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Difference between a cheap and expensive motherboard?

post #1 of 9
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Hi everyone I have a p8p67 evo (B3) motherboard which cost around $200 I think, and its a good board, and comfortably clocks my WC 2600k to 4.9ghz


But I'm really wanting to swap it out with a gigabyte board ( for a custom project which requires a gigabyte brand board ) and was thinking of just getting a cheap one.

Whats the biggest difference between a cheap and expensive motherboard

( specs in case they matter )
i7 2600k 4.9ghz (WC'd)
GTX 580 ( OC'ed and WC'd )
120gb ssd
60bg ssd
1tb hdd
post #2 of 9
well firstly build quality also you don't get much of CPU, IGPU, RAM phazes to overclock your beast.
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post #3 of 9
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so basically, OC ability is not as good.

Well, I suppose I'll post the board on Craigslist FS/FT for a gigabiye board.

I would hate to buy a cheaper board just to have a really nice one laying around but its either replace the motherboard for a simple project with many guides vs figuring out nearly everything myself and no guarantee that it will work.
post #4 of 9
It really depends. Some higher end boards can do multiple GPUs (3-4), where lower ends will only have 1 GPU x16 slot and an x4 which isnt good for xfire or SLI. Some boards don't overclock as well or at all, where some are better for it. It's hard to say unless you try to compare board A to board B, but I would think you could get a good board in the 100-125 range that would be just fine.
post #5 of 9
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right, my current board is dual SLI ( which I don't plan on sli'ing ), has two lan jacks, fancy sound card, usb 3.0, etc.
has all these features, most of which I don't use.

Considering I never use usb ports aside for my (wireless) mouse and keyboard, ( use cloud storage for everything else )
Don't have a dvd drive
audio quality does not bother me that much, as I only run sterio and not full surround sound
I do use onboard bluetooth, but I have cheap bluetooth usb stick that works just as well
Have ssd's so don't care about super speedy caching stuff,

I guess the only thing i'm worried about loosing is OC, but with a lower OC means cooler temps, and less of a power draw, so i'm okay with that.
post #6 of 9
Well higher end MB have more Sata ports, more Ethernet port, more USB 3.0. More Phases for CPU/NB/RAM. Better Cooling. Some come with more accessories like Blue-tooth, Wifi , sound cards.
You should be able to get ~ 130 a GA-Z77X-UD3H which is probably better then your current MB.
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post #7 of 9
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i'll look into that, thanks for the suggestion.

I made the mistake of letting a friend choose my parts for me when I built the rig, in doing so, I over spent way too much money for little things that I never use, I could have easily cut my build budget in half and still have more computer than I need. Oh well. tis life.

I just would hate buying a new MB and having a perfectly good one just laying around, its hardly worth it to sell it online as I probably would only get $20-50 for it.
post #8 of 9
which board were you looking to get?
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post #9 of 9
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i'm not sure really, I just know i need a gigabyte board, i'll have to check them each out specifically to see if they will work, but would still like decent OC ability ( 4.5 is fine )
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