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What's a good mainboard to get for the i5-3670K

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April 7, 2014 10:45:03 AM

Guys,

I'm going to get an i5-4760K today from A* b/c they have a great deal today. I'll have to upgrade my mainboard as well, so I'd like to opinion on what's a good board. I'd like to spend less than $200, I currently use a single 7950 GPU (maybe get another down the road but not necessarily if it raises the MB price a lot) and I just want to get a board that doesn't cut corners on the BUS'ing. I only need a PCI-E port for the card (possibly a second) and one for a audio I/O card (recording), though my external hardware could be rerouted to fireware or USB 3.0 rather than PCI-E, so I guess this extra PCI-E is necessary. I want to avoid a MB that shares PCI-E bussing or USB 3.0/2.0 bussing, etc, essentially negating all the money I put into the new CPU and RAM. Something basic that supports the tech the CPU provides is what I"m looking for. Thanks!

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April 7, 2014 10:48:46 AM

playingwithplato said:
Guys,

I'm going to get an i5-4760K today from A* b/c they have a great deal today. I'll have to upgrade my mainboard as well, so I'd like to opinion on what's a good board. I'd like to spend less than $200, I currently use a single 7950 GPU (maybe get another down the road but not necessarily if it raises the MB price a lot) and I just want to get a board that doesn't cut corners on the BUS'ing. I only need a PCI-E port for the card. I want to avoid a MB that shares PCI-E bussing or USB 3.0/2.0 bussing, etc, essentially negating all the money I put into the new CPU and RAM. Something basic that supports the tech the CPU provides is what I"m looking for. Thanks!


Anything made by ASUS that is ATX form factor and has more than one PCI X16 slot. Go on Newegg and take your pick.
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April 7, 2014 10:51:42 AM

Hello man said:
playingwithplato said:
Guys,

I'm going to get an i5-4760K today from A* b/c they have a great deal today. I'll have to upgrade my mainboard as well, so I'd like to opinion on what's a good board. I'd like to spend less than $200, I currently use a single 7950 GPU (maybe get another down the road but not necessarily if it raises the MB price a lot) and I just want to get a board that doesn't cut corners on the BUS'ing. I only need a PCI-E port for the card. I want to avoid a MB that shares PCI-E bussing or USB 3.0/2.0 bussing, etc, essentially negating all the money I put into the new CPU and RAM. Something basic that supports the tech the CPU provides is what I"m looking for. Thanks!


Anything made by ASUS that is ATX form factor and has more than one PCI X16 slot. Go on Newegg and take your pick.


Thanks for the reply. Yeah, I'm fine with either the ATX or mATX form factor. I just want to avoid MBs that don't have full bandwidth between the north and south bridge and I wasn't aware that all of ASUS boards utilize full PCI x16 slots on any/all slots they have. Thanks!
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April 7, 2014 10:53:24 AM

playingwithplato said:
Hello man said:
playingwithplato said:
Guys,

I'm going to get an i5-4760K today from A* b/c they have a great deal today. I'll have to upgrade my mainboard as well, so I'd like to opinion on what's a good board. I'd like to spend less than $200, I currently use a single 7950 GPU (maybe get another down the road but not necessarily if it raises the MB price a lot) and I just want to get a board that doesn't cut corners on the BUS'ing. I only need a PCI-E port for the card. I want to avoid a MB that shares PCI-E bussing or USB 3.0/2.0 bussing, etc, essentially negating all the money I put into the new CPU and RAM. Something basic that supports the tech the CPU provides is what I"m looking for. Thanks!


Anything made by ASUS that is ATX form factor and has more than one PCI X16 slot. Go on Newegg and take your pick.


Thanks for the reply. Yeah, I'm fine with either the ATX or mATX form factor. I just want to avoid MBs that don't have full bandwidth between the north and south bridge and I wasn't aware that all of ASUS boards utilize full PCI x16 slots on any/all slots they have. Thanks!


The only thing I dislike about mATX is the limit of attachable components that is set by the size of the board.
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April 7, 2014 10:56:31 AM

Asrock Z87 Extreme4 is a good board for the money as well.
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April 7, 2014 10:59:31 AM

Go with the ASUS P8Z77-V www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007G51UV0. It's a great quality board with plenty of features and not a bunch of stuff that you don't need. It's also quite reliable and great for overclocking.
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April 7, 2014 11:53:46 AM

Any thoughts on MSI's Z87 boards? They're generally reliable.
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April 7, 2014 12:17:22 PM

playingwithplato said:
Any thoughts on MSI's Z87 boards? They're generally reliable.


They're alright but ASUS and Gigabyte are usually the top choices.
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April 7, 2014 12:54:59 PM

PCGameFan2 said:
playingwithplato said:
Any thoughts on MSI's Z87 boards? They're generally reliable.


They're alright but ASUS and Gigabyte are usually the top choices.


The MSI in my sig is crap.
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April 26, 2014 1:48:03 PM

I'm trying ASROCK Z87M Extreme4.
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April 26, 2014 1:55:44 PM

Hello man said:
playingwithplato said:
Guys,

I'm going to get an i5-4760K today from A* b/c they have a great deal today. I'll have to upgrade my mainboard as well, so I'd like to opinion on what's a good board. I'd like to spend less than $200, I currently use a single 7950 GPU (maybe get another down the road but not necessarily if it raises the MB price a lot) and I just want to get a board that doesn't cut corners on the BUS'ing. I only need a PCI-E port for the card. I want to avoid a MB that shares PCI-E bussing or USB 3.0/2.0 bussing, etc, essentially negating all the money I put into the new CPU and RAM. Something basic that supports the tech the CPU provides is what I"m looking for. Thanks!


Anything made by ASUS that is ATX form factor and has more than one PCI X16 slot. Go on Newegg and take your pick.


I went with Amazon only b/c they have a better, more efficient, return policy if I have compatibility issues with the components or a bad board.
I'm now trying to figure out how to properly set the memory settings in the UEFI bios to work with this 2133MHz RAM I purchased....I don't want to overclock it further, just set it to the right base settings, frequency, voltage, etc. I'm not quite sure what CPUZ should be reporting on the timings and speed table either to let me know it's correct. It currently shows the base speed is 667, which is ~1333Mhz as dual channel memory. Shouldn't the DRAM frequency report around ~1066Mhz?
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