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January 22, 2013 10:12:36 AM

so, I'm almost finalized with my gaming rig, I just need some help with a motherboard, this has always been the hardest part for me to decide on due to their importance. I've nailed down 3 different mobos but if you suggest any others in the same price range, that would be great.


MSI Z77A-G41 LGA
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock Z75 Pro3 LGA
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock H77M LGA
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And, here is the computer

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Tempest 410 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $596.51
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-22 07:12 EST-0500)


Which motherboard should I pick? If you have any better options in that price range, please let me know.

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January 22, 2013 11:04:57 AM
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Go for the H77M - been using one for over 6 months with no problems (saves a few pennies as well). Price a WD 1Tb Blue as its got 64mb cache (or black with pennies you saved on MOBO) and isnt sluggish!
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January 22, 2013 11:12:45 AM

garryash said:
Go for the H77M - been using one for over 6 months with no problems (saves a few pennies as well). Price a WD 1Tb Blue as its got 64mb cache (or black with pennies you saved on MOBO) and isnt sluggish!


Thanks for the input. I've heard it was a really good board, but I never owned an ASRock mobo. That was my first pick based on reviews.

Also thanks for pointing out the HDD, updated to the WB Blue for only $5 more :) 
January 28, 2013 11:13:01 PM

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