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Mobo for AMD 955 & usb 3.0

It has been awhile since my last build and I'm looking for a mobo like everybody that is good but has some upgrades for the future like usb 3.0(not sure of any devices using this yet? I would like usb 3.0 for the front panel.), 6Gb/s SATA, onboard audio(nothin spectacular), crossfire(not going to be used initially maybe later, I'm not a gamer) Also I'm looking for a decent video card mainly just for converting video formats. So far I have been looking at:

ASUS M4A89TD PRO/USB3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131655

ASRock 890FX Deluxe4(never had an ASRock board before)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157208

If any other mobo suggestions I'm open. Thanks, JC.
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  1. If you are not a gamer,then there is no need to get a Crossfire board(Crossfire doesn't have an effect on video converting process at all)
    Have a look at ASUS M4A87TD/USB3, It's is a good choice
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131651
  2. Welcome to Tom's Forums! :)

    Q - What's the primary use? I noted Rendering, but is it just a hobby or profession? Further, 'Rendering' if it is important, then I would suggest an Intel build over an AMD build.

    A couple of 'issues' - I am not aware of any MOBOs that {ASUS anyway} with USB 3.0 headers, and 'most' cases do not have USB 3 connectors; therefore you'll need to loop a USB 3.0 cable though the case or get a USB 3 card the also only uses a 'port', remove and replace a USB 3 connector on the case. -- a pain.

    Define what Apps you're using to "converting video formats"; if you're using Premiere then use one of the GPUs listed -> http://www.adobe.com/products/premiere/systemreqs/

    Another MOBO to consider is the ASUS Crosshair IV Formula {it's worth the +$50} otherwise the ASUS M4A89TD PRO/USB3 is a very good MOBO.
  3. Never thought of the crossfire ports for some reason...guess I don't need em. As far as rendering, it is a hobby, and for the 3.0 "headers" do you mean on the circuit board itself or the rear i/o? If the rear i/o then there are a few Asus AMD boards with usb 3.0. I'm gonna be using an existing case so If I get the ASRock board I can use the usb 3.0 bracket in a 3.5 slot. I apologize if I am off on some of the specifics of the technology I've been out of the loop for awhile.
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    Well I stand corrected, the ASRock 890FX Deluxe4 has a 3.5" adapter and USB 3 Header. ASUS owns ASRock, but to date no USB 3 headers. BTW - the USB 3 is H-U-G-E header.

    Before I looked -> "The USB at I/O is a 'Port' {female plug} ; on the MOBO itself the 'wire posts' are 'Headers'. The only 'internal' option for USB 3 that I am aware of is a 'Port' and then only with a USB 3.0 Card. Therefore, get use to the ideal of running a USB 3 cable to the rear I/O Shield."

    http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=890FX%20Deluxe4
    -> World's First Motherboard supporting Front USB 3.0

  5. Thats prob the board I'll go for. If I ever get into gaming then that option is open I guess. Still looking into a video card though. Thanks for all the help.
  6. What App are using to Render, how long are the segments, what format, and how often are you rendering?

    Meaning you can batch rendering overnight to pay a lot for faster rendering. Some Apps perform better on different GPUs, and then there's the $ Budget.
  7. I'm just converting file formats to play on like an iphone or copy dvds nothing serious. As far as an app I havent been able to convert because i just don't have the patients, just been putting it off till I buy a new PC. As far as $ I just looking for a card to do the above so it doesn't have to be too expensive, but I'm willing to spend whatever is reasonable.
  8. The ATI HD 6870 is the newer mid-level GPU that offers good performance to cost value. For what you described the HD 5770 is a good all around GPU. I like XFX because of their warranty, and also ASUS makes excellent ATIs.

    Since your MOBO is only CF stick with ATI.

    Side-by-Side - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007709%20600030349&IsNodeId=1&bop=And&CompareItemList=48|14-150-447^14-150-447-TS,14-150-477^14-150-477-TS,14-150-506^14-150-506-TS,14-150-507^14-150-507-TS,14-150-517^14-150-517-TS
  9. Doing a quick search the 5770 was the exact card I was looking into even the XFX card. Thank you for all your help.
  10. Best answer selected by jcammarata.
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