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September 4, 2011 10:20:25 AM

Hello, I was hoping I could get some advice on the motherboard to choose. Here are a set of parameters that I'm kind of looking for.

Goal: Maximum single graphics card performance, and utilizing my processor as a processor, not for onboard video or anything like that.

Extras like a 2x PCI Express 16x 2.0 slots would be nice, but I would prefer board quality and my goal criteria to be met first.

1. PCI Express 16x 2.0 (At least 1 of these, due to my price limitation it might be harder to get more)
2. USB 3.0 (At least 2x of these)
3. SATA 6GB/sec support (I'm assuming if it supports 6GB/sec it supports 3GB/sec)
4. P67 or Z68 Chipset (I found this http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z68-express-lucidlo...) (Processor: Intel i5 2500 3.3 Ghz Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168..., I understand this isn't unlocked therefore not overclockable, that's ok with me.)
5. Solid Capacitors (Stuff like this that make it have better quality are important)
6. Warranty - At least a 3 year warranty.
7. I prefer Asus/MSI as far as brands, but I'm willing to look at other options.
8. Lastly the big one price, my limit is $135 USD. It's a tight budget, hopefully there is something decent at that price.

Keeping those parameters in mind, this is what I found.
Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thoughts about other boards or even what you think about this one I've selected are welcome!
Thanks.

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September 4, 2011 7:02:16 PM

That does look like a pretty good deal from microcenter, but I noticed they only allow you pick up the processor, for example, from the store. I don't live near any of their locations.

That board is an Gigabyte with only a 1 year warranty so it does scare me that it will break after the first year. I mean it could be a very good board, but I have my reservations.

Thanks for the reply though .

As far as that Asus board I saw that, and it does look nice. I will be a tough choice between the two.
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September 4, 2011 7:33:17 PM

End user warranty
http://rma.gigabyte.us/DirectRMA/EndUser_Main.asp

Warranty Period by Product

Motherboards
o All motherboards (besides Micro ITX) carry a 3 year warranty.
Micro ITX motherboards carry only 15 months limited warranty.

I don't know why microcenter wrote 1 year!!!
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