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Need Help Choosing Mobo

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=N82E16819116506
NVIDIA GTX 660 Graphics (PCI Express 3.0x16) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121660
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=N82E16813130653

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

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130647


    If not get this one :

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157302

    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=N82E16820231416 ) :
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293
  2. OCing or not, i guess that board is ok for the price, seeing as most B75/H77 boards cost about the same. if you're looking to save up a bit more, there's these;

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157314

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157302

    most onboard sounds are decent enough, though i don't see this a problem seeing as you're going with a sound card anyway.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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=N82E16813130653) just because it LOOKS like it has what I need, and it has the 2 PCI-e slots.
  6. Best answer
    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.
  7. 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!
  8. Er - wait. Just had a question. What is the Northbridge? Like what are those z77 and h77 and all those fancy digits mean?
  9. 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.
  10. That shouldn't effect my performance with a GTX 660 and i5 processor, right?
  11. 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.
  12. Best answer selected by techguy1001.
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