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April 12, 2010 9:59:09 PM

My local computer shop has the following H55 motherboards available that I would like to use for an HTPC build. Prices are in CDN dollars. If all three are poor options, I would be willing to go to a web vendor, but would like to support this local store if possible.

1) Asus P7H55D-M EVO $149.99

2) Gigabyte GA-H55M-UD2H $114.99

3) Intel Desktop Board DH55TC $109.99

Thanks

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a c 89 V Motherboard
April 12, 2010 10:02:04 PM

Out of those three options I would pick the Gigabyte board. It's best to avoid Intel brand boards IMO and you don't need the extras on the "Evo" board for a HTPC.
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April 13, 2010 2:11:25 PM

Thanks, I guess everyone else agrees or at least can't disagree with your assessment.

Is there a significantly better H5X board out there that would make it worth my while to not shop locally?
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a c 89 V Motherboard
April 13, 2010 2:59:06 PM

The Gigabyte board is a nice board. The price is decent too. When you take shipping into account it's nearly as cheap as Newegg except you get a $10 rebate when you buy it from Newegg.

GIGABYTE GA-H55M-UD2H LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $104.99 - $10 MIR

This board has USB 3.0 and the price is very good. This is the board I, personally, would get:

GIGABYTE GA-H55M-USB3 LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $109.99 - $10 MIR
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April 13, 2010 3:55:48 PM

Interesting option. The price difference between the two at newegg.ca is a bit more significant at $104.99 - NO MIR for the GA-H55M-UD2H vs $129.99 for the GA-H55M-USB3 (which happens to also be the price for the GA-H57-USB3).

Thanks for the suggested board, I will keep an eye on its price up till I purchase.
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a c 89 V Motherboard
April 13, 2010 4:01:48 PM

No problem. I didn't realize you were from Canada. I wouldn't pay $25 for the upgrade. I just posted it because it's only $5 on the US site. It's worth $5, but not $25 IMO. :) 
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