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Best motherboard for i3 - 3220

I'm buildling a computer for a friend, mainly used for internet and playing music and light gaming. Trying to stay under $750. I think I'm gonna go with the Intel i3 - 3220 for my CPU, but am not sure what motherboard would be best for it. Any suggestions?
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  1. ASRock Z77M LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
    $89.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157325

    GIGABYTE GA-Z77M-D3H-MVP LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
    $99.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128554

    Here are a couple for you to look ar and consider.
  2. Thanks for the reply. I myself built a computer with the i5 - 3570k and Asus P8Z77 - V Pro and I love it but I just am not sure if I need to go with the Z77 chipset for my friend, he won't really use it and it's more expensive. Any suggestions for H77 or other chipsets?
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    ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    $79.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157302

    ASRock H77M LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
    $69.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157303

    ECS H77H2-M3(1.0) LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
    $69.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813135306

    These are the only H-77 boards that they had and for the price difference it might be better to go with a Z-77 board since the features will be there in case they are ever needed.
    You can look at the B-75 boards .

    ASRock B75M-GL LGA 1155 Intel B75 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
    $59.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157326

    MSI B75MA-E33 LGA 1155 Intel B75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
    $59.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130654

    GIGABYTE GA-B75M-D3H LGA 1155 Intel B75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
    $64.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128555
  4. Ya you have a good point, the price difference is so small I might as well go with Z77. I do prefer ATX to Micro ATX though, what do you think about this one?


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128547&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=
  5. id take a gander at this bad boy.....

    on top of being a rather good looking mobo, its audio is TOP SHELF!!!

    it has the same isolation tech as the Asus MaximusV Gene/Formula, and better audio componants....

    figuring he's not into overclocking and shyte, Music and media is somthing Everybody wants .......

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138364
  6. when purchasing Mobos, its really what you want on them. the more you pay, you tend to get:

    ability to overclock
    more 6 gb/s sata ports
    better sound drivers
    built in wifi
    more ram slots
    more pci-e slots
    more fan pins
    thunderbolt port

    just to name a few.

    since the i3-3220 cannot overclock outside of slight BLCK changing, if you were budget minimal, you will only need a B75 motherboard, a Z75 or H77. You can use a Z77 mobo, but one would be essentially paying extra for overclocking.


    base your motherboard decision on your needs, a common gamer choice would be answering the folloring questions:

    1. Am i overclocking
    2. Do i plan to crossfire/sli
    3. How many sata 6gb/s ports do i need
    4. do i need more fan pins(if one doesnt want to purchase fan controllers or use molex connectors)
  7. A Z77 chipset makes sure your friend has an upgrade path in case he/she wants something else.
  8. Best answer selected by lotr_freak.
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