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
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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.
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?
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.
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.