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  1. #1
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    Choosing a motherboard is hard

    I can't believe all the good motherboards out there on Intel Z68 Z77(coming) and x79.
    1. ASRock tremendous value, handy Xfast utulities, GameBlaster on x79
    2. ASUS RoG or not to RoG, so many boards to choose from, great utilities and speed enhancement.SSD caching Super OC bios
    3. Gigabyte, great value as well, feature packed, and Z68/Z77 has dynamic switchable graphics lucidlogix! Dual bios, speed enhancement.

    All 3 have proprietary features/utlities that are handy, how do you choose? You can't go wrong thats for sure, all three brands are very reliable. I haven't even looked at MSI yet. My head is spinning. My build, not finished

    CPU/Mobo/Monitor TBD
    Corsair 400r
    Corsair H70 cooler w/ 2x Cougar CF-V12HP 120mm fans
    EVGA GTX680
    Intel 520 180GB SSD
    Seagate Momentus XT Gen2/SataIII 750GB
    Samsung 30nm DDR31600 4x4GB
    ThermalTake Toughpower Grand 750w
    LG BD Burner 3D MDisk Lightscribe
    Win 7 Pro 64
    Thanks Gordo..my new build (4/7/2012)
    Intel Core i7-3820 SB-E OC'd to 4.625Ghz
    Asus Rampage IV Black Edition
    16mb Samsung DDR3-1600 (MV-3V4G3D/US) 2x(2x4mb) @ 1666 9-9-9-28 1.50v
    Corsair Carbide 400r
    Corsair H70 Core liquid cooler w/2x COUGAR CF-V12HP 12CM Silent Fans w/Pulse Width Modulation
    EVGA GTX680
    Thermaltake toughpower grand 750 (80+ Gold)
    Intel 520 180GB SSD
    Seagate momentus XT 750 SATAIII gen2 hybrid
    LG WH12LS39 BD burner w/ 3D MDisc Lightscribe
    Dell UltraSharp U2412M LED 1920x1200 w/IPS
    Cerwin Vega XD3 2.0 speakers
    Windows 7 Pro 64-bit

  2. #2
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    Re: Choosing a motherboard is hard

    Add Biostar to the list too! Their boards are ugly, but the T-Series overclock very well, they are well made. I have had a couple, zero issues with them. They can be had at a value price also.

  3. #3
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    Re: Choosing a motherboard is hard

    I agree with John, there's nothing wrong with Biostar. I've always been very happy with the oc I get out of the T-Series line. Biostar's only real problem imo is a lack of features and ports for the most part. If you don't need all the bells and whistles though they can't be beat for the price.

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    Re: Choosing a motherboard is hard

    The Biostar boards did seem good, very good. I ended up going with the i7-3820 on a ASRock Extreme6/GB. I got $75 off the regular price with sale price, combo deal and promo code($550). Getting a EAX sound card included is nice too. That's significant value as a package.

    I happen to read that the 3820 is an excellent board for the 3820 after i purchased because of its OC features to handle a semi-unlocked proc. We shall see, but I will need all OC help i can get. I will use it for a week or so before I OC though.

    Final build:
    i7-3820
    ASRock X79 Extreme6/GB
    Corsair H70 cooler w/ 2x Cougar fans
    EVGA GTX680
    16GB Samsung DDR3-1600(30nm,1.35volt)
    180GB Intel 520 cherryville SSD retail
    750GB Seagate MomentusXT Hybrid(Gen2, SATAIII)
    750W Thermaltake ToughPower Grand(80+ Gold)
    Corsair Carbide 400R
    LG BD burner w/ 3D, MDisk & Lightscribe
    Dell 24" U2412M monitor
    Windows 7 Pro 64-bit

    My friend has the new momentusXT and loves it. It's pretty fast, energy efficient, whisper quiet, and large enough capacity for my needs. Plus on sale now w/ newegg promo code. pm me for code if want. Happens to be a great drive for the price IMHO. Everything except GTX680 and samsung memory i got a super price on over the past 3 weeks, so the build evolved based on prices and needs.

    This is my budget's dream build so feedback appreciated spent $2190 total, which i think is excellent for the components

    Added: I compared a similar build Alienware aurora w/o an SSD, liquid cooling, w/ AMD 7950 dell PSU, & 23" monitor, it was $2900, so i definitely saved cash and got a better build. This is what BYO is all about
    Last edited by gordong11; 04-04-2012 at 09:54 PM.
    Thanks Gordo..my new build (4/7/2012)
    Intel Core i7-3820 SB-E OC'd to 4.625Ghz
    Asus Rampage IV Black Edition
    16mb Samsung DDR3-1600 (MV-3V4G3D/US) 2x(2x4mb) @ 1666 9-9-9-28 1.50v
    Corsair Carbide 400r
    Corsair H70 Core liquid cooler w/2x COUGAR CF-V12HP 12CM Silent Fans w/Pulse Width Modulation
    EVGA GTX680
    Thermaltake toughpower grand 750 (80+ Gold)
    Intel 520 180GB SSD
    Seagate momentus XT 750 SATAIII gen2 hybrid
    LG WH12LS39 BD burner w/ 3D MDisc Lightscribe
    Dell UltraSharp U2412M LED 1920x1200 w/IPS
    Cerwin Vega XD3 2.0 speakers
    Windows 7 Pro 64-bit

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    Re: Choosing a motherboard is hard

    If there is room in the case I probably would have gone with the Corsair H-100, but that is just a personal preference.

    It looks like you are going to have a really nice computer, congrats
    Asus M8Z77-V Deluxe
    Intel 3770K
    G-Skill 1600 16G
    Corsair H100
    EVGA 670 GTX
    2 Corsair Force 3 120G (Raid 0)
    2 x Seagate 1T 6G
    2 Samsung SyncMaster T260HD Monitors
    Thermaltake Level 10 UGK
    Silverstone Olympia OP1000 1000W
    Windows 8

    Never argue with idiots, they will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.

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