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April 1, 2013 11:50:06 AM

What is the difference between the expensive motherboards and the cheaper ones?
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April 1, 2013 11:53:05 AM

More features(more then one video card slot, more usb3, ect) and most times a better power deliver(more phases with better control) and cooling(vrm heatsinks) system for that power delivery system(more extreme overclocking room).

Warranty may also be longer in some cases.

If you do not NEED these features, you will be fine with a cheaper board in many cases. My basic(h55n usb3) gigabyte board has been holding up just fine.

Basic no fancy cooling, but works


More fancy. built in wireless and vrm cooling. May have come with X-fi MB audio software as well
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April 1, 2013 11:54:30 AM

This is a very broad question. But mainly the more expensive boards have better features. and better capacitors and hardware for longer life / better overclocking.
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April 1, 2013 11:56:08 AM

Hi :) 

In my shops we sell expensive motherboards like Asus....

We do NOT SELL cheap motherboards like Asrock....

We see too many cheap ones that have failed...

All the best Brett :) 
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April 1, 2013 11:57:17 AM

In theory, higher quality parts (capacitors, power delivery, etc). In reality, not much in terms of performance for the average user. You can see a wide range of boards compared at the link below. Basically, for general purpose computing and gaming (unless you need to run 3 or 4 high end GPUs) a $400 board doesn't get you anything over a ~150 (maybe less) board. Mine was $90 in a combo deal at Microcenter and it does everything I need it to do.

Just make sure you get one with the right connectors for you (e.g. some folks needs FireWire).

http://www.anandtech.com/show/6697/asrock-fatal1ty-x79-...

Edit: I've never paid for a high end board over the past 17 years and have never had one fail (ASRock, ASUS, MSI, and Gigabyte).
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