Choosing a motherboard

February 23, 2009 at 13:57:26
Specs: Windows XP
I am choosing parts of a computer I want to build. This is the first time I've done this. I want the computer for gaming and Media use (3D Max, Photoshop, etc)

After looking at many motherboards, considering the price and specs, I've narrowed it down to these two:

XFX nForce 780i 3-Way SLI Motherboard

EVGA nforce 780i SLI Motherboard

Please elaborate on your opinion, and if you think I should choose a completly different mother board, please explain why. Also make sure it is in the same price range.

Oh, and make sure it supports an intel cpu.

Thank you.

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February 23, 2009 at 15:13:18
To begin with, shop elsewhere. Newegg generally beats TigerD pricing plus they're a much more reputable vendor.

As for the board, I highly suggest you dump the nForce SLi idea & get a board based on the Intel P45 chipset. For the most part, SLi configurations are just a huge waste of money. Not only will you have to shell out for 2 video cards, but you'll have to get that much better of a power supply to handle the load. Plus you'll have more heat buildup within the case, which means you'll need a case with adequate cooling, plus the whole system will use more electricity.

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February 23, 2009 at 16:19:33
well i plan on using graphic intensive games, 3D Max, Photoshop, premiere, etc, so wouldn't I make use of two graphic cards? I don't want an insanely powerful computer, mostly since I can't afford it..., but i DO want a fast, relatively powerful computer, one that comes within the price range of, lets say, 1k-1.5k total. but that price is just a guess. I was even thinking of getting maybe two monitors, one with maybe a quadro for max, the other with a different gpu for gaming. (just a thought, not sure yet)

However, even with all this, do you still think I should switch to the P45 chipset?

I will get a powerful fan if necc. hell, i was planning too, knowing that the pc I would ultimately get should generate a good amount of heat and need much electricity. I just don't want to reach the point of needing a water cooling system, that's where I draw the line. I wont reach that with this, will I?

I was originally at newegg, then a friend told me that tigerdirect was better, I saw the heightened prices, but he said the service was better. After I did some googling, I realized that this is just another intel/amd argument, so I am not taking every opinion I see on the net seriously. ( not talking about yours, just the many ones you see everywhere) I just worry that, since newegg has lower prices, does that mean I'm going to get lower service or quality? I know your probably going to say no :P, but I'm probably going to go to new egg anyway, simply because it's cheaper, and hope for the best.

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February 23, 2009 at 16:37:10
TigerD vs Newegg is not "just another intel/amd argument". Although TigerD's six month rating has come up quite a bit, their lifetime rating is considerably lower than Newegg's.

As for running two cards in SLi, it really only makes sense if you pair up two high end cards. Otherwise, there's almost always a single card that will beat the pair.

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February 23, 2009 at 16:41:39
Actually i was referring to the nature of peoples comments on the subject, because it certainly looks the same, but you've convinced me and i wont treat it as hopeless as the "" argument.

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February 24, 2009 at 09:27:43
newegg service is great. things ship VERY quickly after purchase. And i have never had to return anything i bought from them, but i have read reviews from people who said that newegg was easy and helpful during the RMA process as well.

it's true about SLI, too, the only time you'd need it is if you need the TOP of the line graphics options NOW. Otherwise you could wait a week and the new high end card will out perform your two. Trust me, a single high-end graphics card will be such an upgrade from whatever you have now, it will be worth the power, heat, money, stability, and hassle that you save.

based on personal experience and user reviews, i would also suggest the P45 over the 780i chipset.

Maybe someone can help you better than I can, but aren't graphics cards for gaming different from cards used for media production? I am under the impression that cards are optimized for either one or the other.

and for media production, you would want at the VERY least 4GB RAM, if not 6-8.

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February 24, 2009 at 09:45:36
Unless you install a 64 bit OS installing more than 4GB of RAM is a waste of cash. 4GB is the 32 bit limit and the usable portion will be something less than that. Probably in the range of 3.5GB in your case.

I am surprised that jam didn't mention the importance of the PSU (power supply). Do skimp on that purchase. jam can probably recommend one if asked.

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February 24, 2009 at 17:12:04
The only program I use heavily is 3D MAX/Maya, (second most used, Photoshop/Flash.) Which is why I was planning on getting the quadro.

About the SLI, do I HAVE to get two graphic cards? The way it's being worded makes me think that I have to get two, but I can just get 1 right?

How much(estimate) would two moniters + moderate quadro GPU + moderate gaming GPU run me?

P45 huh? Is there a particular P45 Mobo you guys would recommend? jam gave me this one:

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard

Power supply is a bit iffy, since I'm not sure which particular motherboard and how many and which gpu's I'm going to get, but if you want to recommend a particular brand or what have you, go ahead.

Ill do some research of my own too, thanks for the replies.

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February 24, 2009 at 19:05:29
I don't altogether disagree with comments about how useful SLI is, but I have 2 sons each with a computer, so I tend to buy graphics cards for each that are compatible for SLI so when one gets a graphics upgrade, the other can run the second card in SLI.

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