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Better Mobo Choice For My Build?

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June 20, 2011 1:07:50 AM

Hey everyone, I've got my built planned out thanks to the New Build section of the forums, but now I come to those in the Motherboards section for advice! :D 

I already have a motherboard selected, but I'm wondering if there is a better choice for me.

Location: Canada
Preferred Place to Buy:Newegg Canada, Tiger Direct, Canada Computers
Budget: $150 after tax & possibly shipping

Parts currently selected:
CPU: i5 2500k
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
SSD: I plan on adding in a SSD eventually!
PSU: Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws 4GB DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

GPU: I'm going to be running off the CPU's integrated HD 3000 graphics until the releast of BF3. At that point, I plan to upgrade to whatever is necessary to run the game at max, or as close to max as possible. I'm thinking CF 6950s, but I'm not sure yet, and I don't think anyone else is as well :??: 

Currently Selected Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3H-B3
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...


So is there a better motherboard choice? Thanks everyone!

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a c 1127 V Motherboard
June 20, 2011 3:47:34 PM

The board selected has good features for the price. There are better equipped boards but the price goes up!
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June 20, 2011 4:17:45 PM

Okay, well that's pretty much at my motherboard budget limit unless I can get something significantly better for slightly more money, which I'm guessing I can't.

What other kind of features are found on more expensive motherboards?
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a c 1127 V Motherboard
June 20, 2011 4:20:53 PM

Some have more ports SATA and USB, better power management (power phases), there are boards with better crossfire/SLI compatibility and so on but the end of it is if you don't need those features they are a waste of money
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June 20, 2011 4:24:06 PM

Oh I see. About the CF/SLI: can a motherboard only do either one? I don't mean doing both at the same time, I mean are motherboards only capable of doing one? The motherboard I have selected says SLI, so I'm wondering if I will be able to do CF if I choose to instead of SLI.

Thanks.
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a c 1127 V Motherboard
June 20, 2011 4:27:54 PM

That board supports both technologies http://www.gigabyte.us/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3...
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June 20, 2011 4:36:07 PM

I didn't even see that before :p  Thank you very much!
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June 27, 2011 5:57:21 AM

Best answer selected by Lobodomy.
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