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SamsonFisher 66 months ago

ANY OPINION OR COMMENT IS GREATLY APPRECIATED!

I'm looking for a motherboard withing the $120 - $150 dollar range. If you have a different brand in mind that you think is best that is not listed, please mention that too. Thank you very much!

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GeneralSnuffles 2 points 48 months ago

Based on quality from personal experience and friends' experience

  1. Asus - Very good quality and lots of PCI's to use.
  2. Gigabyte - Durable and comes with many PCI's and has many helpful utilities.
  3. ASRock - Mainly Higher end ones are very impressive with many features.
  4. MSI - Reasonable quality with a couple of helpful tools.

This is just from my experience and my personal preference so dont get mad.

BeardCreep 1 point 66 months ago

Well you cant really judge based on brand alone.

If i was to do so i would rank them the following for your price range.

Asrock giga asus msi

however, if its amd

msi giga asrock

Id need to know your cpu, your ram amount, your video card. Id be glad to pick something out for you

SamsonFisher submitter 1 point 66 months ago

I have purchased...

CPU - Intel i5 3570K

RAM - Corsair Vengeance 2x8 (16gb of RAM)

And I am waiting for the Nvidia GTX 760 to come out and I'll purchase one. I am also planning to overclock. Thanks for being willing to help me out!

BeardCreep 1 point 66 months ago

see that cpu is overclockable which makes things more complicated if youre planning to oc... you might have to go into the 200 usd range.

but im going to assume youre not. give me a few.

does your case fit an atx?

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-gaz77xud3h would be the best for power distribution (stability, overclockability)

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-motherboard-z77agd65 for some nice audio upgrade and ok stability

SamsonFisher submitter 1 point 66 months ago

Yes, it's a mid-tower ATX, specifically the Antec 900

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/antec-case-ninehundred

BeardCreep 1 point 66 months ago

look at above post :D enjoy your rig friend.

SamsonFisher submitter 1 point 66 months ago

Thank you so much!

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pepsiblast08 1 point 66 months ago

Check out the MSI Z77 boards. You don't need to go $200 to OC. Especially if you live near a Microcenter.

leo_cavarela 1 point 62 months ago

gigabyte

chuck216 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

With the same exact chipsets it's down to company reputation so in that order is Asus, Gigabyte, MSI, then ASRock. though you have to take quality for price in mind so best quality for price is usually Gigabyte, as Asus usually charges more for the same chipset/features.

hummerh1 1 point 48 months ago

This thread is 18 months old guys....

SUDDENXD3ATH 1 point 37 months ago

Now this thread is 29 months old

hummerh1 1 point 36 months ago

Now it's 30 months old! hype

janiev1997 2 points 36 months ago

i feel old ;-;

oaklandmurphy 1 point 30 months ago

36 months old and counting!!

cmon3play 1 point 37 months ago

Go for GIGABYTE its very durable motherboard brand :) i have motherboard and psu and im still using it its 5 years old

Olang 1 point 30 months ago

I think the Krait 3x has this range locked down, but that's just my opinion.

Djangosp2 1 Build 0 points 66 months ago

Asus and Gigabyte have the best reputation for using quality parts. Asrock has been known to have a thin PCB and use cheap Mosfets. MSi boards are pretty good, but the VRM design had been problematic in some cases. Is personally go with Asus for their awesome software Suite and uber-high quality parts (5k capacitors, Digi+VRM, etc)

SamsonFisher submitter 1 point 66 months ago

Ah, I see. I'll narrow my research down to Asus and Gigabyte in my search for a mobo. Thanks!

SamsonFisher submitter 1 point 66 months ago

If we're looking at Gigabyte only, do you think the mobo BeardCreep suggested is any good?

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-gaz77xud3h

snorlaxyzq 1 Build 1 point 66 months ago

this is a really good mobo. you can look for a ud4h. I know in the states they are priced at same level(~$130), but in canada, the ud4h is priced at ridiculous $200.

SamsonFisher submitter 1 point 66 months ago

ud3h vs. ud4h, whats the difference. Is the ud4h worth it?

snorlaxyzq 1 Build 1 point 66 months ago

ud4h is release recently, which is at the end of the z77 era.

take a look here. it has the spec difference

http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Gigabyte-Z77X-UD4H-Motherboard/1706

basically better audio and better voltage regulator