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New/First Time Build MOBO help

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August 2, 2012 3:53:41 PM

I am building my first computer and want some help on picking a Mobo. I want to use the system for online gaming mostly, but want a well rounded system that will last and be upgradeable for a few years. I’d like to pick MB that is easy to set up and dependable and not overly expensive. I would also like to be able to purchase it at Frys, since it is close and I can do price match on the part if it is cheaper elsewhere.

OC: not right now, but possibly down the road. Will probably install a after market cooler (water 2.0) during install for future.
SLI/CF : NO - but would like the option down the road if.

CPU: I5 3570 3.4GHZ
GPU: Either Radeon 7870 or 7850. Products in mind: MSI R7870 Twin Frozr 2GD5/OC OR XFX Double D FX-785A-CDFC.
PSU: Either CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 OR
COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Gold Series RS800-80GAD3-US 800W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.92
CASE: Cooler Master HAF 922M Mid Tower ATX
Boot: Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal SSD
HDD: Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5"
RAM: 16GB 4X4, 240 pin, ddr3-1600 – haven’t decided on brand yet, low voltage, low latency.

Anyway, the motherboards I’m considering are:
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
MSI Z77A-G45 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Asrock is my frontrunner, but they don't sell it at Frys, and i would like the peace of mind of being able to drive over to replace the part instead of dealing with new egg or driving 3 hrs one way to go to MicroCenter.

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a c 328 V Motherboard
August 2, 2012 4:18:10 PM

Get this one than. Frys will match the price with newegg.
http://www.frys.com/product/7028861?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN...
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a c 328 V Motherboard
August 2, 2012 4:19:24 PM

If u will drive in Microcenter, u will save more money,

as they have combo prices on CPU+mobo.
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a c 328 V Motherboard
August 2, 2012 6:02:12 PM

Similar, without the extra OC control that Saber offers.

U can still have solid OC as the power design has enough power phases to keep stable even in extreme OC.
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a c 328 V Motherboard
August 2, 2012 6:03:52 PM

Its quality mobo.

I use the P8Z68-V with 2600K and its stable as a rock.

Its running 24/7 @ 4.7GHz - no errors.
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August 3, 2012 7:33:52 PM

Best answer selected by mrloafy.
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a c 328 V Motherboard
August 3, 2012 7:35:04 PM

Good luck! That is the only store available to me other than on-line : )
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a c 328 V Motherboard
August 3, 2012 7:35:14 PM

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