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Why get a high-end motherboard?

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If you're not planning to overclock, use SLI/Crossfire, or use a ton of RAM? This may make me look stupid, but those are the only real reasons I'm aware of to pay more for a motherboard than the bare minimum for a mobo that supports your CPU and is from a decent brand. But I feel like there's something I'm missing, that everyone else knows about motherboards. So, please, fill me in, my ego can take it.
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USB 3.0, RAID, e-peen, other miscellaneous features that some end-users may find use for.
Who would anyone even consider a high-end motherboard if they weren't interested in the features you listed anyway?
Edited by VanillaCena - 5/3/11 at 8:31am
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There really isnt as long as you are buying from a quality brand.
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The reasons you listed would be the main reason really, overclocking, power phases, pci-e x16 slots, but if you're not an enthusiast that cares for those things, then there isn't any reason really. Those are pretty good features in their own right that usually justify the cost (sometimes).

OH AND LOOKS, THAT'S THE MAIN THING. Even if you're not an enthusiast, you gotta have a ballin' motherboard.
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Other than the valid reasons you and the others posted....

One word: E-peen!
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The one thing I would suggest as it seems like you are considering new MB's is to think about the future. When I got my first i7 920 rig i was not interested in overclocking at all and got a base Aus P6T (not the deluxe) - a few months into my ownership I became interested in overclocking and came to find that my board was holding me back. My max bclk was about 191-5 which is a good 10-20 lower than many people can achieve with better boards. It may not seem like a big deal but when shooting for a nice OC it became a decent hassle.

Right now there are many boards that aren't the top of the line model that incorporate many but not all features. The p67 gigabyte boards come to mind as the UD5and even 4 have many of the higher features found in the 7.

But you are right, if you are certain you wont be OC'ing, sli/cfx or needing a robust raid setup the you can feel confident.
post #7 of 17
USB3 and sata3 only seem to available and they are hugely beneficial especially usb3
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Actually if You're choosing between X58 boards (Asus, MSI, EVGA etc.) there's no such difference in performance or something. You just choose brand which You love smile.gif That's what I'm thinking... Only difference with X58 mobos are 3, 4, 6 PCI-Ex slots and nothing else tongue.gif But with other just like AMD it's a quite different story....
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post #9 of 17
If you need PC for games only and dont mind slower data transvers and stuff like that dont see reason for high end mobo....i use asus p6x58d-e its more or less high end and cant denie im happy about it exept part that i made my pc 2 months after sandy bridge came out...just get mobo what supports higest end CPU,s and atleaast haw 2 PCI slots for video card rest for gaming does not matter much
post #10 of 17
Because more is better? Most of my decisions are budget-minded and practical, the components in my sigrig reflect this - Antec 300, AsRock X58 Extreme, ect.

But that's not to say I am not envious of the people that purchase at the highend. For example, I think that Sabertooth P67 motherboard is super sexy:

SabertoothP67.jpg

I'll probably never own one, since most of the same features can be found in motherboards ~$50 cheaper, but sometimes it's hard to argue with looks.
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