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December 13, 2012 11:28:16 PM

Hi guys,

I'm looking for a good motherboard for somewhere between $80 and $100 for a gaming system I'll be building this Christmas.

At the moment, I have the following items (as far as the mobo is concerned):
Intel i5 Processor (LGA 1155) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
NVIDIA GTX 660 Graphics (PCI Express 3.0x16) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Standard 8GB RAM.

I want the board to have some USB 3.0 slots, and at least 4 2.0 slots.
In addition, I'd like 2-3+ PCI Express (plain-old express) slots for things like my sound card and wireless adapter.
I want a decent on-board sound card.

At the moment, I have an MSI board picked out - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

But I don't really have much experience in building computers so I'd like some expert advice about getting one, because everything revolves are the motherboard :p 

Thanks in advance!

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a c 81 V Motherboard
December 13, 2012 11:41:26 PM

You want a mobo with sli support ? if so get this one :

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


If not get this one :

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Same feature, more cheaper.

There's also the asrock z77 extreme 4 (i know it's pricey but comes with 2x4GB DDR3 1600 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ) :
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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December 13, 2012 11:52:33 PM

To be honest, I don't know what SLI support is... And, I can't seem to tell the difference between the one I originally chose and that one.
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a c 81 V Motherboard
December 13, 2012 11:59:17 PM

Sli supports means, if in the future you want do add another 660 gtx you'll need a mobo with two pcie 3.0/2.0 slots sli ready.
True, the one you chose is also a good one, it depends on your needs.
The z77 extreme 4 can pay off, if needed the ram cause it's ram is 38$ value.
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December 14, 2012 12:05:40 AM

I like the look of the Z77 but the issue is that I'm not too sure that the deal will still be around by the 26th.

Also, please explain to me the differences between these motherboards. I don't know what z77 and b75 and h77 are.

I still like my original (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) just because it LOOKS like it has what I need, and it has the 2 PCI-e slots.
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a c 81 V Motherboard
December 14, 2012 12:10:39 AM

Yes, it's a good one for it's price, if you don't need the sli support, then get that one (MSI Z77A-G41).
The ram offer is limited for the asrock z77 extreme 4.
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December 14, 2012 12:18:04 AM

Okay, thank you. I highly doubt I'll be getting a second graphics card (especially before buying a new Mobo), so it sounds like I should be fine. Plus, it has the PCI-e 3.0 for my GPU, and 2 regular PCI-e. So long as it works with my CPU (which it looks like I will), it looks good. Plus, I like MSI :p 

Thanks for the help!
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December 14, 2012 12:25:41 AM

Er - wait. Just had a question. What is the Northbridge? Like what are those z77 and h77 and all those fancy digits mean?
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a c 81 V Motherboard
December 14, 2012 12:53:04 AM

There's not much difference for your cpu, the z77 offers the best overclocking capabilities, pci express dual mode 8x 8x for crossfire or sli.
The h77 is a scaled-back chipset for non enthusiasts.
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December 14, 2012 12:57:52 AM

That shouldn't effect my performance with a GTX 660 and i5 processor, right?
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a c 81 V Motherboard
December 14, 2012 1:37:52 AM

No, doesn't affect at all, only if you had bought two 660 gtx and/or had bought a i5-3570k and were planning to do some serious overclocking.
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December 14, 2012 1:43:12 AM

Best answer selected by techguy1001.
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