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Windows 7: New Intel i5 build advice needed-motherboard

11 Oct 2010   #1
edilee012

Win7 64
 
 
New Intel i5 build advice needed-motherboard

I will be building my mother a work machine and I will be building it around the Intel i5-750 2.66ghz CPU and I have picked out two possible motherboards...the Gigabyte-p55a-UD3 and the Asus P7P55D-E (both on Newegg.com where I will be ordering). Anyone have any ideas,thoughts, or experiences with either of these boards? I was reading some of the reviews on both tonight and both seem to have problems according to the reviews but I DO know not everyone that is happy with their purchase leaves positive reviews.

If there is another quality motherboard selection I should be looking at please advise and point me in that direction. If she had a larger budget I already know what board I would use but she needs a mid range quality machine and I do build PC's for myself and I am aware of what the higher end components are but she has no need for i7 930/980x plugged into an EVGA motherboard so I am having to dabble in lower cost areas I have no knowledge of. Both the boards have SATA 6 gb/s and USB 3.0 support which is what we want for a little future proofing and she does need the 1 ATA connector as well to utilize her new DVD burner.

I would like to allow $139-159 for the motherboard for this build but do want a good brand and there seem to be a fair amount in that range but the reviews are scaring me LOL. I haven't looked at the Intel boards yet but will do that now. Thanks in advance!


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11 Oct 2010   #2
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I almost always build with Gigabyte, Asus or Intel boards. All have been quite reliable. Personally, I like the Asus boards as they have a nice little connector for the front panel and LED's, switches and such that makes plugging everything into the motherboard super easy.
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11 Oct 2010   #3
DirtyElf

Windows 7 64-bit Home
 
 

i have the p7p55d-e pro motherboard

it has plenty of features and everything i wanted, which is why i bought it.

currently im running memtest in each of the slots to make sure that one of the ram slots isint bad... other than that no problems.

the asus q-connector that pparks1 eluded to is a nice feature, but not a deal shifter (either way) for me
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11 Oct 2010   #4
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

I think either is a good choice, although I too chose the P7P55D

A Guy
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12 Oct 2010   #5
edilee012

Win7 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
I almost always build with Gigabyte, Asus or Intel boards. All have been quite reliable. Personally, I like the Asus boards as they have a nice little connector for the front panel and LED's, switches and such that makes plugging everything into the motherboard super easy.
Yes the Q-connector is nice...I have it on my Asus Crosshair.

So after the replies I believe either of these boards will be a solid choice so I will ignore the negative reviews on Newegg (they always should be considered but should not affect your purchase decision soley). I will most likely will choose the Asus since I have heard and read lots of good reviews and tests on that board on many sites.

I am just glad she is choosing to get away from the pre-built (Dell, Gateway, HP, etc) machines and get something that will useul for some time to come and have a decent amount of upgradability. Thanks to all that replied.
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13 Oct 2010   #6
Zeplash

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

I'd go ASUS all the way>>>>>>>>
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13 Oct 2010   #7
DirtyElf

Windows 7 64-bit Home
 
 

which asus p7p55d-e board did you get? the LX? i think thats probably the best bang for the buck
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13 Oct 2010   #8
edilee012

Win7 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DirtyElf View Post
which asus p7p55d-e board did you get? the LX? i think thats probably the best bang for the buck
The one I am looking at is the "-E" one and that is the one I believe I am going to go with.
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13 Oct 2010   #9
DirtyElf

Windows 7 64-bit Home
 
 

Newegg.com - p7p55d-e

pro, deluxe, lx, lga, etc...?


edit: i got the pro, but looking back i could have saved $50 and gotten the LX
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13 Oct 2010   #10
edilee012

Win7 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DirtyElf View Post
Newegg.com - p7p55d-e

pro, deluxe, lx, lga, etc...?


edit: i got the pro, but looking back i could have saved $50 and gotten the LX
LGA is one I am looking at. She doesn't need extra features just something that is reliable and and supports the latest hardware technologies to keep her going for a while. Sad thing is her budget PC I will be building at a cost of about $900 will be a better performer than the one I built almost 3 years ago (which is the one I am using now) for $2500 LOL. I want to build a new one but just don't have the $$ to do it!!
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