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http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0371994
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0361688

they both have HDMI (most important)

but the MSI has usb 3.0.
but the gigabyte has better VRM (i was hoping that will help me overclock the intel HD 3000)

going to be using a i3 2125.

im leaning towards the gigabyte because i can just throw in a USB 3.0 card.

since im not going to be using any of the pci slots.
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Gigabyte. The only MSI board worth considering are the high ends, z68
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you already answered your own question.
so I guess the gigabyte it is.
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http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0371994
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0361688
they both have HDMI (most important)
but the MSI has usb 3.0.
but the gigabyte has better VRM (i was hoping that will help me overclock the intel HD 3000)
going to be using a i3 2125.
im leaning towards the gigabyte because i can just throw in a USB 3.0 card.
since im not going to be using any of the pci slots.

I think GB is using 4+2 and MSI is using 3+2 VRM. 4+2 VRM is not going to make a difference when OCing iGPU (iGPU uses power from +2 phases).

I honestly think MSI is better, because of NEC USB 3.0 controller (one of the best).

EDIT: MSI is also using Realtek Audio Codec, should be better than VIA codec used by GB.

EDIT2: Yep, also Realtek LAN controller on MSI instead of Atheros controller on GB. Better driver support from Realtek.
Edited by trumpet-205 - 1/5/12 at 11:24am
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post #5 of 17
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lol dam that NEC USB 3.0 card would cost me $20. might as well get a low end z68 board tongue.gif

its ok im not even using USB 3.0 anyways maybe in the future the card will be cheaper.

isnt the gigabytes Lower RDS(on) MOSFETs better then what MSI is using?
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lol dam that NEC USB 3.0 card would cost me $20. might as well get a low end z68 board tongue.gif
its ok im not even using USB 3.0 anyways maybe in the future the card will be cheaper.
isnt the gigabytes Lower RDS(on) MOSFETs better then what MSI is using?

I don't know about RDS, but OC'ing iGPU isn't as intensive of OC'ing CPU. A good PSU that outputs good power is all you need.

If I were you, I would buy that MSI board, because of USB 3.0 and Realtek controller/codec. GB board in my opinion is a cheapen out board (VIA/Atheros).

Actually, have you considered this board?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157233

It is ASRock, so rest assure on the quality side. Has a HDMI port.
Edited by trumpet-205 - 1/5/12 at 11:40am
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I don't know about RDS, but OC'ing iGPU isn't as intensive of OC'ing CPU. A good PSU that outputs good power is all you need.
If I were you, I would buy that MSI board, because of USB 3.0 and Realtek controller/codec. GB board in my opinion is a cheapen out board (VIA/Atheros).

yeah i figured the RDS for i3 isnt going to do much (cant overclock)
my best bet is to throw some heatsinks on the vrm on the MSI.

i just need to downgrade a little because i find myself using a 200w idle gaming computer to websearch rolleyes.gif
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Originally Posted by Coolwaters View Post

yeah i figured the RDS for i3 isnt going to do much (cant overclock)
my best bet is to throw some heatsinks on the vrm on the MSI.
i just need to downgrade a little because i find myself using a 200w idle gaming computer to websearch rolleyes.gif

How about the board I mentioned above?
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it would be great but i need to get it at microcenter because of their $50 off sale.
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it would be great but i need to get it at microcenter because of their $50 off sale.

Cool. $50 off, you are literally stealing a motherboard from them.
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