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Is this a good mobo for my build/price?

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March 31, 2013 6:13:29 PM

My build
Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core $179.99
Motherboard Biostar TZ77XE3 ATX LGA1155 $109.98
Memory Corsair XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 $35.99
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Combo or $74.99
Video Card Asus GeForce GTX 660 2GB $193.98
Case Cougar SolutionAF-2 (Green/Black) ATX Mid Tower $44.99
Power Supply Apevia 500W ATX12V $39.99
Optical Drive Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer Combo or $17.99
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) $89.98
Monitor HP W2072a (A3M50AA#ABA) 20.0" $97.58
Keyboard Adesso AKB-131UB


As you can see the mobo is over $100
I'm just wondering if its a good mobo for my build and will it last me for a while? As in if I upgrade other parts alot could I continue to use this one?
Here's the specs for the mobo
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/biostar-motherboard-tz77xe...

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March 31, 2013 7:14:35 PM

Thanatos Telos said:


His processor can't OC. A Z77 would be a waste. (Excluding getting a new processor that CAN OC, but anyway.)
PSU can use some work.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
And remember, a crappy PSU will kill your build faster than smashing it with a hammer.


That mobo has some really bad reviews.
It wouldn't hurt to stick with my current card would it?
And what's wrong with my current PSU? I thought it was good at 500w?
Please explain I'm new and don't wanna mess up my build?
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March 31, 2013 10:15:57 PM

sethwilliam said:
Thanatos Telos said:


His processor can't OC. A Z77 would be a waste. (Excluding getting a new processor that CAN OC, but anyway.)
PSU can use some work.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
And remember, a crappy PSU will kill your build faster than smashing it with a hammer.


That mobo has some really bad reviews.
It wouldn't hurt to stick with my current card would it?
And what's wrong with my current PSU? I thought it was good at 500w?
Please explain I'm new and don't wanna mess up my build?


No name PSU that doesn't have 80+ certification, so it'll give you ~300w and it'll be unreliable as hell.(A friend has had a 700$ rig go up in flames because of that.)(Also, 600w is a sweet spot for upgrading.) And the mobo actually has a 4/5 average, with only a minority griping about it. Finally, the GPU you have is great, but I would grab a 7870 XT/LE for a bit more. With (Or without) an OC, it'll max out most games.
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March 31, 2013 10:25:17 PM

Well actually I'm trying to lower the cost :)  it currently totals ~$800
I got the PSU you recommended instead if the old one. But I think I'm gonna keep my current mobo as I can't find a better one for around the same price. It also seems to have good things like SLI support and more types of ram.
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