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post #11 of 17
It all depends which way you go. If you go AMD, you get what you pay for... I have a cheap asus board and my pc runs slow as crap and I can't run anything at its full potential. And I'm not talking about over clocking, I'm just talking about running everything, lol... But with the x58 and p67 boards it comes down to the features you want, where as AMD you have to buy the better board just to use all of you gpu it seams.

This is why I'm upgrading to Sandy Bridge today... i5-2500k here I come, just need to figure out which board I want to get...
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post #12 of 17
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Originally Posted by BinaryDemon;13365610 
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.

I agree that the Sabertooth P67 is super sexy, although neither it's price or it's features really reflect some of the enthusiast options offered by some other P67's. But it is sexy.
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Why get a high-end mobo? thinking.gif.....To satisfy the napoleon complex wink.gif
post #14 of 17
When I did my first upgrade about a year and a half ago, I was thinking the same thing. I picked a board that didn't seem to fail that was about $65. A year later and I looked into doing a little OCing, but that board didn't have those options in the BIOS. So, I get one that's $120 that supports OCing. Well, after I learn a little more, I find out that the "better" MB has un-cool MOSFETs. One more board later, and I have what I should have gotten from the start.

I understand you're not worried about OCing, so just take a look at re-sale. If you look for a board that's from one socket back in time (let's say 775), a used really nice board commands a HUGE amount of money. The basic and mid level ones are almost free.

My reason for getting high end boards from here on are two - Flexibility of use and resale.
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post #15 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys. There were a few reasons I hadn't thought of, and a major one I forgot about since I've never had to use it (RAID), but overall my basic perspective has been confirmed. And now I no longer have to feel like such a dummy when people talk motherboards, heh. Appreciated!
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Quote:
Originally Posted by sp4wners;13365499 
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....

There is a bit more to it when you go beyond 24/7 stable overclocks, some boards will run 3d just fine at high overclocks & some will not, my rev. 2 gigabyte ud3r & ud7 both will not go beyond 213 bclk without QPI slow mode enabled, which kills 3d framerates. My evga classified can go higher than that with no problem, same as my old rev. 1 ud5.
There is more to it as well, bios & bclk limitations, the way a board handles memory overclocks, etc.
    
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Originally Posted by tenketsu;13365264 
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.

VRM quality and VRM cooling. Look at the things to the left side of the CPU. The quality of these are going to be a limiting factor in overclocking.
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