ASUS P7P55D-E Pro vs. MSI P55A-GD65

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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  1. 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?
  2. 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 ;)
  3. 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!
  4. Not a problem mate =)

    lol - what's your total budget?
  5. 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
  6. 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 :)
  7. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/page-281209_30_50.html#t1931033

    this thread just hashed through alot of the alternatives and opinions. :)
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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. ;)
  11. I have no idea where you live, but check this i7930 price - http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0331303
  12. jaquith said:
    I have no idea where you live, but check this i7930 price - http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0331303


    Awesome find! I'm in St. Louis so there is one there! I'll check it out after work.

    Thanks!
  13. 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
  14. I would get the Asus P6X58D-E - it works great for me! Edit: BTW Newegg has a 10% off PROMO CODE.

    Never say never! ;)
  15. 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!
  16. Whoo! Newegg! xD
  17. Did you not the (edit) 10% off Promo Code!

    We're all very happy that your excited - it's what it should be!
  18. 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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