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Old 12-03-2012, 10:29 AM   #1
ixnine
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Default Seeking pretty cheap mATX mobo w/ OC, CF, USB3

Hey guys, I need some advice regarding motherboards.

For starters, this is my build:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/qK6u

I'll be OCing both GPUs and the CPU.

That's the motherboard I think will suit my purposes: overclocking, Crossfire, USB 3.0, mATX. I only concluded this from lurking lots of sites, now I am asking for advice.

Can you suggest a better one? I can probably up the budget to $200 but I prefer a cheap one since I'm buying a gift for my little brother

UPDATE:

Here's a list of motherboards I'm probably limited to:
http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/mother...2&sort=a6&qq=1

ASRock Z77M ($98) - no info
Gigabyte GA-Z77M-D3H-MVP ($102) - no info
MSI Z77MA-G45 ($108) - faulty overclocking
Biostar TZ77MXE ($110) - possibly not suitable for 7950 CF
ASRock Z77 Pro4-M ($110) - good
Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H ($118) - faulty overclocking
Gigabyte GA-Z77M-D3H ($121) - faulty overclocking
Asus P8Z77-M ($125) - good (it's the one in my build)
Gigabyte G1.Sniper M3 ($160) - no info

I think the others just add SLI support, which I don't need.

Thanks!

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Old 12-03-2012, 10:36 AM   #2
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Hey guys, I need some advice regarding motherboards.

For starters, this is my build:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/qJMz

I'll be OCing both GPUs and the CPU.

That's the motherboard I think will suit my purposes: overclocking, Crossfire, USB 3.0, mATX. I only concluded this from lurking lots of sites, now I am asking for advice.

Can you suggest a better one? I can probably up the budget to $150 but I prefer a cheap one since I'm buying a gift for my little brother

I've also seen two other cheap ones, but I don't know how well they will perform:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813138351
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157306

They're both at $110, are they any better than the ASUS I chose?

Thanks!
real fast the

biostar does not look like it can do 2x 7950 cards

second samsung has better ram at newgg same price atech memers love the low profile 1600 speed kit of samsung myself included

third the asus you picked looks okay I never used it but i have used the asus maximus gene v and iv they are more money but they were good boards.
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Old 12-03-2012, 10:49 AM   #3
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Thanks for mentioning that, I've updated the opening post.

I'll be looking for more info on the above boards while checking the thread (mainly I don't know how to easily spot if the motherboard lets you overclock or not). Any information on them is appreciated.

edit:
Just checked out that Samsung RAM and it is indeed great. I'm not sure but I might be able to fit a D14 or TC14PE in there now. Thanks for the tip.

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Old 12-03-2012, 12:16 PM   #4
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Thanks for mentioning that, I've updated the opening post.

I'll be looking for more info on the above boards while checking the thread (mainly I don't know how to easily spot if the motherboard lets you overclock or not). Any information on them is appreciated.

edit:
Just checked out that Samsung RAM and it is indeed great. I'm not sure but I might be able to fit a D14 or TC14PE in there now. Thanks for the tip.

you are welcome. a fast way to tell if a board oc's is the letter z like a

z77 board will oc

a h77 board is for home theater

a b75 board is for business

very general as some h77 boards will oc decently
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Old 12-03-2012, 12:40 PM   #5
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I've been really pleased with both the Extreme4 and Pro4-M. But if you're not going dual GPU, save some coin with the Pro4-M, only $60 with the MC bundle deal.
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