Watcha peeps, due to my lack of knowledge on Mobo's, Im hoping someone with the knowledge can push me in the right direction
I am looking for a mobo to marry up all of my equipment, which consists of
Haf X Case, Phenom II x6 1090T CPU, HD6950 2GB 830MHz GPU, RipjawsX 4GB 1600MHz RAM
I had already purchased the Crosshair IV which has been returned & refunded due to a fault & now Im on the hunt for a new board
The PC will be used as a general PC ie word processing & web browsing etc by day, but by night, will act as a secondary gaming module but not much more as I dont do any photoshop or anything, maybe the odd video encoding, not sure if any of that is relevant, hey ho
Anyway, the two Im stuck between are the Asus Crosshair V Formula & the ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Pro
I have read numerous reviews about the Asus & it seems to really rock, however, I cant find anything apart from an unboxing video on the ASRock
Prices (best I can find): Asus $265 - ASRock $240
This is a lot of money for me to spend as Im really pushing past my $200 budget, the Asus is top whack, cant go any higher hence why Im looking at ASRock
Ive only recently got the 1090T so wont be upgrading CPU for a while, with that in mind, am I wise to look at these boards or should I go back in time & pick up another Crosshair IV Formula @ $195 (all prices based on £ to $ conversions as Im in the UK)
Another thing to consider for me is colour, I know it might sound stupid but due to my case having a patio door for a side window lol, I really want it to look the way I want it too which means I dont want anything blue, nor do I like the greens & browns of the Sabertooth. The red & black of these 2 (3) boards is ideal, although I do like the all black from Gigabyte (UD5/7) but reviews seem to be pants
Many thanks for ur time, & hope to hear ur thoughts soon
The both seem pretty comparable. The biggest differences is 1- the price, and 2 - the ability to overclock. if you want to overclock the computer i would go with the ASUS board. I have always used ASUS for my main boards and have never had a problem out of any of them. I have no experience with the ASRock boards but they always seem to have a high egg count on newegg so i think you would be ok going with the ASRock.
It pretty much should boil down to if you want to spend the extra $40 on the ASUS board to be able to overclock.
Other than that there are only a few minor differences in the boards like the like the number of PCI Express x1 and PCI slots.
In case any1 scrolling thru threads comes across this & has the same dilema, well I can tell you that with a lot of research & two'ing & throwing a new battle errupted & the outcome was dramatically different as you can see below by what Ive been & bought today for less than £310 delivered ($485) & the winner in al its glory lol
ASUS yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah scream the croud, but wait, there is a twist @-
ASUS P8P67 Deluxe, oh yeah, not even AMD, I went Intel & also bought the i5 2500K CPU, now there's a turn up for the books lol