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Sup Guys.

Building a veeeeeeeery low budget recording/mixing rig. I'm looking at using an mATX 880g board, either a Biostar or Gigabyte...both I have used before in rigs and have been pleased.

I'm going to be using a Digidesign 003, which is Firewire supported, and am wondering...should I got with a board that has an onboard port? Or not, and buy an interface card with up to 4 ports (12 bucks locally).

Is there any difference in speed between the two? Gonna be using Win XP, and this computer won't really be used for much of anything else.

I can save a few bucks on the Biostar board/separate FW card, compared to the Gigabyte with only 1 onboard....
Edited by matt1898 - 4/19/11 at 10:44am
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IIRC, having an external/PCI firewire card will be faster. It also depends whether you're using Firewire 400 or 800. (obviously both are different speeds )

Is there any difference between onboard and PCI in specifications?
    
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The card I'm looking at is 400, and so is the onboard. I did find an external with 800, but it was a bit pricier, and considering I won't be using tons of plug-ins/effects(only acoustic music), I don't suspect I'll be pushing the hardware much at all.
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The card I'm looking at is 400, and so is the onboard. I did find an external with 800, but it was a bit pricier, and considering I won't be using tons of plug-ins/effects(only acoustic music), I don't suspect I'll be pushing the hardware much at all.
May aswell go with onboard in that case, as long as you're only using 1 firewire port. If you know for a fact you're going to be using more at some point, then by all means, go for the card. But that's the only real advantage
    
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Cool, thanks man.
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IIRC, having an external/PCI firewire card will be faster. It also depends whether you're using Firewire 400 or 800. (obviously both are different speeds )

Is there any difference between onboard and PCI in specifications?
That would apply for computers six or seven years ago. Most motherboards nowadays are just as fast as PCI or PCIe Firewire card. Assuming the motherboard has a TI Firewire controller and it's Firewire 1394A/FW400.

Also for Firewire 800 I would use at least PCI-X or PCIe.
    
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