Sorry for posting this here, but this gets the most hits. i am building a new gaming system and was needing some help with motherboard selection. Should I go with Intel 875 or Asus p4C800 deluxe (not the E). I would go with the Asus but I read that it doesn't use the ICH 5 controller and it might slow stuff down. How much of a difference will it make? I just want to get the best performance possible. Any input is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
Quote for THG for 875 motherboards:
Asus also omits the RAID controller in the Southbridge, and uses a Promise PDC20378 instead, which offers both IDE-RAID and Serial-ATA RAID. On the one hand, this saves costs of around three dollars (in quantities of 1000); on the other hand, the external chip is considerably slower than the integrated Intel ICH5 controller. Details are provided in our Storage Guide.
other stuff I am getting: P4 2.8, WD raptors (raid 0), Ati 9800 pro, 1 gig pc3200 corsair xms, SB Audigy 2
I don't plan on overclocking for now at least because the speed is fast as it is. When the processor speed is needed I might. So I guess Asus might be better, hope that the ICH 5 controller issue won't slow it down too much.