What Motherboard to choose?

By Grixti
Jan 7, 2008
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  1. Hi there,
    I am looking to get a new custom PC in the next few days but was wondering what motherboard i should get. I think i am going to buy from www.pcspecialist.co.uk and there are a few mobos to choose from.

    It basically comes down to the ASUS® P5N-E SLI, the ASUS® P5K SE or the ASUS® P5K WS. Is there much difference in the preformance of these motherboards? - One thing to add is that i will be using my PC for Audio Production (and some gaming on the side), but producing music will be my main purpose for the PC. So which of these mobos will be a good choice for this task? Maybe a totally different motherboard would be the best option?

    Any info would be great.

    Thanks!
  2. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,282   +24

    For music production, get the cheaper one out of the P5N-E SLI or the P5K WS and throw in a good sound card like the Audigy 2 ZS, since that'll be the main thing you need for music production. Avoid the P5K SE, since it has a lot of issues with RAM recognition.
  3. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,711

    I agree with the suggested P5N-E - you might like to compare prices on ebuyer or overclockers as you are in the UK.
  4. Grixti

    Grixti Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 28

    i didnt see any reviews of the P5K WS on this site, so what would you choose out of the P5K WS and the P5N-E SLI and why? What are the advantages and disadvantages of either one? Is there even much difference?

    Thanks guys!
  5. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,282   +24

    Both boards are of excellent quality, with the only difference being in the features provided. The P5N-E SLI gives you two PCI-E x16 slots for two NVIDIA cards in SLI, plus it has better onboard sound. There are also other minor differences such as the number of SATA ports etc. Just get the cheaper board among them both and you won't go wrong.
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