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Hi everyone, I'm looking for a new motherboard. My micro MSI Z68MA ED55 is a PITA for me whenever I try to do anything. Great example is that it decided to corrupt a ton of my files when I updated the BIOS, around 30,000 files to be exact.

So I think it's a bit overdue to look for a new motherboard. Here's what I want in it:
-Ability to hold a Ivy processor (some 1155 boards aren't updated for Ivy, mine isn't)
-SLI Ability
-At least 3 PCI-E slots
-Under $250
-Good support
-NOT MSI (this is important, I don't like their stuff!)
-8 SATA ports (preferably 4 of each: SATA 3 and 6)

So I found this motherboard: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157295

What do you think about it? Is there a better deal somewhere? Is Asrock a bad motherboard manufacturer? Thanks if you guys can help me out. smile.gif
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Wow Extreme6 still costs $230 in Canada. Doesn't worth it at all.

Check for Gigabyte's UD3H, UD4H, UD5H, UP4 and UP5. All great boards for different needs, but they OC well.

Then Asus P8Z77-V and up.
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Well I have a contact in the USA, so I can always get the motherboard shipped to them for $150 or whatever with shipping and then drive it up to me when they come to Canada next (they come and go probably 10-15 times a year). What do you think about the price then for the board?
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For $140 it's a solid choice. 4 phase doubled to 8 analog VRM and everything else is pretty much standard. Here is a good review.

You mentioned that you want at least 3 PCI-E slots. Is that for 3-way SLI?
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Well I have a contact in the USA, so I can always get the motherboard shipped to them for $150 or whatever with shipping and then drive it up to me when they come to Canada next (they come and go probably 10-15 times a year). What do you think about the price then for the board?

For $150 I'd be looking at the Gigabyte's Z77X UD3H and UP4 boards.

In terms of overclocking, the Extreme6 you listed is a very poor choice; specially in the VRM department. It has a mediocre doubled 4+1 phase analog PWM compared to the high-quality true 6+2 phase digital PWMs in both those Gigabyte boards.
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For $140 it's a solid choice. 4 phase doubled to 8 analog VRM and everything else is pretty much standard. Here is a good review.

You mentioned that you want at least 3 PCI-E slots. Is that for 3-way SLI?
Well, I currently have a 670 and 7850. The 670 for gaming, and the 7850 I plan to use for folding, because there are many talks of AMD cards getting a bump in PPD. Eventually I'd like to have 2x 670's, when a single 670 isn't powerful enough for games, as well as possibly the 7850 for folding.
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For $150 I'd be looking at the Gigabyte's Z77X UD3H and UP4 boards.

In terms of overclocking, the Extreme6 you listed is a very poor choice; specially in the VRM department. It has a mediocre doubled 4+1 phase analog PWM compared to the high-quality true 6+2 phase digital PWMs in both those Gigabyte boards.
I'll take a look at the Gigabyte boards as well. Currently I have my 2600k @ 4.4 GHz with 1.32V, and I'm fine with that, not looking to push it further, because 4.6 GHz will need more than 1.34V. :/ It crashed Prime95 instantly at 4.6 GHz with 1.34V, so it'll probably need 1.37 for 4.6.

Oh, I also forgot to mention that I'd like a board with 8 SATA ports on it, so something like 3x SATA 3 and 3x SATA 6 ports.
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UD4H and UD5H should do it. Or Asus P8Z77-V and V-Pro.

The reason why I asked about 3-way SLI is that you will need a board with PLX chip to get it. Something like G1 Sniper 3.
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Just a question guys, say I can get the Asrock Extreme4 for $84 $74 after Newegg's $10 off for new customers. Should I get it? BTW, it's a new board for that price.

There's also an Extreme6 for $95, would that be a better price for a board?
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I don't see them listed for such low prices, but I doubt you will find MSI Z77A-GD55, or Biostar TZ77XE3, or Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H for the same price. I would get Extreme6 though.
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I don't see them listed for such low prices, but I doubt you will find MSI Z77A-GD55, or Biostar TZ77XE3, or Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H for the same price. I would get Extreme6 though.
I see them posted. Takes a bit of searching, but I don't want to link it here in case somebody tries to steal it from me, lol.

Thanks for the advice all, I think I'll buy the Extreme6 later tonight, and give everybody who helped out +Rep when I get a free minute.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 2600k ASUS Sabertooth Z77 Sapphire 290 Tri-x 4GB OC CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Intel 520 120 GB SSD Seagate Barracuda 1 TB 250GB Samsung 840 EVO SSD LG Blu-Ray Lightscribe Combo Burner 
CoolingOSMonitorPower
Swiftech H320 (CPU only) Windows 7 Ultimate 27" Shimian 1440p Monitor 1000W Corsair PSU 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
800D custom painted and fixed up! 15 year old Microsoft Custom Minecraft Mousepad Logitech 2.1 Speakers (wub wubbity wub wub) 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 3570k MSI Z68 MA-ED55 MSI GTX 750 Ti 6GB Corsair XMP 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
500GB WD Blue ASUS DVD Burner Hyper 212+ Windows 8.1 
PowerCase
Rosewill HIVE 750W Rosewill Blackbone 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Sempron 145 Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 4x MSI GTX 750 Ti 6 GB Corsair XMP 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
500 GB Seagate Barracuda Stock Windows 7 LG 20" 900p display 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Dell generic Rosewill HIVE 750W Rosewill Thor V2 Dell generic 
Other
4x USB Powered Risers 
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