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February 16, 2013 5:17:34 PM

hey im looking into building my first pc strictly for gaming and i have pretty much everything i want picked out, i have around 300 dollars so far and im looking to buy a motherboard and a case to start the foundation of my build, what board would you reccomend for around 200 dollars(im willing to go up a little more).
and also im confused on what to do with the usb ports, do they come with the motherboard and how would i install them on my pc?
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February 16, 2013 5:37:36 PM

You have to remember that your motherboard determines what kind of CPU you can throw on it as well as how many video cards you want, so it's tough to determine what what board to recommend if you don't know what kind of system you want.

Intel CPU's are mor expensive then AMD ones, so you must remember that if i recommend an Intel board which already tends to be more expensive then AMD chipsets then you'll also be paying more CPU wise.

For $200 you have a lot of choices, here a nice Z77 Asus board for $140: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And yes the USB ports are on the back of the board work without anythin extra, though with the USB 3.0 ports under Windows 7 you'll need to install the drivers for those; USB 2.0 is automatically recognized though. Then there are also extra USB ports on your case which you just connect up to the internal USB header on your board if you want to use the case USB ports.
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February 16, 2013 6:02:14 PM

CDdude55 said:
You have to remember that your motherboard determines what kind of CPU you can throw on it as well as how many video cards you want, so it's tough to determine what what board to recommend if you don't know what kind of system you want.

Intel CPU's are mor expensive then AMD ones, so you must remember that if i recommend an Intel board which already tends to be more expensive then AMD chipsets then you'll also be paying more CPU wise.

For $200 you have a lot of choices, here a nice Z77 Asus board for $140: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And yes the USB ports are on the back of the board work without anythin extra, though with the USB 3.0 ports under Windows 7 you'll need to install the drivers for those; USB 2.0 is automatically recognized though. Then there are also extra USB ports on your case which you just connect up to the internal USB header on your board if you want to use the case USB ports.


http://pcpartpicker.com/p/BXjI this is what i want component wise. im probably gonna get a better sound card. i can change the cpu. i want to be able to to have a motherboard that can handle great components, and im probably going to dual my graphic cards
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February 16, 2013 11:04:42 PM

bump. im still confused about the boards. i wana order tonight
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February 16, 2013 11:19:50 PM

So you want the best motherboard for around 200 i would say it's either of these mobo:GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/gigabyte_z77x_ud5h... <--- review of that motherboard w/benchmarks

http://www.techspot.com/review/521-intel-z77-motherboar... <--- review w/benchmarks


mobo:ASUS P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews/cpu_mainboard/asus_p... <--- review w/benchmarks http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/ASUS-P8Z77-V-PRO... <--- review w/benchmarks http://www.techreaction.net/2012/06/28/review-asus-p8z7... <--- review w/benchmarks
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February 16, 2013 11:23:57 PM

Here are some Z77 boards I recommend. Look into what or how much ports and slots you need (USB, SATA, PCIe). These boards are all SLI/crossfire capable.

ASRock Z77 Extreme6
Asus P8Z77-V
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H
MSI Z77A-GD55

And the ones bigcyco1 recommended are top notch boards below $200.
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February 17, 2013 12:51:18 AM

Best answer selected by gokitty199.
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February 17, 2013 12:59:39 AM

It looks like the same board but with wifi and bluetooth. If you want them to begin with, why not?
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