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OC motherboard suggestions, betw $150-225

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April 13, 2012 8:05:55 PM

Hey all. First build for this newb. Parts so far 2600K, corsair 850AX pro, 600t mesh, Asus 7870, 8 g low profile vengeance, 120 g SSD, 500 g 7800 Spinpoint & a Thermalright Silver Arrow. Motherboards are confusing the F out of me. Can't seem to find any that most agree THIS is a good value for $150 or 175 or 200 or 225. I had a Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3P that I bought for $180, but then I read that it was poor for OCing, which kind of defeats the purpose. Please give me some candidates to consider. Don't think I will be going to dual cards, and never 3. Haven't bought a monitor yet (using an old 19" anchor for now), but will be looking for a 24" 1920x1080.

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April 15, 2012 4:16:33 AM

I got such a sweet deal on the 2600k from microcenter, I am thinking of putting that money toward a Z77. It would be nice to have a board I won't feel compelled to upgrade for a good while. Looking forward to some more reviews and comparisons in the next couple of weeks.
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April 15, 2012 3:38:15 PM

I was thinking more along the lines of this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I have the lunch box sized Thermalright Silver Arrow to consider, and I am not sure what to make of the plastic armor of that Asus board. If the heat issues of the IB chips are real, perhaps many will look to put a SB cpu on
an ivy board.
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April 15, 2012 3:51:21 PM

schadenfreude333 said:
I was thinking more along the lines of this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I have the lunch box sized Thermalright Silver Arrow to consider, and I am not sure what to make of the plastic armor of that Asus board. If the heat issues of the IB chips are real, perhaps many will look to put a SB cpu on
an ivy board.

The boards are identical in size but I agree with the whole "armor" thing. :ouch: 
The one you picked out is a good board.
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