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Gigabyte vs. Ausus mobo - what's best for AMD X4 965?

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January 8, 2011 7:35:17 AM

Thanks to everyone for taking time to read this post.

Purpose/Uses:
1) MS Office
2) Photoshop
3) ProTools audio editing using MBox II
4) Light video editing

Reusing from current system:
1) Corsair 520W PSU
2) Viewsonic VP191 LCD (dvi + vga capable)
3) Viewsonic VG 920 (dvi + vga capable)

Definitely need/want dual monitor capability for extended desktop

I've decided to base new build around the AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black edition ($159 plus + $10 gift card at newegg). Despite my status as basically an HTPC user (with some light photoshop and video editing), I chose this chip to buy a little future proofing.

Newegg has a combo deal ($15 off) if you buy the X4 965 with the GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H
Total cost for discount = $279.

3 questions:
1. Is this mobo a waste of money for my purposes? Would you suggest something else?

2. Suggestions for a new case -- particularly choosing between Antec and Lian Li

3. For dual monitors / split desktop, ok to use onboard gpu with another a cheap video card to achieve dual dvi outs? If so, what card?


I hope I haven't packed too much into this thread? If I blew it in that respect, my apologies in advance. I'm still learning forum etiquette.

Many thanks for your time!!!



Thanks again for all your help!
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January 8, 2011 11:44:12 AM

Gigabyte and Asus are equally good. The board you listed is a good board. It is hard to choose between Antec or Lian Li but if you find a Lian Li case you like it would be my choice. Any modern GPU would work for your dual DVI out but photoshop favors nvidia cards but the board allows for hybrid CF with low end ATI (AMD) card like HD5450.
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January 10, 2011 4:15:16 AM

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first up is an Intel option:
1.) ASUS P7P55D-E LX LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
2.) Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80605I5760
3.) CORSAIR CAFA50 120mm CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
$359.97
4.) G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-4GBNS
$41.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
5.) EVGA 512-P3-1240-LR GeForce GT 240 512MB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
$41.99 after rebate.! / $81.99 price point
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$483.95 - $40 nVidia rebate = $443.95

AMD option #1:
1.) AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
2.) GIGABYTE GA-880GMA-UD2H AM3 AMD 880G SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
3.) G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
4.) Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Driv
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
$319.00
5.) EVGA 512-P3-1240-LR GeForce GT 240 512MB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
$41.99 after rebate.! / $81.99 price point
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
6.) COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact"
$29.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$430.98 - $40 nVidia rebate = $390.98




Wow! Thanks for doing all this research on components and pricing! Man, I really appreciate it!

So it's decision time....which road to go down...AMD or Intel...I simply don't know enough to make an informed decision. Your thoughts?
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January 17, 2011 6:19:30 AM

Best answer selected by ferretmania.
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