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a b V Motherboard
April 3, 2010 3:32:36 AM

Hi,
I am in the process of selecting components for a new PC. I have settled on the Intel i5-750 for a CPU. The motherboard is still up in the air. I am leaning toward an Asus P7P55D Pro or Evo or E pro. Selecting a best choice out of that line of boards gives me a headache. But the Gigabyte P55-UD4P is also possibility. I’m looking for a mix of performance, value, and long-term durability. I will most likely go with a single graphics card in the $200 range, but would like the SLI/Crossfire feature to better future proof the system. I like the Corsair 650 or 750 watt modular PSU. Can anyone help me select a motherboard in the $150 - 200 neighborhood?

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April 3, 2010 4:12:16 AM

Well if you want xfire/sli and still use the USB 3.0 go for the E-Pro
a b V Motherboard
April 3, 2010 1:05:05 PM

I vote for the E-Pro.
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a c 234 V Motherboard
April 3, 2010 1:26:07 PM

E-Pro gets my vote, as well
April 5, 2010 12:39:30 AM

+1 for the E-Pro
i had a big look into this a few days ago, and the e-pro is the one that still manages to keep your pci 2.0 in x16 or x8/x8 even when you use both usb3 and sata 6gb/s
On the gigabyte, if you use the usb 3 ir sata 6, then the graphics drops to x8, and if you have crossfire, then the usb 3 or sata 6 drops to x1 i think, or something low like that
Hope it helps!
April 5, 2010 1:00:25 AM

I just finished my new system using an I5 750 and after careful consideration I chose the MSI P55-GD85 for a few good reasons. First it supports USB 3.0 and Sata III and has excellent overclocking capabilities. The biggest reason I chose the board over the Gigabyte brand was the PCI-X slots on the MSI board are 16x 16x 1x. The Gigabyte boards are 16x 8x on all of them. Check it out as I am very pleased with the MSI board.

http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews/cpu_mainboard/msi_p5...
http://www.pureoverclock.com/article911.html
a b V Motherboard
April 5, 2010 3:20:07 AM

zalittle said:
I chose the MSI P55-GD85 ... the PCI-X slots on the MSI board are 16x 16x 1x. The Gigabyte boards are 16x 8x on all of them.

Are you suggesting the MSI board will run dual graphics cards in x16, x16? The socket 1156 CPUs and P55 chipset do not support this. I read the reviews but could not find a place where it said that this was the case. The first page of the overclock3d article does say "If two graphics cards are installed at PCI_E1 & PCI_E2 slots, these two PCIE x16 lanes will auto arrange from x16/ x0 to x8/ x8."

If I have misunderstood you, please clarify your comment.
April 5, 2010 4:00:14 AM

Also MSI is a budget mobo maker. If you have the money go with one of the big three. Evga, Asus, Gigabyte.

I mean MSI will get the job done but if you have an extra $40-50 go for the namebrand. I hate to say it but when 1156 mobos get close to $200 it kind of gets too close to the 1366 territory.

Idk though is it worth an extra $200 to upgrade to I7 from I5 from a gaming perspective?
a b V Motherboard
April 6, 2010 3:21:12 AM

Hereisphilly said:
+1 for the E-Pro
i had a big look into this a few days ago, and the e-pro is the one that still manages to keep your pci 2.0 in x16 or x8/x8 even when you use both usb3 and sata 6gb/s
On the gigabyte, if you use the usb 3 ir sata 6, then the graphics drops to x8, and if you have crossfire, then the usb 3 or sata 6 drops to x1 i think, or something low like that
Hope it helps!

Hi,
I think you are right. From what I've read, the E-Pro has the better route to SATA 6 and USB 3. Thanks.
April 6, 2010 3:28:04 AM

terry4536 said:
Hi,
I think you are right. From what I've read, the E-Pro has the better route to SATA 6 and USB 3. Thanks.



Get that rig up and running now :) 
a b V Motherboard
April 6, 2010 3:39:38 AM

zalittle said:
I just finished my new system using an I5 750 and after careful consideration I chose the MSI P55-GD85 for a few good reasons. First it supports USB 3.0 and Sata III and has excellent overclocking capabilities. The biggest reason I chose the board over the Gigabyte brand was the PCI-X slots on the MSI board are 16x 16x 1x. The Gigabyte boards are 16x 8x on all of them. Check it out as I am very pleased with the MSI board.

http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews/cpu_mainboard/msi_p5...
http://www.pureoverclock.com/article911.html

Hi,
I read both of your included reviews. I have to say that the E-pro's reviews win out over the MSI P55-GD85.
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