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Looking for motherboard to go along with CPU

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I'm looking at upgrading my older Intel Core 2 CPU to an Ivy Bridge i7-3770 (not S or K) but before buying the CPU I need to also find a motherboard to go along with it and am looking for your suggestions on a motherboard.

I'm not a huge gamer, but do enjoy playing Battlefield 3, Minecraft, and World of Warcraft from time to time. The majority of the work on the PC will be used for surfing the net, web development, and VMware visualization via VMware Workstation.

I'd like for the board to be able to also fit at least 16GB, but 32GB or more would be awesome. Also needs to be Micro ATX.

What would you suggest?
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How much are you wanting to spend?

Im a big believer in that you should get the best motherboard you can afford because its the foundation of your entire rig and will determine how much you can upgrade and overclock. Its also the hardest component to swap out or upgrade so youre gonna wind up leaving it in there longer than you would say a video card. The more you spend on a motherboard, to a point of course, the better built and more stable it will be and itll have many more features. My personal favorite would be the Z77 Asus Sabertooth. But those run $250 and that might be out of your price range. There are still plenty below that. Im a big Asus fan so thats likely what Ill recommend.
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oh yes, forgot to include a price range. Id like to stay under $200 really, unless I'm really going to get something special for a bit more.
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That shouldnt be a problem. There are plenty of great boards under $200.

Right at $200, the Asus PZ77-V LGA would be a great choice.

A little cheaper at $170+shipping would be the ASRock Z77 Extrem6. Asus is my favorite brand but Ive use ASRock boards before and theyre tough little suckers. They have a lot of great value and build quality. I wouldnt hesitate to use another.
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Both are pretty cool boards, but to big. Needs to fit a micro-atx case.
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That shouldnt be a problem. There are plenty of great boards under $200.
Right at $200, the Asus PZ77-V LGA would be a great choice.
A little cheaper at $170+shipping would be the ASRock Z77 Extrem6. Asus is my favorite brand but Ive use ASRock boards before and theyre tough little suckers. They have a lot of great value and build quality. I wouldnt hesitate to use another.
Well they are both made by Asustek. Asus is basically for pretty mobos with nice features and ASRock is basically their price/performance mobos.
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Both are pretty cool boards, but to big. Needs to fit a micro-atx case.
ASRock Z77 Extreme4-M would be my choice.
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Well they are both made by Asustek. Asus is basically for pretty mobos with nice features and ASRock is basically their price/performance mobos.
ASRock Z77 Extreme4-M would be my choice.

The Asus board will also generally have beefier components which will mean better overclocks, long term reliability and stability.

And didn't ASRock venture out on their own or something? I could've sworn I read something about Asus not owning them anymore.
post #8 of 8
If you aren't getting a K processor, I don't see the need to spend $200 on a motherboard unless there's specific features you want from it. I would look at the mid to lower end asrock boards as they should adequately fit your needs.
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