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Motherboards Lost for choice, going for an i7 build

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by s0x, 18 Mar 2009.

  1. s0x

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    Third post, been browsing about reading rather than writing.

    My budget on a motherboard is £200~.

    Been looking at Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD4P or Asus P6T Deluxe, from aria.co.uk, OR anything else within a range of £200.

    What would be better?
     
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  2. Von Lazuli

    Von Lazuli I get by fine with a jig-saw.

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    Looking at that site and considering a £200 you really have to go with the GA-EX58-UD5, it is an incredibly good board that I have done a build with. It has the same feature set as the top of the line GA-EX58-EXTREME, just with a different cooling arrangement.

    I recommend it highly, but when I look at the specs, the UD5 and UD4P look pretty similiar...

    The P6T seems to be a nice board, but I haven't done anything with it, plus I kind of like Gigabyte...
     
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  3. s0x

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    The EXTREME is tempting, although I may end up watercooling the chipset and bridge, rendering the cooling included useless.

    Thanks for the reply.
     
  4. pimonserry

    pimonserry sounds like a party.

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    +1 at everything Von Lazuli has said.
     
  5. Denis_iii

    Denis_iii New Member

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    put a lil extra in and go Asus Rampage II Gene Matx if you don't need the extra slots of a ATX board
     
  6. Snuffles

    Snuffles Dreamy Mammoth

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    Im quite happy with my P6 deluxe v2 from asus.

    Ive tried many different Mobos and i usually end up having it replaced with an asus
     
  7. Pookeyhead

    Pookeyhead It's big, and it's clever.

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    +1 for P6T.

    I's been flawless since I built this. Great looks, great features, great O/Cing BIOS.

    One thing tho... CRAP sound! If Hi-Fi is your bag... look elsewhere or get a decent sound card.
     
  8. s0x

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    Reading reviews here, and the price differences, I've got my eyes set on the Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD4P.

    The Asus board is about £40 more, and doesnt have much of a difference feature wise.

    I've always brought Gigabyte boards, the only reason I was tempted to go for Asus was the board is black.

    @Pookeyhead, thanks for pointing out the sound issue, I use a 5.1 headset so that would have been an issue.
     
  9. ry@n

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    The silly colour schemes of Gigabyte boards is the only thing and makes me look for alternatives too.. if only they did one with a plain black PCB and black connectors :D

    Look forward to seeing your rig at the next LAN!
     
  10. Denis_iii

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    Snuffles Dreamy Mammoth

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    Doing a build likes this and using Onboard sound makes me :waah:
     
  12. Pookeyhead

    Pookeyhead It's big, and it's clever.

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    Np :)

    It isn't "OMG that's awful", but if you use headphones a lot, it's very annoying due to digital noise in quiet passages etc. The dynamic range seems muted somehow as well, and lacks the "sparkle" of my X-Fi card.

    If you use "normal" speakers and are not overly critical it will be fine, but if you're fussy, budget for a decent sound card.

    BTW.. don't assume any other board will be better. I've always had noise issues with on board sound on every single PC I've had.
     
  13. s0x

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    Ugh, digital noise.. :miffed:

    I may decide getting a soundcard later on, at the moment I've got a low budget, a soundcard can come later on! ;)

    Thankyou, all, for the help!
     
  14. Rozzy

    Rozzy I'll get there :P

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    Hello,

    Just a thought, if you were looking at using a dual graphics card setup then the PCI-E x16 slots of the Gigabyte X58 UD4P look quite close together if you were using two dual slot cards. I don't know if this is an issue, but was just something that I had noticed.

    Ross
     
  15. oasked

    oasked Stuck in the Mud

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    The Gigabyte EX58-UD5 is a very good board too. :)
     
  16. s0x

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    @Ross: I'd defently have watercooling in mind!

    @oasked: UD5 is tempting! Even if it is pushing my budget a little. Although it seems to be the EXTREME, just without the extra load of junk they stuck on for more cooling? I'd have it watercooled later on so it seems like a waste.
     
  17. oasked

    oasked Stuck in the Mud

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    No need to watercool it TBH, the passive heatsinks do their job just fine. Whichever board you choose, I'm sure you'll be happy - the majority of X58 boards are very good. :)
     
  18. s0x

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    O'rly? Ordering today/tomorrow.

    Oh, and pay her back for what? You're the one paying your mom back! LOL
     
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