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Which motherboard should I get for a future upgrade?

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November 11, 2012 3:28:02 AM

I'm planning on switching over to Intel for my CPU in the near future, as my AMD is bottlenecking pretty hard on BF3 multiplayer. I plan on getting another 560ti eventually, and I want to be able to upgrade to that whenever I want. I was going to get one of these two motherboards but I'm open to other suggestions:

MSI Z77 G45 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=13-157-...

Please note I'm in a small budget. I'm also going to buy these from Amazon and buy from the Warehouse Deals they got. Much cheaper on there. I'm going to get a 2500k more than likely and will overclock that to something decent. I've got a CM Hyper 212+.

Thanks in advance.

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a c 81 V Motherboard
November 11, 2012 4:14:54 AM

Both will support Crossfire/SLI adequately.

Would go for the Z77 version of the AsRock board.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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November 11, 2012 4:25:01 AM

I should mention I would prefer to go with MSI as a brand because I like their video cards and I like brand matching. Any big difference between the Z77 from MSI and the Z77 from ASRock?
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a c 81 V Motherboard
November 11, 2012 4:27:00 AM

Two more SATAIII ports and onboard power buttons is the main difference.
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November 11, 2012 4:27:50 AM

The ASRock has those, correct?
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a c 81 V Motherboard
November 11, 2012 4:30:17 AM

Yep
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November 11, 2012 4:32:02 AM

Do you have any experience with MSI's and ASRock's support? Which do you think would be best if the board I get is defective?
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a c 81 V Motherboard
November 11, 2012 4:32:16 AM

Havent owned any MSI products, so I cant say anything about that.
And so far I havent had any issues with my AsRock board to call customer support about.

Cant really say either way.
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November 11, 2012 5:19:55 AM

Alright thanks for the help. I think I'll go with MSI though. If the only big difference is the SATA III ports and onboard power buttons then I would rather go for the cheaper of the two. The ASRock Z77 isn't used anywhere and this way I can be brand happy. Best answer for you.
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November 11, 2012 5:21:20 AM

Best answer selected by the dood.
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