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Good Motherboard, at least 2 PCI 2.1 ports for around $150

Im building a gaming computer and I need to find a motherboard that can work with the following components.


CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory


Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive


Creative Sound Blaster Audigy SE Sound Card


AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor


RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-630SS 630W Modular LED Power Supply

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
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    Instead of the WD Caviar Blue, go for the SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 500 GB.

    As for your motherboard, I recommend the ASRock 870 Extreme3 which has two PCI ports (one will be blocked if you use a dual slot graphics card in the second PCI-E slot) for $94.99.

    If not, the ASUS M4A89GTD Pro/USB3 is a good option too, but if you do use a dual slot graphics card in the second PCI-E 16x slot, it will block a port, it costs $139.99.

    The GIGABYTE GA-770TA-UD3 has quite a few PCI slots, for $79.99 after rebate.
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  4. Lmeow said:
    Instead of the WD Caviar Blue, go for the SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 500 GB.

    As for your motherboard, I recommend the ASRock 870 Extreme3 which has two PCI ports (one will be blocked if you use a dual slot graphics card in the second PCI-E slot) for $94.99.

    If not, the ASUS M4A89GTD Pro/USB3 is a good option too, but if you do use a dual slot graphics card in the second PCI-E 16x slot, it will block a port, it costs $139.99.

    The GIGABYTE GA-770TA-UD3 has quite a few PCI slots, for $79.99 after rebate.

    The graphics card that I have purchased is a

    EVGA 012-P3-1472-AR GeForce GTX 470 1280MB Superclocked

    and the sound card that I plan install which requires a one available PCI 2.1/2.2 Slot
    is this

    http://store.razerzone.com/store/razerusa/en_US/pd/productID.169415400

    Thanks for the advice and for the assistance :)
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