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Cheap but quality motherboard needed - LGA 1155

Hello all,

I'm looking for motherboard recommendations for a build for my brother. I've decided to go with the i3 2120, GTX 560 Ti, 8GB 1600Mhz CL9 RAM, 700W PSU, etc. etc.

The last piece I need is a good solid reliable (yet cheap) motherboard to put everything together. I was thinking a budget of $50 would be enough for a board that fits an i3... that would probably get me a basic H61 motherboard... Or perhaps, maybe extend the budget to $75 for Z68 with USB 3.0, etc.

I'm thinking hard if I should buy this or not... (But I read of infinite boot loop problems with Gigabyte)
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=26_722&item_id=038765


In short, I'm looking for suggestions regarding a quality budget board for an i3. Should have ALL solid capacitors, from a trusted brand?


Thanks,


BTW, I'm from Canada, so I need something from these websites:

www.ncix.ca
www.memoryexpress.com
www.newegg.ca
www.tigerdirect.ca
www.canadacomputers.com
www.directcanada.com
www.bestdirect.ca
www.futureshop.ca (I can pricematch + extra 10%)
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  1. give me your build list. i want to change a couple of things.

    you dont need z68 since you wont be overclocking at all.
  2. http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=26_722&item_id=043625

    http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=26_722&item_id=037946

    Asus boards are usually pretty good and for under $100 you really can't expect much in the way of features.
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    That gigabyte board has good reviews on NCIX's website.. i would go for it
  4. inzone said:
    http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=26_722&item_id=043625

    http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=26_722&item_id=037946

    Asus boards are usually pretty good and for under $100 you really can't expect much in the way of features.



    Thanks for the reply. I agree, ASUS is probably the best. I have used 4 of their boards in the past and they've been great. The thing about those boards you listed is that they don't have all solid caps... I feel as though solid caps would have a greater life span and be more reliable in general. I had a foxconn with leaking caps and I was like wtf.


    I've also heard alot about GIGABYTE being great as well. ASUS is more for overclocking, whereas GIGABYTE has more features/dollar. They should be quite reliable as well. The reason why I decided to up my budget to $75 is that GIGABYTE has USB 3.0, higher RAM speed support, SLI/Crossfire support, etc.

    Please let me know if you can think of anything that fits the bill.
  5. TheBigTroll said:
    give me your build list. i want to change a couple of things.

    you dont need z68 since you wont be overclocking at all.


    TheBigTroll, thanks again for your replies.

    Unfortunately, I cannot adjust the parts list... because I am recycling them from my own build and giving them to my brother! But for reference, I'll attach it anyway:

    Intel Core i3-2120 CPU - $101 [just ordered]
    ZOTAC GTX560Ti GPU - $135
    Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1600Mhz CL9 1.5v DDR3 RAM - $45
    Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB HDD - $40
    Samsung 22x DVD-RW ODD - $20
    OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W PSU - $45
    Apevia X-Trooper Jr. Window CASE - $30
    nGear All-in-One Card Reader - $5

    1x 120mm Apevia blue LED fan - Included
    1x 120mm Apevia black fan - Included
    1x 120mm NZXT white fan - $5
    2x 120mm CoolerMaster red LED fan - $10


    Like I said, this was spare parts or taken out of my own rig since I upgraded. I just ordered the i3 2120 since it was sooo cheap. And I'm just missing the motherboard.
  6. yeah you just got yourself a bad psu. its also overkill for the rig too.

    for the motherboard, id pick up a gigabyte z77x-ud3h just because its rock solid and a great bang for the buck. you wont be overclocking anyways
  7. Best answer selected by rex000.
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