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Hey guys I'm in the market for a good X79 motherboard and I have a budget of 300$ maximum. My CPU's gonna be an i7 3820 or a 3930K so I need a board that overclocks well. I'd prefer to have at least 3 PCI-E 3.0 slots and 4 SATA6 ports for 300$, but I can live with live less. Any recommendations?

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The ASUS Sabertooth is about $320.00, if you look around maybe you could find it for $300.00.

This board right here is exactly $300.00 at microcenter and it's a very good board. - http://www.microcenter.com/product/378997/P9X79_PRO_Socket_2011_X79_ATX_Intel_Motherboard



I think all the ASUS x79 boards are really good. I have the RIVE but it's a bit pricey but I love it.
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with the ASUS P9X79 Pro you get 4 SATA 3.0 and 4 SATA 6.0 and you get 4 pci 3.0 x16 slots which is really good.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157289

Heard a lot of good things about this board. Very good board for the price. Fits your criteria.
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That looks like an awesome deal, but unfortunately it's out of stock in the paterson micro center. Thanks for the link though, I'll keep an eye out for it.

Any other recommendations?

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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157289

Heard a lot of good things about this board. Very good board for the price. Fits your criteria.

I was planning on getting this board, see my sig biggrin.gif But then again the very low price is off putting. Since I can go up to 300$, I was wondering if there were any better boards out there.
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The Sabertooth is good if you can find it for $300 but you won't get that very often. For $300 you could go for the Asus P9X79 Pro or Gigabyte GA-X79-UP4.
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Sabretooth is out of price range, unfortunately. I can get an x79 Big bang II for 289$.. is that board any good?
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Sabretooth is out of price range, unfortunately. I can get an x79 Big bang II for 289$.. is that board any good?

I'd say it's actually better than the Sabertooth in the VRM department. It's disappointing that Asus would go with a doubled 4+1 phase digital PWM on such an expensive board. So I'd happily take the MSI over it.

Another board I'd look out for is the Gigabyte X79-UD5. Another solid board at a good price.
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I'd say it's actually better than the Sabertooth in the VRM department. It's disappointing that Asus would go with a doubled 4+1 phase digital PWM on such an expensive board. So I'd happily take the MSI over it.

Another board I'd look out for is the Gigabyte X79-UD5. Another solid board at a good price.

Thanks for the reply, my last gigabyte board ( 990 ud3) left a bad taste in my mouth with it'scold boot problems and horrid LLC.

Is the MSI worth the premium over the extreme6? I hate the stupid looking gun heat sink but that's a small price to pay ffor better performance.

And yeah, 22 power phase sounds meaty.
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Thanks for the reply, my last gigabyte board ( 990 ud3) left a bad taste in my mouth with it'scold boot problems and horrid LLC.

Is the MSI worth the premium over the extreme6? I hate the stupid looking gun heat sink but that's a small price to pay ffor better performance.

And yeah, 22 power phase sounds meaty.

How much more is the Big Bang over the Extreme6 where you're purchasing from?

It's also unfortunate that you had a bad experience with Gigabyte, as their current boards have arguably the best VRMs on the market.

And I apologize, the one I meant to recommend in my last post was the X79-UP4. Again, top of the line VRM on this board. Exceptional for overclocking.
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