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it's a bit late, but i'm planning to upgrade my system. with my budget, currently i'm planning to buy i3 540 and gtx 460. right now, i need opinion in which mobo should i buy; asus p7p55 LX or msi h55-g43

1)P55 chipset
http://my.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=2UYSq8dAHOj0k84O&templete=2

or

2)H55 chipset
http://www.msi.com/product/mb/H55-G43.html

i'm choosing either one of this because i need the pcie x4 for dedicated physx and a usable pcie x1 for usb3 add-on card. i'm also planning to OC the cpu. so, which one is better for me?
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Well the the difference between the P and H series is the H series has an integrated grapics chipset. In terms of OCing the P series is better than the H series so I would go for that.

There was one H55 board that MSI had that OC'd pretty well, try and look for the H55-GD65. In OCing tests it was at par with majority of the P55 series boards.

But for the 2 I would get the Asus for your needs since the 460 should be able to handle things without the need for an integrated graphics chipset.
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as mark_thaddeus said, if you plan to have an add-on video card, and overclock the CPU, a P55 would be perfect for you. If you don't use the IGP on the processor, the voltage requirement decreases, allowing for higher overclocks (my i3-550 has a 73w TDP with IGP active and 65w TDP without it)

I'd go with the ASUS. P55 is a good overclocker, and it has more USB ports for regular devices on the rear (so you can dedicate your USB3 card to the true USB3 devices). Plus, it has optical-out audio output for Hi-Def audio (a plus for me)
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