
ASUS P7P55D-E Pro ($180)
Intel i5-760 ($209)
G.Skill Ripjaw 4GB DDR3 ($75)

For a grand total of ($464)

I'll wait for the components to go on sale... there's always a sale or rebate right around the corner with these things :) 


Excellent choice. The Asus board had a $30 rebate last July for $143 after rebate. eWiz has had some good prices on CPU's lately, though discounting dropped this past week. I picked up a Q8400 there 2 weeks ago for only $145.

I'll keep eyes open for an Asus e Pro sale.
October 11, 2010 9:25:36 PM

On the Asus P7P55d e Pro I really like the 5 pcie slots and the pcie x1 double bandwidth options and the built in SATA 6 gb and USB 3 ports that don't borrow from the x16 lane.

Expansion Slots

PCI Express 2.0 x16
2 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (single at x16 or dual at x8 / x8 mode)

PCI Express x1
3 x PCIe 2.0 x1 (2 at 5GT/s [blue]; 1 at 2.5GT/s [gray])

PCI Slots 2
October 12, 2010 1:13:21 PM

Thanks everyone! Like I said I would love to go x58, and I realize the board price isn't much more... however the cheapest 1366 CPU (i7 930) to put on it is at least $80 more than the i5 760. I'm already over budget and I can't just keep saying well it's only $XX more over and over again :) 

I think the P7P55D-E Pro is the way to go. Now to wait for sales.



btw, while I wait for sales I'm still keeping my eye on the i7 930 and a couple boards (Asus P6X58D-E and Asus Sabertooth X58) just to see if there is a crazy price drop. ;) 
October 12, 2010 1:41:17 PM

So now that this great info has come to light :bounce: 

any thoughts on the two x58 mobos I mentioned:

Asus P6X58D-E
or
Asus Sabertooth X58
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October 12, 2010 1:50:52 PM

I would get the Asus P6X58D-E - it works great for me! Edit: BTW Newegg has a 10% off PROMO CODE.

Never say never! ;) 
October 12, 2010 2:22:38 PM

Ha I'm psyched about picking up my new CPU now!

The mobo and ram are on sale on NewEgg so I'll probably order those tomorrow!
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October 12, 2010 2:26:43 PM

Whoo! Newegg! xD
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October 12, 2010 2:30:11 PM

Did you not the (edit) 10% off Promo Code!

We're all very happy that your excited - it's what it should be!
October 12, 2010 2:37:29 PM

jaquith said:
Did you not the (edit) 10% off Promo Code!

We're all very happy that your excited - it's what it should be!


The promo code on the MoBo? Ya that's why I'm ordering it ASAP :D 
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