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Quality Budget Z77 Board for i7 3770K?

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I will be ordering my i7 3770K this evening which I am EXTREMELY excited about. biggrin.gif Now, I am trying to figure out which Motherboard I want to pair with it to get the combo and a bit of a discount.

What is the best budget ($150 or less) Motherboard that you guys would recommend?

*** The only catch is it has to be either completely black or black and red.


I'm mainly looking at the ASRock and Biostar boards since they are the only ones in that price range with great reviews and the color scheme I am looking for.

Is there a particular one that stands out above the rest or will all of them offer similar performance and results?


Thanks so much for your help!
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what color scheme do you want?
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*** The only catch is it has to be either completely black or black and red.




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Black or black and red
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post #4 of 7
then just get this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293

IDK how well it will work or OC, i haven't used it.

SHoudl do what you want it to do however
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Biostar TZ77XE4 at Tigerdirect.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by trumpet-205 View Post

Biostar TZ77XE4 at Tigerdirect.

That and the TZ77XE3 are the ones I'm looking at right now. They are gorgeous boards, have great specs, and excellent reviews.

However, what's the difference between the two that warrants the $30 price difference? All that I see is that the TZ77XE4 has 2x more 6 gb/s SATA slots. Is that all?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Melee View Post

That and the TZ77XE3 are the ones I'm looking at right now. They are gorgeous boards, have great specs, and excellent reviews.
However, what's the difference between the two that warrants the $30 price difference? All that I see is that the TZ77XE4 has 2x more 6 gb/s SATA slots. Is that all?

Right now Tigerdirect has TZ77XE4 cheaper than XE3 when you do the rebate. XE4 has beefier onboard sound, right angle SATA ports, 2 extra SATA 6.0 Gbps ports, an eSATA port, and a rear DisplayPort. Biggest difference is onboard sound and extra SATA ports. Since including rebate I'd say go for TZ77XE4.
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