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July 23, 2013 8:24:24 PM

I'm building a new gaming PC and can't decide on a motherboard.

The two at the top of my list are the MSI Z77A-G43 Motherboard ($85) and MSI Z77A-GD45 Gaming Motherboard ($125). I'll be using a Intel Core i7 3770 3.4GHz CPU. I plan on purchasing a GPU at a later date and will use onboard video until then.

Can anybody offer some guidance?

Thank you.

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July 23, 2013 8:28:06 PM

What kind of budget are you looking at?

But I'd probably go with the MSI GD45
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July 23, 2013 8:31:24 PM

John,

I'm looking to keep it around $100-ish. Max $150.
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July 23, 2013 8:40:15 PM

Go with the cheaper G43. The G45 is more expensive because it has two pci-e X16 slots so you can run cf/sli.
That is an expensive proposition. Only if you anticipate triple monitor gaming with high end graphics cards would the extra expense be justified.
Since you will be using a 3770, not a "K", you will not be able to overclock
Then, why not use a cheaper B75 based motherboard like this $55

ASRock B75M-DGS R2.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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July 23, 2013 8:48:20 PM

John Bauer said:
What kind of budget are you looking at?

But I'd probably go with the MSI GD45


geofelt said:
Go with the cheaper G43. The G45 is more expensive because it has two pci-e X16 slots so you can run cf/sli.
That is an expensive proposition. Only if you anticipate triple monitor gaming with high end graphics cards would the extra expense be justified.
Since you will be using a 3770, not a "K", you will not be able to overclock
Then, why not use a cheaper B75 based motherboard like this $55

ASRock B75M-DGS R2.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


That's an alright-looking board, but it doesn't have enough PCI slots for my needs. I'll be installing a dedicated sound card, firewire card, WiFi card, and (eventually) a GPU.
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