I am getting a new computer this summer. I have decided on the A8N-SLI Delux. BUt it is $250 in my canadian dollars and I am wondering if a good board like that is really necassary? Do you think I need a good board with SLI and stuff on it? I probably wont use SLI. IF you think i can tone it down a bit, can you suggest another board, one solid reliable and good quality. It dont have to be cheap...
I didn't make it!
If you want a good board but wont use SLI, then get a Nforce4 Ultra board... its just like the SLI, but cheaper and w/o SLI. Also ATI is making some pretty sweet and cheap boards, like the xpress 200
It's rather pointless to buy an SLI board if you don't plan to use the SLI function, don't you think? Now that I've said that: nF4 SLI is more powerful than nF4 Ultra, and SLI motherboards typically boast much sexier feature sets. But still, take a look at nF4 Ultra-based boards from some tier 1 manufacturers (ASUS, MSI and Gigabyte come to mind) and see if they'll work better for you. Typically, you'll give up a little on features (as I mentioned) in exchange for an extra PCIe slot (it seems to be popular to convert what would otherwise be the lower x16 slot into an x4 slot, and stick an x1 in between) and maybe another PCI slot.
only get an SLi board if you are going to use the SLi feature. If you know your not going to then it is a complete waste of money.
just get a nForce4 ultra if you know your not going to be using SLI at all. you could just get the ASUS A8N-E (nF4 Ultra) instead, which will run you $125.00.