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jst42day

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I'm curious about the following.
I know what my needs are for a motherboard.
Is it better to spend a bit more on a motherboard-such as EVGA 750i instead of a lower performing Asus- or should I put a bit more money on the cpu?
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Neil Jones

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Depends entirely on what you're going to do with the computer.
Budget boards tend to skip on some features that aren't present on the higher-end boards so you need realistically to look at the feature offerings in lieu of what you want to do with the machine.
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Neil,
I understand what you're saying.
If mobo 'A' and mobo 'B' both have what I need, but 'A' also has some extras, am I better off to just get 'B' and a slightly more powerful cpu or should I spend the extra on the mobo with more features.
I'm just looking for others opinions. All of you have more experience than I do.
Thanks.
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Do you intend on running SLI? If not, don't even bother with a 750i board. If you do intend on running SLI, then I highly suggest you purchase the Evga 750i FTW model as it supports x16/x16 SLI, while other 750i models only support x16/x8.
If you give us your budget we could better assist you.
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Edited by james_8970, 14 May 2008 - 10:04 PM.

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James,
I don't plan on running SLI.
I can go up to $200 US for mobo, hopefully less, and the same applies for the CPU.
Use at this time will not involve much gaming, gut lots of office work, music and photos.
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Honestly, just get the GA-P35-DS3L. It's a great budget board.
Use all the left over money to invest into a CPU. I suggest the E8400 as a quad will be of no benefit to you.
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