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Which mobo would you chose?

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November 20, 2012 2:27:17 AM

im trying to decide which motherboard to chose from these two:
btw...ima be playin games like swtor, wow and rift, no overclocking.
this is the cpu im going to buy:

\http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80637i53470
Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor


these are the two mobos:
ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-h77pro4...

MSI Z68A-G43 (G3) LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
this second mobo originally costs 90 dlls, but now its going for 64 so i thought this one would be a better option than the one above. what do you guys think? thank you for reading this =)

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November 20, 2012 2:39:02 AM

z68 motherboards can support new ivy bridge processors just fine. But, they all received this support via a BIOS update after ivy bridge was announced. So the scary thing about buying a Z68 board for an Ivy bridge is that you don't know what BIOS it is going to ship with. If it is new, you'll be fine. If it's old stock and has been sitting around for 18 months, then it won't boot with the new processor. And then you are stuck in a catch-22 where you need a BIOS update, but you can't boot your computer to do the BIOS Update bercause you need the update to support your only CPU!

So long story short, I wouldn't feel comfortable recommending an older sandy bridge era for a new ivy bridge build.

If you are looking to save money and aren't overclocking (non-K chip) then B75 can be a good value. It still comes with Sata III and USB 3.0, but generally not going to support things like SLI or SSD cache, etc.

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November 20, 2012 2:39:28 AM

Your CPU is an Ivy Bridge, the latest generation of Intel CPUs as of yet.
The z68 motherboard is for the 2nd generation, Sandy Bridge.

According to one of the feedbacks, the BIOS isn't updated so you'll need a Sandy CPU first for you to be able to update it and make it work for thte i5-3470.

It's not packed with much features anyway, the H77 arguably has more. I would just get the ASRock and avoid all the hassle.
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