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November 7, 2010, 07:53 AM
Join Date: Nov 2010
Okay after getting a lot of recommendations from various people to use an i5 760 CPU with 4GB of DDR3 1333 RAM and doubling up on my video cards with either 2x Radeon 6870 or 2x NVidia 460 GTX (OC'd); I've been trying to select a new motherboard.
I'm having difficulty deciding which is best for me however.
I originally planned to go with the ASUS Sabertooth 55i to match my original choice of the Sabertooth x58. But after looking around I came across a feature on other boards which as far as I know, the Sabertooth lacks. That feature being Auto overclocking.
I have 0 experience with overclocking, and I originally had no intentions of doing so as I was afraid I might fry something on my computer, and I can't afford to be doing that.
BUT... some of the boards seem to have built in OC capabilities that the motherboard takes care of by itself. I assume this auto overclocking is safe to use 24/7; which means I get a faster computer with no risk.
So here are the boards I had been looking at:
MSI P55A Fuzion ATX LGA1156 P55 = $204.06
MSI P55A-GD65 P55 ATX LGA1156 = $149.99
ASUS P7P55D Deluxe LGA1156 P55 = $218.99
ASUS P7P55D Evo LGA1156 P55 = $199.99
ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA1156 P55 = $192.30
ASUS Maximus III Gene LGA1156 = $149.99 (micro ATX - I'm not sure if this is an issue or not)
ASUS Sabertooth I55 LGA1156 P55 = $164.44
Prices are based on the NCIX website as that is likely where I will be purchasing my computer seeing as they can build it for me, saving me the hassle of having to return defective parts and ensuring I have a properly built machine.
So basically I'm wondering if this Auto OC feature is worth it for someone who otherwise will probably not be doing any OCing. Or is the Sabertooth 55i still a better board for me regardless of OCing or not?
There could possibly be better boards than any of the boards I've listed here as well; but based on what NCIX has available, and considering price, these seemed to be the best options for me.
Thanks again for any input!
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