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I am looking for a board under $200 but am willing to spend up to $250 if the mobo is worth it.

I have been looking for a new board because I am ready to ditch my FX6100 (wish I would have went Intel in the first place...)
Anyways I was thinking about these boards:
- MSI MPOWER
- EVGA FTW

I want to stick to a mostly black scheme, I am not a fan of all the boards with blue accents
But once again if a board that is worth it is done in blue then blue it is.

I will be doing minor OCs and planning on SLI 680's or a single 690 (still deciding)
Just need opinions, I have been reading quite a few reviews on Newegg and been checking on here for peoples thoughts but there are so many choices and I want to feel good about my choice, trying to get this setup before I start into my water cooling/sleeving project.
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Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD4H (comming soon)
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP4
Asus P8Z77-V (but it won't fit your needs since it's too blue rolleyes.gif, not the best choice either)

MSI M-Power is great if you are willing to pay for looks (it offers few options less or costs more compared to the boards suggested by me).
I would avoid any EVGA boards for the moment due to potential BIOS problems.
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Originally Posted by Moebieus View Post

I will be doing minor OCs...

You do not need a $200 & definitely a $250 mobo to do what you need but if you want to spend the cash, that's on you whistle.gif

I recommend you save some cash & buy this...GIGABYTE Z77X-D3H thumb.gif and put the rest towards a speedy ssd thumbsupsmiley.png

If you're seriously craving for an all black mobo, my vote goes to the MPower band.gif What Gigabyte offers over MSI MPower is nothing to cry over.
Edited by drBlahMan - 11/19/12 at 7:58pm
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D3H clocks pretty well biggrin.gif. But yes, there is no need for $200 motherboard for OP needs, but there are very few under $150 boards with no blue accents. Biostar TZ77XE4 is probably the only good one without big compromises and not blue.
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I have been reading quite a few reviews on Newegg...

Do not rely on personal reviews on NewEgg to decide on a mobo...Google site reviews for in-depth reviews of what you;re looking for thumb.gif
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Biostar TZ77XE4 is probably the only good one without big compromises and not blue.

Yeeah but I see more black on the DH3 (since there's only 2 heatsinks on it compared to Biostar's 3 red heatsinks) upsidedwnsmiley.gif
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Originally Posted by DeXel View Post

Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD4H (comming soon)
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP4
Asus P8Z77-V (but it won't fit your needs since it's too blue rolleyes.gif, not the best choice either)

MSI M-Power is great if you are willing to pay for looks (it offers few options less or costs more compared to the boards suggested by me).
I would avoid any EVGA boards for the moment due to potential BIOS problems.

all these are great boards, DeXel knows his/her stuff on mobos thumb.gif

also the GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H or GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3 are pretty decent tho has blue heatsinks... as stated above
the ASRock Z77 Extreme4 is on sale as well at newegg but not as good of quality as Gigabytes offerings but will handle a moderate OC (tho i would still go Gigabyte) but worth a look
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293
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Red is not an issue, for some odd reason blue seems cheap to me Idk if it is because you see all these budget builds with blue LEDs but for quite awhile I thought that, my mind is messed up haha, I will look into the gigabyte offerings you posted as well as the biostar . I was hesitant to look at biostar because I have never checked into them and was nervous about quality, but if you suggest them I will do my research. Thank you all for your help and suggestions! thumb.gif
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