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Difference between cheap-mid-expensive motherboards if not overclocking?

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If I'm on a budget and building a computer for someone who isn't going to be overclocking, or SLI/Crossfire, what's the difference between a say, $50 mobo and a $100-150 one? And a $200+ one?

Also another question, pretty much the same question, but for me upgrading in the future and overclocking a little bit. I don't need to get like +2Ghz, but if I want about +.5-1Ghz, what's the least I should be spending on a mobo?
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well usually cheap boards has the bare minimum Vrms needed to run the CPU at stock and those VRMs dont have any heatsinks on it.... Also cheaper boards have very little in the range of features...

The mid ranges usually have a few more VRMs and have some form of heatsink, even if it is only aluminum fins or a actually heatpipe... have a few more features that computer enthusiasts on a budget want...

The expensive ones have the highest number of VRMs with a heatpipe cooling for the heatsinks... and usually contain more features than most people would usually use...
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Most motherboards past around $110 may have features your friend may not need. From $50-110 there are some good choices ranging from boards that have low end integrated graphics, higher end full HD integrated graphics, no integrated graphics, or better VRMs if for a higher TDP processor.

If you are going to overclock, look at the chipset (no integrated graphics is usually better for OC-ing) and VRM design (you ideally want cooled and higher phase count for higher TDP processors).
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Ok thanks for the advice. Turns out my friend is too scared to build it himself or even to let me do it D: He's buying a dell or something now, even after I told him how much he was getting ripped off.

Thanks for the info though, it will help me in the future.
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