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I've decided to build a small LAN rig, but I'm torn between the X4 and i3. A main reason why I want to go X4 is that Micro Center gives out free motherboards with the CPU. I'm sure I can get an i3-2100 for $99, I just need to know what mATX board will you guys recommend? If I decide to go down this road.
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if you want a motherboard thats gonna give you a lot of performance and still have room for future upgrade i would recommend:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131759

If cost is sort of an issue you could always go a little cheaper and get:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130612
    
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if you want a motherboard thats gonna give you a lot of performance and still have room for future upgrade i would recommend:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131759

If cost is sort of an issue you could always go a little cheaper and get:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130612
I was going to get that one but then I thought that it's kind of ridiculous that the motherboard is nearly twice as expensive as the CPU. But again, it's the main component that ties everything together. It also has excellent resell value.
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