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Is overclocking capacity and long-term stability the best feature of a motherboard?

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The number one feature of a motherboard should be the ability to overclock well and be fully stable with that overclock for a long long time.

Am I right?

Is the power delivery system (VRMS? Caps?) what you guys look for when buying mobo's?

It's gotta be. Screw 4-way SLI capability and other juicy stuff, if it can't hold an overclock well then that makes it a terrible board. Am I right?

Can someone tell me what makes a good motherboard and give me examples of them and why?
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Price/ Preformance in my book is a leading seller and i'm sure others would agree. Personally, a $350 motherboard dose not make it the best board.
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As with most anything else in life, if you're willing to spend more, you'll receive higher quality components and extra features in return; of course, with that said, there's also a point of dimensioning returns, where increased expenditure adds little to nothing, with the sole exception of window dressing.

You've already touched on the right notes; gold capacitors (longer life), 8+2 VRAM setups (versus 3 to 5), and overall quality construction from a reputable manufacturer will deliver the goods.

The forums here are filled with all the information you need to make an appropriate selection; good luck!
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overclockability, expandability, affordability, and stylability
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Originally Posted by i7monkey View Post
what you guys look for when buying mobo's?
First of all, I look for grammar. mobo's.

Then, it has to be at least 4+1 power phase, uncooled for Asus and Gigabyte, cooled for anything else. That's least.

Then it has to have either 1 PCI-e slot and be cheap, or two, 8x-8x.
16x-4x is a very bad combo for me.

Then it has to have 4 DIMMS, and not more than 2 different colors. Mobos with black PCB, blue and gray DIMMs, green and white PCI-e and yellow NB sink are a design suicide.

Then it has to have enough space between the PCI-e to fit two dual-slot GPUs without cooking the top one.

And that's about it USB3 is good, but I don't really care for it.
Oh, and I find the safety of IGP preferrable to the little more overclockable mobos without IGP
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When OCing a power hungry CPU is the goal, I look at VRM quality, BIOS features/support, and cooling/basic layout.
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