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Best budget x58 mobo?

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January 10, 2010 6:46:32 AM

what is the best budget x58 motherboard? features, overclocking capability. only atx mobos only..


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January 10, 2010 7:40:02 AM

The old saying, "you get what you pay for" holds true. The performance of these cheap motherboards is good, but the components that are used to keep the cost down are not great quality. Hence, oftentimes these motherboards have reliability and durability problems. Even though some manufacturers offer decent warranty coverage, getting an RMA and pulling a motherboard is a PITA. For me personally, it is just not worth the risk.

The cheapest motherboard I would consider for a X58 build would be the Gigabyte EX58-UD5:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or, the ASUS P6T LGA:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I would recommend that you stick with Gigabyte or ASUS for budget X58 motherboards. EVGA also makes some very good X58 motherboards.
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January 10, 2010 7:50:51 AM

~$250 or ~$280 is such a budget board. I agree that sometimes you get what you pay for, but the board I linked was reviewed well. Do you get 47% or 64% better performance over the $170 mobo?? I don't think so. That is the price premium that your spending over the $170 mobo (47% on the Asus and 64% on the Gigabyte mobo's). Even the Asus and Gigabyte mobo's have failures too (maybe less), but they do fail too. Now Asus has been having some RMA issues as of late, so I'm not too hot on them recently (I think they sold out part of their mobo business in the last year, IRRC). So when someone asks for a good BUDGET mobo, I think to myself, what is a good price and has good reviews too??

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January 10, 2010 9:21:48 AM

how about foxconn bloodrage?any good? what is a good evga board? what gpu should i get just to hang on until fermi comes out?
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January 10, 2010 11:31:04 AM

5850/5870 if you can afford those GPU's ($300-400).
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