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Lucky Tiger13
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Looking for a great motherboard


To compliment this build.
So far items purchased are as follows:

LIAN LI CASE $99.99

Seasonic 850W modular PSU $109.99

Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200rpm HD $79.99

Intel i5-3570k Ivy Bridge 3.8GHz Turbo $229.99

Zalman CPU Cooling Fan/Heatsink $31.99

And last night I made an impulse buy on the GPU. I had already decided to get the standard 7970 at 399.99 but was able to find the GHz version at the same price. (about $70 off in rebates)

XFX Double D Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB $399.99

So all that's left is the Mobo, RAM, and SSD. My brother did his first tax return ever and will be getting quite a big return so he upped budget to $1500 total for the tower. So i guess the remaining budget is about $550. I'd like to keep him under though just in case we have to purchase an OS.

The build is going to be for gaming/media and it's gonna be his induction into the master race. It will start off as a single monitor setup, with the ability to support more if he chooses. I assume with crossfire, this build should give him 3-4 years of high-max settings.

I need info on the remaining parts with consideration of the budget. My instinct says to get a quality mobo over anything else, but I don't want to spend unnecessary cash.

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LSU Coyote
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re: Looking for a great motherboard


MSI MPower

I have ran through 6 MOBOs this year before settling on the MPower in the Z77 chipset range.






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jcole4lsu
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re: Looking for a great motherboard


kingston hyper x RAM and SSD
(corsair and samsung also both make excellent products of both)
as for an 1155 board, make sure its a Z77 chipset from gigabyte, asus, asrock, or msi. a quality board can be found at $200, $175, or even $130 just depends on budget.






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LSU Coyote
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re: Looking for a great motherboard


Also 1150 is right around the corner. I have been seeing after market coolers with "1150 Compatible" on the front box.

It might be closer than we know. Supposed to be May/June but still thinking that it will be April like the last 2 refresh cycles.






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jcole4lsu
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re: Looking for a great motherboard


This one from ASRock is $140 and tom's hardware approved.







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Lucky Tiger13
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re: Looking for a great motherboard


quote:

Also 1150 is right around the corner


Wouldn't it be problem that the CPU has already been purchased?






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jcole4lsu
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nah we can just remove a couple pins no problem





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LSU Coyote
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quote:

This one from ASRock is $140 and tom's hardware approved.

I used an Extreme6 for about 2 months this Summer. Great MOBO. The Extreme 4 and 6 are the same except for a few capacitors and phases for OCing, maybe some SATA ports? I don't remember exactly. No need to worry about that.






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ILikeLSUToo
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quote:

Wouldn't it be problem that the CPU has already been purchased?


Yeah, you'll be fine for a while. New technology is always around the corner. The CPUs and motherboards will be at a premium for a few months, and depending on what you plan to do with your computer, it may not be a worthwhile upgrade in real-world performance.

I second everyone's recommendations for sub-$200 motherboards. There are enthusiast-level boards, and many with tons of features packed in, like thunderbolt, more true 16x PCIe ports for triple and quad crossfire/SLI, extra USB 3.0, esata and extra 6gbps sata, overclocking potential (i.e. extra capacitors and whatnot), etc. I think the ASUS sabertooths or rampages even have a waterblock on the northbridge. I think Thunderbolt tends to drive the price up. Just all depends on what you think you need and what you're willing to pay. For me, a stable motherboard with reasonable overclocking options, True SLI/Xfire support (i.e., no shared lanes), and a few USB 3.0 ports is all I really need.



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