I was looking around for a mother board and came across two that seem to be pretty much the same model but
with a few differences
One of them is about 100 dollars and the other is about 150. As far as the differences the most that i noticed were that the more expesive one has more ports, two lan chipsets, and two pci express x16 slots.expensive board
the cheaper one has less ports, one lan chipset, one pci express x16, and a pci express x4cheaper board
I realize that obviously the cheaper board is going to come with less goodies. My question is since they appear to be the same board with the exception of the few mentioned things, do you think there would be a substantial drop in quality with the cheaper board?
Im on a budget and i could really use that fifty dollar difference elseware. I do want to get a good board now however so that it will last me a while, but i dont plan on running sli (so i dont really need two pci express x16 slots) and the only ports im loosing are a IEEE 1394 (firewire?) and the optical S/PDIF Out (i dont even know what that is).
Seeing as i dont really need any of the extras does it seem like the cheaper board might be a better buy for me? Im just worried about loseing quality.
Thanks for any and all help.
*last minute thought* This is probably a really dumb question but, just out of curiosity... the nicer board has TWO lan chipsets and two ports on the back. Why? Do you get a better or faster connection if you run through both at once? *confusion*