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Old November 2, 2009, 06:14 AM
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Hi guys, I just read windwithme's Gigabyte UD3P review in the review subforum. It seems that even though it is a budget/mainstream oriented motherboard the overclocking ability is on par with any other high-end motherboards. From a casual gamer/folder standpoint; assuming most people only use 1 - 2 GFX, 1 - 3 Hard drives, and 1 -2 DVD-ROM. The allure of high-end boards become less and less. Could any of you veterans of the computer world please enlighten this small noob if there exist a high-end motherboard with ability/reliability a cut above the rest? A motherboard that makes you think that it was a good decision to pay for the premium?
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Old November 2, 2009, 06:58 AM
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Personally, I'd grab the X58 UD3R instead for ~$180 instead. Granted the processor and memory is slightly more than a competing P55 combo but there is MUCH more room for future upgrades with the X58 platform.
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Personally, I'd grab the X58 UD3R instead for ~$180 instead. Granted the processor and memory is slightly more than a competing P55 combo but there is MUCH more room for future upgrades with the X58 platform.
even on the x58 platform sky, as i am sure a veteran like you have tried few other motherboards. Is there any lick of logic for a well-funded(let's say) casual gamer/folder to buy the higher end boards nowadays? As the competition in the computer world gets tougher the quality of motherboards released these few months has been imho phenomenal. Cheaper boards are just higher-end boards with less connectors/lanes.
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No, there is no reason for a casual gamer / overclocker to buy a higher-end board. The $300+ offerings have more features but most will be lost on someone who is only looking for a plug and play solution with a minimum of tweaking.
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