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Mobo for AMD 955 & usb 3.0

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December 15, 2010 2:05:47 PM

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=N82E168...

ASRock 890FX Deluxe4(never had an ASRock board before)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If any other mobo suggestions I'm open. Thanks, JC.

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a c 715 V Motherboard
December 15, 2010 2:45:35 PM

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.
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December 15, 2010 3:57:27 PM

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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a c 715 V Motherboard
December 15, 2010 4:41:20 PM
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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%20Del...
-> World's First Motherboard supporting Front USB 3.0

December 15, 2010 5:19:01 PM

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.
a c 715 V Motherboard
December 15, 2010 6:26:47 PM

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.
December 15, 2010 7:04:37 PM

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.
a c 715 V Motherboard
December 15, 2010 8:32:41 PM

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?Submi...|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
December 15, 2010 9:39:48 PM

Doing a quick search the 5770 was the exact card I was looking into even the XFX card. Thank you for all your help.
December 19, 2010 3:20:02 PM

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