I'm building a PC for a buddy of mine who I've not only converted to Premiere from FCP, but also from a Mac to PC Double whammy!
Anyway, he's not looking for anything too over the top, and has no plans to overclock--actually, he told me specifically, "no overclocking!" I've pretty much got all the components picked out--I'm sort of recycling my build from earlier this year which is built around an ASUS P6X58D Premium with an OC'ed i7-930--though I'm going to go with the i7-950/960 for him.
I will probably go with the ASUS since I'm familiar with it, unless anyone has a better suggestion. I'm looking at four of them which seem to be relatively comparable in price, features, and ratings at Newegg:
Prices are all around $250, so that's not really a concern. It seems like the ASUS and Gigabyte are popular choices amongst folks here, but is there any one of these that is a stand-out among the others? As mentioned, overclocking capability is not a concern--just general stability and flexibility. If there are any other suggestions, I'm all eyes--thanks!
You're right, Asus and Gigabyte are the main boards it seems among users of this forum. I've been happy with both brands, though for editing I can only vouch for Tyan server boards and the Gigabyte UD7 for my current rig. If you're most familiar and comfortable with Asus, why rock the boat.
Nice to hear news, that somebody coming to our community .
You might consider to look at ASUS Sabertooth x58. It has 2 e-sata ports on the back. It is good if you need to connect additional storage for backup.
Do you really need two LAN ports and pay $100 more?