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Can't decide what mobo for my build, under 200 pounds

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March 25, 2013 1:10:33 PM

Hi guys!
I'm about to buy a new PC. I have carefully selected most of the components but I just can't decide what mobo I should put under my future pc. I know one thing though, no Asrock, I know it's good and everything but that is not an option for me.
Mostly for gaming so what important is: good performance, nice audio, pci 3, sata III, usb 3,easily updateable BIOS, 2-way crossfire, quality solid board for long lasting.
not very important: OC, wifi, lots of ports

VGA - Asus 7970 Direct CU II
CPU - i5 3570k
RAM- Kingston HyperX Predator 2400mhz or Corsair Vengeance 1600mhz (2x4GB)
SSD - OCZ vertex4 128GB
HDD - Seagate 1TB 7200rpm 64mb chache
PSU - OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W
March 25, 2013 3:09:14 PM

Thank you, I have seen these mobos, sabertooth looks very solid and trustable, v pro aswell with a lower price but less features, also the mpower and the maximus v gene, undecided between these boards :( 
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March 25, 2013 3:13:22 PM

Another plus with the sabertooth is the 5 year warranty. I have a sabertooth (990FX) and have been very happy with it.

The V-Pro is solid.

The Maximus V Gene is a Micro-ATX board (not sure how you feel about that, but I personally don't like the little boards)

I personally (and a lot of members here do also) steer away from MSI. I have had some pretty bad experiences with them. Currently my personal hierarchy of brands is:

Asus / Gigabyte
ECS / Biostar
March 25, 2013 3:24:35 PM

Yes I read about the msi issue, but i have seen very good reviews about the mpower so thats a bit confusing. Sabertooth is potencional but I read an review about the p8z77 v pro thunderbolt witch is very amaizing, got 96 % on tweektown
pro thunderbolt and the sabertooth is on the same price now, around 180 pounds. So you suggest the saber
March 25, 2013 3:25:49 PM

oh and yeah i dont like little boards :) 
a c 121 V Motherboard
March 25, 2013 3:39:25 PM

They are both great, you will be happy either way.

March 25, 2013 5:02:46 PM

basicly all these boards quality mobos, with little differences, you are right