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So i have been thinking of building a new rig as the one i have now is getting dated. what do you guys think of Biostar boards?

specifically this one: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138354

It caught my eye as it has some pretty good reviews and i like the colour scheme. The price is a big bonus too. Im looking for a good gaming/overclocking board and will probably be pairing it with the newest gen i5 and a GTX 680. (or 780, whatever is out in April which is when il be buying all these goodies)
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I think BIOSTAR has gotten much better over the years. I wouldn't discredit any of their boards. I have a A880G+ that's been working for 3 years without issue. I have heard that their UEFI BIOS could use a little work - but so can a majority of other UEFI BIOS's.

Honestly - a motherboard does the least for your system - you just plug everything into it. As long as it works and allows for a little overclocking room you'll be good tongue.gif
Edited by M3T4LM4N222 - 12/6/12 at 11:57pm
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thats a pretty good board and well recommended especially for a decent sub $150 mobo. Biostar are sometimes underrated especially for the 7-series boards such as that one smile.gif
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post #4 of 11
It's a very good board from the reviews and owners feedbacks that I have seen. Haven't seen any major complains.

This one offers more perks, and it's cheaper than XE4 in the USA, but that's not the case in Canada.

Other boards to consider:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128544
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130644
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post #5 of 11
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This one offers more perks, and it's cheaper than XE4 in the USA, but that's not the case in Canada.

That one is tempting me, it seems very very nice.
*EDIT* Took a closer look at its layout... the usb3 header is almost in the middle of the board. oh god why? Still not a deal breaker, i am considering it.

I also considered the MSI GD65, even though its a little on the pricier side. I could always just get a smaller ssd or something if budget gets tight. As for gigabytes boards i am not a huge fan. have too many friends who went with gigabyte and all i hear is complaints.

Thanks for the input smile.gif
Edited by Archer S - 12/7/12 at 12:11am
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Any of your friends with Gigabyte Z68 boards? They had major boot loop problems. People should have researched before buying them.

As GB Z77 owner, I can't name any major bug.

And yea, HiFi is a great bang for the buck.
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post #7 of 11
I have xe3. for the canadian price being only dollar different xe4 is nicer price for sure.
I've got my chip at 4.0 on stock hsf. For more overclockability i'm not sure at the moment because i need to get my WC set up.
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Originally Posted by Archer S View Post

...have too many friends who went with gigabyte and all i hear is complaints.
Any of your friends with Gigabyte Z68 boards? They had major boot loop problems. People should have researched before buying them.

Although there had been many boot loop problems, I had ZERO problems with my Gigabyte Z68X-UD4 (going on 2 yrs strong thumb.gif )
Guess I'm a lucky 1 whistle.gif

BTW...BioStar makes nice mobos.
Edited by drBlahMan - 12/7/12 at 4:08am
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Some people didn't have boot loops, but it was to common to ignore. And I believe there were no LLC settings on some/all their Z68 boards... And since they were running Hybrid BIOS they couldn't OC Ivy Bridge CPUs until Gigabyte issued UEFI upgrade for their Z68 boards which is full of problems from what I have heard...

Too many problems for me to recommend one.
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post #10 of 11
Very good boards. Only bad thing I see is warranty support. Very slow but they will respond.
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