I've been going back and forth trying to choose a good motherboard. I had my heart set on a mATX but, after
thinking for a couple of days I decided to go with a standard ATX motherboard. So far I have two boards
in mind: GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R and ASUS P6X58D-E. What are the key features a person should be looking
for in choosing a motherboard for video editing, for a budget and economical build?
My purpose system:
Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366
EVGA 012-P3-1470-AR GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 12GB (3 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)-$134.99
COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Core i7 Power Supply
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 HD322GJ/U 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"-Bare Drive
Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"-Bare Drive x 2
Instead of a mid tower, go for a big tower, like the HAF932.
The 750 W PSU seems a bit weak, 850 W would be better.
Both the Gigabyte and the Asus are good boards. Decide on features and price.
With the price difference between 500 GB disks and 1 TB models, consider upping the storage a bit.
Why go with a full tower ATX case instead of a Mid tower ATX case like the Cooler Master HAF 912 or 922?
Better cooling, easier installation, better cable management, more expansion room.