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Feb 10, 2013 08:41 |  #1

Can anyone suggest a motherboard under $200 for the i7 3770? I like the specs on this on this one: http://www.newegg.com …aspx?Item=N82E1​6813157295 (external link)

but I'm a little worried about the reports of DOA boards.

Any input will be greatly appreciated!


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Feb 10, 2013 08:48 |  #2

http://www.newegg.com …aspx?Item=N82E1​6813131790 (external link) for $134 with rebate.
ASUS, MSI, Gigabyte and Intel is the way to go for Mobo IMO. Those are the ones I trust.

That is just something I found but is there any specs you are looking for on a MoBo? USB3, PCI slots, ram slots, etc.


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Feb 10, 2013 08:59 |  #3

I like the usb 3.0 on board so I can connect front panel usb 3.0 to the mobo. I also like a lot of sata 6gbs plugs, the AsRock has 4 and another 4 sata II ports. It has plenty of PCI slots but I doubt I will add a video card.

4 ram slots is a must! I plan to put in 32gb of ram. One thing I noticed abour your link is that it has the Z68 chipset, I think Z77 is the latest and fastest chipset.


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Feb 10, 2013 09:10 |  #4

ShotByTom wrote in post #15593925 (external link)
I like the usb 3.0 on board so I can connect front panel usb 3.0 to the mobo. I also like a lot of sata 6gbs plugs, the AsRock has 4 and another 4 sata II ports. It has plenty of PCI slots but I doubt I will add a video card.

4 ram slots is a must! I plan to put in 32gb of ram. One thing I noticed abour your link is that it has the Z68 chipset, I think Z77 is the latest and fastest chipset.

Here are two more
http://www.newegg.com …aspx?Item=N82E1​6813131819 (external link)
http://www.newegg.com …aspx?Item=N82E1​6813131820 (external link)
Both with similar specs but more trustworthy brand IMO.


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Feb 10, 2013 09:15 |  #5

RHChan84 wrote in post #15593971 (external link)
Here are two more
http://www.newegg.com …aspx?Item=N82E1​6813131819 (external link)
http://www.newegg.com …aspx?Item=N82E1​6813131820 (external link)
Both with similar specs but more trustworthy brand IMO.

Thank you! I'll take a good look at those!


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Feb 10, 2013 09:19 |  #6

If I was building a new rig again, I would pick up either one of those since it has more then what I need.
I don't play games since I have a PS3 and the only thing I could see that uses any PCI slots would be video recorder from my PS3 to PC and out to my Tv or sound card. And I would probably only use 3 SATA sots.


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Feb 10, 2013 12:52 |  #7

I'd get this one, so you could put OS X Mountain Lion on it. ;)

http://www.newegg.com …10446076&PID=49​02415&SID= (external link)


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Feb 11, 2013 01:50 |  #8

ShotByTom wrote in post #15593871 (external link)
Can anyone suggest a motherboard under $200 for the i7 3770? I like the specs on this on this one: http://www.newegg.com …aspx?Item=N82E1​6813157295 (external link)

but I'm a little worried about the reports of DOA boards.

Any input will be greatly appreciated!

I just got that Mobo. Works great so far!


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Feb 11, 2013 02:02 |  #9

My last couple mobos have been Asus and they've generally been good boards, no real complaints. This time I went with an ASRock as they too seem to have built a good reputation and I was happier overall with what it had versus the comparably priced Asus boards. Gigabyte are generally pretty good too.

The ASRock Z77 Extreme 4 (external link) is the model I'm running. It would be nice to have more space between the RAM and the CPU if you're using RAM with tall heatspreaders and a big cooler, as I am, but it all still fits just fine (I just had to take out the stick closest to the cooler during installation, then pop the stick back in).

You won't really go wrong with either.

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Can anyone suggest a motherboard under $200 for the i7 3770? I like the specs on this on this one: http://www.newegg.com …aspx?Item=N82E1​6813157295 (external link)

but I'm a little worried about the reports of DOA boards.

Any input will be greatly appreciated!

The thing you have to realize with reviews on Newegg is that any recommended board or popular board is still going to have the buyers who got a dud. There may even be a lot of reports of the same failure but when you see something with hundreds of reviews and a rating of 4 or so "eggs" on average (which most of the popular and highly rated boards have) they're all generally going to be pretty solid. People nitpick about this or that but you're likely to have a good experience.

If you sort the Z77/1155 boards by best rating you have a few with 5 eggs but they only have a small number of reviews. The first board with a lot of reviews (640) and a fairly high score happens to be the ASRock Extreme 4 I mentioned and have myself. I'm running an i7-3770k and 32GB of DDR3 1866 RAM on it. Only had it running 24/7 for about a month and a half now but no hiccups yet!

Newegg reviews/scores, like any online retailer's, aren't perfect. You just kind of have to learn to interpret them.

Speaking of ASRock, I looked at the Extreme 6 (and similar boards from other manufs) but found no reason to spend the extra $$. The biggest difference to me was the inclusion of firewire which is nice, but I already have a PCI-Express Firewire 400/800 card from my old desktop that I moved over to the new one. Didn't make sense to get the board with onboard Firewire if it was only fw400. I've generally not found anything on the boards beyond about $140 that I've needed but some do come with some convenient features. I'm also not sure the Extreme 6 rates as highly as the 4, at that range the Asus may be the better choice. If you can live without the extras I'd get the ASRock Extreme 4 again without hesitation.


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Feb 11, 2013 12:37 |  #10

Thanks for the feedback and detailed information!


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Feb 11, 2013 12:59 |  #11

I just built my PC two weeks ago with the i7-3770 and the ASRock Extreme4. Everything is running just fine :)


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Feb 11, 2013 13:05 |  #12

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I just built my PC two weeks ago with the i7-3770 and the ASRock Extreme4. Everything is running just fine :)

Have you used the rapid start function? I like the idea of being able to instantly wake from sleep so I don't have to turn the pc off at night.


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Feb 11, 2013 14:41 |  #13

I have an SSD on my desktop machine and it wakes from sleep as quickly as the monitors come up from sleep (~2 seconds or so.) How much faster is "instant"? :D

I like Intel and Gigabyte; have had mixed luck with Asus. Years ago I like them a lot, but in the last 4-5 years I had a DOA, which didn't make me very happy. If you want to build a hackintosh dual-boot Gigabyte seems to be the consensus.


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Feb 11, 2013 15:20 |  #14

Just built a 3770K with the ASUS Maximus V Gene for a CAD machine... Amazing board. I was going to go with the larger version but I really didnt need the excessive expansion since I was only going to use a raid card and a single GPU. Its solid as a rock and it has so many features. I also like the fact that I can use it later on for a file server when I need to upgrade later since the form factor is smaller.




  
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Feb 13, 2013 13:55 |  #15

ShotByTom wrote in post #15598552 (external link)
Have you used the rapid start function? I like the idea of being able to instantly wake from sleep so I don't have to turn the pc off at night.

No, I heard some negative feedback about it and never even tried it.
Plus, booting from an SSD is fast enough that I really don't feel the need to try it out.


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