Difference between two similar looking motherboards?

Hello, could somebody please explain to me the difference between two motherboards? I want to build my own pc, but am not that experienced to tell the difference:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157295

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157344


Also, one comes with 8gb of ram and the other is currently 15% off making it actually cheaper than the first. Please let me know what the difference is and what the better deal is or if there is a better motherboard for the money. Thanks!
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  1. the cheaper one with the free ram is the better choice it has more features like more sata 3 connectors and also more pci-express slots. Two 3.0 and one 2.0 compared to just two 3.0.
  2. The first motherboard is slightly and I mean slightly "better". Its, in this case, just about the same. I would go with the one that comes with ram, because a very slim difference like that in models dosent really matter when you get 60 bucks of ram free. The second board has more slots and ports ect. so it actually is better overall, rather than in model number.
  3. I wouldn't say the first is better but with the free ram it is a better value. Why do you say it's better?
  4. Well I have one answer that says the second board is better, and another that says the first is better. But both say that the one with the ram is a better value. So I guess I should go with that one. Is that ram any good though? I mean I do need new ram at some point cause the one that I have is 8gb of stock ram in my PC (thats why I'm building a new one). But I doubt that anything free could be very good.
  5. that ram is better than what im running right now. and just as good as most anything you would buy in its place.
  6. Jason Howard said:
    that ram is better than what im running right now. and just as good as most anything you would buy in its place.


    Ok thank you, I guess I'll go with that then :)
  7. You're building a new pc because 8gb ram isn't enough?

    The free ram is low voltage 1.35 vs the normal 1.5 and it's 1600 cl9 which is probably the most commonly used speed and cl.
  8. k1114 said:
    You're building a new pc because 8gb ram isn't enough?

    The free ram is low voltage 1.35 vs the normal 1.5 and it's 1600 cl9 which is probably the most commonly used speed and cl.


    Haha no. I'm building a new pc because the one I have is just an HP stock pc. I upgraded the graphics card a little while back and the power supply. But I'm a computer science major and really want to get into pc gaming. The ram has nothing to do with it. Although I'd probably want to upgrade it eventually. But right now my priority is getting a new case, motherboard, and CPU. I just hope a 600w power supply is enough. Someone told me that motherboard is power hungry.
  9. They'd be wrong, you relatively never worry about mobo power consumption. Plus asrock is usually the lowest. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z77-extreme6-z77a-gd65-z77h2-a2x,3187-20.html
  10. k1114 said:
    They'd be wrong, you relatively never worry about mobo power consumption. Plus asrock is usually the lowest. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z77-extreme6-z77a-gd65-z77h2-a2x,3187-20.html


    Oh ok thank you! That puts my mind at ease. If I may ask one more question. I was also told that the board takes more expensive parts. I'm pretty sure that the stock ram I have is DDR3. Would it be compatible? And is there anything else that I need to worry about? I'm getting a bigger case and an i5 3rd gen processor.
  11. How expensive parts are has nothing to do with compatibility. Whoever is telling you this stuff, don't believe anything else they say, it's most likely wrong. The ram you have now will probably work but it is probably slower 1333. The speed won't really affect gaming and there wouldn't be a need for more than 8gb for gaming. But if you wanted to use both sets of ram you would have to lower the speed. You can check the ram specs with cpuz if you don't know. Could you post any other parts you are looking at and also a budget? The hp model number would also help and tell me what you are reusing.
  12. k1114 said:
    How expensive parts are has nothing to do with compatibility. Whoever is telling you this stuff, don't believe anything else they say, it's most likely wrong. The ram you have now will probably work but it is probably slower 1333. The speed won't really affect gaming and there wouldn't be a need for more than 8gb for gaming. But if you wanted to use both sets of ram you would have to lower the speed. You can check the ram specs with cpuz if you don't know. Could you post any other parts you are looking at and also a budget? The hp model number would also help and tell me what you are reusing.


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    +1 Your friend doesn't know what he's talking about with the power hungry and expensive parts
  13. k1114 said:
    How expensive parts are has nothing to do with compatibility. Whoever is telling you this stuff, don't believe anything else they say, it's most likely wrong. The ram you have now will probably work but it is probably slower 1333. The speed won't really affect gaming and there wouldn't be a need for more than 8gb for gaming. But if you wanted to use both sets of ram you would have to lower the speed. You can check the ram specs with cpuz if you don't know. Could you post any other parts you are looking at and also a budget? The hp model number would also help and tell me what you are reusing.


    The model is: p6230y
    Everything in there is stock except: PSU (thermaltake tr600w) and GPU(Nvidia Geforce 630T) <-- I know this graphics card is pretty bad, but when I bought it, I did not realize that my PCI 2.0 motherboard could take PCI 3.0 graphics card.
    Anyway, from what I've gathered, I want to buy the motherboard mentioned above, the intel i5-3750k processor, and the nxtz phantom tower(probably mid). My hope is that these parts will be enough to get the PC up and running with a better performance than previously. Later, I obviously plan to try and buy a new GPU, new ram, probably a new hard drive, etc.

    As for budget, probably around 500 whilst reusing my old parts. If you have any better suggestions, or if this plan that I have in mind will not work (ie I need to replace or add something else as well) please let me know.

    But thank you for your help thus far!!
  14. For gaming you won't have a performance increase, even with your current cpu you are being limited by your gpu. The tr600w is bad quality, I wouldn't trust it with expensive components. Do you really need the extreme6 or could you just go with a cheaper mobo? Because it's not like mobos affect performance. The 4670k is only $10 more, might as well go with the current gen which is a different socket. Also, you will need to buy windows, your current key will not work with a new mobo.
  15. Chances are good if/when you go to a new mobo or mobo/CPU you can just take your system with you as is if it's Win7, simply do your build, install the drive and boot, if Win7 it will inspect the hardware, load the appropriate drivers that it has and you are running, then update the latest drivers for new mobo from their site, and reactivate Windows through the on-line process, it will either provide a number or give you a phone # to call, take to their computer on the phone, it will want the code from your screen and ask how many computers this is on - tell it 1 and they generally always provide a new activation code - have talked about a dozen people through this already this month - just joined beginning of month - then I suggest running a decent registry cleaner - Wise has a free version one, and have Win check for it's updates
  16. k1114 said:
    For gaming you won't have a performance increase, even with your current cpu you are being limited by your gpu. The tr600w is bad quality, I wouldn't trust it with expensive components. Do you really need the extreme6 or could you just go with a cheaper mobo? Because it's not like mobos affect performance. The 4670k is only $10 more, might as well go with the current gen which is a different socket. Also, you will need to buy windows, your current key will not work with a new mobo.


    Tradesman1 said:
    Chances are good if/when you go to a new mobo or mobo/CPU you can just take your system with you as is if it's Win7, simply do your build, install the drive and boot, if Win7 it will inspect the hardware, load the appropriate drivers that it has and you are running, then update the latest drivers for new mobo from their site, and reactivate Windows through the on-line process, it will either provide a number or give you a phone # to call, take to their computer on the phone, it will want the code from your screen and ask how many computers this is on - tell it 1 and they generally always provide a new activation code - have talked about a dozen people through this already this month - just joined beginning of month - then I suggest running a decent registry cleaner - Wise has a free version one, and have Win check for it's updates



    Well I really like how the motherboard I chose looks aesthetically. But if you know of a better choice, please post me the link. I also read that the 4th gen doesn't seem to make too much of a difference but I did consider it. Are the mobos that support 4th gen backwards compatible as well? And is the win7 not stored on the hard drive?
    As far as graphics card, I'll be ok. My boyfriend is getting a new one for himself soon and is letting me keep his old one. I don't remember the exact one that it is, all I know is that its an AMD and it was actually pretty good and ran all the latest games at 60 fps unlike my current one. He just wants to upgrade so that hes good for a couple of years. But at one point I'll also upgrade the one he gives me.
  17. Tradesman1 said:
    Chances are good if/when you go to a new mobo or mobo/CPU you can just take your system with you as is if it's Win7, simply do your build, install the drive and boot, if Win7 it will inspect the hardware, load the appropriate drivers that it has and you are running, then update the latest drivers for new mobo from their site, and reactivate Windows through the on-line process, it will either provide a number or give you a phone # to call, take to their computer on the phone, it will want the code from your screen and ask how many computers this is on - tell it 1 and they generally always provide a new activation code - have talked about a dozen people through this already this month - just joined beginning of month - then I suggest running a decent registry cleaner - Wise has a free version one, and have Win check for it's updates


    Sorry, for some reason in my last post it replied to yours too but I didn't mean to. This one is the reply to yours. Haha. So is the win7 stored on the hard drive or no? And is there any website that has some sort of step by step instructions for this? Because it seems like a pretty confusing process. Sorry, I'm just pretty new to all of this.
  18. If you have a computer, and you are running Win7, you can normally just take your hard dive, put it in your new build and boot into what was your old system - all your data in same place all you programs loaded already etc.... It takes Win a little while to see all th new hardware and load it's driver, but then you are running, with out having to install Win from scratch, install all your programs, re-customize your programs, copy and load all your photos, documents, etc....It as if you didn't even change hardware, but now you are on a newer faster rig. Than as with any new build you update with the latest drivers from your mobo site
  19. Tradesman1 said:
    If you have a computer, and you are running Win7, you can normally just take your hard dive, put it in your new build and boot into what was your old system - all your data in same place all you programs loaded already etc.... It takes Win a little while to see all th new hardware and load it's driver, but then you are running, with out having to install Win from scratch, install all your programs, re-customize your programs, copy and load all your photos, documents, etc....It as if you didn't even change hardware, but now you are on a newer faster rig. Than as with any new build you update with the latest drivers from your mobo site


    Perfect! That sounds like exactly what I wanted to be able to do! :)
  20. Go for it! If any problems drop me a line, when I joined the forums here was surprised at all the NO, IT CAN'T BE DONE! advice being given, I've probably done over 40-50 rigs this way, even going from AMD to Intel and vice versa - thus far since I joined there's been about 8 I know of that have tried and I haven't heard of any problems (and would expect they'd all be yelling and screaming at me if it did fail) ;)
  21. Tradesman1 said:
    Go for it! If any problems drop me a line, when I joined the forums here was surprised at all the NO, IT CAN'T BE DONE! advice being given, I've probably done over 40-50 rigs this way, even going from AMD to Intel and vice versa - thus far since I joined there's been about 8 I know of that have tried and I haven't heard of any problems (and would expect they'd all be yelling and screaming at me if it did fail) ;)


    Great, thank you so much! I'm probably going to take a little while to save up enough money to buy the three parts, but I'll PM you and let you know how it goes when I do.
  22. I'll be around (I hope!) ;) have a good one!
  23. Tradesman1 said:
    I'll be around (I hope!) ;) have a good one!


    Haha thanks, you too! :)
  24. I never mentioned the install not working. The issue is the key is bound to your hp mobo and is nontransferable.

    4th gen is a different socket. I don't know which part you are talking about for backwards compatibility, but everything is the same but the socket.
  25. That is determined by MS who actually owns the software license, generally they will just provide a new activation code, on occasion they say Nay
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