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Grimy
22-11-2009, 01:17 PM
As usual, I've tried to do a bit of research and have only managed to scramble my brain!
I'm looking at motherboards. If I am going the I5 way (which looks likely) and I am only really keen on Asus or Gigabyte, what are my best options?
I don't do gaming and will be building a basic, but up-to-the-minute system using good components.
I had thought a board with good onboard graphics will probably be sufficient (and I can always add a card later if need be).
I also want Firewire and ESata among the I/O ports, with a budget of up to about $300, but getting these all together seems a problem.
Some boards only have 1 PS/2 keyboard/mouse port. I know most KB/mice are USB now, but I have had to revert to a PS/2 set up when trying to get into diagnostics on start up before - is one enough PS/2 enough so you can use your keyboard at start up, or will modern motherboards power up and recognise a USB keyboard when booting?
http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=10244 has the outputs I want but no graphics
http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=9948 has more than enough connectors, but no graphics
http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview-specs.asp?partid=7202 has graphics outputs (but no ESata), but not really an I5 board?
Am I best to go with one of the first two (probably the Asus, as the GB seems a bit of overkill) and buy a (low end-but good quality) graphics card?
Phew, sorry about the length of the post.......

Battleneter2
22-11-2009, 01:31 PM
Bit of a Holden vs Ford sort of thing, but id go with the Gigabyte as it has CF and SLI support, better flexibility when you consider you may have one or two GPU upgrades before you replace the platform. Integrated Graphic boards I would stay away from.

http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=9948

Battleneter2
22-11-2009, 02:08 PM
actually after posting that crap answer, that OB Ausus board just looks plain nasty. The lack of power mosphet cooling etc worries me for long jeopardy.

The Better advice would be to grab the cheaper Asus baord,
http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=10244

and take that saving of $70 and put it towards a decent video card like a $170 ATI4850 or maybe soimething a tad cheaper.

If down the track things change and you need a half decent video card you will be effectively wasting $70 if you went for that OB Asus. So bite the bullet now and spend a little more which will give you a better board also.

Speedy Gonzales
22-11-2009, 02:10 PM
Most modern mobos should work fine with USB (if you mean to get into the BIOS). I'm using a wireless kb / mouse here. Dont have any probs at all, getting int the BIOS with it. Most mobos only have 1 PS/2 / mouse port. The rest are USB. If youre not going to use it for games, then use one with onboard video. otherwise buy the mobo without an onboard videocard. I see no point in getting one with video, then getting a videocard later

Grimy
22-11-2009, 02:27 PM
Most modern mobos should work fine with USB (if you mean to get into the BIOS). I'm using a wireless kb / mouse here. Dont have any probs at all, getting int the BIOS with it. Most mobos only have 1 PS/2 / mouse port. The rest are USB. If youre not going to use it for games, then use one with onboard video. otherwise buy the mobo without an onboard videocard. I see no point in getting one with video, then getting a videocard later

Hi Speedy. The only thing that was worrying me was with my present (4yo) set up with a USB keyboard/mouse, if I have had to boot into say ultimate boot CD4Win, I could not navigate around as the keyboard/mouse wouldn't work. I had to fit a USB/PS/2 adapter so I could get things working. I thought modern boards would probably not have this problem as PS/2 seems to be disappearing, and anyway I guess with one PS/2 port I could plug in the KB via an adapter if need be.

Grimy
22-11-2009, 02:33 PM
The Better advice would be to grab the cheaper Asus baord,
http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=10244
and take that saving of $70 and put it towards a decent video card like a $170 ATI4850 or maybe soimething a tad cheaper.
If down the track things change and you need a half decent video card you will be effectively wasting $70 if you went for that OB Asus. So bite the bullet now and spend a little more which will give you a better board also.

Yes, the Asus looks to have pretty much everything I need. So that will mean the search is on for a graphics card. Other than the one you've mentioned, what else is around that is reliable, good quality and not too expensive, absolute performance is not really a concern here. Something like http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=10911 or is this too low end?
Thanks.

Battleneter2
23-11-2009, 09:34 AM
na a http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=10911 is not a bad card at all, bit lower than a 900GT in performance, a LOT better than OB graphics. Probably call it a decent lower mid range 1280x1080 resolution gaming card. Cant go wrong for the price.

Grimy
23-11-2009, 08:19 PM
Many thanks for that BN2.