HotHardware Holiday Gift Guide 2010

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Got your CPU? Good. Now it's time to find a motherboard fit to carry it. Here's a list of our favorite mainboards from the past year for both AMD and Intel platofrms, arranged from least expensive to most.

Asus LGA1156 P7P55D-E Pro
- $179



Designed for use with Core i7/i5/i3, there's Asus' LGA1156-based P7P55D-E Pro. Its MSRP is considerably lower than the "Deluxe" version of the board ($179.99 vs. $219), and it offers features like USB 3.0 and SATA 6G, both of which aren't available on the other board. The P7P55D-E Pro's features and price make it an attractive option, sure to thrill any PC builder in your life.

MSI Big Bang XPower
- $299



If you've going for a mid-range Core i7 CPU, this mid-range board is probably a perfect fit if you want all the bells and whistles from a feature standpoint. Plenty full length PCIe slots, plenty of ports and good style to boot. The MSI XPower series of motherboards is clearly designed to curry favor with overclocking enthusiasts and the high-end gamers. The XPower packs full support for all the latest IO interfaces like USB3 and SATA 6G capabilities, but MSI is also claiming to offer certain unique features like their "Quantum Wave" audio processing and "military-grade" components that other manufacturers supposedly don't offer currently.

Asus CrossHair IV Formula - $220



AMD has a new 6-core processor out there, and there's not much one can do with a CPU without a supporting motherboard to go along with it. Asus is more ready than ever to help out, with the introduction a new mainboard based on AMD's latest 890FX chipset. The new Republic of Gamers Crosshair IV Formula is making our cut. One-click overclocking is available, with the Turbo Unlocker smartly adjusting CPU clock speeds based on application workload. When running optimized single-core applications, Turbo Unlocker dynamically adjusts clock speed on a single processor core to ensure maximum performance. For multi-threaded applications, all processor core speeds are dynamically increased to attain the highest performance available.

Gigabyte X58A-UD5 - $282


Based on the Intel X58 and ICH10R chipset for Intel's LGA 1366 Core i7 processors, the GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD5 delivers plenty of next generation features that gaming enthusiasts and power users have been waiting for. The GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD5 includes GIGABYTE's 333 Onboard Acceleration features, incorporates USB 3.0, Serial-ATA Revision 3.0 (6Gbps) and a 3x USB Power Boost, as well as multi-GPU support for NVIDIA 3-Way SLI and ATI CrossFireX. If your Secret Santa demands more than this...well, call 'em Scrooge.

Asus X58 Rampage III Extreme - $360


Not only does it look great, but Asus' X58 Rampage III Extreme motherboard is a flagship RoG model. It's designed for gamers, those who will make good use of the expansion slots. With an LGA1366 socket, it supports the latest Core i7 processors, providing six DIMM slots that can house up to 24GB of memory. More than enough PCI Express 2.0 expansion slots are available for Tri-SLI or Quad-CrossFire configurations, allowing you the capability to maximize your system's pixel pushing power.  Not to mention the board overclocks like a banshee.

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>> Have you been naughty or nice?

 

Oh sure... throw that in my face.

 

I have the Samsung SyncMaster P2770 (not FH), and highly recommend it.  Even with 2ms time (same contrast ratio), I never notice ghosting or blurring.  The FH model sounds like an awesome gift.

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Very nice gift guide for sure. If I had some deeeeeeeeep pockets I would have a great time going through that list and would come up with a real kick ass Rig.

Thats terrible temptation and my birthday is DEC 24 also the BIG 55 years old I need a rich uncle or something!!! Or one good lottery ticket!

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amdcrankitup:
and my birthday is DEC 24 also the BIG 55 years old

I turned 57 today,...........


BTW: good list of bling,.....I like too much of it for my own good.

The ASUS WiCast EW2000 Wireless HD Video Transmitter and Receiver is especially tempting to me.

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Now i need to find some one with a wallet big enough to buy me those gaming desktops

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I'm actually happy that I already have several things on the list.

Something to add in, for those people like I was with six (yes SIX) remotes on my coffee table is the Logitech Harmony series of remotes.  The Harmony One for those who don't need RF, the Harmony 900 (which I picked up) for those who do.

I fell in love with the remote less than an hour after opening it.  Replaced all my remotes, actually handles all the I/O and on/off for any activities you use it for, full color touch screen.  Review it guys!

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Nice gift list really like the list. Specifically the GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD5is an awesome 1366 socket board which I have used on one rig for close to a year now with no issues at all. The NZXT Phantom and Corsair Cases are awesome, as are the headphones (of which I need a new pair of, just because I want some )). I could personally really use a flat screen monitor as well 22.5" or bigger (as it is always better) will do, just hit me up for my address when you wanna send me one.

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I want a T-rex on the front page.... that or the 27" 3d monitor...

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Der Meister:
I want a T-rex on the front page.... that or the 27" 3d monitor...

I wouldn't mind a T-Rex to keep my neighbor's dog from crapping on my lawn,............

 

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Might I add that the 40gb agility 2 is on sale and with rebate will cost you $96.  The Vertex 2 costs $84.99 after rebate.

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print- hand wifey... go shopping woman! :)

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