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I need some help picking a motherboard. It will be for my HTPC build. I already bought the i5-3570K.

My PC will be running 24/7 and it will be used as a media server. I would like to spend below $150. I don't really care about overclocking since I will most likely not overclock this build since I want it to be cool and quiet. I just want to make sure it's a M-ATX, had a UEFI BIOS, 2 PCI slots and I think that's pretty much it. I've had a few people recommend this Gigabyte board

I haven't decided on ram or a psu, but I think this ram will do fine.

I would appreciate if someone could recommend be their top 3 choices and I can pick from there. Feel free to recommend me ram and psu. Everything else I'm pretty much decided on.

Thanks!
post #2 of 39
G1 Sniper M3 thumb.gif Or this.

I can't recommend any other safe choices.

The board that you linked is ATX.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157300

Within budget and supports overclocking if wanted.
Edited by Quesoblanco - 11/6/12 at 10:00pm
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Do these motherboards have UEFI BIOS. The main reason is I want it to boot fast.
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All Z77 boards have UEFI as far as I can remember. Gigabyte and ASRock boards do for sure.

As for UEFI faster boot.. I really didn't see a difference between UEFI and legacy boot times with an SSD.
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This hands down

http://ncix.com/products/?sku=71114&vpn=P8Z77%2DV%20LK&manufacture=ASUS&promoid=1016

Have done about 6 builds with them and they're great.
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Thanks guys, + rep all around

I like the sniper and the gigabyte. Some people here are big fans of Asrock, I haven't really heard of this brand since I haven't built a new PC in a few years. Are they pretty reliable?

Also, any suggestions for a cpu cooler if I'm not planning to OC, should I stick to the stock cooler or get one of those corsair pre-set up water cooling kits. I just want to keep it quiet.
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This hands down
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=71114&vpn=P8Z77%2DV%20LK&manufacture=ASUS&promoid=1016
Have done about 6 builds with them and they're great.

It's a terrible value though.
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Thanks guys, + rep all around
I like the sniper and the gigabyte. Some people here are big fans of Asrock, I haven't really heard of this brand since I haven't built a new PC in a few years. Are they pretty reliable?
Also, any suggestions for a cpu cooler if I'm not planning to OC, should I stick to the stock cooler or get one of those corsair pre-set up water cooling kits. I just want to keep it quiet.

Well, get something that's silent, because stock cooler is very loud. I would avoid getting prefilled WC for HTPC for safety reasons. Can't really help with a cooler unless I know the dimensions of the case. Maybe some Noctua's like C14 will fit.
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Thanks!

I'm not really sure which case. I was pretty much set on getting this case, but noticed last week that it's an ITX case. I'll do some more searching for a case. I like the cooler you linked, I was looking at this one earlier. Not sure what the difference is, but the one you linked is much smaller.

Also, do you think a 650W PSU would be enough to power my build I will have 5 drives in Raid 5 and possibly add a GPU down the road for gaming. I usually buy corsair power supplies.
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