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So I've decided upon getting a 3930k as my processor as part of my build, but now I need to change my motherboard to one with a LGA 2011 slot. I was wondering if anybody knows any Good, Reliable, Long lasting motherboards. With a good BIOS or whatever. I honestly dunno what BIOS is, but I figure it's something to do with overclocking and being able to configure things in the motherboard. (Still new to computers, don't worry ill consult you guys before I overclock the 3930k, ill need your help once its assembled to OC it smile.gif Back to the main point. Also I don't plan to buy a sound card anytime soon so good sound would be awesome!, and my GPU is a AMD 7970 so it has PCI 3.0... Just saying.

If at all possible please find it @:
1. www.microcenter.com <-- prefered choice, I get a discount w/ friend.
2. www.newegg.com

It can be newegg over MC if needed that's no problem, I dunno how much the discount even is or if it applies to MB's.

Thanks a lot!
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If you are thinking of going low-midrange I suggest ASUS P9X79 (regular version.)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0380619
IM very happy with it. Been using it since December.

BIOS is very easy to move around in and understand. I have had no problems with it OCing. MemOK button is great for getting your memory to run right the first time. Only con is (not sure if this is universal to X79) the VRM (Mosfet) heatsink gets HOT... Im running an EK block in my loop to keep it cool.

It is priced like a lower end ASRock board but i feel it performs like a board that is priced more expensive.
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All of the high-end gigabyte, msi and Asus motherboards have no issues whatsoever to my knowledge. I personally prefer asus, and I've had no problems with my sabertooth x79. The asus ROG line has lots of features, which if you'll use get them. Asus has the p8 boards which are also high quality but lack less if the marketing gimmicky features.

Gigabyte have the UD series and the GD series. The GD is more mainstream, they also have the G1 boards. All are quite good, although from gigabyte I would recommend the UD 7 board. It has amazing stock vrm cooling unlike my board which is decent, my vrms get to like 60 degrees typical usage, and 84 degrees 100% load 1.45v.

Msi boards I have NO experiance with so I won't comment at all, although I know someone who has the bigbang boards and he's happy with it.

Anyway, get the ones with the beefiest vrm cooling if u plan to OC, and the ones with the most features which you'll use. I personalyl got the sabertooth x79 because the vrm temps are rated higher, and ive modded a fan onto them recently to keep them cooler so I didn't really bother about larger heatsink. I also chose asus because of the fan controller, but I personally dont need a soundcard or any other weird stuff which the g1 and rog boards come with.

Enjoy though!

Edit:

I did some research. All the bios' of the boards are VERY detailed, but asus has a few extra options with their mainboards.

All of them offer a list type bios with extra menus and tabs, but gigabyte also offers some 3d bios thingy, which is simpler to use (apparently) as you just click on the part u want to change and it does it.
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Yea I was shooting for a Sabertooth but I just can't fit it in my budget. You think this one will do me alright for the years to come (also be good for overclocking it a good bit):

1. BIOSTAR TPOWER X79 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138346

2. ASUS P9X79 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131804

Again, I am on a budget but I guess I could push for the Asus P9x79 if it would be better. Also what does the Sabertooth offer over the P9x79, Just curious. It doesn't make anything faster does it? When it all comes down to it is the speed, overclocking, and important things the same? Does the P9X79 offer intel boost techonogy? I just see it listed on the Sabertooth and not on the P9X79. :/ confused...

Thanks!
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Yes the P9X79 does have boost. All the boards do.

I know nothing about the Biostar board. No help there.

And as far as I remember on the Sabertooth you get 2 extra 6mb SATA ports, 2 extra USB ports on back. and the TUF armor upgrade (all the fan cooled heat sink items.). thumb.gif
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