I have the Asus P6X58D-E & it's a great board for the money!
I built mine back in Aug & it's been running without any problems from the first boot.
A few words of caution though:
Read the manuals & QVL when buying RAM or a GPU+ PSU.
Allot of people just buy RAM for the price or speed. It's useless if the MB can't handle what you are trying to do.
Don't buy a cheap PSU either as you will be going bonkers to figure out why it constantly reboots if it is a POS.
Look closely at RAM voltages & slots they should be placed in, as those are probably the biggest mistakes made in new builds.
I was also researching my parts list for about 3 months & was about to pull the trigger on the P6X58D Premium MB on New Egg, then saw the P6X58D-E & went for it.
I'm glad I did! The SSD was a last minute thing as it was suggested on this site. I also added a Blu-ray burner / player & 6 GB of RAM.
yeah, I was looking pretty hard at both the 6850/70, but the 70 is pushing my price limit, and probably not necessary. Found an open box special at my local comp store today for the XFX 6850 at $169. I made a call and seeing if i can get my hands on it. Just to, sweet of a deal to pass up, and gives me some wiggle room for any last minuet deals....like a boxing day SSD!! I They said they'd call on tuesday and let me know. Fingers crossed!
I like the 460 and was looking at that as well, it just seemed that the 6850 squeaked out a little higher on the price/perf. All in all both would have been good for my build.
Again, if it's being connected to a TV those resolutions are much lower than a high definition monitor -- therefore you need a lot less GPU to achieve good frame rates. Also, if the HTPC is not gaming then even less to drive a 'Blu-Ray" player, an if you're running Blu-Ray verify compatibly.
XFX is a good ATI brand, get one with a 'lifetime' warranty; I've burnt-out plenty of ATI and do date no nVidia.
and the Board? I don't see it on the approved list on the ASUS site, and have read some with issues, and others with none. Its currently on sale for $68 bucks at my ncix with sale ending on the 15th so im trying to get a conclusive answer on if this is a good purchase.
Also...wondering if i need to think about an after market heatsink to accompany my i7950 (a little off topic again). Don't really know if this is necessary but again, im no expert in this area, so any thoughts opinions would be very helpful.
Just need to pull the trigger on these items...as well as the board which i've been hoping would drop in price...(the lowest i can match it down to is $214 CAD).
yeah, hard to lock down a conclusive answer online. i guess a call is worthwhile.
I had looked at the corsair as well as a set of Gskill mem, all within a 20 dollar price range of each other. At this point I'm just trying to pinch pennies...thats where my indecisiveness comes into play.
I figured the stock fan was fine...i really have no plans in over-clocking in the short term, so i guess i can hold off on this for now until i do decide to do it.
Every build has 'some' compromise, but there comes a point where it becomes a regrettable error. I would encourage you not to toss 'junk' at those components and if it were me -> Corsair Dominator TR3X6G1600C8D 8-8-8-24 1600MHz. Skip a Pizza or two.