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Which Motherboard to pick

Ok so here are some boards i was looking at. I using a i5-3570k here are the boards. All boards must fit a 212 EVO cooler. GPU is a 7870 so that must fit to.
Case is a HAF 932 advanced. So ATX and Micro ATX both fit.

ASRock Z75 Pro3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157304

MSI Z77A http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130653

ASRock Z77 Pro3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157297

These are just some boards. I want to stay Under or near $100. What do yall recommend. Just need a decent board so I can OC.
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  1. I'm more of an MSI person, but to be honest, both of the z77 boards are very similar. if you were to OC, i'd probably go with the asrock z77 one, It has heatsinks over the cpu power delivery mosfets for better cooling, which you'll need for OC'ing
  2. If you can drop $120, I would recommend the ASRock Extreme3 based on your CPU. GIGABYTE boards tend to be a little more expensive, but are very nice (lots even have a dual-BIOS). I have an Extreme4 and wish I would have gone with an Extreme3 now (the E3 has 3 GPU slots while the E4 only has 2). :P
  3. so get either the Extreme 3 or 4 or Pro3
  4. SR-71 Blackbird said:


    he wants to stay under or near $100
  5. Ok, so before im leaning towards the Pro 3. Price mainly. Can i put a i5-2300 in their before I put my i5-3570k. Im selling my current board and CPU to a friend. He doesnt have all the money but i was gonna go ahead and remove my board from its case and install it in my frineds new case and just give him the CPU when he has the money. Will these support the i5-2300.
  6. What about used or refurbished boards. Found a refurb on Amazon for the Extreme 4. only $109. Is that worth it?
  7. Pyrofan said:
    Ok, so before im leaning towards the Pro 3. Price mainly. Can i put a i5-2300 in their before I put my i5-3570k. Im selling my current board and CPU to a friend. He doesnt have all the money but i was gonna go ahead and remove my board from its case and install it in my frineds new case and just give him the CPU when he has the money. Will these support the i5-2300.

    Yes. It will support the i5 2300.

    Pyrofan said:
    What about used or refurbished boards. Found a refurb on Amazon for the Extreme 4. only $109. Is that worth it?

    Its 50/50. Its up to you, are you willing to take a calculated risk ?
  8. bartholomew said:
    Pyrofan said:
    Ok, so before im leaning towards the Pro 3. Price mainly. Can i put a i5-2300 in their before I put my i5-3570k. Im selling my current board and CPU to a friend. He doesnt have all the money but i was gonna go ahead and remove my board from its case and install it in my frineds new case and just give him the CPU when he has the money. Will these support the i5-2300.

    Yes. It will support the i5 2300.

    Pyrofan said:
    What about used or refurbished boards. Found a refurb on Amazon for the Extreme 4. only $109. Is that worth it?

    Its 50/50. Its up to you, are you willing to take a calculated risk ?


    no
  9. is the Pro 4 any good?

    EDIT: so iv been reading on the web that some ASrock boards are DOA. So, Is that a big worry? Also, is worth the the extra money for like a extreme 3 or another brand board or am i just over thinking and should stick with the Pro 3? Thanks!
  10. Pyrofan said:
    What about used or refurbished boards. Found a refurb on Amazon for the Extreme 4. only $109. Is that worth it?


    Companies hate paying shipping because they sold someone a busted item. They do not want to sell a broken item, and aren't about to sell the same busted items twice. My theory is the typical refurbished item was one in which a single loose wire cause the $100+ item to not function, which was fixed with 5 minutes and 2 pennies worth of a solder.

    Long story short, if the refurbished item comes with a warranty or guarantee, its probably as safe as a new item. Possibly even safer since the technicians are going to be sure to rigorously test it again to make sure it functions as intended. I've saved a lot of money buying refurbished items, provided they had a reasonable return policy.

    If the refurb doesn't, then stay away.

    Edit: DOA happen for every single motherboard. At which point, it comes down to the customer service of the manufacturer, or occasionally the retailer.
  11. Here is the link. Its says it meets manufactures Quality standards. Yes or No. If i works when i get it. Its not gonna break after 1hr right. http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B007KTY4A6/sr=/qid=/ref=olp_tab_refurbished?ie=UTF8&colid=&coliid=&condition=refurbished&me=&qid=&seller=&sr=

    If i dont get this board I will buy a the Pro 3 .
  12. Best answer
    Quote:
    Fully-functional item restored to meet manufacturer quality standards. May show limited signs of use and some accessories might be missing. Orders ship within 2 business days, but we do not ship to PO Boxes/APO/AK/HI. Includes a 30 Day Money Back Guarantee & 90 Day warranty

    Like I said, are you willing to take a calculated risk?

    90 day warranty is not acceptable to me.

    The Pro3 is a good board, should give you a good overclock as well :)
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