I really need help selecting a 1155 mobo for my first build. If you're willing to help for funzeez, I would really appreciate it.
Here are my motherboard hopes, dreams, wants, and/or needs...
Reputable Brand- ASRock, ASUS, MSI, Gigabyte
Budget- $50-$70 hoping to spend as little as possible
Form- 1155 mATX or ATX
Enough PCI slots for my Radeon 6850 and a PCI wireless card
1) I've read that most GPUs take up a ton of space. Even if I find a mobo that has another PCI lane for my wireless adapter, will I be able to access it?
2) What kind of PCI lane do I need for the wireless card anyway?
I thought I had most everything figured out, but I apparently need help choosing a mobo since my first choice was the ASRock H61M-VS, but it won't support both my GPU and PCI wireless card.
When it's all said and done the ASRock with hdmi, usb 3.0, and SATA 6gbs sounds too good to be true coming at the same price. But should I have better peace of mind with the Intel DH61CR? Intel is a big name, but I am unsure how their boards have been received since few people seem to recommend them. I don't mean to offend, but I've cruised through Tom's Hardware a fair amount the last 6 months and rarely see an Intel mobo suggested for a build.
That said, I see the ASRock mobo I listed is made out of a black or darker board. Having handled and assembled electronic components for a summer job the ASRock board strikes me as probably made from a cheaper substance than the common green found with the Intel and other component boards. Any insight? Is this a misconception? I am crazy outdated since the last desktop I had was in 2001 and it was a dinosaur running with Windows 95.