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Recommend a good H77 board under $70?

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April 14, 2013 7:52:51 AM

Getting an i5 3470 plus a H77 board, and won't be SLI'ing or Crossfire.

Here is my current build: Ignore the MOBO

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/QCAe
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/QCAe/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/QCAe/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Asus P8B75-V ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($82.74 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($234.99 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNWD-N1502UBE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($7.50 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z11 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($73.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Acer G215HVBbd 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $866.14
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-14 10:52 EDT-0400)
April 14, 2013 7:59:40 AM

I use and recommend Gigabyte GA-H77-DS3H. Good price, good performance, good options included
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April 14, 2013 8:06:59 AM

Given that PCPartPicker only lists two H77 boards under $70, why don't you choose?

ECS H77H2 - $60
ASRock H77M - $65

-Wolf sends
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April 14, 2013 8:17:57 AM

I hear micro atx mobo's are fragile and easy to burn out, or break or something. Do they work like a regular motherboard?
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April 14, 2013 8:25:51 AM

mATX mobos work as 'normal' ATX boards, they should not be more fragile or anything (of course, it highly depends on the manufacturer). however, they generally have less on-board connectors (like fan headers, SATA ports, PCI slots etc.)
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April 14, 2013 10:22:26 AM

adycopilu said:
mATX mobos work as 'normal' ATX boards, they should not be more fragile or anything (of course, it highly depends on the manufacturer). however, they generally have less on-board connectors (like fan headers, SATA ports, PCI slots etc.)


Okay, walk me through this please. What are PCI slots used for? Sata ports? fan headers? Sorry, I don't know anything about motherboards. Will I be able to connect these fans to a mini atx board?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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April 14, 2013 4:46:20 PM

Not sure how you can ask for a specific chipset motherboard when you don't know even the basic fundamentals. Either way...

PCI slots (and PCI-E slots) are for your expansion cards such as your graphics card.
SATA port are what you use to connect your SATA Hard Drive and Optical Disk Drive to your motherboard.
Fan headers are how power gets to your system fans.

You need to know, beforehand, what type of fan headers your motherboard has before you decide what case fans you should purchase. For instance, the ASRock motherboard I linked has two 3-pin fan headers and one 4-pin fan header. Since the case fans you linked have three pin power connectors, you would be able to connect two of them. Of course, you case already comes with fans, so you would either need to replace them or find some other way to power the additional fans.

-Wolf sends
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April 14, 2013 6:55:30 PM

Wolfshadw said:
Not sure how you can ask for a specific chipset motherboard when you don't know even the basic fundamentals. Either way...

PCI slots (and PCI-E slots) are for your expansion cards such as your graphics card.
SATA port are what you use to connect your SATA Hard Drive and Optical Disk Drive to your motherboard.
Fan headers are how power gets to your system fans.

You need to know, beforehand, what type of fan headers your motherboard has before you decide what case fans you should purchase. For instance, the ASRock motherboard I linked has two 3-pin fan headers and one 4-pin fan header. Since the case fans you linked have three pin power connectors, you would be able to connect two of them. Of course, you case already comes with fans, so you would either need to replace them or find some other way to power the additional fans.

-Wolf sends


Hehe, all I know is that B75 boards are basic ones, H77 are like Z77 but with no OC'ing ability, and Z77 can be OC'ed. And thanks, I decided to go with i5 3570k and a MOBO bundle at microcenter, comes out the same price. Is the ASrock PRO4 a good MOBO?
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April 14, 2013 7:21:31 PM

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Is the ASrock PRO4 a good MOBO?


meh.

-Wolf sends
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April 14, 2013 7:45:39 PM

Yes or no? What's not good about it? Can you give me one for $100 then?
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April 15, 2013 1:53:46 AM

I would go with Asus or Gigabyte. ASRock makes good mobos for the money, but have higher RMAs and may use cheaper components. On Asus or Gigabyte you also get some extras, like Asus Fan Xpert or Gigabyte Dual Bios. One more thing: i5 3570k is unlocked CPU, so it's more expensive just because it lets you overclock it. However, the H77 chipset is not intended for OC'ing. So IMO you should either buy a cheaper CPU (like i5 3470) or get a Z77 mobo. Just a thought.
As for the fan headers, yes you can connect the Cooler Masters. You should check for available fan headers connectors on the motherboard, but keep in mind that you can always connect the fan directly to the PSU MOLEX connectors using some 3-to-4pin MOLEX adapters (they are usually shipped with the fans, otherwise you can buy them from basically any local shop, they are very cheap). Another option is to get fan header splitters and connect 2 fans to the same mobo fan header.
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April 15, 2013 6:03:08 AM

I say, "meh", because the specifications of that particular motherboard are just so-so. It only has 1 PCI-E 3.0 x16 graphic card slot. The other PCI-Ex16 slot is PCI-E 2.0 and only runs at x4 throughput. Still, ASRock states this motherboard is CrossfireX compatible. Something about that just doesn't square up. The rest of the specifications are pretty much standard fare.

The board normally goes for $110 (@Newegg). If you're getting a good deal to get that Z77 board with the Intel CoreI5-3570K and you're looking to overclock this system, then go for it. Otherwise, it might be prudent to follow adycopilu's advice and go for a lower powered CPU, as in your original build, and some other board. But at under $100, picking are slim. Looking at them, I'd probably go with this Gigabyte GA-H77-DS3H for $96 @ Newegg.

-Wolf sends
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April 15, 2013 9:54:01 AM

Okay, I'm not doing crossfire, so is that okay? And one more question, is there much difference between the FX8320 and the 3570k? It's around $50 cheaper at microcenter. Would the extra $50 justify a much better CPU?
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April 15, 2013 9:57:43 AM

ballerslife said:
Okay, I'm not doing crossfire, so is that okay? And one more question, is there much difference between the FX8320 and the 3570k? It's around $50 cheaper at microcenter. Would the extra $50 justify a much better CPU?


the extra $50 does justify a much better cpu as the 3570K outperforms in 8350 in gaming.
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April 15, 2013 10:27:00 AM

But I heard that it outperforms by just a tad bit. Can you give something like a benchmark score, or an official comparison?
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April 15, 2013 10:36:50 AM

you can find benchmark results here, on Tom's Hardware site.
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