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Which mobo to go for?

Im stuck on what kind of motherboard to get. I plan on adding a 7950 video card to this and going to try to oc my cpu to 4.2ghz *new to oc*


CPU: Intel Core i7 3770k
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866
Case: Cooler Master Storm trooper
Power Supply: Corsair HX850 Gold certified

my budget is no more than $200 and I am sure great mobo's can be bought with even less. I hear great things about asrock extreme 4 as well as asus motherboards but im at a stand still. any advice? or suggestions?
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  1. Get the Asrock extreme 4 best bang for buck. Also asrock came from asus
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    you might want to rethink your case, my freind has one and they are absolutely MASSIVE. get a midtower instead. as for motherboards get this:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293

    its an excellent mobo with a great performance/price/features ratio. anything over his is typically wasteful spending for the average or even a heavy user. i would say save some money on this and get a cheaper case and upgrade to a radeon 7970. make sure you get an after market cpu heat sink like a hyper 212
  3. Anonymous said:
    you might want to rethink your case, my freind has one and they are absolutely MASSIVE. get a midtower instead. as for motherboards get this:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293

    its an excellent mobo with a great performance/price/features ratio. anything over his is typically wasteful spending for the average or even a heavy user. i would say save some money on this and get a cheaper case and upgrade to a radeon 7970. make sure you get an after market cpu heat sink like a hyper 212


    Anyone know the difference between the asrock extreme4 and extreme6?
    I know the case is massive I already have it. as for the aftermarket cpu heatsink I currently have the hyper 212 plus from CM. what is the performance difference between the 7950 and the 7970?

    Anonymous said:
    asrock came from asus

    I did not know that. Thank you for that information :D
  4. stevenk92 said:
    Anyone know the difference between the asrock extreme4 and extreme6?
    I know the case is massive I already have it. as for the aftermarket cpu heatsink I currently have the hyper 212 plus from CM. what is the performance difference between the 7950 and the 7970?


    I did not know that. Thank you for that information :D

    a firewire port and usb 3. front bracket, not much else thats actually relevant
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  6. I've made my choice by going with the asrock extreme 4 but I have 1 small question regarding the motherboard. Since its slightly smaller than a ATX motherboard I heard issues with the mounting wholes. Is this true?
  7. not that i know of, its smaller on the width, dont put a lot of pressure on the 24pin atx motherboard power port and you should be fine. half the people that give bad reviews are not intelligent. i have never heard of issues with mounting holes. asrock is a quality mobo manufacturer and cooler master makes quality cases i doubt either of them would have monkeyed up mounting holes
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