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Confused in understanding which motherboard to buy.

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February 27, 2013 12:01:52 AM

I need to choose a motherboard and I am unsure which one would be best. I went to Frys an was shown very very high priced motherboards and they kept telling me I did not want this or that because it was a micro board I honestly do not know what that means or how to recognize it. I

Would truly appreciate any advice.


My Configue is:


Motherboard: Options Below
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Storage: 1 TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s Internal @60.00 OEM

Card: Will be a Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card

Optical Drive: Lite On 24X SATA DVD Burner OEM @ 17.99 (want a dvd/cd/rw with perhaps a blu ray rw)


CPU: Core i7 3770K 3.5GHz LGA 1155 Processor [/b]

Power Supply: Thermaltake TR2 Series 600 Watt ATX Power Supply

Case: Corsair Carbide 330W Window Edition.

Memory: currently 8gb but will return if I go with Motherboard Deal Number 1.[/i




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


ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
Free 8GB desktop memory w/ purchase, limited offer

$134.99


or

2.)) http://www.frys.com/product/7154382?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN...

Asus P8Z77-V LE Plus Intel Z77 1155 Motherboard

@$149.99


a little off topic question....are OEM parts any worse then their fully boxed and sealed counterparts?

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February 27, 2013 12:28:45 AM

First even if you choose deal one I would keep the memory reason: What Newegg is giving is only ONE 8gig stick DDR 3 so you can't run that in dual channel you would be better off with 2 matching sticks.

I think ether one would work just fine for you. But as I said you would be better of with two matched sticks of ram than just one single stick. And your second board can be had at Newegg for the same price as far as that goes.

As for OEM parts they are really the same but without some of the trimmings. For instance they may not have the driver's disc or retail package you would get in a retail kit. Motherboards for instance that I have got as a OEM have had just the motherboard and I/O plate in a plain cardboard box and that is it.
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February 27, 2013 1:18:20 AM

I would get a Cosair or Seasonic PSU.
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February 27, 2013 1:19:55 AM

OEM drives = no sata cable or software.
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February 27, 2013 11:13:09 PM

bryonhowley said:
First even if you choose deal one I would keep the memory reason: What Newegg is giving is only ONE 8gig stick DDR 3 so you can't run that in dual channel you would be better off with 2 matching sticks.

I think ether one would work just fine for you. But as I said you would be better of with two matched sticks of ram than just one single stick. And your second board can be had at Newegg for the same price as far as that goes.

As for OEM parts they are really the same but without some of the trimmings. For instance they may not have the driver's disc or retail package you would get in a retail kit. Motherboards for instance that I have got as a OEM have had just the motherboard and I/O plate in a plain cardboard box and that is it.



Thank you so much for your help. Looking at TigerDirect tonight they are having a 48hr sale.
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February 28, 2013 12:53:25 AM

So Tiger Direct

ASUS P8Z77-M Intel Z77 Motherboard - Micro ATX, Socket H2 (LGA1155), Intel Z77 Chipset, 2400MHz DDR3 (O.C.), SATA 6.0 Gb/s, 8-CH Audio, Gigabit LAN, USB 3.0, PCI-E 3.0, CrossFireX Ready

121.00



ASUS P8Z77-M PRO Intel Z77 Motherboard - Micro ATX, Socket H2 (LGA1155), Intel Z77 Chipset, 2400MHz DDR3 (O.C.), SATA 6.0 Gb/s, 8-CH Audio, Gigabit LAN, USB 3.0, PCI-E 3.0, CrossFireX / SLI

144.00


ASUS P8Z77-V LX Intel 7 Series Motherboard - ATX, Socket H2 (LGA1155), Intel Z77 Express, 2400MHz DDR3 (O.C.), SATA III (6Gb/s), RAID, 8-CH Audio, Gigabit LAN, USB 3.0, PCIe 3.0, CrossFireX Ready

115.00
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February 28, 2013 1:48:27 AM

Think I answered my own...the first two are micro tight? Meaning less room for pci
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