Motherboard suggestions sought

Discussion in 'Gigabyte' started by Barry Watzman, May 28, 2009.

  1. I need to build a Core i7 system for someone else. Nothing exotic,
    single video only, etc. There is some desire for a "legacy rich"
    system; a floppy drive, serial port and parallel port are viewed as
    desirable. At least two PCI slots are also essential (the system will
    have to host an Adaptec SCSI card and possibly an Audigy series PCI
    sound card with Live Drive). IT WILL BE RUNNING XP FOR NOW, ANYWAY.

    I've kind of narrowed this down to 5 cards:

    -MSI X58 Pro
    -Asus P6T SE
    -Asus P6T
    -Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD4P
    -Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD5

    But I'm open to other seemingly good suggestions.

    Two particular questions, what are the essential differences between the
    two Asus boards and, similarly, between the two Gigabyte boards.

    Barry Watzman, May 28, 2009
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    Geo Guest

    Neither of these list a serial or parallel port in their specs?
    (I also am looking for a board which includes these ports as standard)
    Geo, May 28, 2009
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  3. I'm not sure that a USB floppy drive will work. The owner needs to be
    able to prepare Diskettes for a Yamaha Disklavier (spelling?) Grand
    Piano (it's a $40,000 modern version of a "player piano" that uses
    floppy diskettes instead of rolls of paper with holes in them).
    Unfortunately, the diskettes are non-standard 720k 3.5" floppies. They
    can be created on a PC with a "real" floppy drive, but I'm not sure it
    can be done on a USB floppy.
    Barry Watzman, May 29, 2009
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    andy Guest

    The two Gigabyte motherboards actually still have floppy connectors on
    andy, May 29, 2009
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    Ryan P. Guest

    You can use HD 3.5" floppies and format them as DD on a USB disk
    drive. You'll need to physically cover the HD hole in the corner of the
    floppy, though.
    Ryan P., May 31, 2009
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