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12steps
03-02-2010, 10:10 AM
Hi,

Im looking around for a backbone for my new i7 system.

must support usb3 and run dual pci-e slots at 16x each

Open to either socket at this stage

Ideas?

qazwsxokmijn
03-02-2010, 10:13 AM
Most X58 motherboards have at least 2x 16x PCIE-E slots. However if you want USB3, it will limit your options and increase your budget.

Speedy Gonzales
03-02-2010, 10:32 AM
You may need Windows 7 to get USB 3, and then you'll have to wait for SP1 to come out, before USB 3 will work. Since I dont think Vista supports it, and Windows 7 as is doesnt support it yet

Nomad
03-02-2010, 11:05 AM
Depends on the device if it is USB3 right too :confused:
That older printer won't go much faster, how about a older HDD enclosure?

12steps
03-02-2010, 11:20 AM
Yes Im going to win7 64bit. As for the usb3 its just to have some level of "futureproofing" if there is such a thing anymore lol.

With the pci-e slots I need them to both run at 16x (1x video card, 1x raid controller)

Any thoughts on specific motherboards that would fit the bill?

Cheers, Pete

qazwsxokmijn
03-02-2010, 12:12 PM
What's your budget? And personally I don't think USB3 is that big of a deal.

12steps
03-02-2010, 01:11 PM
working work a $250-300 budget give or take...

Speedy Gonzales
03-02-2010, 01:17 PM
You're kidding right? If you havent got the cpu yet, that'll cost more than the mobo

qazwsxokmijn
03-02-2010, 01:51 PM
working work a $250-300 budget give or take...
The cheapest would probably only be Gigabyte GA-X58-UD3R, and that's USB2.

With only a max of $300 you'll only get entry-level X58 motherboards. Even the Asus P6T SE is over $300.

12steps
03-02-2010, 02:12 PM
difference between p55 and x58 in terms of performance?

12steps
03-02-2010, 02:22 PM
I was thinking something along the lines of this:


Gigabyte GA-P55-USB3 Motherboard, Socket 1156, 4xDIMM DDR3, 2xPCIe-16, 3xPCI, 2xPCIe-1, 14xUSB2, Audio, 1xATA, 8xSATA, RAID, ATX
$255

Battleneter2
03-02-2010, 04:23 PM
difference between p55 and x58 in terms of performance?

Not a lot in performance, but to paste 920 vs 860 from another thread.


Core i7 860 (1156)

-Slightly faster than the 920 esp due to "better" turbo mode at stock speeds
-Slightly Lower power consumption than the 920 due to better power management and therefore heat.
-Overall, slightly cheaper than the 920(1366)

Core i7 920: (1366)

-Triple channel memory compared to dual channel memory for the 1156 (can run dual channel however)
-Probably better future proofing due to 6 core Gulftown support on the 1366. 1156 wont have this and may discontinue earlier.
-Easier to overclock because the PCI-e bus is not on the CPU
-PCIE 16x16 over 1156 8x8, 1156 "may" top out with future CF or SLI boards.


Just depends if the small advantages of 1366 are worth the $150 ish price difference to you personally (can cost more depending on boards). For me 1366 is a no brainier, but to others its not worth it.

ad_267
03-02-2010, 07:02 PM
I was thinking something along the lines of this:


Gigabyte GA-P55-USB3 Motherboard, Socket 1156, 4xDIMM DDR3, 2xPCIe-16, 3xPCI, 2xPCIe-1, 14xUSB2, Audio, 1xATA, 8xSATA, RAID, ATX
$255

That's what I just bought. It's working pretty well for me so far (I assume the model number is actually GA-P55A-UD4, my one is this one: http://pbtech.co.nz/index.php?item=MBDGBM0202)


You may need Windows 7 to get USB 3

Or Linux, the Linux kernel has supported USB3 for a long time now. More useful would be some devices which actually use USB3.

hueybot3000
03-02-2010, 09:18 PM
If your on a budget then go p55, I didnt really have a budget in mind but Ive learnt that you cant really future proof without spending stupid money so I went 1156. I only intend one gettin 18months out of this system before I feel the need to upgrade again but in saying that I cant see this system being anywhere near slow in 3 years time.

If your thinking cheap then go 1156, on the whole you wont notice a huge difference because they are both bloody fast cpus. USB3 is a waste of time at this stage, unless you use it all the time but I cant think why anyone would for anything other than flash drives and printers

Grimy
03-02-2010, 09:18 PM
I've just bought a P7P55D-E Pro

http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=11469

but it doesn't run both PCIe slots at 16

2 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (single at x16 or dual at x8 / x8 mode)
3 x PCIe 2.0 x1 (2 at 5GT/s [blue]; 1 at 2.5GT/s [gray])
2 x PCI

Pricing wasn't too bad when doing a combo deal.

hueybot3000
03-02-2010, 09:55 PM
I've just bought a P7P55D-E Pro

http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=11469

but it doesn't run both PCIe slots at 16

2 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (single at x16 or dual at x8 / x8 mode)
3 x PCIe 2.0 x1 (2 at 5GT/s [blue]; 1 at 2.5GT/s [gray])
2 x PCI

Pricing wasn't too bad when doing a combo deal.

What cpu? Have you overclocked at all? Sorry to hijack thread but I have the P7P55D and wanted to know if you thought the pro was worth it

Grimy
03-02-2010, 10:06 PM
Hi, Just got the I5 2.66 as I was having to keep the initial cost down. Thought that getting the E-Pro with USB 3.0 and Sata 6 support would future proof the new build for a few extra weeks! Later I can get an I7 CPU when (if) they get cheaper.
Haven't built it yet (just got the last bits on Friday), but reviews are good.
Will start a thread with all the components I've bought. Not a high-spec machine, but should keep things going for 3 or 4 years.........

hueybot3000
03-02-2010, 10:23 PM
Oh I see, am keen to hear how you get on with it